Thursday, April 20, 2006

"Everyday with Rachael Ray" Review (and a miscellaneous nibbly thing)


REVIEW:
I am a magazine junkie. And pretty much anytime I get one of those "Try an issue" offers, I give it a try. Typically, I read my free issue, and that's that. No desire whatsoever to subscribe.

Yesterday, a trial issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray arrived. I was not all that excited. I have a vague idea who she is, but have never watched her show. Or does she have more than one? I have this notion that she's building an empire and has multiple fingers in multiple pies....

Anyway, what a pleasant surprise the magazine was! First of all, it looks and feels nice. It's about an inch wider than most magazines, which gives it a substantial feel (although, it doesn't stack up nicely with the other magazines if you tend to let them pile up. Which I do.) and it's on nice heavy glossy paper. Points for that. The design throughout is clean, and visually appealing while still being easy to read. More points for that.

And there are a number of recipes that sound really appealing - and there are photos of every recipe. Huge points for that.
The only thing that make it lose points is that there is no nutritional information on the recipes, which I would like to have. Particularly since Ms. Ray seems to have dependency issues with her "EVOO"*. I could do without the cutesy name. She loses points for that, too.

All in all the good points outweigh the bad points. And we may have to try the Chicken Sausages with Red Slaw, the Leek-y Chicken with couscous, Andoille Dawgs with Gumbo Sauce, Rice Cracker Tuna, or the Shrimp and Feta quiche. Yum....

MISCELLANEOUS NIBBLY THING:
OK - want to know something that is really weird? Sitting down to watch an episode of "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" that your TiVo has considerately recorded for you, only to realize that the main guest (the one who gets to sit down with Jon and plug something, not the one who gets visited by a field reporter and usually ends up looking crazy) is a boy you used to date. Never happened to you? Well, trust me, it's a strange feeling.....
The boy in question handled himself beautifully, and came across as very witty and clever and smart. In short, he did well enough that I was not embarrassed by the fact that I went out with him for a short period, but he wasn't so amazing that I was kicking myself for letting him get away. In fact, I was actually proud of him - does that mean that I'm an adult???? Perish the thought....

* "Extra Virgin Olive Oil"

5 comments:

autum said...

Rachel Ray was touched by the magic wand of Oprah. She had the show on food network but once Oprah sang her praises on the Oprah show she has exploded. I like to watch her show but if you think the evoo thing is annoying to read try hearing it 10 times in a 30 minute span. I like that she cooks real food with ingredients I am likely to have and you can cook it in 30 minutes or less.
Ex boyfriend on TV? Is he someone famous?

Laura said...

which boy? inquiring minds want to know

Tea said...

OMG on the ex-boyfriend. That is pretty wild. I don't mind RR, but after about 20 minutes out of 30 I want to turn her perky smile and increasingly annoying chattiness off.

LLA said...

few clarification points:

* I thought long and hard about how to describe my relationship with this boy (b/c he was a boy back then, just as I was still a girl). I just couldn't justify "boyfriend", although there were those who referred to us in "boyfriend/girlfriend" terms. It was a nice little relationship, but a short-lived and not particularly serious one on either of our parts.

* Is he famous? It probably depends upon the circles in which someone travels. In many circles, he might not be - but as an editor of Newsweek and as a best selling author (he's on the non-fiction list this week) I would have to give the man some serious props...

In a strange ironic twist, which appeals to me, he is on the Barnes and Noble list this week, along with Rachael Ray. How cute - together on my blog, together on the list!

(and LCB - he's a Sewanee boy, not a KPT boy!)

Jane said...

I love Everyday With Rachael Ray! I just subscribed for $24/yr