This Little Miggy Stayed Home: The Food Network Revisited

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Food Network Revisited

The Food Network and TLC--The Learning Channel--specifically Trading Spaces. I know I briefly mentioned this a few weeks ago, but there's just something about watching those 2 networks. I don't know what it is about these shows, but for some reason these shows make me envious of other people's lives. Who's lives? The chefs and the designers, and even the people's whose houses are being redecorated. For some reason it seems as if they live these glamorous lives. Not glamorous in a Hollywood way, but in a real world I-still-have-to-cook-and-clean-but-when-I do-it-I-make-it-look-fabulous sort of way. The truth is I'm a homebody. I have no desire to go and conquer the corporate world and I'm a painter so any career type goals center around art making. What it boils down to is that I really like working around the house. Cooking, decorating, art-i-fying, etc, which is what those shows are all about. When I watch the Food Network and all those fresh ingredients and the sorta "a pinch of this and a pinch of that....voila!" recipes it just makes me want to cook amazing a beautiful and airy kitchen....with my hair and make up done perfectly...and if a camera crew were there and wanted to film me for a television show I wouldn't stop them. I can't quite put my finger on what is so appealing about it all but there is just such a carefree attitude and look with what they're doing. Everything is like clockwork. And on trading spaces, well I know it's a little more hectic than cooking, but in a fun way. They get to decorate and spend 2 days of their lives completely devoted to this 1 goal. It's like all the fulfillment of working outside the home but doing work inside the home. Plus, and this is the television part of it, while they're busy working on their tasks real life doesn't get in the way. No babies climbing on your lap while you try to blog for 5 minutes, no little mouths to feed, no laundry to do. Don't get me wrong I LOVE my baby climbing on my lap (sometimes) and I love feeding her...but it would be nice to have some production assistants and a film crew to help make it go more smoothly and look so breezy and effortless. I'm sure it's a lot more work than what we see in a half hour, but still....part of me would like to be Giada for a day.


  1. 2 things. I almost did "a baby story" but they wanted me to switch hospitals because Columbia wont let the cameras in (wouldn't have worked with my situation anyway), and one of the ambulance drivers named his daughter after Giada. Doesn't she look like Natalie Portman?

  2. I always get more inspired to cook in nicer kitchens. When I'm at my parents' house, it almost feels luxurious to cook. I would also love to go out to my garden and pick fresh herbs, as some of the chefs do. It only makes me mad when rich or famous people are showing their houses on TV. They often have a chef's kitchen, but many of them admit they don't cook at all and just order take out or dine out. It's just for show. What a waste. One day, Miggs, one day, we will use our nice kitchens with ambient lighting as we chop away and gaze out at our gardens.

  3. Anonymous2:20 PM

    My two cents, I can't stand Giada. She makes the most ridiculously obvious comments. "You can really taste the sweetness of the sugar and the saltiness of the salt." Come on Giada, tell us something we don't know. Are you sure you'd really want to be her? You'd have to wear tons of low cut shirts with your girls spillin' out the top. Plus, her creativity lacks. For once she should make a meal without using espresso or ricotta (which she has to over-pronounce every time to show that she really IS Italian). Now Ina Garten, there's a woman that can cook (and doesn't objectify herself doing it). Her recipes are amazing, unique, and for the most part, simple enough to do.

  4. i love everyday italian. i practically plan my day around the show. i think i just love the lighting and the filming, it makes the food loook so good

  5. Regan--What? That's awesome. How do you even get approached for something like that? And yeah I can see the Giada/Natalie Portman link.

    Ellen--yes that's what I really like about Giada's show...she's a little annoying and I HATE when she pronounces every ingredient with a thick Italian accent--but it's the way the show looks and feels. I worked for a 'fancy' restaurant in Provo and they actually had a garden where some of the stuff was picked fresh. I remember running out back to pick fresh arugula for the carpacio.

    Anon--as I said to Ellen, yes sometimes Giada bugs, BUT I like the look and feel of her show--the kitchen, the lighting, etc--that's part of what makes me want to cook. Also I really like that her recipes are simply and easy to make. Yes she definitely over uses some ingredients (I think every dessert includes nutella) but I still think they're good. I disagree with the objectifying thing. I think she's just not Mormon, but I certainly don't think of her as slutty. Besides, if my girls looked like hers I'd prolly show them off too. :) As far as Ina goes...she bugs me in a different way. Her personality doesn't appeal to me and I just don't find myself sticking around for her shows.

    Thanks for the support Liz. It's all about the ambiance....