I Hate jill Zarin Top Chef Masters / Real Housewives News

 

I Hate Jill Zarin  Top Chef Masters / Housewives News

Top Chef Masters

  I will say I enjoyed last night’s episode, there was a bit of vegeterian drama but the show is growing on me.  It’ll never be Top Chef with our beloved Tom Colicchio but Curtis Stone is doing a great job and the chef’s seem to be giving it their best shot. 

Top Chef Masters – The Biggest Loser (originally aired April 28)
 
Quickfire – SAY CHEESE! YAY! Better than bacon!  by Harvey
 
So – make a great cheese dish. Ummm, yeah….great dry, crumbly cheddar on a cracker with a very thin layer of fig jam. Any good cheese by itself is a great dish. The key here is definitely going to be “don’t muck up a good thing.” The winner will get 5k for charity and immunity on the elimination challenge. They have 12 minutes. Lots of that unsafe running in the kitchen going on. Naomi grabs a stinky soft French cheese called chaume which is going to be a sauce for a skirt steak. Traci makes a goat cheese carpaccio and explains that you want to use all parts of the cheese from the center to the rind because different parts have different flavors. More unsafe running in the kitchen. George suffered the childhood trauma of expecting his parents to give him gifts like toy cars and instead getting stinky cheeses they’d bought on their international travels, but this is what caused him to become a chef. He’s making an onion gratin. Floyd is using a Mexican cheese called Queso Cotija. It appears to be the dry, hard form of this cheese which is relatively bland. The wetter form is slightly similar to feta. He is going to put it on steamed corn on the cob. Suvir is making what he calls a Calvin Klein dish. Huh? It is cheese pakora (Indian deep-fried snacks; dredge something in gram flower and deep-fry it) two ways. One with mozzarella di bufala and the other with gouda with tamarind chutney. Curtis says GOWDA, not GOOOODA. Celina made manchego with crispy carrot, fig, golden raisin and sherry. Sounds perfect to me. Hugh made a crisp camellia goat cheese (a Camembert-like cheese) with fried quail egg, pepper salad, and hazelnut vinaigrette. Naomi’s chaume cheese toast with skirt steak, apples, onions, and balsamic vinaigrette is a hit. Now Mary Sue’s cotija and gouda empanada with tomatillo salsa. They are astonished that she made the dough fresh. George’s onion and grana padano (hard Italian cow’s milk cheese) gratin, quail egg, grilled bread and aspargus has too much onion, says Norbert. Alex made a quesadilla of Rochetta and proscuitto with pickeled asparagus and a fried quail egg.  Guess quail eggs are the new scallop?  Floyd’s cotija elote (Spanish for corn) has crème fraiche and pepper. The judge thinks there is too much pepper. Traci used colombier (a raw milk goat cheese) and prosciutto to make a carpaccio with argula and croutons.
 
The judge is Norbert Wabnig from the Beverly Hills Cheese Shop. He loved Naomi’s and Traci’s, both because of the choice of the cheese and also because the dishes highlighted the cheese. Fair enough. And Traci is the winner. Thank goodness. A win would have made Naomi completely insufferable. In a rare show of non-zen, Suvir makes a sour face and takes a very unprofessional pot-shot at Traci. We can’t understand what he says, but he says he is very ticked off. Yeah, we always knew the zen thing was a total façade. It always is. The more zen someone claims to be, the more it is hiding an angry beast.
 
The elimination challenge is creating a calorie-conscious dish. The segment is introduced by the blond chick, Alison Sweeney, from the Biggest Loser, and the two trainers, Cara and Brett. Let’s say this up-front. It is a total downer to go out to dinner and have someone start talking about healthy foods, calories, cholesterol, and so on. Eat healthy at home, enjoy yourself when you go out. Unless you are eating out all the time…
 
So they are told to take the crap that the Biggest Losers love to eat. Garbage like deep-dish pizza, cheeseburgers, fries, meatball subs. Fried chicken and mashed potatos. Chefs are to provide the same items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, creating a full day’s worth of meals that will satisfy the cravings. With under 1500 calories total. Easy. Make it just the way it is, but give them only two tablespoons. Just like Weight Watchers does….
 
And they are working with the contestants from the Biggest Loser. I hate these stupid diet shows. No one can live like that, having someone watch every bite that goes into their mouths and exercising hours a day.
 
Now the teams start planning. They have to cut the calories in these items by 2/3 or more. Of course, what they are making bears little or no relationship to the originals. Like how spring rolls and kelp noodles replace   , I don’t know. So really this is not about satisfying the cravings. It is about making anything they can think of that will add up to under 1500 calories.
 
Nutritionists help them keep track of the calorie counts, but it is not likely that they are going to use bomb calorimeters to actually measure the calories.
 
Food comes out and we again have Restaurant Hurl Danyelle Freedman, James Oseland, and Alan Sytsma. Ruth Reichl is gone this week. I don’t blame her. She probably didn’t want to be on the same planet as Freedman and Systma. Naomi’s French toast with spelt bread, berries, scrambled eggs, and mixed berries looks horrible. Which is the thing about healthy eating. Trying to replace the “real thing” is pointless. Don’t even try. You will end up still craving whatever you wanted. Instead have something really good that isn’t meant to make you forget about real French toast. You will just end up dreaming about French toast 24/7. The corned beef hash with eggs over easy was replaced with turkey-root vegetable hash. Bacon, egg and cheese with hash browns was replaced with turkey bacon and eggs whites on Ezekiel bread. People are saying nice things but no one is saying YUM or doing the OMG eye roll. There is no enjoyment going on. Oseland finally admits it – this dish (the turkey bacon and eggs whites on Ezekiel bread) really makes me want fat and salt.
 
Lunch goes out. Buffalo meatballs with onions, tomato, farro, spinach, and ginger. Alex made oven fried chicken covered with panko and corn crumbs, corn bread made with nonfat yoghurt, and sweet potato puree. Traci’s idea of a Chinese buffet had broccoli beef, cabbage salad, and rice and wonton soup. The judges love the meatballs but not the fried chicken or the corn bread. Again, nice things said about the Chinese buffet, but no enthusiasm. No raves, but it might satisfy the cravings.
 
OK, let’s try dinner. George actually believes that there is a substitute for pizza. No. There is not. Whole wheat pizza with tomato coulis and smoked mozzarella. There is some limited enthusiasm for the pizza, but not much. The veggie burger doesn’t taste at all like a burger. It is not a substitute for meat. Well, duh. Eat a freaking burger. Just not every day of the week. Danyelle and Alan love the mini-meat dish (again, Lean Cuisine. Weight Watchers  -secret is tiny portion). The sub for the cheeseburger is a veggie burger. Mr. Zen gives us an obnoxious lecture on red meat and how it is any enemy of our hears. Which happens to be what Hugh is serving. A small portion of flank steak, a lean cut. He makes a joke about Suvir’s lecture about red meat. He included fingerling potatoes and green asparagus. And that’s the point. Just eat LESS. You can have what you want. Eat less of it. Now Mr. Zen is having a fight with Hugh. He takes another potshot – this time at Hugh’s dish.
 
And now the desert. Brownies. Each team has a couple hundred calories to play with. That is all we are going to hear/see about the dessert. You can just imagine how crappy the faux brownies must be. Fortunately, the portions are miniscule!
 
Naomi, Floyd, and George are first to face the judges. They win. Floyd’s pizza is the winner.
 
Suvir, Mary Sue, and Alex are on the losing team. Suvir says that his loser might not enjoy the food, but he had a statement to make. He says he is working for people who are losing weight and he starts with the lecture again about the red meat. Curtis cuts him off. The judges didn’t like Mary Sue’s egg and Danyelle thought the turkey hash should have been diced more finely. Alex’s corn bread was like a hockey puck and they didn’t care for the texture of the chicken. It wasn’t moist and not flavorful. The judges acknowledged that while they didn’t care for some items, the challenge was to satisfy cravings, so they focused on what the losers liked or didn’t. Danyelle wanted the veggies cut smaller. Holy cow would someone please cut this woman’s food for her? Can we eliminate her? Worst judge ever?
 
And Suvir is auffed! I’m guessing it was a combo of his lousy “burger” and his lousy attitude towards his loser. She was going to eat what he thought she should eat. Notwithstanding the fact that it has been shown time and again that making radical and/or rapid changes in a diet is the best way to assure that you will fail.
 
Now here’s the thing. EVERYONE EVERYONE EVERYONE knows how to eat healthy. We all now that too much fat, too much salt, too much sugar is not good. We all know the drill – more fruits and veggies, less red meat, less fat, less salt, etc. We all know to read the labels. To shop the outside aisles of the store. Ferchrisake is there anyone alive who thinks that potato chips and soda are health foods?
 
