Having a restful Sunday – aka recovering from my visit to Dram Whiskey Bar the night before – I watched my favorite channel, The Food Network. It’s just one of those channels that when surfing I can pause just to see what’s cooking and get stuck for a couple of hours. Unfortunately, on Sunday I was drawn into “Down Home with the Neely’s.” The show is about Patrick and Gina Neely, owners of a BBQ restaurant in Memphis. So on Sunday’s show it was French toast stuffed with bananas Foster, brown-sugar glazed bacon, hash browns with Canadian bacon and chives, and white hot chocolate with coconut. Upon hearing the simple words of “glazed bacon” I continued to watch – plus I didn’t want to get up from my comfort to retrieve the remote from across the room.
What I was not prepared for was the fact that this was not only a cooking show but a relationship video for married couples. You get pulled in by the playful banter between a husband and wife; but then you realize some of their comments are not food related at all. It’s like hearing your mom and dad saying something about their sex life – I’m feeling faint. Here are some of lines from the show that sends the acid to the back of my throat:
Gina: “Pat loves my brown sugar”
Pat: “Breakfast is the best way to get the day started. Well, that and…” Gina: “Oooo, I knew he was making his way to somethin’!”
Pat: “Oooo, baby, that looks good. Give me some sugar!” (insert weird kiss and hug here)
Pat and Gina together: “When the girls are away, Mom and daddy know how to play!”
When I watch The Food Network, I want to see cuisine that makes me want to get in the kitchen and start cooking. I shouldn’t have to block images of Pat, Gina and something to do with her brown sugar. I do not want to be a part of their culinary mating dance. So Food Network, we enjoy the cooking shows but leave the marriage advice and innuendos to Dr. Phil or Maury Povich. Oh, and thank God you didn’t have think of this concept with Emeril Lagasse. BARF!
For those who are curious – here is the recipe that drew me in to watching the Neely’s love fest. 😉
Gina’s Brown Sugar Bacon
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, 8 slices
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper together in a medium bowl. Add bacon and toss. Line a baking sheet with a wire rack and lay bacon on the rack. Pat any remanding spice mixture on the bacon. Put the baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and bake until crisp, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven to a serving dish and let cool slightly before serving.