: mamabing, you need to be on "The Food Network" channel - Rachael Ray has nothing on you
I love watching all the cooking shows and reading your recipes - but the funny thing is - I don't cook - my food either comes out of the microwave oven or a drive thru window
But after reading your recipe for pork chops, I am going to cook those!
I live in Rachel Ray's neck of the woods and am very familiar with her background up here in upstate New York. I have watched her from way back when in the early days with Dan DiNicola (he is now deceased - his wife had died some years earlier of an unfortunate untimely death). Rachel was cooking in our local Price Chopper Supermarkets as well, so it's nice to see we have raised a celebrity from our area.
I thought I'd add a little something about Rachel Ray's early days as she is local to my area, and lives a little bit north of where I live in New York State. She, of course, is very popular here because of her humble beginnings.
Mini Biography for
Her hometown is Lake George, New York (a well-known tourist spot in NY), which is about 40 minutes north of where I live, Clifton Park, New York, where she presently lives with her husband, mother, a dog, a cat and two fishes. Moved to upstate New York when she was in first grade. (At one time her family owned several restaurants called the Carvery in and around Falmouth and Mashpee, Massachusetts. I used to watch her shows religiously every night when I came home from work).
After college, she worked as candy manager at Macy's Marketplace in New York. She was promoted to the fresh food section, then left Macy's and became a chef and buyer at a gourmet store. She moved out of New York City and while working in a shop in Albany, she held cooking lessons, along with her sidekick, Dan DiNicola in the popular local supermarket which has stores all over the northeast. (Price Chopper Supermarket), and caught the attention of a local television (Channel 6 - television station in Niskayuna, New York-a suburb northwest of Albany, New York . The station began cooking segments which later became "30 Minute Meals" (2001).....and the rest, as they say, is history.