No. It is not about knowing. It is and always will be about will power. True, there are people who do not have access to good healthy food at a reasonable cost, which is particularly true for fresh produce. And that in turn is a function of our bizarre food subsidy policy. But for nearly everyone, there are better choices available, including portion control. It is about will power. Which is something no chef, no trainer, no TV show can give us. 
 
 Housewives News

Our good friend Terry Aley posted this interesting article, a link to a You-Tube Video of an interview with Jill Zarin, Terry noticed that Jill contradicts herself frequently and as I reported a few days ago, Jill said that viewers have short memories.  She wishes!  Jill hopes that we forget everything she’s done and said but not only are we not as stupid as Jill seems to think we are, luckily in case we did forget, Bravo keeps re-running Jill’s bad behavior from Season Three.  Thanks Bravo! 

I think everytime Jill says that viewers have forgotten her bad behavior from last season, Bravo scheduled another re-run of one of her epic eposides from Season Three.  Even if last season was completely forgotten (never going to happen) we still have the really great comments from Jill just a few weeks ago calling Alex a “f****n Bitch” and saying Alex was mingling with people so far above her.  Don’t worry Jill Zarin, there is plenty more bad behavior from you to come, I’m confident of it.

Terry’s commentary is dead on accurate, Jill claims to have changed, then admits to having a media consultant.  She talks about grown adult men being on Twitter and I suppose because her Bobby isn’t tweeting and probably has no desire to do so, she’s agreeing that grown men shouldn’t be Tweeting?  But it’s ok for grown women to tweet?  As long as they’re promoting something?  Like a book maybe or a Spanks rip-off?  The woman just insulted hundreds of thousands of Twitter users in one stupid no-name interview.  She’ll talk to anyone with a microphone and is always sure to stick her foot in her mouth!  Nice find Terry!

http://terryaley.com/2011/04/27/real-housewives-of-nyc-jill-zarin-hires-a-media-trainer-slams-compliments-simon-van-kempen-in-the-same-breath-and-slams-twitter-users/

Tonight on Bravo The Real Housewives of New York, minus Jill Zarin, plus Cindy Barshop who seems to think it is ok to rip into Ramona Singer on camera, but don’t worry, Sonja Morgan will teach her the pecking order……be sure to stay tuned, then come back here tomorrow morning for the full recap!

Don’t forget to join us at 4am to chat about the Royal Wedding live!!!

Until Next Time….

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313 Responses to I Hate jill Zarin Top Chef Masters / Real Housewives News

  1. WindyCityWondering says:

    Jill may have a short memory but Bravo has reruns!
    I am unwaivering in my belief that she thinks she can fool people into thinking she can change…but every time she opens her mouth she reaffirms the fact that she isn’t changing and she isn’t fooling anyone.

  2. quincyil says:

    Leave it to the British Royals to get married at 4 AM… What were they thinking?

    • HD says:

      Are you recapping that Q or Lynn? I was wondering who was gonna take one for the team and be up that early. I do have to say I am not so much interested in the wedding but who is going to be there, what people will be wearing, I am also interested in how they pay tribute to Princess Diane (I think I saw somewhere that they would)etc. so I probably won’t be up to watch it but will look forward to the recap.

      • LynnNChicago says:

        We’re going to have live chat here during the wedding! 🙂

        • HD says:

          I know I am normally here early but I will try to be here at that time so I can chat with everyone else. I really think it was quite rude for William and Kate not to consider us during the planning and the time. Sheesh! 🙂 Kidding of course!

      • quincyil says:

        I will be there…. I will be taking notes and I will chat….

        Harvey has a date.

        I think others will be on the board so you will be able to read their real time comments later when you wake from your sleep.

        In the early morning, there will be a new blog for comments open…..

        I have watched a lot of the lead news programs this week. I think others here have also.

    • Debbie says:

      Time for a gin,dubonnet and a slice of lemon? (Queen’s favorite drink) It’s always 5 ‘clock somewhere. 🙂

      • quincyil says:

        We really should have an official IHJZ menu…. scones and spotted dick with tea…

        I vote for Lynn to make the spotted dick as she was succesful with the recipe in the past.

        I will make the tea. If you have an Iranian husband, you learn how to make good tea. Someone has to volunteer for the scones. I like blueberry scones very much.

        • Kansas Girl says:

          I can make virtual cinnamon scones, which I did for Christmas. They’re virtually easy! (The Christmas scones were real, not virtual.)

        • indy anna says:

          what is a spotted dick? I dated on once is he it.

        • @tweatcyn says:

          I plan to stay up all night, join the board and I took Friday off of work so I can sleep later in the morning if necessary. I think it will be loads of fun to share the wedding with you all. No dicks with spots for me though. Thank you very much.

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Blame the earth and that darn rotation it insists on doing. But what’s with the US government not making tomorrow an official holiday for us as well???? There are going to be a lot of sleepy peeps at work tomorrow.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        It’s a holiday there. It should be here too — after all, we’re the ones getting up so early to “be there”.

    • AZ Girl says:

      Q 1am here. Yikes! I might as well stay up all night

      • housewifeaddict says:

        The actual wedding isn’t until a little later – the coverage just starts really early.

      • quincyil says:

        I remember watching Dianna’s wedding with my baby daughter who is now a mom. The dress was the worst dress I had ever seen. It was all wrinkled and it looked awful on her.

        I don’t think Kate’s mom will let her make that mistake.

        • kbinldo says:

          OMG, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who took one look at Diana’s dress & said wtf? I remember they made so much noise about the dress, I thought it must be spectacular, when in reality, the only thing remarkable about it was the stupidly-long train & the beautiful Spencer tiara.

  3. Adgirl says:

    Jill says stupid/mean things. Yawn.
    Royal wedding without my beloved late Diana Spencer. Yawn.
    Top Chef Masters. Curtis is cute but boring. Come on Curtis, where is your persoanlity??. Cricky. Yawn.

  4. quincyil says:

    On the previous blog, someone mentioned that third season reunion was playing. I have a feeling that many things happen behind the scenes and never make it into the series. All of the stuff about Jill trying to get the housewives to not film with Bethenny was dropped on the floor of the editor’s work room. That information was key to the war between Bethenny and Jill, yet they did not tell us until the reunion.

    It’s obvious from the Terry Aley video that Jill Zarin has not resolved her issues with her castmates. The comments about adults being on twitter is a comment about Simon van Kempen and all of the people on twitter. Jill thinks she will get positive feed back, but she includes the people that she is tweeting in her sentence. There is nothing passive about Jill Zarin, only aggressive.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Totally aggressive with a big cheshire grin on her face!

    • lovemamaearth says:

      I agree about Jill’s continuing issues. It’s really sad. She saw herself as she really is for a short time last season and during the reunion. She couldn’t stand it for very long and had a relapse into even worse behavior and denial.

      OT but did anyone see Real World last night and the guy who was found out to be a porn star? He’s handling his “reality” better than Jill and he’s in his twenties. And how sad was it that he saw the pimp as a”father figure”.

      • Suzieq says:

        I saw the real world and I thought everyone made it a much bigger deal then it actually was!!!

    • housewifeaddict says:

      I think she’s passive aggressive. Ramona, Bethenny and NeNe are aggressive – in your face sort of stuff. That I don’t mind because people know where they stand. Jill’s behavior at the wedding was classic passive aggressive. The fake smile in front of Alex and Ramona, and then the remarks to the production crew. It’s pretty much impossible to solve a problem when someone is being passive aggressive, because you never know where they stand.

      And she also refuses to acknowledge her real issue with people. She made the fight with Bethenny about Bobby’s illness – not about Bethenny not having time for her any more.

      She is making her fight with Alex about “Alex doesn’t like me and I don’t know why” instead of acknowledging that she also owns part of their fight.

  5. WindyCityWondering says:

    I am really not liking Sonja at all. Sorry, don’t care about her sex life, her ego, her complicated life. She is rude, self centered and doesn’t have the manners to apologize when she sincerely needs to do so.

    • quincyil says:

      I don’t think she has much of a sex life either. I have a feeling that the Max/Brian stuff was for the show like Kelly’s Max stuff was.

      I do like her because she’s a surviver. Getting dumped as she was dumped with it being leaked to the NYTimes is awful. At the Scary Island dinner with Kelly Sonja said that the articles weren’t true. There are rumors out there that would knock your socks off. Yet, she continues to find ways to move foreward. I like that.

      • NAmerican says:

        Well you know what they say… if all you talk about is sex and money, you don’t HAVE either of them.

      • alicia says:

        It’s alot easier to move foward when you have money, in my experience. A new porsche, some cosmetic surgery and a luxury vacation can do alot to soothe ones’ ego in getting dumped !

    • housewifeaddict says:

      I’m beginning to realize that the only reason I liked Sonja was that she showed a lot of neutrality and common sense on scary island, and also at the reunion. She must have recognized the situation was out of control. But when it comes to her own ego, her self awareness is completely lacking.

