Hi FNH! Jillian Madison here. I know… I know… I promised the blog would be back up and running by now. And I’m truly sorry for not keeping that promise, despite having every intention of doing so.
I, like many of you, used to enjoy watching the Food Network. However, thanks to years of repetitive programming and the same old schtick from the same old boring hosts, that enjoyment turned into boredom. Then, thanks to people like Guy Fieri, Tyler Florence, Aaron McCargo, and Aarti’s “husby” (dear God, remember him?), that boredom turned into revulsion. And that’s when writing this blog started to feel like a chore. I mean seriously, how many jokes can you make about Ina Garten’s denim shirt before you want to drown yourself in a vat of her good vanilla. AM I RIGHT?
Anyway, I decided to take a much needed break to clear my head and to hopefully let the Food Network generate some new talent and/or shows for us to discuss.
So, what happened in the year (years?!) this blog has been on hiatus? NOT A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT!
Sure, the snakes executives at the Food Network turned their backs on Paula Deen, and Giada nearly sliced off one of her crypt-keeper fingers on live television this Thanksgiving, but other than that, it’s been a never-ending trip to BORINGSVILLE. Don’t take my word for it; the proof is in the proverbial pudding. According to reports from multiple media outlets, including this one from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Food Network’s ratings have been tumbling for months – and Scripps’ operating-income growth has been declining steadily. No surprise there, right? People are clearly getting tired of the Food Network – and I think they’re tired of food programming and the whole imbecilic idea of a “celebrity chef” in general.
Where does that leave FNH? I’m still not sure. I may post limited new material about the Food Network. Or perhaps I’ll expand the site to discuss food shows from other networks. Right now, I’m still trying to decide how I want to proceed and how much time I want to put into it. I can tell you that I do 100% plan on coming back in some capacity. I just don’t know the specifics yet.
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I just wanted to take a moment to say hello – and to let you all know FNH IS NOT DEAD. It is on hiatus.
Thanks for sticking around and for your patience!
In Food Network’s new tradition of dumbing everything down to moron-level, prepare to be razzle-dazzled by the culinary masterpiece that is… FROZEN GRAPES!
Yes, this is an actual recipe on the Food Network’s website – and finding it has saved me so much time, money, and hassle. I thought I could only enjoy the cool delight of frozen grapes by traveling to Iceland in the winter. Boy, was I wrong!
I wonder if it will work with red grapes! Or strawberries!
(Hat tip to FNH reader Allie for the find)
Glamour Shots are hilarious on their own, but when Food Network personalities are thrown into the mix, THEY’RE EVEN BETTER! Here’s what we imagine some of their Glamour Shots would have looked like.
And might I add, it’s even more amusing that Claire Robinson’s and Aida Mollenkamp’s don’t even look photoshopped. Enjoy!