Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Well, the Next Food Network Star show ended its sixth season last Sunday.  I am just writing about the finale now because frankly, I was underwhelmed with the winner.  I understand the choice the Food Network made.  I just do not agree with it.  I am seriously not excited about it.

The two other contestants in the final three would have sparked more excitement from me.  I like the idea of cooking healthy with flavor.  That is actually how I got started cooking.  While in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I used Cooking Light magazines to cook healthy and as an affordable means of entertainment (not that I had much time on my hands for that).  Plus, cooking with big, bold flavors with my chosen winner would have made me jump and shout!

It appears that the Next Food Network Star, whose new show kicked off yesterday (needless to say, I missed it), had a unique perspective that was different than her fellow finalists and other Food Network stars, I never got excited about her food.  My view of her was clouded by week after week of her doubting herself.  That was the storyline I got from the winner, not food that "wowed" me. 

I do wish her well, though.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Thanksgiving is coming. Hopefully, you know where you're going or what you're doing for the holiday. Sometimes, each family member brings a dish over and sometimes one person does all the cooking. This year, we are invited to bring an appetizer or dessert. I got by last year arriving empty-handed - my family member did all the cooking, though. I don't want to start an unflattering streak. I'll be bring chocolate-filled croissants for an appetizer. Chocolate always goes over well!

When I was in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I had a chance to stay in Charlotte without my family and cook my first Thanksgiving dinner for a friend visiting from out of town. I've done 1 or 2 other Thanksgivings for my family. I got that out of my system! Cooking is not one of my favorites things. It's not that I cannot cook. It's that I'd prefer to do other activities and I need cooking as an obligation for nourishment. For Thanksgiving, the pressure of cooking for a hungry, captive audience is something I can do without. I guess the pressure also comes from not having alternatives - most stores are closed at a certain point, where getting a back-up meal is not an option. So, you're in the hot seat. One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes to savor is the stuffing or dressing, depending on what part of the country you're in.

This year, I will also be reuniting with high school classmates for our 20th high school reunion. Although Thanksgiving at our school was a major pilgrimage for alumni, it is not the case as much. We'll have a great time with those who attend. I'm hoping I can stand any old photos of me.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 

 

 
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