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Down Home with the Neeleys

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    1. I think the show is absolutely FABULOUS. The Neeleys are such a warm, down to earth and loving couple. They compliment each other so well in the kitchen, not to mention the food they prepare looks delicious.

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      1. re: STACYE

        I love them. Gina was a little over the top to me at first but they are so warm I
        look forward to their show . They are a fresh new addition

        1. re: nessiepie

          I just started watching it! She was "over the top" is what she is. Yes...she is probably a very nice lady....but this is television and we can only go by what we see and she is STILL WAY OVER THE TOP and so is he. I like their recipes...but PLEASE they need to tone it down.

      2. I love the show! I just wish that they would prepare some "diabetic friendly" dishes.

        1. I for one don't like the show, there is simply to many sexual comments and they act very silly.

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          1. re: hueyishere

            I agree. They are a huge turnoff for me.

            1. re: C. Hamster

              I am sorry to say...while I love their recipes, I am totally turned off by the barage of sexual comments and their silliness. It's just TOO MUCH. Most times, I turn down the sound until I see the recipe I want to get and then I go online and get it. It's a shame. They seem like very nice people....but the sexuality is absolutely sickening. The other day, I watched while Pat hit Gina on her behind with a spoon...simulating playing a drum. Just ridiculous. They ruin the greatness of their recipes by these types of display. Also...does Pat know any other words but YAL?

          2. It's entertaining. The only negative is Pat's laugh creeps me out. That hehehehe just creeps me out. But that's my issue. Ok two negative things. The way that the Neeley's are promoted, it makes them sound as if they're the only Neeley in town. His uncle, Jim Neeley who runs the famously delicious Interstate BBQ, taught him how to cook. Again, these are my own personal gripes. Other than that, they're fun to watch!

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            1. re: ITry

              I like their cooking but agree that the laugh is really faked and forced. I could do without the cutesy stuff too, but you even get that with Ina and the Dean, so I guess it's an FN schtick.

            2. I feel at any moment of the show, they are going to get down and get busy..
              Really don't want to see that when I'm watching a food show.

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                At least the Neeleys are sort of open (and joke) about it.

                I get this weird feeling there's alot of unspoken sexual tension between Aida and Noah in Ask Aida.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  LOL! More from his direction than hers, though, IMO!

              2. I have tried to like this show, but there are only so many "brown sugar" references you can make before it gets old. Both of them always seem to be "on" as if they cannot cook without the silly sexual innuendos. Please Pat get out of that kitchen sometime, go bowling with the guys. But I am happy for their success and wish them well.

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                1. re: kpaumer

                  Every FN show has an audience, upscale, downscale, on the edge, and plain dull. Overall I think it is difficult to hold the interest of the t.v. consumer, that is why there is so much reaching for new themes.

                  1. re: kpaumer

                    Is it me or is Pat's voice irritating to listen to, I can't take it.

                    1. re: monku

                      I can only go about 2 minutes of listening to them and I turn the channel. Annoying

                        1. re: livetocook

                          Agree. As I mentioned, I turn the sound down...and just watch. I get the name of the recipe and then look it up. FN needs to say something about their sexual banter. It's TOO MUCH!! They have some good recipes and I have tried many....but I can't stand to hear them talk. Between Pat and his "YALLS" and Gina and her ridiculous dancing and the fake over the top laughing by both of them...it turns me off. And....as I see...it turns off a lot of other people as well. FN do something!!

                        2. re: monku

                          I agree. They have some wonderful recipes....but that overbearing sexual talk and innuenous ruin the cooking experience for me. FN...please ask them to tone it down...or off. We love them....but it's too much. Tell them to save it for the bedroom later!

                          1. re: monku

                            It's not you: He sounds like a muppet.

                        3. I can't watch it without cringing. I think they're creepy together.

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                          1. re: Sensuous

                            "I can't watch it without cringing. I think they're creepy together."

                            I find that ironic, given your Chowhound handle.

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              I like my Chowhound name. I think a sense of humor is important. I am uncomfortable with gushing and hooting and hollering. The silliness sometimes goes too far for me. I love Paula Deen and I love her food but sometimes she makes me cringe too. I wish these people would stop butchering the English language.

                              1. re: Sensuous

                                "These people" ???? Do you mean Southerners?

                                1. re: LaLa

                                  I'm a Southerner too, LaLa. Maybe it hits so close to home with me. Gosh! I never meant to offend anyone though.

                                  1. re: Sensuous

                                    She's not butchering the English language if she's speaking "Southern English" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern...

                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                      I like that, ipsedixit, but I still think basic grammar is a good thing no matter where you are born and bred. It is funny the way people frequently can guess where I am from (South Carolina) just by hearing me speak a sentence.
                                      I will watch the Neeleys again and maybe next time I'll have a different opinion. Maybe I am too hard on Southerners!

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        Except her speech patterns have become progressively more "deep South" than they were in her early shows. To me, that's just an affectation. An irritating one.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          Sort of like Arnold Schwarzenegger's eastern Euro accent, eh?

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            Actually, his accent was difficult to understand in Conan the Barbarian (God, I can't believe I admitted to watching that movie! LOL)

                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                              So, you only watch movies equivalent to stuff like Masterpiece Theater and Top Chef, maybe? :-)

                                              I, too, dislike both the Neeleys and Paula Deen (Ug!) myself.

