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Southern at Heart - New Food Network show/star - Damaris Phillips

Perky - Just what we need.

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  1. I hear ya! Did you watch it?

    I haven't seen it yet. Maybe she won't be just another low brow southern cook. Trisha Yearwood was just on a few minutes ago. She made chicken soup with potato, pasta AND instant rice...chicken boullion....then topped it of with cubes of velveeta..."because I'm from the South" she says. Not kidding.

    No one needs to learn to cook like that from a t v show. Not even southerners -let alone people from other parts of the country. It seemed straight out of 1975. I dont mind perky as much as cooking with real food.

    At least " perky" RR offers some healthy meals without processed ingredients.

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    1. re: sedimental

      Not yet, just the commercials. An old saying from the 70's comes to mind, "Gag me with a spoon". The show's premise seems to be that she's going to teach guys how to get laid via cooking Southern food.

      1. re: sedimental

        and Trisha earned a daytime Emmy award for that.

        1. re: sedimental

          that's how I feel as well

          I like Demaris, form what I've seen of her on FN Star and Chopped.

          But I could not possibly care less about another 'southern home cooking' show

          massive yawn

        2. I saw the first episode last week, I haven't watched this weeks although it's recorded. I liked her from the beginning of FNS so I admit I'm biased. I thought her show was enjoyable. I like her personality. Although I'm sick and tired of Food Networks need to create an excuse to cook. I didn't see anything I'd actually make, which is the main reason I watch cooking shows, inspiration.

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          1. re: rasputina

            I need to set my dvr, I've been meaning to check it out. I saw another thread reviewing the show, and checked on demand but it isn't listed yet. I liked her on FNS as well, and was glad she won.

          2. I think she has some good information and tips but I don't like the whole "teach a guy to cook something for his lady" kitsch. It isn't necessary.

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            1. re: Njchicaa

              So they did stick with that guy cooking for a gal thing?

              And to TomDel, isn't "gag me with a spoon" an 80's thing, from the Valley Girl movie?

              1. re: Joanie

                It is a very strange concept. Each episode features a particular couple and the guy spends time in the kitchen with Damaris "learning" how to make a special meal for the woman.

                The first episode had a husband who wanted to make his pregnant wife a special meal on the day that they found out their baby's sex. Damaris' meal plan? Caramel apples, chili (with peanut butter in it), chai-spiced grits, and cupcakes with burnt orange marshmallows. The second episode was a guy who wanted to make breakfast in bed for his fiancee. Pumpkin scones with maple glaze, country ham quiche, and a granola parfait were on that menu.

                I just don't get the whole "Southern food is the food of love" angle and I don't think having the guy there supposedly learning how to make that food for his girlfriend, wife, etc. is necessary for her to teach people how to make her version of Southern food.

                She is much better than I thought she would be and it isn't nearly as uncomfortable to watch Damaris as it is to watch Sandwich King... I just wish they would stop trying to jam the love and romance angle down the viewers' throats. When I think of a romantic meal, chili and quiche just don't come to mind.

                1. re: Joanie

                  The phrase also appears in Frank Zappa's song, Valley girl.

                  .../Its like grody.../ Grody to the max/ Im sure/ Its like really nauseating/ Like barf out/ Gag me with a spoon/ Gross/ I am sure/ Totally...

                    1. re: sandylc

                      I've seen both of them: grotty and grody.

              2. I found Southern at Heart on demand last night, and watched half of the first episode. She was very comfortable on camera, but I didn't find the episode very interesting.

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                1. re: jujuthomas

                  I agree. She is very at ease and easy to watch.

                2. Regarding the "perky"...

                  People have loved to skewer FN and Cooking Channel online lately. It seems mainly because they are looking for content over presentation - I know I am.

                  I suspect that these perky presenters are not even very involved with the production/food on their own shows anymore. I think they arrive on the set and go through the prescribed motions, reading from the cards in front of them.

                  I would love to go back to watching cooking shows where the star of the show was the creator of the food.