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Tuesday, December 30

Food Network Addict - 2008 Year In Review, Part I

What a year it's been here at Food Network Addict!

In January, we finally got a look at Ina Garten's new barn & kitchen that's seen in her new episodes. Although I kinda miss the old kitchen (with the mysteriously empty room behind it) at times, this new one is so beautiful to just sit and gaze at, wishing I had two hidden Sub Zero fridges, three ovens, and an 18-foot kitchen island.


Giada De Laurentiis was barely showing her pregnancy back in January, as seen here in her appearance at the Mad Money premiere.


February was a BIG month at FNA.

We wondered who Paula Deen was hiding in the blurry photo behind her...


... we shared our opinions on the just-premiered show Down Home with the Neelys... I gave my review of Ultimate Recipe Showdown... we learned about Robert Irvine's resume embellishments... and I hit up a million fun events at the 2008 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival.




In March, I posted an awesome interview I was able to do with Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman, Mary Alice Yeskey, and Geof Manthorne and another with Tyler Florence.




...my girl Sandra Lee gave a great interview filled with fancy PowerPoint transitions...


March closed on a happy note with Giada giving birth to her first child, a girl named Jade.


I got in a good April Fool's joke this year with my announcement that Dave Lieberman would be taking over Emeril Live.


...I also did my first interview with Sunny Anderson... we learned of Paula Deen's intention to start a daytime talk show... Cindy McCain's "family recipes" were discovered to be stolen verbatim from Food Network's Rachael Ray and Giada De Laurentiis...


...when asked what she liked best about attending charity events, Sandra Lee told OK! Magazine "Open bar... am I allowed to say that?"


...Michael Symon was announced as Robert Irvine's replacement on Dinner: Impossible... and Food Network nabbed 8 Emmy nominations, including one for "Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling" for Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee (she lost).

In May, I posted about Amy Finley not coming back for a 2nd season of The Gourmet Next Door... I asked many times "Who Bobs It Better?"...


...Emeril made a quiet exit from Food Network (save for repeats and some eps of Essence of Emeril)... I scored an interview with Bob Tuschman... Rachael Ray drew some fire for sporting a scarf in a Dunkin Donuts ad that somehow deemed her a "terrorist sympathizer"... and I gave my review of the first episode of The Next Food Network Star, season 4.

In June, Lisa Garza (remember her?) reached out to this blog and tried to explain those illusive "three Cs"... we saw a Rachael Ray fan taking her love a bit too far...


...I scarfed down a cupcake with Sunny Anderson while in NYC... Rachael Ray closed on her home in the Hamptons, effectively locking Ina Garten up even tighter in her own Hamptons home...


...I railed on the trainwreck that was Mary Nolan... I gave Anne Burrell's new show an A+ rating... and we learned that Ellie Krieger is just like us...



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Stay tuned for Part II of my year in review. It's been fun looking back on all of the exciting happenings of 2008. What was your favorite memory?

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11 Comments:

At 12/30/2008 10:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

love your site jacob
thanks for the dedication and all the hard work dishing the dirt for us!
have a great 2 0 0 9 !!

 
At 12/31/2008 1:21 AM , Blogger Schottzie03 said...

Great job...the Sandra Lee pic is fantastic...you can almost smell her hiccup.

 
At 12/31/2008 2:46 AM , Anonymous Lana said...

Admirable work! I've flipped thru your archives, but missed many of your interviews.

Thank you, J, for everything you do.

 
At 12/31/2008 9:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great year! Giada looks like a pregnant whore.

 
At 12/31/2008 10:55 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"In January, we finally got a look at Ina Garten's new barn & kitchen that's seen in her new episodes."

That sentence, Jacob. Really. You can do better.

Great site! Hilarious photos! Happy New Year! Dave Lieberman 4-ever!

 
At 12/31/2008 11:28 AM , Blogger Lindsey said...

Happy New Year, Jacob! Your blog is the best. Thanks so much for all that you do!

L

 
At 12/31/2008 11:37 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Giada looks like a pregnant whore. Thanks for the juvenile, idiotic, misogyny. We women didn't get quite enough of it this year, so I'm glad you could do your part to add a dash more hate and stupidity on the last day of the year, you moron.

 
At 12/31/2008 12:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just ignore and move on otherwise it's also juvenile. This is the internet. Sign me another woman or bitch or whatever.

 
At 12/31/2008 12:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Jacob for keeping us informed on all the foodnetwork happenings. This is a great site and look forward to another great year.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 12/31/2008 4:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:55am. Have a happy New Year. Hope your New Year's resolution is to be nicer

 
At 5/11/2009 9:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, Sandra, little lush, Lee looks like the boozer she really is.

 

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