Kiss the Cook and a Recipe!

Are you hooked on cooking shows like me?   Ever since Graham Kerr and Julia Child hit the television screens, I’ve been watching master chefs garnish creative dishes that tempt the palate.  They were the front runners of what was to be a chef/cooking show explosion on the tube.  And I couldn’t be happier about it.

There’s nothing more relaxing to me (other than reading) than to plop down on the sofa or cozy up in my bed to view chefs mince, dice and chop their way to an amazing meal.  I’m a big fan of instant gratification.   And viewers get that with a cooking show.  We see single ingredients blend and combine with others to make a delicious meal appear right before our eyes in just an hour.  Sometimes in as short of time as half an hour. 

One favorite DVR-able show I enjoy is Rachel Ray, famous for her cookbooks and 30 Minute Meals.  Rachel also has a morning talk show where she interviews and cooks with celebrities as well as other renowned chefs.    

Iron Chef and Chopped and Cupcake Wars are great competition cooking shows.  It’s not ONLY about the food, but it’s about the chefs themselves, their personalities, their style and how they present the food to the judges that intrigues me.  All channel surfing comes to an abrupt halt if I like the show’s format. 

Probably my favorite cooking/talk show combined is The Chew where five famous chefs come together to dish about food, recipes and current trends.   I’m not sure The Chew airs in all cities, but on the west coast it airs at noon.  Thanks to my DVR, I watch it nightly and smile along with Iron Chef, Michael Symon,  Mario Batali, Daphne Oz, Carla Hall and Clinton Kelly.  (Did I say 5 chefs? Make that 4 ½. Clinton does a great Craft Corner segment I totally enjoy).   Themed shows every day like Bold BBQ or Mother’s Day Brunch or Extra-Value Friday make it fun to watch and somehow those five hosts always make me laugh.  Not only does the viewing audience learn how to put together scrumptious meals, but we learn how to use new kitchen gadgets (like the mandolin for zesting) and the latest in food nutrition. 

Today, I thought I’d share with you an easy-peasy chicken recipe I’ve learned from Rachel Ray.  I make this dish once a week…it’s a family fav and it’s done in less than 30 minutes.  

Four skinless boneless chicken breasts

Honey Dijon mustard

Seasoned Panko  (or bread crumbs)

Olive oil

Salt and Pepper


Preheat oven to 400. 

In a rectangular casserole dish add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to coat the bottom.  You don’t need much.

Salt and pepper chicken to taste

Spread Dijon mustard thoroughly on one side of chicken only

Dip the mustard side into Panko bread crumbs until well coated

Place coated chicken face up in casserole dish

Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  (The time varies depending on the thickness of the chicken.  I pound mine down to flatten them)


Time for you to dish!  Do you watch cooking shows?  What are your favorites?  Do you have a favorite celebrity chef?  


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26 thoughts on “Kiss the Cook and a Recipe!”

  1. I LOVE Food Network. I started with The Galloping Gourmet and am still watching. Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives has introduced us to some new favorite restaurants across the country. And thx for the RR recipe!

  2. That does look like an easy recipe. I’ll have to try it. I have to admit, I’m not much of a cook and usually don’t have the patience for some of the more difficult recipes. But, give me an easy one and I’ll all for it. I can’t wait to get my hands on Sunset Seduction since I really enjoyed Sunset Surrender.

  3. Since I live alone and usually cook for one (if you can call it cooking) the cooking shows aren’t usually my thing. When I make something it’s usually soup that I can warm up or take to my friend. The shows make me wish I had the time and circumstances to do that fancy stuff. But your recipe sounds yummy. I’ll be saving that for the occasional company dinner.
    P.S. I’m amazed that you can write those wonderful books, care for your family and cook great meals–from your garden yet!

  4. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Chew. It’s the only cooking show I watch. From 1-2 is my sit down, leave me alone time.

  5. Charlene, I’m a huge fan of Cupcake Wars and–okay, I admit it– Cake Boss. What a hoot! Thanks for the easy peasy recipe. I’m always looking for easy peasy!!!

  6. Charlene, I love your books. I’m excited to see a new one in JUNE!!!!!!!
    This recipe looks so crazy easy EVEN I CAN DO IT!!!!
    I don’t have the ingredients of course, but soon!!!!

    I watched Restaurant Impossible faithfully last year, for some reason I got out of the habit, but I liked it.
    And if I can, I watch The Pioneer Woman Cooks on Saturday mornings.

  7. I love The Chew. Most of the recipes are beyond me but I enjoy it anyway lol. Another similar and simple recipe is use a mustard of your choice (I like honey mustard) and instead of the breadcrumbs add the canned onion rings.

  8. HI Renee – Yep, Cupcake Wars is one of my favs too. And I enjoy Buddy Valasco, when he’s on Rachel Ray. Never will attempt doing cakes though. But I like to watch him create those amazing designs.

  9. I LOVE cooking shows–starting way back when with Molto Mario. And what can I say, I even have the Mario endorsed orange Crocs for work. In a kitchen. 🙂

    I can’t say as I have a favorite, since I watch so many. And I really enjoy redoing the chef’s recipes to fix my household’s likes and dislikes.

  10. You’re welcome Charlene! I always enjoying reading your posts and seeing what you’re up to. Thanks again for the recipe.

  11. I love cooking shows and I watch The Chew everyday…And I adored the Galloping Gourmet with Graham Kerr. Wish he was still on TV.. he was hilarious. And you can bet this book will be on my bookshelf.

  12. Hi Charlene, great post! Fortunately I married a man who learned to cook as a fireman and LOVES it. I don’t like it much, I’m scared of big knives and cooking with yeast. Yet I do rise to the occasion once in a while. And I LOVE cooking shows. Masterchef just started up and I’m already hooked. That one features “home” cooks, not professionals, so I kinda identify with them more. I like Top Chef, too, but think Collichio is snooty. I’m definitely gonna try your recipe one of the nights I get inspired. (Okay, it might be 2014 by then but I promise!) xoxox

  13. Hi Tanya – Yep, I’ve got a few Master Chefs on my DVR. I watching the American Baking competition last night. Did you see it? I bet Tim will make that easy peasy recipe for you soon… enjoy and stay away from cooking with yeast!! I hear you there!!

  14. HI Lizzie — oh those crocs crack me up. Molto Mario was fun to watch, but Mario will never make a fashion statement with the way he dresses. I know he’s a better cook than dresser, but gotta love the guy!!

  15. The Dijon Chicken dish sounds good. I’ve copied it and will try it soon. We love chicken and fix it often. It will be nice having something new. I have all the ingredients on hand.

    I don’t watch many cooking shows. My daughter and grandson love them and are always commenting on something good they saw. Years ago I watched a few cake decorating shows and enjoyed them. It is amazing what they can do. Now, I see the cooking segments on the TODAY SHOW and have gotten some good recipes from them.

    I’ll be looking for SUNSET SEDUCTION.

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