      Her attempts at trying to be neutral and friends with everyone will soon be challenged by the “polarizing” Jill Zarin, who will force everyone to once again choose sides. This has been Jill’s thing since S1 (Team Jill) and it is getting old. It is probably the number one reason I dislike Jill Zarin. Most of us at one time or another have met people who have tried to make us choose sides. I always choose the side of the people who aren’t forcing the issue – as I pretty much refuse to be told what to do – on principle.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        It is bothersome what when LuAnn and Kelly bash Ramona Ms Sonja doesn’t defend her. Now I am wondering if Bravo made them redo the talking heads to be more vicious and backbiting….

    • klmh says:

      Im not a fan either. Last year when the previews of her aired, she stated that “she is the straw the stirs the drink” or something egotistical like that, and my radar went up, like most of us here Im sure.
      During the first season she seemed nice, but there were a few times she showed us she meant what she said about being the most important person in the room at any given time. How do you begin with an attitude and a face like that and delude yourself into supremacy? And look at the way she wants her picture to be taken, what is that about? She looks like she is trying to seduce the camera, but thats not what I see. I see a middle aged woman making a fool of herself. Too bad, too. I thought she would be enjoyable and fun to watch.

      • quincyil says:

        Some famous man made the straw that stirs the drink comment about Sonja before she was married when she was a hostess of a fancy restaurant that catered to billionaires. I didn’t know who he was and have forgotten the name now.

  6. jeepers1941 says:

    jz constant mode now is, “defense” and she just isn’t good enough at it. Maybe she will come to realize this, but I doubt it. This would call for her to think like a human being instead of the hateful bitch that she is. We pray she will change, but she can’t. It is not in her make-up. We all know it takes a lot of soul searching for someone to change, unfortunately, jz doesn’t have a soul. I would venture to say she will go down as the most hated housewife in bravo history. What a wasted parasite she is. But to know she is hated by millions of people must certainly be having effects on her. How she can even show her face in public is amazing to me. She does not even untderstand she is ask to appear on TV shows, because the shows are really laughing at her and want her to make an even bigger fool of herself. jz it time to pull the plug before bravo does it for you. BYB BYB JILL!!!!!!!!!

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Kyle was up there with her – but she’s had the common sense to keep a low profile. Besides – Kyle was exposed as being a bi$$h to her SISTER – and I think we all deep down understand that sometimes family can really get under your skin. Jill is hateful to anyone and everyone that isn’t on her team.

      Danielle, Michaela or Camille could have been the most hated, but since they got marginalized and alienated by their cast members (basically everyone recognized they were off base and that was that), they haven’t stirred up the same negative passion Jill has.

      So I agree. Unless someone worse comes along Jill will have the honor. I am not counting out Teresa though. We’ll see how she behaves this season.

      • jeepers1941 says:

        housewifeaddict,
        true, but she doesn’t even realize there is no more “Team Jill” as she puts it. She has embarrassed them as well. Someone just needs to find a “chasity belt” for her mouth so we don’t have to listen or hear from her again, ever!

        • housewifeaddict says:

          Why are they still supporting her then? And by they I mean LuAnn, Kelly and Cindy. And I mean this in no way to be argumentative – I’m simply perplexed that they don’t see things the way the rest of us do.

          I’m facing a situation like this in real life, and I can’t figure it out. Some people have rallied around my “Jill Zarin” despite the lies and misinformation and quite frankly evil that spews from her mouth. I simply can’t figure out why her “team” doesn’t just say “enough”.

          All I can figure is that some people feel that others are stupid – and if they keep repeating nonsense in a louder and louder voice, people will start believing it.

          • jeepers1941 says:

            the old saying, just because someone keeps yelling it, doesn’t make it true. As for LULU, KOOKOO and Cindy, they are all stupid as they come. LULU is no better than jz as far as the overloaded mouth comments she makes, but she knows jz likes to hear those things, so she stays on jz best side to stay out of the line of fire and Cindy is just Cindy, she is out for herself. Now with KOOKOO, well this poor woman is a complete nut case. She would do anything as long as she can say she made a great life for herself and she is living it. She has not the faintess clue what is going on around her, nor does she know how to even care about it. KOOKOO is just KOOKOO!

          • WindyCityWondering says:

            Never got the team nonsense – Jill really needs to get over being picked last for dodge ball all those years ago.

            • lovemamaearth says:

              The team nonsense was passive aggressive childishness.

              Lu is a snake and pot stirrer in a nasty way.

          • error404 says:

            simple: the enemy of my enemy is my friend

            Jill, Lulu, Kelly and now Cindy all have an ax to grind with Ramona, and all 3 except Cindy have an ax to grind with Bethenny. They all look down upon Alex. They are not close, they are not friends, they are only 4 women who share a common hatred of certain other women.

        • fort lauderdale gay says:

          The other day on this blog, I was debating on whether to get Jacques a shock collar or a muzzle as an engagement gift. I think I’ve decided on the muzzle. He can loan it to Bawbee to use on Jill.

          • fort lauderdale gay says:

            Jill states that she is “well trained”. Well Jill, darling, in what are you well trained? Putting your foot in your mouth? Have you considered seeking treatment for hoof and mouth disease?

            • quincyil says:

              Do you think it is odd that a young man would be so interested in Luann the mother of teens? He can’t start a family of his own with someone that old without major difficulties.

              • fort lauderdale gay says:

                I think they are using each other in an attempt to further each other’s careers. I don’t see this as being a genuine love match at all. I think it is a showmance, pure and simple. http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/phony_surprise_vwLI6lpDLN5QsCLyjA567L

                • WindyCityWondering says:

                  agree – he is using her to promote his business on the show and she is still so boring….

                  • fort lauderdale gay says:

                    She is using him for companionship. I think she is one of those people who cannot stand being alone. I think he is basically an unpaid gigolo. It won’t be long before her children leave the nest and begin their own life journeys.

                    • fort lauderdale gay says:

                      There are people who naturally “light up” a room when they enter it. There are people who are stuck up bores. We know which category she fits.

                • quincyil says:

                  I think they have been together for at least a year because she talked about him in season 3 and they filmed long before that was shown to us. A year is a long time in Luann years.

                  • fort lauderdale gay says:

                    It sure is! She’s managed to howl her way onto itunes. She even got her paws manicured and vajajay shampooed and trimmed all in one episode! My neighbor uses a service that has a van that comes to your house to have his pets groomed. I think I should send her their phone number!

                  • fort lauderdale gay says:

                    Now I know why the Royals and the Nobles refer to it as “breeding”!

                    • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

                      HAH! But kind of true. I remember when the Queen Mother was quoted as saying Diana was “Sweet and will breed height into the line!”

        • kotagirl29 says:

          What kills me is that she insists on taking everyone comments about her changed appearance as compliments. I don’t remember anyone saying she looked good or younger, the way I remember it everyone said she looked like crap and that she had bad surgery. She certainly only hears what she wants to.

          • @tweatcyn says:

            Yeah but haters “don’t matter” to her. She turns us down to a #1. Only hears her sycophants.

  7. WindyCityWondering says:

    My expectations for Curtis Stone may be too high. For whatever reason, I am not getting into this batch of chefs – their personalities are not coming through, no one is a fan favorite or standing out as the one to watch.

    • HD says:

      Amen and Amen! I didn’t even watch last night. I am not sure if its the host, the chefs or the challeneges.

      And is it just me or doesn’t some of their food seem very basic? I know I am not a chef, I’m a home cook, but it just seems very neutral like or am I crazy?

    • housewifeaddict says:

      I haven’t watched either, and I usually do. I don’t mind Curtis, but he seems over exposed and almost cheesy with that big smile of his. I didn’t mind the other host at all.

      I also think I don’t like the master’s series that much because deep down I want to see these chef’s succeed. I don’t want silly obstacles to get in the way of these professionals. I really want to see what sort of food they can produce.

    • Golden Girl says:

      I agree WCW, I mentioned on last weeks blog that this season of TCM seems thrown together and low budget. I really enjoyed the critics from last season and how they rated the chefs with a star rating.

      • @tweatcyn says:

        It definitely does not measure up to Seasons 1 & 2 of TCM. I absolutely loved those and am disappointed in this season as well. I can’t put my finger on why either.

    • Adgirl says:

      Curtis is BORING. Cute but dude, where is your personality? Cricky.

      • Adgirl says:

        I hated the praying mantis female host they got rid of, She didn’t even eat food! Huge head and little stick figure arms, Strange looking.

  8. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

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    You also know we have not yet done everything we set out to do — not nearly.

    But that’s a reason to work harder, not to let up. That’s why we’re building this campaign now. And you have to take ownership of it.

    So I will be direct: Can you step up and make a donation of $5 to get us started?

    https://donate.barackobama.com/Begin-Again

    We’ve had the chance to make historic changes that touch every American: from passing a law that says women should get an equal day’s pay for an equal day’s work to removing 100,000 troops from Iraq.

    Those things and every other important change we’ve made happened because people like you built an organization to win an election in 2008.

