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Jun 22, 2008 11:07 AM

Simple and Chic

Has anyone seen this show? I have watched it two times and I feel as if the host is very rushed and not in total control of what she is doing. I also thought the show was somewhat disjointed. I had trouble keeping up with what she was preparing, and can't now remember what she made other than blu cheese dressing. I was just wondering other's opinions on the show.

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  1. This isn't an answer exactly, so on that, apologies.

    But, the reason I haven't seen it is it's on too early.

    Which make me wonder .... am I the only one who likes to sleep later on the weekend? And assuming not, why does the Food Network *always* put all of it's new shows on early??? You'd think they would want to go for the greatest amount of audience on any new premiere and try afternoon or something. But it's always 9:30 or 10:30am.

    Is it just me or does anyone else think that's not the perfect debut time slot?

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    1. re: HarryK

      YES! I hate that I have to either figure out how to program the recorder or get up early to actually see the new shows (eg, Ann Burell, Jamie at Home, the new Tyler's Ultimate)
      Maybe I'm turning paranoid, but it seems like the better chefs are on at earlier times too.

      1. re: Mellicita

        That's the hole they buried the Hearty Boys Dave Lieberman in too... sad....

        1. re: rozz01

          Man I miss the Hearty Boys! I have so many entertaining tips that I stole from their show. They were really fun to watch.

          1. re: rozz01

            I totally miss Dave Lieberman. His approach was great - many of us want easy, adaptable, and inexpensive meals.

            The Hearty boys were great, too

      2. The show is ridiculous. I dunno, I like to think that these people are cooking the way they would at home - that's one of the reasons I really like Boy Meets Grill and Tyler's show. They use real kitchens, right? Or, at least less set-like.

        Her show looks like it's filmed in a high school, using techniques I would have used in high school. I think asking someone who isn't a chef but can host a show to use a knife properly isn't too much. As much as I'm not a Rachel fan, she can at least use a knife well - or, on par with a very good home cook. This girl, it looks like she's consciously trying not to cut herself.

        Meh, it's a stupid show.

        And some of us don't sleep in anymore! hehe

        1. I just happened upon it, thinking hey finally something new on FN. But ultimately, I was not impressed. The knife skills alone (as Jeserf mentioned) made me cringe. And the food did not look all that appetizing or interesting to tell the truth. Overall, the show seems like it's geared towards people who might just barely be finding their way around a kitchen--perhaps folks who've gained enough confidence with Sandra Lee's SemiHomemade and want to move on to something a little more challenging. I guess there's a niche there, and there's really nothing wrong with that. But I keep hoping for new shows on FN that will actually teach and inspire those of us who know how to use a knife properly!

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          1. re: tachis

            I was so not impressed with her knife skills either. I have to wonder where they get some of these people. I also think that if they want to inspire people who might not be cooking that much, they need to have someone who inspires confidence. To me, she doesn't do that at all.

          2. I caught the last 10 minutes of one show. I didn't catch any knife skills (wouldn't have mattered to me, as my own skills are horrible), but I did catch her persona. She is so uncomfortable, talking a mile a minute. She is almost worse than Rachael Ray with the constant talking.

            I had a dream a few nights ago where I grabbed her long blonde locks and screamed at her to tie them back. She agreed to do it and went on camera in the sloppy ponytail I made for her.

            1. I think everyone is talking about "Chic and Easy" with Mary Nolan?


              I think she's supposed to appeal to "my demographic group", but her style seems a little to frenetic for my taste. I want my time in the kitchen to be more relaxed and escapist than her cooking seems....the way she presents, it seems like cooking is just another chore to cross of the list. Maybe her love of cooking is overshadowed by nerves....

              Haven't been able to bring myself to sit through an entire episode, but it's more to do with the fact that I didn't find anything original about what she was preparing or explaining. If a person's technique is off, it bothers me to a certain extent, but it's not always a dealbreaker for me- I just hope that the ideas in the show are worth the cringing for. :)

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              1. re: 4Snisl

                That is the show. I couldn't even remember the right name - that is how much I didn't care for it. I also agree that there was nothing that stood out in the episode.