22 July 2006

currently addling my brain...

With more tv than I've watched in my whole life. I'm hoping that this is going to be the only time in my life where I'm voluntarily jobless, hence free to spend a ridiculous amount of time watching tv. I find myself stuck between two states: in utter rapture that there's so much on tv that I love indulging in and then shame and disgust that i have whittled away hours of my life that I will never get back and have nothing productive to show for.

Anyway, since I have very little going on in my life right now to blog about (you prob don't care to read about the GRE), I am going to give my props to the shows that are currently owning my life:

Amercia's Test Kitchen
(public television, check here for showtimes)
I didn't think it was possible, but I think that the place in my heart for the Food Network has shrunk and made room for America's Test Kitchen (ATK). The show is a live version of Cook's Illustrated magazine, which provides tested, tasted, and unbiased (they don't have adverstisers) information on all things concerning cooking: recipes, kitchenware and equipment, ingredients, and more. ATK breaks down cooking to a science (i.e., keep trying different stuff til it tastes as good as it can get) , yet manages to keep it straightforward and accessible for the home-cook. Not to mention the repartee between the chefs and dry-witted Chris Kimball will likely tickle you more than sometimes-ostentatious Alton Brown (still love you, Alton!). Bonus: the ATK website has free content on all the recipes, product testings and tastings, and science discussed in every episode.

Project Runway
(Bravo, Weds at 10EST, reruns throughout the week)
There's a part of me that wants so badly to be freespirited and artistic. I just can't seem to stop being so uptight and in search of concreteness (must be that Sensing-Intuitive struggle in me). Anyway, that's another blog for another day...the fact is that I'm drawn to this show not only for the amazing talent and interesting designs but also the ineluctable drama of reality tv. I just caught up on the first two episodes of the new third season, and there are already some crazy-ass people who I can't wait to get "auf'd" by Heidi Klum (i.e., Vincent, Angela, Jeffrey). It's too early to have favorites, but I am keeping my eye on Robert (he designs for Barbie!) . I think his dress should've won in the first challenge. This week, I was sad to see Malan go b/c he seemed like a nice guy w/ a really bitchy, unsupportive mom.

That's enough time spent on non-tv activity! More on other faves later...

1 comment:

Susannah said...

I am TOTALLY in love with America's Test Kitchen. I can't believe I have someone to share my enthusiasm with! americastestkitchen.com is the best - you can get all the recipes for free! I also love Cook's Illustrated...and somehow managed to get some free copies of that and Cook's Corner sent to my house! ...
...since when did i become 24 going on 42...