                                              1. re: huiray

                                                Nah - Masterpiece Theater episodes are also hard to figure out when the actors have a heavy Cockney accent. ;-)

                            2. I really don't like this show. The food they prepare is boring and their banter back and forth is even worst.

                              1. I am not saying anything bad about them personally, but the type of show they are producing dumbs food, and cooking down. This is a problem I have with food network in general, and they are just one more example.

                                I think they have some interesting ideas, but their execution isn't appealing to me at all.

                                I don't have a whole lot of respect for cooking shows in general, even alton brown. I do like the test kitchen sometimes though.

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                                1. re: jameshig

                                  Agreed. How many times do they have to make "Gina's Famous Dipping Sauce", aka mayo with a bit of hot sauce?

                                  1. re: jameshig

                                    Jameshig. I agree the current FN crop of shows is just silly entertainment. Nothing like the pioneers, Julia Child, jacques Pepin, Test Kitchen, and I will throw Alton Brown and Mario Batali, The original episodes only into that mix too.

                                    1. re: ospreycove

                                      I wish Sara Moulton hadn't left Food Network. She was a wonderful teacher. I think Mario Batali is a good teacher too.

                                      1. re: Sensuous

                                        Yes, Sara Moulton, add that to my list tooo!!

                                    2. re: jameshig

                                      Yeah, I could do very nicely without Alton as well as the utterly inane histrionics by the so-called "Chairman" on Iron Chef America.

                                      1. re: jameshig

                                        I have to disagree with your comment about the food they make. I made their oxtail stew recipe a couple of weeks ago and it was really terrific. Have you actually made anything they've cooked on the show?

                                        1. re: Servorg

                                          I was wondering if someone could recommend some of their recipes? I don't watch their show because of all of their silliness, but would like to hear if they are really good cooks.
                                          Other than the oxtail stew, which I wouldn't make b/c I am not a fan of oxtail, do you recommend anything really good they make? Thanks.

                                          1. re: mcel215

                                            It's the only recipe I've tried of theirs (so many recipes - so little time). But if you look at their recipes and then scroll down you can read comments by those that have tried others and then commented on how the dish turned out (and what they may have altered in the recipe as well).

                                            1. re: Servorg

                                              Thanks, I never go to the Food Network site any longer, but will give your idea a try.

                                      2. Hello... I find Pat, Gina and their show relaxing (yes, relaxing) to view. They remind me of an old 1970's cooking show couple (Margaret and Franco Romangnioli) , whose show 'The Romangnioli's Table' had a very similar vibe (but via italian cuisine, instead of Southern): over-the-top husband not-so-subtley seducing his chagrined wife, by employing idiosyncratic mannerisms and bedroom eyes. I think that seduction in the kitchen while fully-clothed is harder than it seems (no pun intended)... Admittedly, I do often find myself distracted/mesmerized by how pencil-thin Pat can maintain his facial hair ( van dyke or goatee, I always forget) and its symmetrical geometry; I could never shave that precisely myself...

                                        1. Instead of watching the show, close your eyes and just listen. My husband and I did today and some parts made me blush.

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                                          1. re: septocaine_queen

                                            I agree the dialog is unappetizing.
                                            septocaine_queen are you a dentist?

                                            1. re: speyerer

                                              I am. You could say I definitely have an oral fixation.

                                          2. LMAO at these comments. I love them but agree on so many comments at the same time. HE HE HE HE.

                                            1. i gotta agree with the people who find them annoying. i cant stand all their sexual comments, the fact that gina tries to act like a cute little princess, or the fact that pat just strikes me as a super creepy person (especially his laugh!! it grosses me out).

                                              every once in a while during the introduction to the episode they mention something that i think sounds delicious, so i earnestly try to watch and put up with it, and by time im five minutes in i find myself yelling at my remote control because it cant change the channel fast enough

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                                              1. re: mattstolz

                                                LIKE FINGER NAILS ON A BLACKBOARD...........................

                                              2. I always change the channel. I get it, you're in love!! GAG

                                                1. I've said it before (up thread), but will again state: I love me some Neelys. I enjoy how they actually sample/savor their food with generous spoonfuls and react to the taste/flavor (taking second bites, even), over-the-top and all. Whereas I am embarrased by the likes of other food show personalities who time their shows down to the last 5 seconds, pretending to meticulously push their creations onto a fork and letting the fork hover in mid-air in a slow motion trajectory toward their pie-holes, in vain attempts to let the clock run out. Why spend 29 minutes and 55 seconds cooking up food that you're never intending to actually masticate and swallow? As for the Neelys, I could watch an entire show of those two just eating, as their bellies expand in real-time. What a shocker: food show cooks who actually enjoy food (and each other)...

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                                                  1. re: silence9

                                                    Speaking of expanding bellies, looks like Gina has really beefed up quite a bit, too many chef snacks.

                                                    1. re: cstr

                                                      Why must the Neely's dumb down the English Language through their poor and put on theatrical sentence construction and grammer? ATTENTION, here is a novel idea......Let's try and raise the consumer to the next level of comprehension and basic language skills to at least the fifth grade level!!!!!

                                                    2. re: silence9

                                                      Southern food is always good! Southerners know how to eat, if nothing else.
                                                      I watched their show recently when their friends also obviously loved what they were putting in their mouths. It is good to see that, silence9.