Monday, November 07, 2011

The Chew: Mario Batali's Beef Braciole

After watching several episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond in which Debra outdoes Marie in the kitchen (the one and only time), my husband and I decided to try beef braciole in our own kitchen but just never had the inspiration to actually do it - - until now.

After watching a recent episode of The Chew, I decided to include this video in my Freebies and In the Kitchen category. I plan to plop my laptop on my kitchen counter and cook with Mario!

The Chew continues to be my cooking school.You know you are hooked when you begin to become personally connected to something (I have claimed it as mine though there are millions of viewers!)

I confess I watch 2-3 episodes back-to-back sometimes (just because I can). I literally block out that time for myself. I pour a glass of wine and sit on my chaise, feet up, pen and pad in hand and just glean from the Masters! Of course, there are a few irritating happenings going on (many co-stars talking over one another, double dipping and drinking wine pre-pour, a few social agenda self-promotions, etc) but who cares! This show is mostly about cooking and family and friends having fun in the kitchen. There is unity among the chaos...

Nothing in life is perfect. And I do have to say that I enjoy the humanity in this group of people that share their passion for cooking and for life. The Chew has first priority in my DVR!

Enough talking - I gotta get cooking! Beef Braciole may just become my favorite go-to meal. Just like Debra Barone in Everybody Loves Raymond I may soon have the additional admiration of my husband - and my husband's father and brother and for at least one day in my life. I can already taste the sweet success of outshineing my Mother-In-Law in the kitchen. Now that's a recipe worth going for!!!

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