I wrote a few weeks ago about liberals such as Bourdain trashing Paula Deen and her Southern food, which according to those critics is stinkin’ bad and stinkin’ bad for you. I don’t watch many food shows but I keep up with The Pioneer Woman and occasionally glance at one or another. Saturday, February the 25th I saw several shows and decided to post the showcased food. Please note that all these shows are brand-new.
Rachel Ray: Sausage and Butternut Riggies. [Note: a rich casserole]
The Pioneer Woman: BBQ Meatballs, Green Bean Casserole variation, Red Velvet Cake.
Paula Deen: Unstuffed Cabbage Soup with Meatballs, Braised Beef Brisket with Sweet Onions, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Brioche Bread Pudding
Barefoot Contessa: Grilled Cheese Sandwich Canapes, Seafood Pot Pie, French Toast Bread Pudding
Giada at Home: Pork Chops with Apples & Pancetta, Three-Cheese Potato Gratin, Fried Banana Splits
Except for geography and accents, I don’t detect much difference. Sometimes Giada or Ina does a salad or fruit dish, but so does Paula or Rhee.
Scientists and the government have yanked us around for a few decades now. Bread is bad, bread is good, saccharin kills, saccharin is okay, potatoes are bad, potatoes are a good vegetable, lard is bad but margarine is good, margarine kills but lard is good for frying, butter good butter bad butter good butter bad, meat kills, meat is good for weight loss, meat for weight loss causes ketones, meat is the hero of a good diet but carbs kill, carbs are fine, complex carbs good but simple carbs bad, lowfat saves your life, lowfat kills so eat fat everyday, sugar is poison, sugar is fine in moderation, sugar kills, aspartame is the saviour of diabetics, aspartame is poison, alcohol adds empty calories, alcohol adds years to your life, raw milk is fine, raw milk kills, raw milk is the new health food, coconut oil is fine, coconut oil kills, coconut oil is perfect for frying……on and on and on.
No wonder families are confused. How can we develop any sort of cuisine this way? Down deep, we all know – those of us old enough to remember when food was a normal part of life – the real secrets. Eat more or less what you want but eat it homemade, eat it at home nearly everyday with your family and friends in a pleasant environment, eat as much fresh food as possible, eat food as little processed as possible, have very few snacks, let your kids help shop or cook or set the table or clean up, eat normal portions in front of your kids, and turn meals into a family time again without lecturing or tense talk.
It’s amazing that all this commonsense stuff is so hard these days what with all the distractions but it never was as easy as it looked. It’s nothing to be smug about either, it’s about enjoying your food and family more.
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