Rachael Ray Roundup

You gotta love a four-day week, huh? I certainly do, but it was a crazy four-day week! Lots of it was spent on exciting new projects for one of the Well Fed Network blogs I write for, Edible TV.

I interviewed (via e-mail) all the finalists for the third season of The Next Food Network Star (the show premieres on Sunday, June 3). Here's the first of the series of interviews.

I also interviewed the Food Network's Guy Fieri via telephone. Guy was exactly like you'd imagine. Now I can understand why his show does so well - he is the same fun and energetic person on the phone as he is on Guy's Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I'll make sure to let you know when the interview is posted at Edible TV.

Here are the Rachael Ray posts from around the blogosphere this week. If you see a post that you think would be good for the Roundup, or you write one yourself, e-mail me so I can be sure to include it.

  • Talk Show Ratings Update: According to Broadcast Newsroom, Rachael Ray's talk show defied the trend - "All of the talk shows were down from last May's time period averages except for rookie champ Rachael Ray, which held steady in rating and gained 14% in share to a 2.0/8. It was the only talker up among the key women 25-54 demo, gaining 10% to a 1.1 rating/8 share."
  • Rachael Ray's Korean Flank Steak recipe jumped across the country from my kitchen and went down the shore with Cate of Sweetnicks. Then she tried Rachael's Soy, Garlic and Ginger Chicken Burgers, which achieved the elusive OMG status. She thought the Chorizo-Stuffed Bread Bites could use a dipping sauce, but were tasty nonetheless.
  • 3R Living, a company that sells eco-friendly, organic products experienced the Rachael Ray effect (again).
  • Claire and Dan at Dog Reflections discuss Rachael Ray and her pit bull Isaboo.

  • Fellow Sacramento Blogger Malinda at Kickin It Up in the Kitchen tried a Rachael Ray recipe that's perfect for any barbecue, Easy Baked Beans with Crispy Bacon.

  • Rachael's recipe for Cornflake Chicken was adapted and featured on an NPR story about quick cooking for families.
  • Soapdom reports that Rachael Ray will be a presenter at the Daytime Emmy Awards (via Mike at TV Food Fan).
  • Rachael Ray's magazine got the ball rolling and inspired a great idea, which you can check out at Sparkly Like a Holiday.
  • On a more serious note, Tom Spriggs of The Reluctant Millionaire writes an interesting piece about those who participate in website devoted to hating Rachael Ray.

  • Becke at Columbus Foodie used Rachael Ray's bechamel sauce recipe for a Croque Madame.


  1. Great job on the food network interviews. I've been wondering about them.

  2. Some of their answers were pretty predictable while others were hee-larious.

  3. Madeline, someone mentioned rachel ray on their post secret and I thought of this site!




  4. Thank you, Kelly! I will post about it on Monday.

  5. Congrats on the interviews. The first was great. Can't wait to see the others.

  6. The first episode was great, too! I thought Grella was going home because he answered our questions last!

  7. I think it's fascinating that E! and Food Network both aired their profiles of Rachael at the very same hour Sunday, 6/3. I also think those who run anti-Rachael blogs/sites--while they have every right to express their dislike for her--are missing out on the point. She doesn't need a degree to be a great cook. She had years of training, much of it on the job. And I agree with Mo Rocca, one of the celeb judges on "Iron Chef America" when she and Giada went toe to toe(aided and/or directed by Mario Batali and Bobby Flay, respectively. Rocca believed she should accept the title "Chef." I just enjoy watching RR because she's so outgoing and much of her humor is directed at herself.

  8. Well said, Anony. I couldn't agree more.


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