30 Minute Meals (2001– )

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Rachael whips up a delicious and flavorful 3 course meal from start to finish in under 30 minutes.

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Rachael whips up a delicious and flavorful 3 course meal from start to finish in under 30 minutes.

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Set can be seen in the episode "Dining Out" from the 2005 season of "Law & Order" See more »

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Host: Oh my gravy!
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A middlebrow cooking show for people who like to cook but have nothing to prove
22 October 2005 | by (Wavy Wheat, Nebraska) – See all my reviews

If you want to eat better for less money, and you have no ambition to be the next "Barefoot Contessa", but you are willing to put just a little time and effort into your meals, Rachael Ray is your woman.

Cute, perky, vivacious, and obviously intelligent without being overbearing or pedantic, Ray's on-screen persona and mannerisms seems to irritate some viewers. However I don't have a problem with with her, and I'm a hyper-ironic smart-*ss. I have absolutely no patience or tolerance for the usual run of "Lifetime Movie Network" and "Oprah Channel" programming formats, but Rachael doesn't rub me raw the way most middlebrow soccer-mom programming can. I feel that she works at providing a screen persona that makes the kitchen an accessible, non-threatening place for anyone who will take the time to learn and experiment.

As promised by the show title, in every episode Ray prepares a 3-4 course meal based around a theme (Provencal, Sicilian, New England, Mideastern, "comfort foods", tail-gating etc) using ingredients usually available from a large full service grocery store. She starts cooking at the beginning of the show, and does all the work,including the chopping and grating,etc (she might have the oven preheated or something like that). She just walks around to her pantry, her refrigerator and her cupboards and pulls out ingredients and utensils, that she needs, as she narrates what she's doing and why she is doing it (typically the flavors in one dish will complement or reinforce the ingredients in the other dishes), and continues to work during the commercial breaks. By the time the show is concluded, Ray will be portioning the completed meal out on a plate and tasting it as the credits roll. This is in contrast to most other cooking shows where the host will start out preparing something in front of the camera, and then essentially pull out a completed version of the dish which was made before hand (after hours of baking, steeping, etc).

It's a great gimmick, and because you can see what Ray is doing and how easy she makes it look, it inspires you to try to follow in her footsteps. I am no great shakes as a cook, and have very little patience, but I can follow Ray's recipes and make them work to provide satisfying, flavor packed meals in the time as it would normally take to order a pizza or go out to a fast food restaurant. Believe me, if I can do it, anyone can. And BTW I've lost an inch from my waistline (important for a man pushing 50) in six months while never feeling cheated or deprived, or even thinking about 'dieting', and I figure I have saved close to a grand on food in that same time period by doing basic kitchen work in the way she demonstrates.

So overall, I am just incredibly smug and pleased with myself, and I have Ray, Alton Brown, and (non Food Network) writer Russ Klettke to thank for it. So pay no heed to the commentors who take issue with her mannerisms and her perkiness - Ray is the real deal when it comes to getting the most out of one of the most important aspects of living without turning into a yuppie Martha Stewart pretender.

And just so you don't think I have a "Judy Garland" crush on the lady, I can't be bothered to watch her other 2 (or is it 3) shows - 30-60 minutes of cooking info in a day is more than enough!!


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