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  1. That has to be a joke.
    Open a can, a jar and a bag. 4-1/2 minutes in the microwave. Oy.
    Please say it's a joke.

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    1. re: chicgail

      Don't know. It popped up in a newsfeed this morning.

      I think it's an on-campus feed from Weber State in Utah. The guys says "good morning Wildcats" at the beginning of the video and the Weber State is the Wildcats, plus the whole thing seems like something that college aged students might get a kick out of.

      I would hope it's a joke...

      1. re: chicgail

        And this is so different from Rachel Rae's bacon recipe in what way?

      2. He's obviously 'loaded'.

        1. I like how he got frustrated and just ripped the bag of tortilla chips.

          1. This video gave me the giggles but I've got a warped sense of humor.

            1. That was awesome. I laughed more than once. And I learned something. I've never poked a hole in the bottom of a can I'm trying to empty.


              1. This was both funny and pathetic. I sort of feel sorry for the poor guy (is he for real?). BTW, that dip looks disgusting.

                    1. re: drongo

                      The name says it all: "microwave cooking for college kids." I just went to the link. Most of the videos have been removed, including rice-a-roni and spaghetti. Darn!

                    2. This reminds me of my mother's famous gravy recipe-
                      1-buy Franco American chicken gravy in a glass jar.
                      2-unscrew jar. discard lid
                      3-nuke for 2 minutes
                      4-serve in a bowl with spoon (IMPORTANT-shake paprike over hot gravy to make it look hiomemadey)
                      Actually, I taught myself to cook through books/TV because my mother loathed cooking in a very intense manner. 20 years ago I would have loved this.

                      1. Live in a (male) college dorm? Do a few bong tokes, make this recipe and be a freaking hero.

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                        1. Looks like his Charisma Bypass operation was a success.

                          1. I would title the show, " Motel Room Cookin' ".

                            1. Saddest and most pathetic ever. Also I look at that man and all I see is central obesity and eyes that have witnessed horrors that you can't imagine.

                              1. Why are so many so critical about the chips and dip? Does no one remember their college years? Chances are your dorm, like mine, had rules against using hot-plates inside your dorm room so you were stuck with a lowly microwave as your only kitchen tool. Not to mention, if you didn't have a car you were at the mercy of the campus convenience store that only sold ramen and various tinned meat (if you were lucky maybe a frozen pizza). When it's 3am and the dining hall is closed, chili and queso dip would have made a fine meal (relatively speaking). Now I will admit the elation I felt when I left the dorms and finally got a real kitchen, but when you're stuck in the dorms you gotta do what you gotta do :)

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                                1. re: alkonost

                                  It's not the meal, it's the man. You can see he has the "dead eyes".

                                  1. re: alkonost

                                    When I lived in the dorms microwaves were pretty much for commercial use only, hardly anyone had them in their homes and the ones that did paid a pretty penny for them and they were huge. We made food in a toaster oven and used the teflon coated bottom of the popcorn maker for making grilled cheeses. No one had dorm sized fridges either. We hung our perishables out the window in the winter to keep them cold.

                                    1. re: foodieX2

                                      Ouch! I guess I was relatively spoiled with my dorm fridge and the communal microwave in the floor's lounge. And I thought I had it rough... But that's really crafty using the popcorn maker to make a grilled cheese.

                                      1. re: alkonost

                                        Now I feel the need to go out on the porch and shake my cane at those hooligans cutting across my lawn! <grin>

                                      2. re: foodieX2

                                        I can also remember keeping perishables on the window sill of the dorm room in the winter--but, it was communist era Poland. No microwaves, but lots of openface sandwiches.

                                        1. re: Wawsanham

                                          Not only did we keep perishables on the window sill of the dorm room - right here in the US of A - but we would cook things like salami by burning paper in the metal garbage can. How we didn't wind up burning down the place was a matter of amazing luck.

                                          1. re: Wawsanham

                                            Which was probably less sad then Steven Reed's "recipes".

                                      3. Meanwhile I'm preparing freshly cooked spaghetti(in a pot), cooking the sauce in a pan(with a drizzle of olive oil ) and to be topped with roasted garlic, fresh Italian parsley and Pecorino Romano cheese.

                                        No sad pasta for me.

                                        1. The absolute worst part about this series is you can see that this crap is what constitutes this guy's weekly diet.

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                                          1. re: smoledman

                                            Au contraire! If you're cooped up in a dorm and have no way to cook for yourself, it's gourmet! After eating instant ramen for weeks, you'd kill for some rice-a-roni and chilli-cheese dip.

                                            It's not like he's trying to be Julia Child, I think this is aimed towards college kids who don't have access to a good grocery store or a kitchen in which to cook. You're not going to whip up coq au vin when you don't even have a hot plate (or in the case of many students, an ID to buy the wine). Have you ever been to a campus convenience store? Ask for fresh fennel and you might get an amused chuckle from the cashier!

                                            1. re: alkonost

                                              If college kids are eating this crap, no wonder they are doing so badly in class. It's well known that proper nutrition feeds the brain. Eating crap makes it go *blat*.

                                              1. re: smoledman

                                                "Well known that proper nutrition feeds the brain"

                                                References please.

                                                  1. re: smoledman

                                                    This article doesn't support your claim, it only speaks to the role of antioxidants.

                                                  2. re: sal_acid

                                                    You're kidding right? Eating nutritious foods is pretty much common sense if you want to have a healthy body so why won't that include the brain? Line a hundred forty year old men and women up who basically consume carbonated sugar water and flour and fat all day and line up a hundred forty years old men and women who eat a nutritious/balanced diet. Tell me there's no difference in their brain function.

                                                    1. re: Puffin3

                                                      Not to put too fine a point on it, but your suggestion does not necessarily point to cause and effect. People who "basically consume carbonated sugar water and flour and fat all day" may not be starting with a very high brain function anyway.

                                                      1. re: chicgail

                                                        That's why you need a control group to properly run the study.

                                                        But regardless of that, I think it's pretty much common sense that if you want a healthy mind, you eat a healthy diet.

                                                      2. re: Puffin3

                                                        Public opinion on what qualifies as "nutritious" changes depending on what fad diets are all the rage at the time, and which special interest group is lobbying the USDA and FDA.

                                              2. That was hilarious. I left the video up on my laptop and my 11 year old watched it. Later he said "mom, I saw a pretty good looking recipe on your computer but you would hate it.....the man didn't cover the food when he microwaved it."

                                                1. For the back story of this series:


                                                  And it turns out that Steven Reed is a convicted sex offender:


                                                  Maybe we should just avert our eyes and think of something else.

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                                                  1. re: John Francis

                                                    "And it turns out that Steven Reed is a convicted sex offender:


                                                    I've posted this before, but.... this is relevant how, exactly?