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Nov 17, 2013 07:32 AM

Farmhouse Rules--a new show on Food Network

Just saw a commercial for it and it caught my eye. Apparently it is about cooking from regional Hudson Valley NY ingredients. The woman, Nancy Fuller, looks extremely comfortable in front of the camera. She and her husband run some kind of multimillion dollar food distribution company called Ginsberg's Foods.

It has been a long time since I was actually excited to see one of the new shows on Food Network. The first episode is on today at 11:30am.

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      1. I'm watching it right now and am a little disappointed. I'm anxious to hear what others think. I don't care for the host. I felt like she was talking down to me.

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        1. re: agnesrob

          I tuned in because I live in the Hudson Valley and it got a bit of play around here.There's so much farm-to-table food culture going on now and quite a few talented chefs moving into the area - it could be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the local developments.
          That's what I expected. But I could tell within three minutes they were looking for a new Paula Deen - they even had bluesy music playing as she fed her "grand-babies". I'm sure she's a fine cook and a nice person, but YAWN.

        2. I too was looking forward to it, but I just watched it. She was awful. She's a "yeller" and like agnesrob said, it felt like she was teaching a class of kindergarteners.... very dumbed down. Totally an attempt to replace Paula Deen, but I'd rather watch Paula Deen.... and that's saying a lot because I don't care much for her either.

          I will say, I did chuckle a bit when she talked about "Gigi's Cider".... she said "It's a whole lot of bourbon and a little bit of juice".

          I think the food looked decent... if her delivery could improve it would be an OK Sunday morning "watch while you're doing something else" show.

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          1. re: juliejulez

            I don't think she was awful but she was way over the top. It was like she was trying to entertain her grandchildren rather than appeal to the adult viewers of Food Network. I will give it another shot next week.

            1. re: Njchicaa

              She was a little over the top when talking to the grandchildren. The food, what there was of it (stew, roast potatoes and pie), looked good and there were no cans or packets (well one can of evaporated milk, but that's normal for pumpkin pie).

              But the format is exactly the same as the rest of the shows, half of the time is spent driving around, frolicking in the countryside, etc. Not cooking, or teaching cooking techniques.

              The SO walked in in the middle of the show and said "Who's that, is this still Pioneer Woman?" Pretty hard to tell the difference from one show to the next.

            2. re: juliejulez

              What A positively awful show. I think cooking with your hands on a television show has to be one of the most distasteful things I can imagine. Her voice aside, her recipes are unhealthy, lacking in nutritional value and boring. Food network continues to go downhill. Their lack of inventive and healthy cooking makes me rely on Pinterest and magazines for cooking recipes and inspiration. However, I do love the barefoot contessa. She is charming, polite and after watching her on the Thanksgiving live program, I have a new respect for her graciousness and professionalism. Giada was self-centered, rude and condescending to the other chefs. I don't think I'll be watching her show anymore either.

              1. re: Montanamom

                I feel the exact same way and Ina is my favorite. Giada is such a snob I can't stand her

                1. re: Montanamom

                  Her recipes are reasonably nutritous and she uses and encourages fresh ingredients but uses stuff you can get in most stores, however I do feel she taljs down to people. I like that she has traditional rustic recipes, but she could have variety given the ingredients she has. Idna gardeners good but I like martha stewards old pie and dessert recipes better, more classic

                  1. re: Montanamom

                    While I do think most of her recioescare reasonably nutritous, as I said, considering she lives by all those farms she could make more vegetables, even as side dishes. Especially in the fall and even early winter, ny kale spnnach and broccoli and brussel sprouts are often available in farms. I get that her recipes sre traditional and rustic, but she could make traditional vegetsble dishes and sides. And she cant use the im cooking for the children excuse after lectuting us about how you dont ask kids what they want. I think children shoukd have choices but I agree the adults should decide what to make. I wasnt forced to eat but my mom chose the menu. I was still allowed to make myself a sandwich of eat what we had the night before if I wanted to. I dont have a problem with cooking with hands. I do like that she encourages fresh ingredients whether on a farm if possible or in a grocery store, especially since some smsller suburban grocery stores have local veggies when in season. I love cowgirl wonan, ree drummen, she lovely and her recipes are great but for a country girl she doesnt always use fresh ingredients and so etihes seems to discourage it. Im all for the convenience of packaged ingredients when necessary but love fresh ingredients when possible.

                  2. re: juliejulez

                    I thought I would like it but after I watched it, not so much.

                  3. OMG I used to work there. Will have to check it out, thanks for the heads up.

                    Ginsbergs has been around since the 1800s and is VERY well know in the area, I can see them having some credibility. Although I remember Nancy as a caterer customer who later on married one of the Ginsbergs, for what it's worth. I will say no more.

                    The Ginsbergs themselves were the nicest bosses I ever had. They should do a show on wholesaling food, I bet there'd be a great audience for that.

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                    1. re: coll

                      I can't keep my curiosity under wraps anymore; I have to ask: does she speak like that in real life? In that sing-song-y voice, with the oddly placed inflection and pauses? And refer to herself in the third person as "Gigi"?

                      1. re: charmedgirl

                        Not when I knew her, but that was about 20 years ago. She wasn't even married to David at the time, she was a customer who was the caterer for the local country club. I'm sure things have changed since I've seen those two though! Talk about turning a sows ear into a silk purse ;-). Good for them, I guess.

                        1. re: coll

                          Thanks for the reply. I figure it HAS to be some sort of nerves-being-on-camera thing. Lots of us have quirks we don't hear ourselves doing when we speak publicly and that are different from our normal speech. What I don't get is why her director and/or producer hasn't done anything about it. I have probably seen almost every episode (FN is my "on in the background" channel), and it is getting worse, not better. I can tolerate A LOT since I'm not even really watching, but it is really starting to get to me. Today I just lost it (hence this post); I just had to change the channel.

                          1. re: charmedgirl

                            My former co workers told me when it's on but I keep forgetting.....

                            1. re: coll

                              I don't know when it is "officially" on with new episodes, but I saw a "new to me" episode yesterday at 5:30. It was BAY-lee's BIRTH-day and Gigi was doing sooooomethiiiiiing SPE-CIAL! No Gigi juice though, since Bailey was only turning 7.

                                1. re: monavano

                                  I had Food Network turned on while I cleared out the fridge yesterday and this show came on.

                                  My husband came home and within minutes said "who IS that?"

                        2. re: charmedgirl

                          I understood "Gigi" as what her grandchildren call her.

                          1. re: WNYamateur

                            Yes, I think that's right. It's also what she calls herself, when speaking about herself in the third person, which she does frequently.

                            1. re: charmedgirl

                              And Gigi juice...sort of reminds me of Micheal Jackson.

                          2. re: charmedgirl

                            I opened this thread to say I find that sing-song thing really annoying.