It's probably completely bizarre, but I like to watch the Food Network while I run on the treadmill. Think of it as having something good to run for, I guess. Also, there's not much else on that time of day when you don't have many channel options to pick from. Plus, if I'm lucky, I'll hit a Rachael Ray rerun. You know, "30 Minute Meals with Rachael Ray" the awesome show that is actually fun to watch and doesn't leave you feeling like you'll never enter your kitchen again out of pure intimidation.
I've become slightly addicted to her show. I love that it's in real time, so it's actually possible to cook that same meal in thirty minutes. Hence the title. I love that Rachael Ray seems to be having so much fun at what she's doing. I love that they are meals like I might actually cook. On that note, I decided to check out some of her many cookbooks to see if I might start cooking as she. She has a lot of cookbooks, but I just got three. "Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals Get Togethers" "Rachael Ray 365:No Repeats" and "Classic Rachael Ray 30-Minute Meals". I eagerly dove into these books, excited about what I'd find. A really good cookbook will read almost like a novel for me. These did not. I skimmed and even after a few minutes, I set them aside. Not that the recipes weren't good, it's just the shear volume. It was kind of overwhelming. Also, there were hardly any pictures. I get way more excited about a recipe when I can see what the final product looks like. Another downside is that some of her favorite ingredients are ones that I'm unlikely to use very often, like prosciutto and veal. The recipes look really, really yummy. But I'm probably not going to make them on a day-to-day basis. They just tend to be a bit more decadent than I have time or funds for. The book I should have gotten was her "Get Real" cookbook. That looks more like my pace.
I love trying new recipes. I love learning new techniques and expanding our food repertoire. But I'll have more time for it when my kids are bigger. When that day comes, Rachael will be my go-to gal. For now, I think I'll get some of her episodes on DVD from the library and enjoy those instead. Maybe it'll motivate me to run more often.