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Aug 30, 2006 12:07 PM

The Dean boys.

Perhaps it’s just me but I really don’t and never have seen the appeal of Paula Dean’s sons. I’ve always found them to be annoying. Now they have there own show. Haven’t seen it.

Am I missing something? Is there in fact substance to these two? Or is this just another case of the Food Network giving us more of what we don’t want.

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  1. Truth be told, I haven't seen it either. BUT that's probably because it seems like another transparent attempt to manufacture more food celebrities that FN likes to hoist upon the public. The Dean offspring seemed fine enough when they appeared on Paula's show, but a whole show dedicated to them muckering around the country doesn't really seem interesting at all. But of course, I haven't seen it so I can't really be sure :-).

    1. Depends on what you define as "substance". I like them even more out on the road and out of the kitchen. The show focuses on local popular restaurants around the country. They're personalities hosting other cooks and their food. The Food Network only shows actual cooking from their own kitchens before Emeril Live. It's kinda like filler from 9pm to 11pm. It is still network television that has to compete with the other stations. They can't do it with re-runs of Sandra Lee.

      1. I didn't even like them on her show--seemed rather foolish/immature for their ages...

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        1. I don't watch Paula, though it's more a matter of her culinary style than her personality. But I have come across her sons' show and it is simply awful. Provided that there is not anything actually WRONG with those boys, they act like a couple of simpletons. The show is a particularly artless commercial; each segment culminates with either Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum insisting that "This is the best thing I've ever had!" and demanding "How are you going to get it to me??" Then the purveyor explains her shipping method in painful detail.

          Now I have no problem with a well produced show that finds great mail order sources and tells me all about them. I just don't want to have to watch two fawning idiot step all over each other's lines while I'm hearing about the great products!

          One of the reasons that I've actually watched the show was an episode that featured a company that makes Italian rice balls. I'd never ever heard of them and after watching that segment I feel that my life has been painfully incomplete! Because they are deep fried and that's the only thing I won't do in the kitchen, I'm going to be on the look out for a local source. Then again the company featured on the air did respond positively when asked "How are you going to get it to me??", but it seems to me that these deep-fried goodies should be enjoyed closer to home.

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          1. re: Kater

            Those are called Arincini (my spelling may be off) and are wonderful. There are also many versions. Molded rice, cheese. peas are very good, served with a tomato sauce.

            I've attempted to make them, but it is a bit messy. However, there is a place somewhat nearby that has them on the menu. So when we feel like them off we go.

          2. I can't bear to watch it, even as background when I'm working in the kitchen. It's too awful.