Friday, January 11, 2008

Make Sure it's Really Good...


This post may sound a little like an Austin style rant, but as a caveat, I would like to say that I enjoy Ina Garten. She seems like a very nice lady, and the food she makes generally sounds appealing, otherwise I'd stop watching her show. That being said, she has some eccentricities that crack me up. Today she was making Asian Marinated Salmon, and the marinade had three ingredients. I kid you not, as she was adding each ingredient she said the words "really good".

"Start out with three tablespoons of really good Dijon mustard. Add one tablespoon of really good soy sauce, and as you whisk those together, gradually add one cup of really good olive oil."

The mustard and the oil I could maybe justify, but really good soy sauce? Is there such a thing as really bad soy sauce? Does the distinction need to be made?

I've also decided that they must have some really interesting hardware stores in the Hampton's, because she manages to buy everything under the sun at the hardware store. Today she was using a food mill, talking about how it was one of her favorite kitchen tools, and she said "And the best part is, you can just pick them up at the hardware store." Really? I'm pretty sure they don't carry food mill's at Home Depot or Lowe's.

The other day I was watching an episode where she was making something with mozzarella in it, and she said "And make sure it's really good mozzarella, not that rubber stuff you buy at the grocery store". Huh? Where else am I supposed to buy mozzarella? Probably the hardware store.

6 comments:

Emily said...

This was a really good post with some really good wit.

pam said...

I have to tell you about once when I was watching the show, America's Test Kitchens, and they did a taste trial of different soy sauces. There really was a big difference, according them, among the different brands and types. I bought some at the dollar store and decided it was kind of watered down. So I guess you don't buy really good soy sauce at the dollar store. You get what you pay for.

Nancy said...

Oh Ange, apparently you're not very la di da. There is a huge distinction between really good and normal or cheap. Duh. Mom, don't buy food products at the dollar store! Stick to Dad's cheap cologne. And ya ANge, I've got Ina's back, she's my girl.

Austin said...

The Hardware Store, With the Mozerella, in the Hamptons. Sounds like a game of Clue. Good Post.

P.S. I'll take the reference as a compliment.

Becky said...

Ha Ha Ha! You have a way with the zingers, Ang! And I have really good luck with Kikkoman's Soy Sauce. It's really good. Really.

That said, Ina Rocks!

pam said...

Mustn't forget that when you use one of Ina's recipes, always use really good vanilla, that's one she says a lot.