    The stakes are even higher this time.

    As I’ve spoken with supporters who are helping get this campaign started, I’ve met folks who are frustrated by the pace of change.

    I understand that. But we knew this wouldn’t be easy. The kind of change we’re working for never comes easily.

    Now is the time to begin again, and build the campaign that will shape our country’s future.

    Thank you,

    Barack

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      BaaBee I’m praying Obama stays safe as this upcoming election it’s going to be vicious. It seems to me that the Republicans are going to lose because they have the Tea Party bringing out the fringe/racist/crazies & that’s going to split their party. Normal middle of the road people (independents) will be turned off by the tea party & racist elements in the Republican party. An independent candidate (like Perot) may turn up & really split the Republican voters. Trump anyone? If the Republicans refuse to nominate him, he is just full of himself enough to run as an independent candidate.

      I wish that only 5 weeks before the election would be allowed for politicking – then we wouldn’t have to put up with the ad nauseum campaigning starting 2 years before the election already.

  9. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    Was just talking about this & it came in my email.
    Thank you Lynn & Q.

  10. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    I just think Pres. Obama is fabulous..

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      BaaBee there’s a lot of people here that don’t like to discuss politics & don’t like Obama….maybe we should stick to the Ho’wives so as to prevent WWIII.

      • BlueSky_Forever says:

        This has been removed,

        Q

        • HD says:

          Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…did you really just type that word or are my eyes deceiving me?

          • BlueSky_Forever says:

            sorry HD, I know it is awful. I have spent a couple of years trying to tell these kids to stop. It’s even worse when I look at his facebook pictures – the comments. My son now says he’s half black. There are a few African American (even Jamaican) kids in his school but it’s 95 % white. All his friends are white, mostly Italian. Someday maybe someone will set them straight. I tell my son to never call his Black friends that, but he says they all say it. SMH, they don’t know how offensive it is.

            • HD says:

              You are missing the point of what you JUST DID!

              • OneMoreInBoston says:

                yep. I totally agree with you on this one- does not see.

              • quincyil says:

                I think she has tried to apologize at least twice now.

                The post is gone.

                I ask you all to walk away from this.

                Thankyou,

                Q

                • HD says:

                  Quincy, apologize for what? Blue did not apologize. No one is trying to beat her over the head. She is apologizing because people use the N WORD LIKE SHE IS BLIND THAT SHE JUST DID!

        • quincyil says:

          Good afternoon, I am watching the board for Lynn and if it is possible, I would hope that everyone would leave this thread.

          I think this has the potential to cause major problems and I thank you in advance for moving into a different topic.

          Q

          • HD says:

            Too late.

          • Christine says:

            I agree. My mother said to me once that you should never get into a debate about someone’s politics or religion. We enjoy each other’s comments otherwise. Let’s not spoil it with our epistemological differences.

            • NJ Bev says:

              she apologized. You Know nothing about
              her life and struggles. Her family is
              completely interracial- her son lives in
              environment you could not imagine–

              and I really mean it, you could not
              imagine it.
              She overestimated the tolerance and
              love here. She really wanted to talk
              about something that was horrifying
              to her and her family. she came to THE
              wrong place. No love or tolerance for
              her…

              she was not loved here or tolerated.
              I’m sorry you weren’t offered any
              kindness here Blue-Sky.

              I don’t know what it’s like to live in an
              inter-racial family. But I do Know what
              it’s like to be the wife of of a man from
              the Middle East. that’s all I’ll say.

              • BlueSky_Forever says:

                Thanks NJ Bev. You are awesome! Sending love your way! {{{{{NJ Bev}}}}}

                HD sent me a message in a future blog, so it’s ok…peace

      • cabbie413 says:

        You see talk of Obama and you segway into a conversation that brings up the word ? .. woah..
        very telling and disgusting! The use of that word is a slur, no matter how people say they are ‘redefining’ it. It’s a slur. I’m disgusted you even mentioned the word and that your son and his friends use it.

        DO BETTER!

        • BlueSky_Forever says:

          I apoligise, didn’t mean to upset you. I am an Obama supporter too, so is my husband. We are living in an area that boggles the mind, as I try to explain above. SMH, don’t know why my son’s friends think it’s cool to say that to him. Believe me, I’ve tried for a couple of years to make them stop. It is the reality that we are living as a mixed race couple in a predominately white suburban city in NJ. My son has always identified more with Blacks, as he has very dark skin. I have always told him that the color of your skin is no indication of a person’s heart. Sorry, I wish Lynn could remove my post as no one wants to hear about what it’s like for us. Please do not be offended.

          • quincyil says:

            Lynn is not here, but your wish is going to be granted right now… I will let her know what happened.

            Love to all,

            Q

          • lovemamaearth says:

            Again, not to take sides, but I knew what you meant in your comments.

          • HD says:

            “No one wants to hear about what it’s like for us”

            You are totally MISSING the point!!! Go back and read your original post and what you wrote!! You can’t just drop the n word, Blue. You just did that!!! Can you see that?!!!

            • HD says:

              Oh, well, since you are removing post, Quincy, please remove Blue’s n*g post that she made IN ADDITION to using the full n word in the post you removed. THE ARE BOTH OFFENSIVE! Come on! I cannot believe this! Huston we have a problem!

              • quincyil says:

                Thank you for helping me. My family is mixed and I know things are sometimes hurtful.

                I appreciate your help so much.

                Q

              • @tweatcyn says:

                HD, you need to stop being so bossy and get over yourself please. You have been asked multiple times to STAWP! Please respect the board and stop bringing it up just to rant and berate. Sheesh!

            • quincyil says:

              HD, I am asking you to stop. She apologized. It is no longer on the board.

              Q

              • HD says:

                ONCE YOU REMOVE every post with the N WORD IN I WILL STOP! THANK YOU VERY MUCH! Go back and look again, please.

                • quincyil says:

                  It takes time to log in as I am not Lynn, I have to go in and out. I did what you asked.

                  Q

                  • HD says:

                    Thank you, Quincy. I was not trying to egg stuff on I was literally just blown away. And THANKS for removing all of those posts. I am done with the conversation and won’t post on this thread anymore. It is what is it. Now to go pick out my Lady name for the wedding tomorrow.

          • OneMoreInBoston says:

            BlueSky_Forever:

            It is not that no one wants to hear what is like for you, it is that you are perpetuating the use of a racial epithet by repeating it yourself.

            I live in one of the few completely mixed areas of Boston now. I too hear the kids on public transportation using a term that was a racial slur in the past and turning it into a term of endearment for each other.

            IMHO it is a way of taking ownership of the hatred. Sort of like “take back the Night” turns into “take back the word”.

            Which in my eyes is healthy in a way- but it is also sad to me that there has to be any type of
            taking back of anything.

            There have been “racial” blow ups in the past on this blog- and to me is an indication that posters here want to engage in a discussion about race.

            No whether or not the majority want that discussion is up for debate- but as HD said- it’s a little late now.

            The barn door is already open and the horses already got out.

            • OneMoreInBoston says:

              sorry meant “NOW whether or not the majority want that…”

            • @tweatcyn says:

              I’m so sick of the F’ng word police that patrol the board, twitter, etc.

            • BlueSky_Forever says:

              Thank you OMIB, Q & Tweatcyn. My bad for bringing it up, & not having the awareness to realize how some posters would be affected by it. It’s a word, it carries centuries of pain.

      • Cheri says:

        I agree let’s keep him out of this blog

      • Cheri says:

        I agree let’s not talk about him as I am not a fan

  11. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    I also wanted to let you know we are on a first name basis.

    • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

      But are you invited to the White House Christmas party? Those are apparently emails as well, according to the Salahis. If you are please let us know how the Lentil Soup is! LOL

  12. BlueSky_Forever says:

    Yesterday’s tornadoes in Tuskaloosa & Birmingham were just horrific. Hope the people there can get started rebuilding their homes quickly. So many people died because they had no where safe to go. It looked like most of the homes didn’t have basements to shelter in. Can’t imagine what it would be like to be on the interstate & see that tornado coming. We were told to get out of the car & into the ditch to ride out the storm but so scary to do that. If the tornado can hurl a car, how do you survive in the ditch? Was also told not to get under an overpass or bridge, because the wind is even stronger there. If you know bad weather is coming, hang out somewhere that has a basement or shelter. Get in the bath tub & pull a mattress over you if there’s no basement. In the midwest, we were told to drive due south if you see a tornado in your car because the tornado comes from the SW & moves NE.
    It’s hard to do that on the interstate though.

    For years I used to get very scared when a thunderstorm moved in. So here’s what to look for: you have really hot weather maybe even 90 degrees. Then a cool front moves in & the temp falls, you might even get a hailstorm. That’s when you start watching the sky as that’s the perfect weather for a tornado. And of course listen to the radio/tv.

