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We need to think about food differently 
19th-Feb-2009 08:55 am
food, Bascove peaches
If food is well sourced and well prepared, I don’t think the word healthy needs to be brought into it. It’s healthy because it’s wholesome. That’s what we should focus on. You can buy a box of low-fat macaroni and cheese made with powdered nonsense. I’m not worried if I’m using four different cheeses and it’s high in fat. It’s real food. That’s what’s more important.
Tom Colicchio
21st-Feb-2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I so crush on Tom Colicchio. I mean, no, not at the level where I crush on Jacques Pepin ** mini swoon **, but Tom is plenty hot.
22nd-Feb-2009 05:56 am (UTC)
Ya don't say? I might have to go search YouTube to see what's available. (The TV-free thing is great except for the occasional thing like this. Or Cesar Millan. Both "hubba hubba" and "yeah, any dog I have is going to be well-balanced and well-behaved, and get at least an hour of vigorous walking a day.")

Um, excuse me — Penelope is trying to climb the birdcage. Does Cesar deal with cats at all? No, I didn't think so. *sigh*

And I have got to get the monkey to write up his post about Jacques Pepin, so y'all will understand why the mention of Paramus, NJ, makes us crack up. (Have you ever tried his Oatmeal Breakfast Soup with Leeks & Bacon? So good.)
22nd-Feb-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
Cesar does do cats! I saw him do an episode with a cat and dog in the same house where they were each contributing to a bad relationship. At the risk of raising him beyond human reality: he totally got the cat, too.

I love Jacques' shows. Encore with Claudine was sweet and really practical in that there were lots of recipes about using leftovers. The best croque monsieur recipe EVER was on that show, made from all of the dried up heels of cheese in the fridge. His shows with Julia Child, however, were like heaven for me. Doc got me their combined cookbook -- the one where each describes in text and pictures how s/he prepares a particular thing and why. So you can try both techniques/recipes and learn HEAPS in the process, further developing your own culinary signature.

:: swoon :: Plus Jacques just seems so NICE.

Like Cesar.

Though, I have to say, I challenge Cesar to train my beagle to leave food alone...
23rd-Feb-2009 01:49 am (UTC)
Oh, I think I remember that episode! "Dog must understand, dog is submissive to cat... Of course, cat is submissive to nobody." Or something like that. *grin*

The problem we have is that for some reason, our computer does not like the Dog Whisperer DVDs. At least a third of them, it just refuses to play. The monkey thinks we need to clean the lens. I dunno. I just want more Dog Whisperer...

Regarding Jacques seeming nice, I once met a cameraman who'd worked on one of his shows. He confirmed that the guy really is as nice and decent as he seems. And OMG did the crew on the show get to eat well after they were done shooting. I was so envious...
25th-Feb-2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love hearing that! The lines in his face seem like kindness and humor lines, not mean ones. And he doesn't do 'muppet mouth'. Maybe it's the fever (I have the flu), but I'm just really happy to know this.

It's probably also partly because I once met someone whose music and lyrics I admire SO MUCH -- only to find the few comments she made really disappointing (and, no, I won't say who it was because no one else needs that disappointment -- the music and lyrics are still amazing). Might've been an off day, but I'd rather not have met her than to have that memory in my brain.
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