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Food Network Star July 27 - Spoilers

Noooo... why would they send Loreal home and keep Sarah? ok. I really know why but darn. I do NOT like Sarah. I thought Lenny really put himself back in the running this week, and Luca def wins the "most improved" prize!

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  1. I loved how they showed Sarah telling everyone how great their problem-solving dish was, then she'd turn around and say how stupid it was!
    Loreal went about as far as she could go- she just doesn't have "it".
    Jersey girl did an excellent live feed on ice cream.
    Very natural.

    How much longer are they going to keep Lenny???
    He's a one-trick pony (yuck yuck).

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    1. re: monavano

      I don't think Lenny's schtick is any worse than the chick from Bitchin' Kitchen and he's less annoying than she.

      1. re: DiningDiva

        Lenny's not even in the same stratosphere as Bithcin' Kitchen.
        I can't take her schtick for a minute.

        I'm finding that Lenny is pretty one note- his food knowledge and cooking chops don't reach very far.

        1. re: monavano

          Yeah, I was kind of surprised that yogurt threw him for a loop. It's a pretty innocuous item with a lot of uses, even home on the range uses.

          1. re: DiningDiva

            Yogurt still has a "diet/women's" food image for a lot of folks. His "chuckwagon" clientele may just never have expressed an interest. Heck I only just learned about yogurt flatbread, which is now on my to-do list.

    2. Sarah just grinds my last nerve. She continually makes mistakes and goes on every week. It has me a little worried that she is FN's "chosen one". Of the bunch that are left, I can get behind Nicole and Luca.

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      1. re: alliegator

        I've not seen 1 single thing that Sarah could teach me--taco soup, really?

        Her pageant persona might work for 20 year olds who aspire to get their toddlers into that Tiara program, but not a cooking show for real grown ups. Can't imagine FN would be so blind to that.

        Lenny, minus the costume, might have the best cooking chops. Nicole, from the Serrano ham debacle, has lost credibility.

        1. re: pine time

          Agreed. And she stated "In Texas, we have this soup...". I'm fairly certain taco soup can be found anywhere. Eyeroll.

          1. re: alliegator

            You know, I really work with my kids on the whole "no eyerolling" thing and yet I find myself constantly doing it when she's onscreen. I even fuss at the tv! It's embarrassing! I know a lot of it is editing, and it's not as though I'll ever meet this woman or eat her food. But honestly...<eyeroll>

            1. re: alliegator

              But wait! Pauler' made Taco Soup, so maybe it's a Georgia thang?
              http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

              Look, I get being proud of where you're from, but it can come across as provincial.

              1. re: alliegator

                The funny thing is when Bobby Flay said the taco soup had good flavor--ground beef, onions, taco seasoning, beans, beef broth, some veggies. Maybe they could give Sarah a show for mommies who can't cook and don't mind being talked to like they're toddlers.

                1. re: chowser

                  Was I the only one who rolled their eyes when she said "taco seasoning"? Taco Seasoning? Really? You best advice is that we buy a little packet of taco seasoning to put in the soup? And she's supposed to show the rest of us how to cook?

                  1. re: chicgail

                    I have to cut Sarah a break here. Her question was from a busy mom, and I think Sarah was trying to make the recipe as accessible as possible.
                    Unlike Dang! Butcher Babe, who was making a butterflied and stuffed chicken "hand" food.
                    Major fail!

                    PS... I use Penzey's spice blends, including their taco seasoning. It's wonderful, and convenient, and way better than a store brand envelope.

                    1. re: monavano

                      I can get that about Penzey's. I use Spice House blends (albeit not taco) all the time.

                      1. re: monavano

                        I had no idea Penzey's had a taco seasoning. You've just taught me something important. Maybe you should be on the next season!

                        1. re: LulusMom

                          Ha! I couldn't play the game that you need to in order to be a contestant.

                          1. re: monavano

                            Neither could I. And I'd be a nervous wreck in front of the cameras. But seriously - the Penzey's info was huge!

                      2. re: chicgail

                        yeah, I don't buy the packet from the store, but I do use Penzey's bulk taco seasoning and it's pretty darn convenient. This from someone who has a whole spice "corner" in my kitchen (top cabinet + two lower drawers + rotating spice rack).

                        1. re: DGresh

                          It's not her use of it but that Bobby Flay raved about the flavors of her taco soup.

                        2. re: chicgail

                          I, too, assumed she meant a package of taco seasoning. Could she have meant her own blend--if so, she sure didn't say/explain that.

                          1. re: chicgail

                            I did too. It would have been a great place to insert that you can easily mix up your own taco seasoning that will keep a while and has far less sodium than the supermarket brands.

                          2. re: chowser

                            Bobby Flay's approval really got me, too! It sure didn't look good.
                            As for the taco season discussion,I certainly understand making you own beforehand or using the higher quality Penzey's or something similar. But the way she explained it made me think that she grabbed a packet of Old El Paso off the shelf at Wally World, and that is certainly not teaching anyone to cook.

                            1. re: alliegator

                              I too, thought Sarah was referring to a packet, but really good blends do exist if you're so inclined to seek them out.
                              Of course, it's most instructive to teach people how easy it is to made spice blends at home- and keep a well-stocked spice cabinet.

                    2. If Sarah gets sent home next week I think we can officially declare this the tongue twister cook off... Loreal Lenny and Lucca... la la la la la .. Im not watching.

                      1. Sarah...nails on a chalkboard...I'm so with you on that one.

                        Not diggin' Jersey girl either. She is certainly less annoying than Sarah, but so vanilla bland I have no interest. I too live on the coast, the West Coast, coastal cuisine means something entirely different to me.

                        The pickin's were pretty slim this year...

                        1. Is there any chance they can bring Emma back?
                          Please?