    • quincyil says:

      I also watch the sky. The other day, it was hot and humid and I told my horses trouble was coming… and we had hail the size of marbles that covered the ground.

      We all learn to watch the sky in flyover country.

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        I watch the sky and my dogs too as their behavior is very telling.

      • Christine says:

        The horses, dogs, my husband and I are also OTT about Southern weather.

      • Kansas Girl says:

        Those of us who have lived here all our lives can feel it when there’s bad weather possible. I can tell without even looking outside. It can be really windy, but feel totally still and heavy. Hard to explain, but it’s easy to recognize.

        • @tweatcyn says:

          I’ve felt that still heavy air, right before a tornado. It’s creepy and foreboding.

    • Okie Folkie says:

      My heart goes out to all who have suffered through these very tragic weather events over the last week. I am so astounded as the death toll continues to rise. I’m wondering if they didnt have proper warnings? I do know about tornadoes, have actually seen a couple.

      In recent years, though, the ‘Weather Dudes’ have all sorts of ‘toys’ with which to play & warn the folks about tornadoes coming their way. I know a lot of what happened in Alabama was after dark and over night, so maybe folks were sound asleep? I dunnno…..

      I still love a good Thunder Storm, (even a twister waaay off yonder in the distance) I just cant help it! But continue to send out heart felt good vibes to all who have suffered.

      • alicia says:

        Let’s pray that families are reunited and that they can get thru this terrible tragedy.

  13. quincyil says:

    Harvey’s Top Chef blog is up! I think Harvey is great!

    Q

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Harvey rocks! I’m glad he got out of the basement, shook his fur and is functioning again.

      • quincyil says:

        Well, I wouldn’t go that far. He tilts his head like Teresa Giudice and thinks that Bethenny is talking about him when she calls out to, “Hoppy.”

        I think someone is enjoying the Skinny Girl Margaritas a little too much.

        • Kansas Girl says:

          Perhaps he tilts his head simply because he is so tall? A lot of very tall individuals (I hesitate to say people, as Harvey is a rabbit) slouch slightly or do other things to seem shorter.

          If he has to hit the booze, at least SG gives a housewife a boost.

  14. cabbie413 says:

    off topic but I was looking up stuff about RHONJ..I just want to know, did they use the worst picture they could find of Theresa and her kids for the cover of this In Touch Weekly magazine? http://www.dlisted.com/files/thisisterrifying.jpg

    • Toga says:

      Will someone PLEASE get her a neck brace so she can hold that big ol’ head up????

    • BlueSky_Forever says:

      lol that baby is cute, but all I can see is Juicy Joe. They prob could have done a better picture…perhaps they are letting us see what they really think of Juicy & Tree.

    • Stella says:

      Clearly I’ve missed something cause I never heard that she moved out and can’t be with him since he is a cheater (not that I follow these peoples lives that closely). I thought she always knew about his cheating and was staying with him anyway so I was just a little surprised to read that. Perhaps she is trying to distance herself from him cause of all of his arrests in an effort to been seen in a positive light instead of being like Whitney Houston everytime Bobby got out of jail. On a side note I found it funny that right above Teresa’s head it says Only $2.99.

      • vilzvet says:

        That is an old issue, several months ago. Not this week’s. And of course the headline is misleading, we know Teresa never moved out of the house.

  15. Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

    Quincy,
    I am a bit puzzled by the post on yesterday’s blog (just got around to reading all of them)
    I am, obviously, concerned for Harvey and his well being. In order to attempt to give the “password” to release him from his basement prison, I will need to know which post excited him to the point of hopping up and down, and if he has any other connections to the mystical world of the laundry leprechauns. I have been a Godmother several times, but never of the fairy variety, so this is a new one for me!

    • quincyil says:

      He jumped up and down when he saw your name. He was drinking from an open bottle of Skinny Girl margaritas as usual and we all know he gets into mischief on the internet. I will try to wake him from his stupor to see if there are any other hints. He seemed to believe that you have magical powers. If so, I would like to welcome you to my soothsayer/witch/psychic/ medium/crystal ball reader/tea reader union. We are trying to get hired for Bravo reality shows.

      Q

      • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

        Well, in my lifetime, I have known many men who have jumped up and down in excitement of seeing me after slugging back booze from the bottle! LOL! Now if I could only get that reaction when they are sober!

        • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

          And if you consider the ability to transform a dingy, black bottomed sock back to a snowy white countenance magic, then I guess I qualify! LOL

          • quincyil says:

            Harvey awakened from his stupor to tell us that there are hints in the blog that will solve the riddle.

            If we figure this out, Harvey will post on the board and bring us tons of research from the thing he calls, “The Google.”

            I and going to study the blog right now.

            Q

          • quincyil says:

            OMG, I know the magic word, “Cheesecake.”

            Duchess did you say something about cheesecake at some time?

  16. jeepers1941 says:

    OT, but where is QBB (Queen Butter Bean)? I want to kick her butt. Ever since she posted the other day, all I have thought about was making some ham and butter beans. Haven’t had them like forever and love them with sliced onions, cornbread and fried patotoes, yum need to get me some…………….

    • VAgirl says:

      I want some good ole butterbeans, too!

    • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

      Yes, I too am curious about this Queen. As a nominated (and approved by Lynn) member of the cyberspace moniker nobility myself, and taking into account my favorite expression being”Oh, Sweet Butter Beans!!”I am interested to know if this is the Queen I have been waiting to pledge my fealty to all these years! LOL

    • Mookies1mom says:

      I was able to get a slight fix when I made 16 bean soup after my last trip to the oral surgeon. I had to look for them in the soup but I found them and savored every single one!

      I do hope that QueenButterBeans is ok. She said she was recovering from surgery. So, if you are reading I hope you are healing quickly and free from pain!

  17. AZ Girl says:

    I love Harvey blogs. He can live in my basement anytime….wait I don’t have a basement. Oh well.

  18. BaaBee Loves Kitties says:

    I am sorry. I didn’t realize that we could only talk about the President if one of the housewives was going there. I was proud of that letter & I still am.

  19. Kansas Girl says:

    From a friend’s Facebook comment yesterday, we should all choose a royal name to watch tomorrow’s festivities. Here’s how: First, you are Lord or Lady, as appropriate. Your given name is the given name of one of your grandmothers. Your surname is the name of your first pet. Then “of”. And finally the name of the street you grew up on.

    I am Lady Ollie Pete the Parakeet of Grandview.

    Now you try!

  20. GoldenGirl says:

    I’m Lady Dean Veruca of Tarpon.

  21. Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

    Well, I would be Lady Mildred Lollie, Lollie, Lollie Get you Adverbs Here of Melissa Court and that is just Wayyyyy to much of a mouthful, so I believe I will just keep my original “title”. Besides, I think a duchess gets a seat pretty far up in the Abby, don’t they? I want to be able to see over all the hats! ;0

    • Kansas Girl says:

      If you need to, you could sit on the lint to be taller!

    • Kansas Girl says:

      And I must ask what kind of animal Lollie, Lollie, Lollie Get You Adverbs Here was? It’s a most unusual name.

      • She was a collie. My brother was 41/2 when she came to live with us and that was his favorite School House Rock. He got to name her and that was her full registered name. We shortened it to just Lollie. Lollie the Collie. LOL.

        • quincyil says:

          Duchess, the magic word… I figured it out…

          You have to say it.

          Q

          • AZ Girl says:

            Got it.

            • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

              okay, then I say “IT!” and if that is wrong, we will go with Cheesecake and Dryer Lint to be safe. I am sooooo bad at riddles. Maybe I am not fairy Godmother material after all.

    • FlowerPower says:

      I’m going to be singing that all night now!!

  22. Suzieq says:

    After finding this blog and lurking for a while I’ve realized that there must be Jill fans out there. I say that because all of the other housewives that y’all hate or like…..I’m the opposite! Lol
    Like tamara….she’s my favorite on OC and I can’t stand Gretchen.
    I can’t stand nene and I’m kinda started liking Kim now.
    I think I hate cat from dc even more than Jill!!! I think I liked the salarhis better than her!!
    But I do seem to agree with this blog about NY.
    So if I can be so opposite with y’all about these ppl….then there must be opposites about NY! Lol

    • housewifeaddict says:

      I’m sure there are opposites. It’s a big world. Secretly I like Kim more than NeNe – but I do like the sober and funny NeNe a lot, just not the drunk and mean NeNe. But the Salamis are down at the bottom of my list with Jill and Teresa. So we’re about 50/50 in agreement.

      I’ll bet people would find it hard to decide who they liked the least between Tamara and Gretchen – non of the OC ladies have many supporters on this blog (or probably any).

  23. Kay says:

    I truly don’t understand how her daughter and husband put up with her. She is so stupid with her posts, then denying them. She is rude, and uncaring. I mean is her husband so henpecked that he lets her walk all over everyone. He should be humilitated by some of the things she pulls, what kind of man puts up with her stuff!

