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Wednesday, March 7

When Did Robin Miller Become Holly Hunter?

That Food Network certainly is pushing Miss Robin Miller these days, aren't they? When did she get all Holly Hunter with herself? :-)

I think with the inevitable decrease in available time on Rachael's schedule, they're turning to the next "quick and easy" gal! Robin Miller!

I think I've mentioned before that I rarely watch her show. I've chalked it up to the fact that I don't have kids or the desire to prep a full week's worth of meals on Sunday night, freeze 'em, and throw things together throughout the week. I think her ideas are great for busy moms and people who need big meals every night of the week to feed their huge families.

Maybe I'm wrong. I have caught a few bits here and there. She was one of the few FN stars I didn't see the whole time I was in South Beach. I should have gone just to see what her crowd looked like.

I have looked at her online cookbook and it actually looks pretty good. I've already made the Salmon Cakes with Sesame Wasabi Cream (but I just skipped ahead and made them right off the bat and didn't "morph" it from a previous meal).

What are your thoughts on Robin?

OH, and for you Iron Chef fans, Food Network Canada's blog Food For Thought has a cool behind-the-scenes recap of writer Catherine Jheon's trip to a taping. Unfortunately for we USAers, the episode she describes is not airing tonight in the states.

It's snowing here! I miss the sun!

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At 3/08/2007 9:35 AM , Blogger TomN said...

I don't like her show much. The food is OK but kind of the equivalent of what you see in newspaper food sections -- there's always something in those about making multiple meals. You don't learn anything that useful, and her personality on the show isn't compelling enough to make me want to watch more than a few minutes.

At 3/08/2007 9:42 AM , Blogger JordanBaker said...

She--like all aging anorexics--scares the hell out of me, because of the pop-eyes and the neck and hands that are slowly morphing into nothing more than veins with a thin coating of skin on them. She also lives near my parents in AZ, and she's maybe a little too much like some of the hyper-tanned, underfed women in our neighborhood for me to be comfortable with (I think I wrote about this last March when she first came on?).

Plus, while I've only watched a couple episodes of her show, if you look at her forum on TWoP it seems like some of the tactics she uses are pretty disgusting and unsafe. EG, I remember people freaking out about one episode where she was storing uncooked portions of chicken in a paper bag in her fridge. Hel-lo, salmonella.

At 3/08/2007 12:10 PM , Anonymous Harry Martin said...

*Perfect* observation about the new hype about Robin. I was just saying that to myself yesterday when I pulled up the FN web site. I thought her agent may have been pushing for more on-air and on-the-web plugs. Funny enough, she was just in an episode of "The Secret Life Of" ... Jim went to her house, which was a stereotypical Meditetranean tract home from California. The funny thing was that her kitchen was *nothing* to wrote home about -- dated white-washed cabinets, white ceramic tile counters, and truly a 9 on the "blah" scale. I think her show has some good ideas, but I'm with you - I don't need to cook everything on a Sunday to get dinner on the table through the week.


At 3/09/2007 9:03 AM , Blogger jacob said...

tomn: I hadn't thought of that newspaper connection, but you're right. Maybe where she gets her ideas.

Jordan: Didn't know she was from Arizona... so THAT explains it. Actually, I've never been, but would like to. I better go start tanning and starving myself, though.

Harry: Hmm... Arizone AND California homes? Maybe she's just renting out there in Cali. I don't think Oprah's letting her stay at the Promiseland just yet.

At 3/09/2007 12:32 PM , Blogger JordanBaker said...

It's probably a California/Ranch style home in Scottsdale, AZ, b/c that's where she lives. OR the CA house is like the house they use for Giada's show--just rented for filming.

At 3/10/2007 11:52 AM , Anonymous harry Martin said...

Sorry for the confusion -- I meant it was just like a house you see *everywhere* in SoCal but must be in Arizona, from what Jordan said.


At 3/10/2007 7:06 PM , Blogger amanda said...

ohmygosh, i'm totally on board with tomn, too. newspaper recipes? PERFECT! i don't enjoy her, either. she's very ho-hum boring. wow, that was harsh, but how i feel. i'd rather go see "ghost rider" again than watch her show. and, once more, you've come up with THE perfect FN cook-hollywood star comparison. keep these coming. i think i look forward to these most. (hope that doesn't insult you.)

At 3/13/2007 10:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they film the show in Arizona, why does she use products from Stop & Shop supermarket which is only on the east coast?

At 3/17/2007 10:32 AM , Anonymous yoliec said...

I just want to know why anybody lets her on t.v. without washing her hair. It is always just dirty enough and hanging all in her face. Wash your hair before going in front of a camera. Then you can pull your hair back and out of the food.

At 3/21/2007 5:35 AM , Anonymous tydwbleach said...

I cannot get past her Kabuki makeup.

At 3/21/2007 8:41 AM , Blogger jacob said...

amanda: of course not... i'll do my best to keep you happy.

anon: I doubt they're sending a crew out to Arizona for Robin, yet. Her show looks like it's shot at the FN studios in NYC, ergo, Stop & Shop:-)

yoliec: good point.

tydwbleach: hilarious! I think that might be my next picture/collage of her!

At 3/19/2008 5:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here are a few items that bother me re: Robin's show/personality:
1. fake caravan that passes by the kitchen window from time-to-time.
2. all the crap on her countertops. are the prop people trying to make her look like a lazy, cluttered mother?
3. her set kitchen is FUGLY. way too many colors and materials going on.
4. she definitely has an eating problem. runs in her family.
5. her desperation for money & fame oozes out of her. i met her years ago and could tell even back then.

At 3/16/2009 2:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont like to see anorexic bony hands preparing food IT LOOKS UNHEALTHY ewwwwwwww

when she tastes her food she only gets a pinch ewwwwwwwwwwww

At 8/26/2009 1:01 PM , Blogger The Salty Swine said...

I think anyone in favor of any of these food network shows targeting the busy home cook need to go to their library and get a cook book. These shows are nauseating. Snadra, Rachel, Robin Miller, Sunny, and the Nealy's all suck. Not one of these "personalities" has any skill, technique, or even basic sanitation practices that any novice home cook should adopt. Food network use to be about profesionals teaching home cooks standards in practice and technique. The new "tits with tongs" concept is really confusing the public with what is simple in basic in cooking. The truly informative shows fro yesteryear are no longer available (Cooking Live, Malto Mario, How to Boil Water, Taste ect..) but there are still some gems on the network that can still be informative and not kill you and your family with bad sanitation practices (Good Eats, Easy Entertaining, and Tyler's Ultimate to mention a few). I just watched Robin Miller tell me that caramalizing means to soften. The last time I checked, that was sweating. Caramalizing is to slowly develope the natural sugars from your ingredient. Now, some might say that it isn't a big deal but if your recipe calls for for "caramalized onions" and you learned this from Miller , then your whole dish is screwed. I am just tired of personality over proffesionalism. And prepping your food in advance is common practice in any kitchen. This retard did not invent that.

If anyone needs good ideas for home cooking I urge you to seek out resources other than daytime tv. Your library has tons of great books, the Internet is also a great source weather it be recipes or forums. The best way to learn new things is from honest people who have tried them out and know they work. Not just because it looks or sounds good on tv.

At 4/08/2011 11:31 AM , Anonymous Itsfood said...

Really? Why the hate? She's just a lady making food. Move on people. Stop the moaning and &itching and change the channel.


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