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Friday, July 15, 2005 

Happy Chef Blogging Friday!

My cyber pal Fletch, over at the fabulous No Direction Home, has a hankering for one particular chef....

Rachel Ray. (the photo big enough, Fletch?)

I can't blame him. She's talented, attractive, can whip up a delicious meal in no time and knows how to save money. When Fletch finally gets his new kitchen set up, I'm sure that anyone of these would be a nice "kitchen warming present." Well...I think that Fletch might actually prefer Rachel herself as a kitchen warming present....but I'm not going to go there....

People pick on Rachel. And, it's not that often that Slate magazine comes into the verbal fray battling for a chef....but they defend Ms. Ray against the "snobs".

And professional chefs, including Slate food writer Sara Dickerman, turn up their noses when Ray comes around. It's easy to see why: Ray rejects specialty ingredients, elaborate recipes, and other foodie staples. But she deserves our respect. She understands how Americans really cook, and she's an exceptional entertainer.
Since it is going to be 103+ again today....I think a one of Rachel's Mochaccinos would be in order! So...Cheers, Fletch!

MOCHACCINO SHAKES

1 cup cold milk
1 cup strong black coffee, regular or decaf
1/2 cup chocolate syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pints coffee flavor ice cream
Whipped cream in spray canister, garnish
Chocolate shavings, garnish


To a blender, add 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of coffee, 1/4 cup of syrup, and the cinnamon. Puree to combine ingredients. Add 1 pint ice cream and blend until smooth. Pour into 2 frosted fountain glasses or tall glasses and garnish with swirls of whipped cream, an extra pinch of cinnamon, and some chocolate savings and serve. Repeat to make 2 more shakes.

She has like 4 TV shows now?? They should make one called the "The Real Naked Chef", starring Rachael instead of that goofy English kid.

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