    • cabbie413 says:

      Honestly, I don’t think he really cares. Mainly because all of this “housewives” stuff and her new fame keeps her busy and away from him lol. I actually think he rather enjoys the time away from her!

  24. kotagirl29 says:

    I don’t know if anyone else has posted this yet, but I thought it was pretty dang funny.
    http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2011/04/real_housewives_of_new_york.html

    • VAgirl says:

      Enjoyed that. Thanks for posting the link.

    • fort lauderdale gay says:

      Really liked that! LOVED the pic of Jill!

    • FlowerPower says:

      Too funny. Loved the line about Kelly in the Why She Might Not be Classy section: Hard to take on vacation. Bwahahaha!!

    • AZ Girl says:

      Loved the last bullet point on Kelly “difficult to take on vacations” HA!

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Thanks for the link – very funny summary of them all.

    • very funny. thanks for posting link.

    • lovemamaearth says:

      I disagree with that list. –I’d put Jill as worst, then Lu, then the rest as tied for 3rd. Plus I think Cindy has shown us enough from Gov Island to other backstabbing comments. JMO

      1. Cindy Barshop: She hasn’t been on the show long enough to do anything especially egregious, but she also appears to be comfortable in her (hairless) skin.
      2. Sonya Morgan: Although she may kind of be an attention whore, she knows it, and that gives her a lighthearted sparkle.
      3. Ramona Singer: Despite her crazy runway walk, she still projects happiness with herself, which carries over into mostly good intentions toward others.
      4. LuAnn de Lesseps: Getting away from the Count seems to have loosened her up a little. It could also be the wine that her new boyfriend’s importing.
      5. Kelly Killoren Bensimon: When it comes to Kelly, the art of being herself is really more like the macrame wall hanging of being herself.
      6. Alex McCord: She thinks she’s found an assertive voice, but really, she’s let herself get sucked into more bullshit and has lost sight of the humor in it.
      7. Jill Zarin: One of the most likable housewives in the show’s first season, her apparent facial — uh, rejuvenation? — is just another reminder that she was better before she started looking outward.

  25. vilzvet says:

    Off topic but excellent news:
    “PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Phillip and Nancy Garrido, the husband and wife accused of kidnapping Jaycee Dugard in 1991, pleaded guilty Thursday morning in a California courthouse, KXTV-TV reported.
    Phillip Garrido, 60, who had pleaded not guilty last month, admitted one count of kidnapping and 13 counts of sexual assault. Nancy Garrido, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and one count of sexual assault.
    Both will be sentenced on June 2 at which time Phillip Garrido is expected to get 431 years to life in prison. His wife will likely serve 36 years to life in prison. Both of them have waived their right to appeal, according to El Dorado District Attorney Vern Pierson.”

    That guy is NEVER getting out! So glad to hear….

  26. boston02127 says:

    Kelly’s tweet: @- send your modelling picts to ivan bart at img models. He was my agent, and is the best in the modelling biz.

    .
    Lol, she’s giving advice to some girl for an agent she used probably 30 yrs ago. And she never became famous. HA! The poor girl should try tweeting to Heidi Klum or Tyra or Gisele.

  27. Stella says:

    I don’t know if anyone here watches America’s Next Top Model but they had their first overseas episode last night. They went to Morocco like the RHNY did this season. The girls had a photo shoot on a camel and some were brave enough to stand on the animal. The camel did not buck them off that we saw and oddly enough that makes me more anxious to see what leads the camel in RHNY to try to buck Luanne (at least it looks like her to me) off its back.

  28. klmh says:

    I am Lady Mildred “Butthead” of 42nd St. (one of my pet pigmy goats)

  29. Harvey says:

    WTF? A cheese challenge and no one made CHEESECAKE? Boycott, I say! Boycott NBC Universal! No cheesecake, no peace! And as for all this political stuff on the board, I say, with justice and cheesecake for all! Let cheesecake ring!

    • quincyil says:

      Harvey has returned to the board! Now, if we can work cheesecake into the conversation on this board every day, we can keep him researching and finding things of interest to make us wonder and laugh.

      It’s been a long dry spell and I will be cleaning the hair out of my basement and donating them to Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s hair collection for Peta friendly coats.

      I have had Harvey in my head since Jan and I am now free, free, free.

      Q

      • GoldenGirl says:

        Do you like the way they are doing the critics table this year?

        • Harvey says:

          Harvey finds this straight-forward eliminate one competitor each way system to be much easier to follow; he could never remember what happened the week before. Plus this way everyone has to do the same challenge. And this way we get rid of people faster. Harvey did not care for Suvir. The zen thing gives Harvey the creeps. Under the old system, Suvir could have competed two more times.

        • Mookies1mom says:

          I don’t. I sorta like James (whatever his last name is) but that girl and the 12 year old looking guy. Just Blagh.

      • Harvey says:

        Harvey does not wish to be on the same planet as that awful Kelly person, much less in her coat.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      So true Harvey – cheesecake would have been perfect, yet none of these “chefs” even thought of it!

      • GoldenGirl says:

        Can you do cheese cake in 12 minutes?

        • Kansas Girl says:

          I can. “do” means eat, right?

          • GoldenGirl says:

            Sorry can you “make” a cheese cake in 12 minutes? lol my bad

            • Kansas Girl says:

              Dang! I was ready! LOL!

            • Harvey says:

              If it is already defrosted, it takes about 27 seconds to open the plastic wrap and dig in. Harvey’s personal best is actually 22.3 seconds. If it is not already defrosted, low-level microwave speeds things along quite nicely.

              • personally, i really enjoy
                the” Cheesecake Factory”
                mixed assortment box that you can get at Costco-frozen.
                what i mean is, i eat it frozen.
                no defrost nec. for me. eat it
                like ice cream. especially at
                2AM. microwave would up
                family. so i eat it frozen and it
                is Good!!

                • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

                  OMG—the godiva chocolate cheesecake–my mother calls it a “gastric orgasm” and says she will give up one of her “friday nights” (obvious euphamism) for a slice of that cheesecake any day.

  30. AZ Girl says:

    They have released the name of the designer that did the wedding party’s dresses. She using mainly the same silk taffeta that Diana dress had. There is a picture of some of the dresses she sells on the link. Not of the actually dresses for the wedding tomorrow. Love the colors but that silk taffeta is a b##tch.

    http://blog.zap2it.com/pop2it/2011/04/kate-middletons-royal-wedding-bridal-party-dress-designer-revealed.html

    • housewifeaddict says:

      I can’t believe she’s going to have two 3 year olds in the wedding party. I sure hope they don’t mess things up. I’m sure they are cute and all – but the pressure!!!

      • AZ Girl says:

        It is a Brit thing to have little ones in the procession. You are right. If I was them i would be freaked out.

  31. NJ Bev says:

    Has anyone heard from Butterisafruit?
    I hope she is holding up ok.
    If you do see this MaryEllen, want you to know
    that we are thinking of you and are holding
    your hand in cyberspace.
    {{{{{{{{Butterisafruit}}}}}}}}}}}
    xoxo

  32. boston02127 says:

    I’m disappointed because I’ll miss the wedding. I’m straight out all day tomorrow from morning until night between school & work. We have major tests starting tomorrow and thru the first 2 weeks of May.

    I’m curious about this, when the queen dies, does Kate become the queen before William becomes King? Does William have to wait for Charles to die first?

    • Kansas Girl says:

      Queen > Charles > William > Harry (until William has a child and then the first child supplants Harry). Kate will be the King’s wife, but never the Queen, as I understand it.

      • AZ Girl says:

        Good point about Kate. I thought Kate could be crowned queen. I thought at one point Diana was to be queen if Charles was King. I look it up.

          • vilzvet says:

            I forgot the reasoning why Prince Philip the Queen’s husband is not called King? Oh that’s right, it’s all about the men over there! You have to be born to it.

            • AZ Girl says:

              I believe that Phillip is also a distant cousin of Elizabeth II via Queen Victoria?

            • Duchess of Dryer Lint says:

              Partly.
              1. Titles among the nobility are passed from male to male. The wife of a “noble” assumes the title of the husband. Even a family that has no son’s cannot pass the title onto a daughter without special permission that is granted only if a male cousin does not exist. The only exception to this rule is the “top spot” itself. A princess may inherit her father’s throne.
              BUT……
              2. In order to keep English rule by the English no foreign power may claim the throne through marriage. In other words if you have an English queen that inherited the throne in her own right her husband cannot be made King and usurp her rule. She still rules absolute and as a King trumps a Queen his title will be Prince Consort to avoid any thought of his having more power than her.
              USELESS INFORMATION 101!

      • California35 says:

        I thought Charles would be skipped for some reason. Becasue he remarried or got a divorse? I am not sure, I thought I read that a while back.
        I do know that once the queen passes away, the crown would go to the first born and then the second born if there are no grandchildren yet. Otherwise it skips the second born and goes to the first grandchild.

