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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.

                  1. I've watched both shows and didn't care for them. Boo hoo hoo, I want Paula back!

                    1. "Southern Cooking"! You have to be kidding? I just watched my first episode of "Southern at Heart". First off there is something to be said about young and cute...but bubbly and perky personality...no one represents the South on that one better than Paula Deen! I truly miss her warm personality and southern ways on Food Network.

                      "Southern at Heart" is described as "modern day southern cooking". I have come to believe that this means a twist on Southern cooking that uses healthier ingredients or at least "the good stuff", such as butter, in moderation. I just watched Damaris Phillips use two blocks of cream cheese, three different cheeses, and a pot full of half and half in one recipe for mac and cheese. She followed that with cooking up a pot roast in coconut oil (the worst of oils if you care about anything cholesterol). Food Network you chose to replace Jamie Deen's "Home for Dinner" which was a great show that showcased simple recipes with healthy ingredients straight
                      from the farm (REAL food that kids will eat), with Damaris Phillip's Southern at Heart). Give us Food Network viewers a break...is this a Deen family bashing party that you are hosting here?

                      Needless to say, I will not be watching "Southern at Heart", since I don't consider it "Southern Cooking" by any stretch of the imagination. Food Network, if you can't admit that you made a mistake by canceling Paula Deen; if you can't bring Paula back; at least, find a cooking show host that can cook REAL Southern food who is not afraid to let her perky and warm Southern personality bubble over for all to see. As a viewer, I want to watch a host who wants to share a bit of themselves with me;one who I feel cares about ME, as well; and last but not least, a host that I can visualize myself pulling up a chair at their Southern table and sharing a cup of coffee and a good old slice of Southern hospitality with (pie would be nice too)!

                      In Colorado, but Southern to the core

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                      1. re: stephaniegoel

                        You know that coconut oil is a healthy food, right? And that dietary cholesterol doesn't raise your cholesterol? And that there is even a lot of info out there about saturated (natural) fats being wrongly accused of causing health problems?

                      2. I don't find her to be overly perky. Once she gets into explaining what she is doing and talking about cooking technique she is very clear and detailed. She sounds like she knows what she is talking about. Which she should because she is a professional cooking instructor.

                        I have seen two episodes, and while I am not personally interested in the recipes she prepares, I think the show is pretty good for FN. I have read some posts on another board that says her ratings have been very good for the first two shows and that FN will be renewing her for another 13 episodes.

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                        1. re: pamf

                          I agree. She does a great job given the hokey "teach a guy how to cook" scenario she was given. I don't think any of her recipes are particularly amazing or ground-breaking but that isn't what Food Network is looking for. (see: Sandwich King )

                          I don't think the premise of teaching people how to cook a meal for a special person has legs. I would be shocked if it lasts past this first 6-episode season. I also just don't think "southern food" is "the food of love". They will really need to rethink the whole premise of the show in order to keep it going beyond 2 or 3 seasons. (see: Aarti's Party )

                          1. re: Njchicaa

                            I too agree. None of her recipe appealed to me but I found her quite enjoyable. I've only seen one episode so far, but she was quirky, energetic and funny.

                            1. re: fldhkybnva

                              I was listening to the show today while I was browning meat for Sunday Gravy. I gave her mental props for asking the guy "why are we doing such and such?" Between that question and a positive comment that she made later in the show, it was clear that she is an experienced and effective teacher.

                              1. re: Njchicaa

                                It's funny you mention that, I specifically noticed that and at first though "hmm is this grade school" but then reflected back to the overall premise of teaching a guy to cook. It actually flowed well and was a nice tie-in.

                        2. I've been enjoying it when I catch it on. Yes, the premise is a little silly, but the food looks good. I've seen the pot pie episode (where she made a crust out of cornmeal, looked great). The other episode I saw was today was her making meatloaf, which was just sort of average by itself, but the fig ketchup to go with it looked great.

                          I also like that she is showcasing her local suppliers in Louisville a bit.

                          1. I've been a fan since seeing her on Next Food Network Star. She has undeniable presence and if she can manage to hang onto what makes her so genuine and appealing -- and not get sucked in the Food Network BS replete with veneers and smiling to emphasize every tooth in her head -- I think she could be a real winner. I prefer the show this season over last and, to my mind at least, her cooking seems far healthier than either Trisha's or Paula's.

                              1. re: Hungry1007

                                I saw her "Kentucky Derby" episode last weekend and it was awful. She seemed to be overly amused at everything she said, and nothing was really funny. I was almost embarrassed for her.

                                1. re: Barbara76137

                                  I completely agree! That was the episode I was watching. And please don't talk to your food like Anne Burrell-it's irritating when she does it too.

                              2. I caught most of an episode the other day and learned that, when roasting vegetables in a pan, keeping them toward the outside of the pan helps them roast more evenly. So go Damaris.

                                Also a bit of her old flirty self seems to pop up once in a while, sort of Nigella like, which is a surprise when it happens.

                                1. Paula Deen IS the best southern cook! Damaris and Tricia ....UM....NO!! Food network has made a huge mistake!!!!

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                                  1. re: DVRKT

                                    Are you enjoying PD's new network?

                                  2. I never watched, but caught most of her show today. The Friendsgiving episode. I was surprised to find her not so "ya'll" and she was watchable. (This, from a NY chick w/a large snark gene.)

                                    I also learned a terrific way to keep several hot dishes warm in just one oven with limited space. During the holidays, with so many covered dishes, it was a neat trick.