Addicted to Food TV

I was reading about idiosyncracies on MissMeliss's blog yesterday ( and it started me thinking about some of my own. I came up with several (actually, more than several), but I think one of the strangest is my addiction to the Food Network. I love this channel, and I love watching the chefs on this channel cook.

There is something so satisfying about watching the preparation of food. I grew up watching my great aunt and grandma cook huge Italian meals for our family, and watching "Everyday Italian" on the Food Network brings back those childhood memories. And although I'm a yankee and grew up (and still live) in the northeast, I love watching Paula Deen on "Paula's Home Cooking" whip up fanstastic butter- and cream cheese-laden desserts with her southern-fried charm. So, what's so idiosyncratic about this, you ask? I don't cook. At all. Ever.

Well, that's not exactly true. I love to bake. Does that count? How well I actually bake is up for debate, but I do enjoy doing it. I started baking about seven years ago, and let's just say it was a rocky beginning. I bake cakes, pies, and other desserts for family gatherings. One of my charming younger cousins dubbed my earlier and not-so-successful creations "Crap by Kristi" and the name has stuck. My baking has improved, I think, but my creations for family parties, etc., are still greeted with that name.

But I do not cook. You'd think all the culinary inspiration and cooking talent I was surrounded with growing up would have rubbed off on me. It hasn't. Granted, I am an extremely picky eater, and enjoy a grand total of about 10 different foods. But I often bake desserts that I don't eat (such as ones that contain chocolate), so whether or not I'll actually eat it doesn't factor in my cooking endeavors. I just feel that whenever I have tried to cook anything more complicated than toast, I'm met with failure. So my husband and I subsist on leftovers from weekly Sunday dinners at my great aunt's house and things that can be heated up in the most fantastic appliance ever created-the microwave. My husband grills, so in the warmer months we'll enjoy chicken, steak, sausage, etc. for dinner, and we have a mini George Forman grill, which we use for grilling in the winter. But beyond that, nothing home-cooked appears on our dinner table.

So what is my love for the Food Network based on? And what about my love for food-related blogs? is one of my favorites. Amy's pictures, posts, and delicious-sounding recipes make me hungry, even though with my pickiness, I likely wouldn't eat many of her creations. Does it represent all that I wish I were? Is it a sign that I should try and cook a real meal for dinner one night, rather than simply taking the aluminum foil off a care package from my dear great aunt? I wonder.

8 Responses to “Addicted to Food TV”

  1. # Blogger Caryl

    Hay Kristi – I'm with you 100%! I absolutely HATE to cook – even though I do it a few times a week. I either need to cook for my husband and daughter or starve to death. When I am alone, I can make a meal out of the following: pickles, cereal, potato chips, ice cream or whatever I feel like eating when I get home from work. Like you, I watch the food network – my fav is Jamie Oliver – The Naked Chef – I would love to see him naked, but alas, the nickname is because he adds very little to the food he cooks.

    This “sickness” also follows me to the house decorating arena. I can’t coordinate two colors, never mind an entire house! My husband and daughter are artists, so I leave the color coordinating and decorating up to them. However, I am constantly watching the home makeover shows – Trading Spaces, Curb Appeal, Mission Organization, The Painted House, Town Haul, etc. I never tire of these shows and have that channel on constantly.

    So, my hat off to everyone who can and actually WANTS to cook and decorate. I’m happy with my bag of Lay’s Barbecue flavored chips watching Frank Bielec or Debbie Travis and Jamie Oliver. Too bad you don’t live closer, we could coordinate our microwave dinners :-)

  2. # Blogger Mixed Metaphor

    I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful BF who loves to cook, even though he works grueling 15 hour shifts each day. If it were up to me, I'd settle for pizza and salads. I'm a pro at salads. Fruit is also wonderful, because it comes already prepared.

    I have tried cooking for him a handful of times. I made, literally, a TRUCKLOAD of curried mussels (four pounds! FOUR!) and what was to be an elegant dish of asparagus with cashew sauce, which actually looked like someone had thrown up crunchy peanut butter all over it. Mmmmmm. He loves my grilled cheese, though. And I did make a baked mac & cheese, which was edible.

    I did wish I could cook more, but alas my creative talents do not seem to extend to the kitchen.  

  3. # Blogger Amy

    Oh, thank you for writing such lovely words about me in your post! You know, my mom taught me how to cook at a really young age and then I didn't cook again for years. Once I started up again, I couldn't stop! I've noticed that cooking is like that for most people--they either cook ALL the time or not at all, LOL.

    But I just have to say--chocolate?!? You don't like chocolate? That's :)  

  4. # Anonymous MissMeliss

    I love cooking, but I am utterly incapable of "simple" things, like burgers.

    And if you like food blogs, check out

    Her stuff is amazing.  

  5. # Blogger PractiGal

    I don't know if I'd be doing much cooking either, if I had a wonderful great aunt like yours!

    I started with baking too. Baking is fun. It's like play -- cuz if dessert is messed up, oh well... nobody's nutritional intake depends on it. I do lots of cooking now - almost every night. And I do enjoy it... it gets easier too, the more you do!

    Since we cut the cable, I miss the Food Network - we watched Rachael Ray all the time.

    And if you have any chocolate going stale in your cupboard (does chocolate go stale? I wouldn't know)... you know where I live!!  

  6. # Blogger Kristi

    Caryl: I eat cereal for dinner all the time! I'm glad I'm not the only one. And Jaime Oliver-yum! Is he even on Food Network anymore? I haven't seen any of his shows lately. And I love all those shows on HGTV too.

    Mixed: Can your BF come over and cook for me and my husband? We'll pay him! I've often said that if I were rich, I would hire a personal chef. I love grilled cheese too, and baked mac and cheese is one of my favorites. Okay, now I'm hungry.

    Amy: You're welcome. Your site is beautiful-the design, the pictures, and your words. And no, no chocolate for me. Fresh bread, though-that I will eat by the loaf.

    MissMeliss: Thanks for the blog link. I will check it out!

    Practigal: You're right-baking is like play. And even if it's slightly off, you can still eat it. And any chocolate that finds its way into my house will be brought over to yours immediately!  

  7. # Blogger blaze

    I really enjoyed you cooking one website. I also have a site about cooking one Please take a look. I hope you will find it interesting  

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