        • housewifeaddict says:

          Nope. He’s still in line, but Camilla will never be Queen. I don’t know who sets the rules on the Queen thing, but it’s more than likely Kate will end up being the mother of a future king or queen, so she’ll be treated right. Camilla is just a nuisance. Charles could abdicate once the Queen decides she’s done (or passes), but no one will make him just because he’s divorced and remarried. When the Queen’s uncle abdicated, it was altogether different times.

    • AZ Girl says:

      When the Queen dies (or most likely before that happens) the throne is passed to Charles. Charles wife Camilla is not able to be queen and will remain a “Duchess”. There is speculation that the Queen may skip Charles and William will be made King. Kate will not be queen until William is crowned as King.

      Some asked me a few days ago what William’s last name was. It is Windsor. He is a member of the House of Windsor.
      Elizabeth I was the last royal of the House of Tudor and she did not have a heir so her Scottish cousin was crowned king (can’t remember his name) of England at her death. The throne became the House of Stuart. Windsors took over the throne I believe around Queen Victoria and Prince Albert but I need to google and check that.

  33. California35 says:

    Did someone say Cheesecake? 😛

  34. California35 says:

    OT – I think Sonja is having a hard time describing her relationship with the guy she is “seeing” because he doesn’t have $. I didn’t think that she is supporting him (I think someone mentioned that here). I mean, she is having $ problems to be able to support someone else. The poor guy doesn’t have a chance to speak, or doesn’t want to speak. He might be on the show ONLY because it gives him exposure, weather he is with her for that same reason also, I don’t know. Time will tell.

    Jill saying that about twitters….hallo doesn’t she twitt ALL THE TIME? I don’t twitt so I am not offended (and I am not a man :-P), but I can imagine many are. Is she trying to be more popular or to loose fans? lol

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      IMO – Sonja is being very careful about what she says regarding men staying over because of her daughter/custody. That is why I am somewhat puzzled by how slutty she is this season!

      • California35 says:

        Yeah I thoguht of that too. She doesn’t want to have the man be around when she is with her daughter, but she is okay with being so vacal about some stuff on TV. I know it is not the same, but still it is somewhat related.

  35. lillybee says:

    I really would like to know Floyd’s (top chef masters) life story. What led this Indian born man to cook Mexican?

    • Harvey says:

      Probably takes quite a bit of time to develop the multilayered flavors of many Indian dishes; also cheese is not commonly used in most Indian cuisines (except for paneer). Floyd Cardoz grew up in a Goan family and Goa is not known for the use of cheese in cooking. Anyway, remember that they had only 12 minutes. That isn’t much time. The corn on the cob dish was easy to make in a short time.

  36. floridagirl88 says:

    Bethenny posted an excerpt from A Place of Yes:

  37. cabbie413 says:

    Am I the only one who is puzzled by the LACK of conversation regarding Kelly’s psychotic breakdown on the island? It seems like they’ve made a pact not to discuss it and just pretend it never even happened! What’s up with that? Anyone have the REAL scoop on what’s really going on? I’m tired of everyone ignoring the elephant in the room this season, especially with the severity of what went on last season!

    I posted this on the bravo message boards too

    • floridagirl88 says:

      I don’t get it either. She obviously had a problem whether it was a drug induced psychosis/mental breakdown, but even she wouldn’t acknowledge something was amiss at the reunion. She sat there twirling her hair not understanding what was going around her. Maybe since she insisted there was nothing wrong with her, they had to let her continue. Maybe her doctor gave her clearance. Clearly the meds are working. She’s no smarter, but she seems less figedity.

      • California35 says:

        true…she has been very calm 😛

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        After learning there was security outside bedrooms that evening before she was escorted back to NY, there has to be unique language in her current contract. Hence what appears to include meds, handlers and lines being fed to her may be part of it.
        Ramona is not happy with the elephant in the room and oddly enough Kelly is not happy with Ramona….
        Personally, I don’t like watching Kelly and I don’t trust Bravo to keep her BSC in check.

        • floridagirl88 says:

          Come to think if it, she did ask for a script didn’t she at the reunion? She just wasn’t tracking that she was on a reality show and they had to create their own words. OMG

    • jeepers1941 says:

      personally, I think KOOKOO had snorted to much and she just wigged out on them.

      • fort lauderdale gay says:

        I agree, I just never could buy her “I had a break through, not a breakdown” line. There was SOMETHING organic going on there….

    • California35 says:

      I know!!!! many of us have said that we are wondering WHY she is back after that season…but whatever…

      As far as the wives, Ramona did mention it. I think it was because she didn’t invite her to one of her events. No one around her said anything though. I wish someone does again and elavorate AND she is gone from the season all together.

      • chismosa says:

        i agree with all of you above- i really cannot stand that they brush over this and hope Ramona really stands her ground on not forgetting Kelly and the craziness of last season.

    • boston02127 says:

      I think Kelly was treated for “something”. I bet she’s on meds. I can’t understand in a million years how that Kelly fiasco could go ignored, esp because she has kids.

      (I still say she’s a drunk)

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Ramona said something about it in one of the episodes this year – she expressed frustration that no one was acknowledging it. I think they’ve made an agreement not to talk about it – just like Teresa’s bankruptcy. Say what you may about the OC girls, but they freely discuss their foreclosures, loan modifications, and other money woes. They put it all out there.

  38. klmh says:

    Suvir on Top Chef Masters made the biggest mistake someone can make on television. Never, never say any derogatory about beef! The cattle industry is just too large and they are not responsible to anyone. Remember Oprah? When Suvir argued against beef in our diet, I waved bah-bye to him. No surprise there.
    With the release of the SPCA tape in Ca. on cattle abuse, there was a reduction in the number of inspectors for downer cattle. Unbelievable. Our president at the time, as a cattle rancher, helped to reduce the testing and inspection of beef for Mad Cow Disease to about 1/10 of previous testing, and this was after 2 positive cattle in Texas, and one I believe in La tested positive for Mad Cow, in 2004 I believe. These were cattle that were born and raised in the U.S.
    Sorry to rant.

    • I thought the same thing, klmh. I was looking at the TV screen shaking my
      head thinking this guy is dead meat. lol.
      Did he think he would get away with something that Oprah couldn’t?
      I think he knew his dish sucked and wanted to go out with people
      thinking he did it on his own terms.

      • klmh says:

        You are probably right. I haven’t seen the other shows preceding this on this series, but he seemed to have his own agenda.

  39. boston02127 says:

    Jill’s tweet~~~How cute r u honey?? I love your new t shirt! RT @realgingerzarin Here is a pic of me in my @peaceloveworld shirt with my mom @jillzarin I love it and I believe in it!! YAY!! http://twitpic.com/4qmxwm
    .
    .
    Does Jill realize/understand that the world knows that “she’s” tweeting for her dog and “she’s” answering back? She’s a nutcase.

    • boston02127 says:

      LOL, My dog just tweeted me.
      @roxy to mom, take me for a walk, i have to tinkle
      @mom to roxy, ok fury face

      (i’m laughing by myself)

      • housewifeaddict says:

        My friend created a fb page for her dog, and they talk back and forth. It drives her son (freshman in college) nuts. I find it very amusing. She’s not insane, just a little silly.

        • boston02127 says:

          @housewifeaddict–I think that’s kind of cute. And I bet it’s entertaining for friends and family. I’d do that for my friends and family but not if I was on TV each week.
          I just wonder about Jill and her wrapping her head around the whole concept.

        • California35 says:

          I had thought about creating one for my dog also. I could post pictures of her only and sharing her adventures…she has plenty to say 😛

        • Kansas Girl says:

          I did that for my cat. He has lots of opinions and makes snarky cat comments. Lots of my friends want to friend him and seem to not realize it’s me typing for him. He also plays the games and he can gift me. Good kitty!

      • WindyCityWondering says:

        I am not talking to one of my dogs – she, who will not be named, crashed through the patio screen door this morning and when she came in she flipped a full bowl of water. She is watching me like a hawk and I am still ignoring her.

    • California35 says:

      and here we were talking about Kelly being KOO KOO lol

    • lillybee says:

      Ginger may be her only real fan.

  40. TLM says:

    I know this is old news at this point, and probably no one cares or wants to read it anymore, but I am listening to Jill say that “when you’re single, your friends are your family, and that’s the role I think I filled for Bethenny, until she had her own family and didn’t need me anymore,” and I am SEETHING. Welcome to “Jill’s Stories about what happened, Version 592.”

    Bethenny was friends and went out with Jill & Bobby when she was with Jason #1. She formed her friendship with Jill when she was with Jason #1. Was Bethenny single then? NO.

    If anything, Bethenny made an extra effort, despite trying to work on a new relationship with Jason #2 and her career exploding, to keep in touch with Jill, and Jill was the one who turned on Bethenny.

