Thanks to Z., I recently discovered the Cooking Channel on TV. I watch / record Food Network a lot for cooking inspiration, but I've been tiring of it a bit recently. While I really like Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) and Giada in particular, I've been craving some more variety. Some of the Food Network personalities are a little too perfect, overly styled and / or slightly psycho for me: Claire Robinson, Marcela Vallalolid, Sandra Lee, Anne Burrell, plus they have a bunch of non-cooking shows which I don't really like: Chopped, Food Network Challenge, Ace of Cakes. Maybe it's because it's not in high definition or perhaps because many of the shows are older, but I find the Cooking Channel to be a lot more accessible, with a real focus on the food. I like the ethnic variety as well; I've been watching a lot of the Spice Goddess, which has helped de-mystify Indian cooking. I also really like being able to watch some older episodes from real chefs like Mario Batali and Jamie Oliver. Plus, since it is not in high definition, I'm able to record a lot more shows without filling up my DVR.
here. I liked that the recipe seemed relatively light, without any butter and cream, only non-fat Fage greek yogurt for some tang and creaminess. I was able to find all the spices that I didn't have, including cumin seeds, turmeric and garam masala (a mix of cloves, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamon, coriander) at Whole Foods. I served the chicken over white rice, with a side of arugula topped with my recent Trader Joe's discovery, dressed with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.