Is there a support group for chef groupies?

Hi, I’m Stacy. I have an addiction to Food TV, The Cooking Channel, and internet episodes of “The French Chef” and “Yan Can Cook.”

My addiction is serious. If there is food being cooked on TV, chances are I’m watching it. If there’s a “Gleek” equivalent for Food TV, I’m it. I’m also addicted to Twitter. Mostly I tweet about sports, because I cannot fathom watching sports on tape delay (the Olympics were torture!) however my second reason for Twitter is to follow every celebrity chef I can find.

Currently, I follow:

Alton Brown – Hilarious, especially for his analog tweets (via Post-it)
Ming Tsai
Marc Murphy
Amanda Freitag – have actually gotten replies which caused me to “squee!” like a fangirl
Scott Conant
Aaron Sanchez – huge sports fan, just another reason to love him
Jamie Oliver – VERY informative, especially about Food Revolution items.
Anthony Bourdain
Emeril Lagasse
Alex Guarnaschelli – wonderful Tweeter, down to earth, interesting, SMART. Carries on Twitter convos with Alton Brown and Amanda Freitag
Ted Allen
Giada De Laurentiis – gorgeous and prolific
Guy Fieri
Bobby Flay
Tyler Florence
Michael Chiarello
Cat Cora
Paula Deen
Bobby Deen
Jamie Deen
Justin Warner – latest winner of “Food Network Star” SMART and quirky like mentor Alton Brown
Anne Burrell
Michael Symon – Opinionated, passionate, fabulous
Gordon Ramsay
Rick Bayless
Rachael Ray – Needs to tweet more
Rocco DiSpirito
Ree Drummond – Just like her blog in 140 characters or less
Mario Batali
Food Network
Debi Mazar – HILARIOUS!
Gabriele Corcos – Ditto
Marcus Samuelsson
Ina Garten
Aarti Sequeira – Love her. Down to earth, happy, always makes me smile. Follows a lot of gluten-free folks (YAY!)
Geoffrey Zakarian
Robert Irvine – Incredibly prolific and unafraid to show his brave heart. He loves his job and his new bride.
Mo Rocca
Donatella Arpaia
Nigella Lawson
Melissa d’Arabian
Brian Boitano
Kelsey Nixon
Simon Majumdar
Richard Blais
Martha Stewart – DO NOT JUDGE ME!!
Cooking Channel

If there’s a meeting of the “Addicted to Celebrity Chefs Support Group,” someone please send me the details.

And don’t EVER ask me about my Twitter list of hockey players. It isn’t pretty.

Happy Birthday Julia!!

Today is the 100th Birthday of Julia Child.

It’s also the day I return to blogging!  Coincidence?  Absolutely.  

So I’ve returned from vacation, caught up at work, celebrated my grandson’s birthday, and the Olympics are over.  Time to get back to cooking AND back to blogging.

Julia Child is the first chef I ever watched on television.  I remember being young, watching her on PBS, listening to that distinctive sing-song voice, and absorbing every single syllable.  I LOVED her.  I loved watching her cook stuff I had never seen come out of my mom’s kitchen. I loved it when she gave her opinion on food – like using BIG pieces of meat in her Boeuf Bourguignon rather than the small pieces she referred to as “cat food.”  I loved it when she turned her creations out onto their serving plates, especially when they weren’t perfect.  From Julia Child’s cracked layer cake, I learned that icing fixes everything.  This is a mantra I still use today.

But what I loved most of all, was that Julia Child… on camera… could absolutely TRASH a kitchen.

She and I have this in common.  I cook.  I do not clean.  There is a rule in our house I established early… “I cook, you clean.”  My husband agreed to this very early in our marriage, back when he thought I didn’t like to cook, and when I did I wasn’t very good.  

Guess I showed him.  Now a standard question in my house is “Don’t you know the meaning of ‘clean as you go’?”  

Well yes, I know the meaning, I just don’t care to do it.  Happens a lot in my life.  As an example I also know the meanings of “enema,” “ultra marathon,” and “sucking chest wound.”  

Amazingly enough, I feel the same way about all of those things:  no thanks!

I wonder if Julia Child left the kitchen clean up to husband Paul?  She was a very smart woman.

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA!  Thank you for inspiring me to cook, for showing me that mistakes can still taste good, for teaching me that icing is like spackling compound sent straight from the angels, and for demonstrating that a trashed kitchen is not my problem – as long as I’m the one doing the cooking.

Bon Appetit!