    Jill can keep making up new reasons and rewriting history all she wants – and it really does seem like every ten minutes, she’s got a new version of what happened and when — but there is one reason and one reason only she turned on Bethenny. She was insanely jealous of her success, and thought she would prove she was still better and more well liked by kicking Bethenny to the curb, and still remaining America’s sweetheart. She was fine building up Bethenny and being her friend, as long as Bethenny was still struggling. As soon as she actually started to do well, that’s when Jill attacked her like a rattlesnake. Childish, cruel, schoolyard behavior.

    The thing that truly makes me sick was watching Jill clearly enjoying watching Bethenny twist in the wind. She wanted to cut her out both socially and in business. Remember that episode of Sex in the City where the married socialite is angry that Samantha slept with her husband and then proceeds to get her refused a table at every restaurant in the city, and kicked out of every social event? That reminded me of what Jill was hoping she could do to Bethenny. To make her come back on her knees and beg Jill for forgiveness, for help. Kind of like someone coming to the Godfather on his knees and kissing his hand.

    And the thing is, with as vile a person as Jill was, Bethenny was nice enough to come back and beg her forgiveness *anyway*! With a new man, new baby and her business exploding, most women in Bethenny’s position would have called Jill once or twice and then said, to hell with her; I don’t need her anymore. Instead, Bethenny came to her crying, with a card in her hand for Bobby, telling her, “I love you and I care about you, and I would never do anything to hurt you or your family.” Not good enough for Jill, who swatted her away like a little gnat.

    Jill didn’t know about Jason #2 and how serious it was, and she didn’t know about Bethenny’s pregnancy. As she sat there curled up on her couch giggling with Luann, she was so happy making Bethenny work for it, making her beg, and still saying no to her with a little smirk. She lied and didn’t say Luann was there, even after she was asked 15 ways if someone else was there. She said she didn’t know what Bethenny meant and turned to Luann and mouthed, “I know what it means.” That bitch wanted to see Bethenny crawl, see her humiliated and alone. She would have been happy knowing Bethenny was single, and if she had convinced no one to film with her. I just can’t imagine behavior that embodies “mean girls” more.

    And Jill’s whole bullshit speech to the camera this year that she stuck by Kelly because “that’s what REAL friends do,” isn’t even true either. Where was Jill to say to Kelly, “Kelly, come home and I’ll meet you at the airport,” when Kelly was literally having a psychotic episode? If she were this woman’s friend, she would have met her and gotten her to a psychiatrist, because Kelly trusted her. Jill never gave a shit about Kelly except the cache it gave Jill to say she personally knows a model, and she’s friends with Gilles Bensimon’s ex wife. Jill only cares about Jill, now and forever.

    And if I see her say she’s changed one more time, I’ll vomit on my tv.

    • housewifeaddict says:

      Are you watching reruns? It’s funny how watching it all over again brings up the need to vent. I’d rather vent here than in front of my husband and kids. They don’t get it LOL.

      • boston02127 says:

        I have the reruns on too. There seems to be no “in between” with Jill’s looks. Either she looks unkept or she’s all dressed up looking trashy or uncomfortable.

        (This kills me to say) She looked best on season one when she wasn’t experimenting with her face & hair.

        • lovemamaearth says:

          True. I can’t wait to see her profile in a later episode to see if her nose has changed in her profile. We got a great view of it when she was talking about wearing a cap and gown to the MENY march.

          Jill Zarin is a mean girl.

      • TLM says:

        No, watching reruns of the first episode of the NEW season, where she made the claim I talked about at the beginning of my post.

    • WindyCityWondering says:

      Jill has to invent stories because the truth would have to be owned. Maybe her lead in line was Bravo’s way of sticking it to her every episode!!!

      • TLM says:

        And why is Alex a “f***ing bitch” for asking if Jill was coming to Marriage Equality? We’re all talking about Kelly needing psychiatric help and Bethenny’s going to her therapist, and meanwhile, Jill is the one who should be seeing a psychologist, big time. She seems to have a persecution complex at the very least.

        • chismosa says:

          TLM i agree with everything you are saying above and i’m so glad that youtube thing came out of Jill today from Terry’s site

        • klmh says:

          I thought Alex not only caught her in a lie, but cornered her about it, and thats why she was so pissed at her. No one wants to look like a liar, especially a liar.
          Maybe not?

      • TLM says:

        If Jill or her flying monkeys read this blog, she should post it on her refrigerator in the kitchen Brad “rooned” with his dreck-orating.

        • housewifeaddict says:

          Whatever happened to Brad. It seems like he got dumped, like Bethenny. (and Dwight)

    • fort lauderdale gay says:

      Jill has always and will always consider herself the “star” of RHONY. As long as all of the girls bow to the “star” of the show, there isn’t a problem. It’s all about power. Jill is so competitive that she will crush and seek to destroy any challenger. Bethenny told her that in episode one or two of season 2. I think she referred to her as a piranha in the way that Jill attacks at the slightest provocation, and pointed out that Jill doesn’t even bother to gather all the facts of a situation before she attacks. I seem to recall it had something to do with a story that Jill planted against Alex and Simon. The Countess is much the same, but just uses her uppity “I’m Mrs. Countess Perfect Squash Blossom High Horse” attitude as her weapon. Jill also in season one or two discussed at some length her familiarity and mastery of computers. Jill is tech savvy. I will give her some credit for that. That’s why she Ustreams and does all of those kinds of things. However, if you want to see her Ustreams, you have to view them on her terms. She doesn’t archive them. During the reunion shows she always wants Andy to “roll the tape”, but she’s smart enough to destroy as much evidence that she creates herself, so it can’t be used against her later. That is why she was so surprised when during the wedding this season, when she was calling Alex a beotch supposedly off camera, that it ended up making it on the air. She briefly forgot she wasn’t running the camera. Luckily for us, the original unrepentant Jill came shining through for all of us to see. Jill also underestimates our ability to remember what she says and does. Fatal popularity flaw.

      • error404 says:

        tech savy? Compared to what, Kelly’s texting skills? Her team suggests she do all that stuff and often have to set it up for her.

        • fort lauderdale gay says:

          She does seem to know the mouse from the monitor. Jill is a legend in her own mind. I did say I’d give her SOME credit for being tech savy. I was mainly parroting what Jill said about herself regarding her computer wizardry. But the result of all that is she does keep up (or makes sure her people keep up) with what is available technically to keep her gums flapping on the internet. I was torn as to whether I wanted her to return this season or not. I wanted her to return because I was afraid she’d move to Florida and Sol and Gloria don’t live that far from me. I don’t need to be running into Jill while dining out. If I’m paying for a decent meal out, I want my stomach to be able to retain it.

    • floridagirl88 says:

      I agree with you. Jill never expected Bethenny to become successful without her nor the fans to turn against her. She seems like one of those queen bees who get away with hurting other people for sport because everyone around her is too afraid of her. What I like about the way Bethenny handled it was she apologized, she tried to correct the situation, she made up her mind and made her peace. Then she moved on with her life because the situation with Jill was illogical and impossible to fix because their conflict was fiction, all made up by Jill. How do you fix a problem that doesn’t exist? Imagine Jill’s surprise when the earth continued to turn on its axis without her permission. I have also been noticing how she keeps putting a different spin on what happened. She is doing everything except owning her bad behavior and I think that is why she cant’ find peace.

      • fort lauderdale gay says:

        I can’t agree more! That is one of several reasons I like Bethenny. Jill has to be the queen of spin if she’s going to retain her star status on the show. The problem is that the whole approach is flawed and can’t succeed. You can’t build a skyscraper on a bad foundation.

        • fort lauderdale gay says:

          Bethenny was in it for business, not foolishness. She was building a solid foundation while Jill was playing head games with the women and the audience. Then Jill has the audacity to be mad at Bethenny? They each reaped what they sowed.

          • lovemamaearth says:

            I agree, Fort. And another best part is the B never mentions Jill. Jill spins and whines all the time about the past.

  41. chismosa says:

    last night at like 3a.m. they re-ran a WWH live of Jill and Nene from very early on in S3 and she was so nervous and already starting to feel the negativity. She was AWFUL but i have to say, Andy was in love with her so i dont know if Andy just soured towards Jill after season 3 wrapped? I don’t know for the life of me. Nene was pre- nostril minimizer.

  42. chismosa says:

    ^^ the Queen mother drinks gin with dubbonet? Wow. My brother just drinks Dubbonet alone with lime or lemon and that suffices!

  43. WindyCityWondering says:

    Now I am really wondering what is going on between Ramona and Kelly.
    At Jill’s Kelly said she didn’t want to go to Ramona’s party because she didn’t need to be diagnosed and she has made a verb of Ramona’s name, LuAnn is even feeding into it (the pedicure scene). The drunk text (not sure I believe Kelly – it reminds me of Bethenny’s intervention on Scary Island) and the Gucci party friends with boundries and Ramona is too old. Should we be worried for Ramona?

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