January 17, 2010 4:05pm CST
I don't usually catch this program because of the time its on here. I've been off for the past few days however and tuned in to this all three days. Are they for real? The lovie dovie kissie face thing they do is just a little much for me. I mean, if they really have a relationship like this after 25 years of married life than thats wonderful, but give me a break. I'm just wondering if they always act like that or did I just so happen to catch a couple of "I can't keep my hands off you" days? If its a regular thing, I dont think I'll go out of my way to watch. Today, she, Gina was prancing around the kitchen pretending to be a fairy. I think he calls her his little spice fairy and then she kept giggling and throwing her hips into him like a high school kid. It's just a little to sickening sweet for me. They seem to have some pretty good recipes though but if they carry on like that all the time, I think I'll refer to their cook book..Silence is golden!!
• United States
31 Jan 10
I think I remember where I might have picked up that "vibe". Back in the late 70s through early 80s, there was a show called Body Buddies. It came on weekday mornings and was before high-impact aerobics. The hosts were a husband and wife team that seemed youthful, attractive and not too intimidating or emotional *coughs*like Richard Simmons*coughs*. Anyway, they went away until one day in the late 90s, I saw the wife plugging a book at one of those women's empowerment conventions. I told her that her program (along with weight watchers) helped me lose weight when I was younger. She was very friendly and I innocently asked where her husband was because he was kind of hot back in the day. She said in front of many people, that he was gayer than a rainbow turtleneck and that she divorced him a long time ago. At the time, a good girlfriend who was several years ahead of me had a better memory of Body Buddies. She just laughed and said that she picked up on a gay vibe from him from Day 1. Anyway, to reiterate I don't have a problem with Pat Neely (especially since he made a spicy sweet bean dish I may try soon) but it does look fake. If that's not the case (and I've been wrong many times in 40 yrs), it is probably a marriage from hell that is only kept halfway intact by the success of the family business.
• United States
1 Feb 10
Hi jswindell,,Its so funny to get this response from you today because I almost sent one to you earlier today after their show aired. It was SO bad today!! Even more so than usual...Kissie face the whole time and the stupidist comments from him to and about her..Really sickening!! I was grossd out and thought of you and wondered if you were watching!! In any case, Your theory could be right..Who knows..Nothing surprises me anymore, Nothing..I just don't believe that their marriage is what the want us to think it is...I just dont buy it. People that are really happily married have no need to constantly try to impress others with their carrying on. I so wish the network would make them back off that, although it probably does bring viewers that think its cute. I love their recipes for the most part and if they would just cook and forget all the nonsense, I would really enjoy it. Like I said in my original post, I think I'm going to get one of their cookbooks and learn that way and skip tuning into the show. In fact, I'm trying to decide on a chef whose book I'm going to try and cook and then blog about it. I stole the idea from the movie Julie and Julia..That was just a movie but I thought why not actually do it. The Neeleys is one of my choices but I'm still not sure. I really enjoy french cooking and gourmet cooking and will probably go that way. I think that if I can get traffic to my blog, I could show people that "gourmet" cooking is no harder than everyday cooking..I'll keep you posted..Thanks for your thoughts..Gives me something to think about when I watch them, if I watch them!!!
• United States
24 Jan 10
AAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank you. As no one in my immediate social circle watches the food channel like me, I cannot tell anyone who watches with me that something about them looks really suspect. I thought as a person got older (I'm 41), conversation between older couples was cherished (or at least common) more than affection or giggling like two teens. The strange thing is that they have the best recipes. Sunny Anderson is a little abstract and sometimes doesn't seem that great. RR is too perky, though some of her:30 meals are good. Big Daddy is good but I don't see myself cooking most of what he makes. Paula Deen loves butter too much and her Southern "charm" can be a bit much. Back to the Neelys, like you I discovered them since I've been working at home in the last half of 2009. To be fair, I'm not sure if they've been married 25 yrs. I believe the story is that they knew each other (or dated) in school, went their separate ways, met again (though both were married to others) and wed shortly afterward. I have feeling as to why they do this but I'm going to bite my virtual tongue until someone else comes out (or even speculates) about it.
• United States
24 Jan 10
Hi jswindell,,Thanks for responding. As you can see, you are the only one who did which kind of surprised me beause I thought a lot of people watched the Foodnetwork but I guess not. I, watch it all day, every day. I am a cooking school recent grad and I love cooking and still learn stuff everyday from these shows. I have been watching it ever since its inception some 10 plus years ago. We share a lot of the same feelings about different chefs. I can take or leave Sunny Anderson, but have made several of her recipes and they have been very good. I used to like RR but kind of burnt out on her. For a while there, no matter where you turned, there she was. I agree that some of her stuff is good, but a lot of it I have no interest in. Paula Deen, ya'll, gets on my nerves, ya'll and we cooked her stuff on a regular basis, ya'll, we would be as large as a barn, ya'll!! One day i'm going to count how many times she says that in 30 minutes and I bet the number will be staggering!!! Her brother Bubba, who she has on occasionally, is a better cook than her in my opinion. He has his own restaurant too and I've made a few of his recipes and they were all fantastic. I'm going to buy his book. Tyler Florence, well, how can I say this..I don't care what he's cooking, I just like to look at him. That too me is a sexy man and definately my type. Hot Stuff!!! I like Ina Garten too. She is very good but will admit that a few of her recipes were failures for me. Not sure if it was me, or the recipe but in any case, they left something to be desired. Her recipes typically are very expensive too. I could go on and on here but don't want to take anymore of your time. I going to request you as a friend and we can share food network stuff if you want..I don't have too many friends other than cooking school pals that are in to it like me so I don't really have anyone to share stuff with. There is a web site that you might get a kick out of if you haven't already seen it. Its called Food Network Humor and its people that rank on the chefs and stuff..Its funny, check it out. As far as my original discussion, The Neeleys,,please share with me what you think it is about them and why they act like that..Its only you and me as you can see!!! She gets on my nerves so much and really so does he and it is a shame because I love their cooking. I've made lots of their stuff and 9 times out of 10 its great. Well, I've got to close now. I'm in the middle of testing some cheesecake recipes and I need to go kick them up a notch!!
• United States
4 Dec 11
I have watched a time or two, but only for a few minutes..as I agree with you....whether honest or not...all that lovie dovy chatter and actions is just to much for the show. It is about cooking...not well...you know. I mean, great, husband and wife cooking to gether etc...but it is just to much for me to watch! It is just rather sickening! Plus...two people in the kitchen and both doing something different and talking about differnet things...to much to keep track of and still get what they each are doing. To much back and forth for me!