The End of an Era

Wow. I'm kinda shocked by this. I still refuse to say the name of the site on my blog, but I have to admit that the owner of that site and I had a few cordial e-mails, so I was never really riled up about it. Plus every time they linked to me, I got great exposure for my blog. For the most part, I just ignored them.

However, I was so pleased to see this comment from Misty (the owner of that site): "Life is too short to be so negative and mean-spirited." On a personal note, I am a huge advocate of the idea that happiness is a choice and participating in that site could not be making people happy. (For more on this idea, check out Dennis Prager and his book Happiness Is a Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual.) I can think of no better reason for shutting it down, regardless of a person's feelings for Rachael Ray.

So, I really do consider this the end of an era. As mentioned in this Grub Street post (which is what made me wonder about the status of that site), maybe people are finally over the hating. Maybe they have realized that while Rachael Ray's recipes aren't for everyone, they certainly do help a huge number of people who don't want to be chefs, but just want to get a meal on the table for their family that isn't from the freezer or a box.
I am so excited to see that all that negativity has vanished from the internet. I am sure it will crop up somewhere else, but it's encouraging that someone has realized how futile it is to participate in being mean just for the sake of being mean.

Photo from Every Day with Rachael Ray.


  1. Nicely said, madeline. I agree with you 100 percent and then some. She helps loads of people including myself.

  2. I am glad that the owner realises what you said too. Everytime I have cooked a RR recipe for people they have loved it and asked for the recipe. Plus the charity work she does.It is good news.

  3. Love Dennis Prager and that book! Everyone should read! I agree...being positive or being's all a choice!

  4. I don't understand why foodies can be so hateful towards Rachael Ray. RR never professes be a chef. Before I really honed my cooking skills, it was RR who taught me how to chop and dice in no time at all. Since RR gave me an arsenal of quick meals, from scratch, there is no more KFC or any kind of takeout or fast food. Her recipes are simple, made with easy to find ingredients... yeah, I'm sick of hearing Yum-o and mmmm,mmm,mmm...but I just tune it out. She still rocks with making dinner possible in a short amount of time. I'm sure she's laughing all the way to the bank! If I want to learn more gourmet... then I tune into trained chefs. Bottom line-- I can't cook and eat like a cover of Bon Apetit every night. It's just not realistic.

  5. It made my day to find out that that hateful website is no more! Our society is in such dire straits that we can no longer afford such "shenanigans."

    Suffice it to say, we have Perez Hilton, who seems to love "dumping" on Rachael every now and then, and making a career out of it.

    Then there's Anthony Bourdain. If only he would go away, and that is all I have to say about him.

    Finally, to this day I deeply miss "$40 A Day," a show that is needed more than ever in these desperate times. Am trying to suggest that her daytime show do a kind of "$40 A Day" segment, about buying local and contributing to communities. The best restaurants ever are the locally owned-and operated establishments that more often than not use local food and produce products raised locally by local farmers that do not work for large corporations. These community "lifebloods" need to survive and thrive in these tough times.


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