Sunday, March 15, 2009

Nobody's perfect or Clearly I still have issues with Rachel Ray

According to Ray: It's franks and beans, corn dogs and chili dogs all in one!
I'd add that it's also a disaster in your oven.

This week let me know that we, as a society, are getting over our collective issues with Rachael Ray. In honour of this, I decided to make a recipe that I've been wanting to try for a while.

First, I should clarify that I always thought that RR was undeserving of the enormous amount of hate that was regularly directed at her. There was even a website dedicated to hating her — the aptly named, "Rachael Ray Sucks!," that I'm glad to see has been abandoned. My only real issue with her was when she decided to ruin both salad and mini cheeseburgers by creating the heinous Mini Cheeseburger Salad.

Then came the Franks and Beans Casserole (video; recipe) — a dish that I thought would be suitable for what I decided would be he last casserole of the year, and kind of appropriate for eating while watching Rock of Love Bus (if that's what you choose to do with your Sunday evening).*

Unfortunately, the recipe didn't work out. I should have watched the video, instead of just following the recipe. Had I done that, I would have noticed the following:

1. Her skillet was anything but standard-sized (the recipe calls for large, not enormous).

2. She seems to suggest that you should follow the package directions for prep on corn muffins box, whereas the recipe just calls for corn muffin mix by weight and adding the listed liquid ingredients.

3. Her hot dogs seem to "reduce" quite a bit; mine didn't. Probably because mine were free-range organic all-beef hot dogs, and definitely looked different.**

The result: My largest casserole dish could not contain the mixture, the cornmeal topping never fully cooked, and the hot dogs tasted kinda funny. Oh well, you can't win 'em all.




*Happy Birthday Brett!
**I guess there
is no natural hot dog. 

Click here for my second attempt.

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