Last week, I found myself laid up at home with a case of pink eye. I think the last time I had pink eye was when I was eight years old, and having it as an adult is just as gross. Here’s a quick public service announcement: if you have pink eye, stay home! Don’t go around town rubbing your eye and then touching doorknobs and handles! Be responsible, and stay home and watch TV so you don’t spread the horror. That’s what I did. Thank you.
I’ll admit, I didn’t have a super severe case, and thankfully it was just in my right eye. I was still able to do some work from home (which is where I work most of the time anyway), but when my eye throbbed too much to focus on my laptop screen, I took a break. A super long break that turned into a Food Network marathon.
There are certain channels that I am drawn to during specific events. Lazy Sundays are my WEtv days, watching Bridezillas and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera. Holidays are for Syfy, when they air The Twilight Zone all day and I know that whenever I have a chance to tune in, I’m going to like the episode. When I’m sick, it’s Food Network, most likely because I’m too tired to cook and just looking at food is enough to sustain me.
There’s also a soothing effect. When Paula Deen is cooing about butter, I don’t have to think. When Bobby Flay throws down, all I have to do is listen and dream about a time when I can be invited to one of those events and sample awesome food from Flay and his competitor. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule: If Rachael Ray comes on, the channel turns off. Same with Sandra Lee.
Because I was on a food kick, at one point I switched over to the Cooking Channel, which has been on the air for a little more than a year. I found my new favorite TV chef, Chuck Hughes, star of Chuck’s Day Off. The set up of his show is fun; he uses his one day off a week to cook for and eat with important people in his life, from his hockey team to the guy who brings him bread every day. Chuck’s cute, makes yummy looking food, and runs a successful restaurant in Montreal. Be still my heart.
I’m now intrigued by the Cooking Channel, which feels more real than Food Network. There’s a slightly controversial show on there called Bitchin’ Kitchen, which viewers either love or hate. It’s a comedy cooking show (random!) based on a web series, with over the top characters and and a slightly creepy set that includes doll heads mingling with pots and pans. It airs Wednesday nights at 10, and I’m going to give it a chance the next time it’s on. Maybe this show and Chuck’s Day Off will cure me of just watching food shows when I’m sick in bed!
Do you have a channel that you only watch during certain times? For Food Network junkies, who is your favorite personality? And if you’re an actual chef, will you please come to my house and make me dinner?