The remnants of Ida swept through this weekend, which meant all outdoor activities were postponed, and indoor activities reigned supreme.
So I’m leisurely drinking Pumpkin Spiced coffee, sprinkling of cinnamon on top, and watching morning TV. I perk up in anticipation of a cooking segment, thinking some new autumn dishes would hit the spot.
But no. Alas, it’s the maven of 70% store bought, Sandra Lee. Have you ever felt compelled to watch something, knowing full well you shouldn’t, but yet you can’t peel yourself away? A train wreck maybe?
This my friends, is the magic of Sandra Lee. She set the scene for morning breakfast on the Today show dressed in a silk kimono, and how cute, she accessorized with a tiny butterfly clip in her hair! Don’t we love how she evokes the feel of morning by wearing her pajamas to the set? And YUM, doesn’t that casserole with cheddar cheese condensed soup, ready to go grits, cut up sausage breakfast links and God knows what else, look so yummy????
Seriously, it looked like a mess when she was finished. Doesn’t she know you can whip up a great frittata with some roasted veggies and cheese in the same time it takes to open the damn can of sodium laden soup?
I can only be grateful she didn’t have time to stage one of her famous tablescapes on TV:
I thought I would create one for her, though. Nothing says morning like bringing all of our farm animal friends into the kitchen! Be sure and scatter extra stuffed roosters around the place settings for that rustic, down home country breakfast feel!
If she weren’t enough, the Parade section of the paper was featuring another Lee, this time Katie Lee, along with Tyler Florence and Bobby Flay as the trio of Thanksgiving cooking experts. Katie’s dish was that sweet potato marshmallow casserole thing. I guess now that she’s dumped Billy Joel, she has enough cachet to write her own cookbook. And my, she’s a cooking expert already? Can you say Cordon Bleu, Katie? I thought not.
So unless you want anarchy in your house this Thanksgiving, run, don’t walk from anything “LEE”. And the only stuffed animal I want to see on my table is my free-range, cooked to perfection turkey.