Archive for the ‘TV’ Category


Does Amy Sedaris Wear the Same Outfit Every Day?

October 1, 2007

I just saw this clip of Amy Sedaris on the Martha Stewart show—she’s making her famous Cheese Balls. BUT… I saw Amy Sedaris about a week ago at an IKEA event (where I consumed PB&Js, burgers, BLTs, apple pies with ice cream, popcorn, a rice crispy treat, and beer… and proceeded to get sick), and she was wearing the exact same outfit! Is this her shtick now? Anyway, she’s really funny and I love her book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence. Jo the MasterBaker owns it. So, I won’t hate on her. Or her cheese balls.

Here’s the recipe for the Lil’ Smoky Cheese Balls:

2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese, room temperature
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons steak sauce
1 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans
Crackers, for serving

Place Gouda, cream cheese, butter, milk and steak sauce in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until well combined. Transfer mixture to refrigerator. Let chill overnight. Roll cheese mixture into a ball. Place nuts in a shallow dish. Roll cheese in nuts to fully coat. Serve with crackers.


The Ultimate Kitchen Nightmare

September 28, 2007


I watched Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares last night, and I could barely keep my food down. Rat traps, cockroaches everywhere, green meat, and rotten veggies… blech. I seriously thought I was going to throw up. But it got me thinking: How does a restaurant in midtown Manhattan get away with this? I know that NY’s a big place and there are too many restaurants to keep tabs on, but this was an egregious mistake on the part of the NY Health Department. And I think more than anyone, they should be embarrassed and ashamed. I’ve actually considered calling the Health Dept lately—there’s a teeny, tiny restaurant at the end of my block that is disgusting. They are infested with rats. I can’t walk by without seeing at least 6 of them scatter across my path. And they basically throw their garbage down into the cellar for the rats to feast on—no bags, no cleaning, no nothing. So, should I do it? I’m morally conflicted. I don’t want to be a tattle-tale, but it’s food and it could seriously make someone sick. What’s the right call?

PS—there’s some talk over on the YumSugar boards about the hottie, Vikas Khanna, that Ramsay brought in to turn the Purnima Restaurant around. They’ve also put up a poll about whether you’d consider eating at Purnima now. Tough question. It’d be hard to turn down Vikas’ food, but even harder to get the image of those cockroaches out of my head.


Are You a Real Top Chef Fan?

September 17, 2007


I am! And I have proof! I just took this quiz over at yumsugar that tested my Top Chef skillz… no I didn’t break down a chicken in under 2 minutes or finely dice a bunch of onions. I simply played a quick, Who Said This? And I scored 4/5, or 80%. Ok, so maybe I’m a B student. But it’s not bad. Take the quiz and tell me if you need to get out of the house and away from your TV as much as I do.

And since I brought up Top Chef, let me announce for the first time on this blog how much I love Harold (and the silly Bravo blog they make him do) and his restaurant Perilla, and that I will always consider him the one, and only, Top Chef. Eat it, Ilan.