Has anyone noticed that Paula Deen has jumped into the sea of Sandra Leeish trashiness? I feel like ever since she moved the show to Savannah, the stuff she's making is steering into the land of prepackaged garbage.
For example, her eclair cake calls for:
1 (1-pound) box graham crackers
2 (3 1/4-ounce) boxes instant French vanilla pudding
3 1/2 cups milk
1 (8-ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
Whipped topping? What happened to the days she gleefully whipped her own cream?
And what are the first two ingredients in her spicy cinnamon pecan cake?
1 (18-ounce) package spice cake mix
1 (4 serving) package instant vanilla pudding mix
And her quick crab stew?
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of potato soup
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of celery soup
It's not all that much more time-consuming to just saute some diced potatoes with the onions, make a roux, and add some whole milk instead of using the condensed cream of sodium.
Finally, I might propose that not only could the change in scenery be the cause of such trashiness but also the presence of her two boys. How do Jaime and Bobby make doughnuts? Deep fry canned biscuits and toss them in sugar and cinnamon. Case closed.
In earlier shows there have been the ocassional uses of prepackaged good with liberal uses of frozen pie crust. But it seems like two of the three dishes she makes in each episode are just advertisements for Kraft crap in a box. I myself have three boxes of Kraft mac 'n cheese in my cupboards but no way will I pass adding some peas and chopped salami to a box of Kraft mac 'n cheese as a recipe.
On a non-food-tv note, how much am I loving the new season of Grey's Anatomy? A whole effing lot. Great character development, great acting. They just need to tone down the over the top plotlines. Bubonic plague? What is this, ER?