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As a wise man once said, "I have chosen to eat well"
on July 4, 2012
The wise man mentioned in the title of my review is Phil Robertson and that quote comes from the first cooking segment of this video that I bought for my wife. I watched it with her because we're both big fans of "Ducky Dynasty" and we weren't disappointed. The two main things that make this a great video are the recipes and the Robertsons, who are shown preparing 14 different dishes.
Maybe the most important thing to know about this video is these AREN'T recipes that sound like they came from an episode of "The Beverly Hillbillies". In other words, there are no segments on cooking squirrels; to a large extent these are pretty "mainstream" dishes like ribs, potato salad, meatloaf, pralines, and banana pudding. Yes, there's also one recipe for frog legs, but other than that you won't find much in the way of "exotic" ingredients unless you consider duck or crawfish exotic. In fact, if you've cooked at all it's a safe bet that you've used almost all of the ingredients in these recipes. For example, "Armadillo Eggs" are made from jalapenos, cream cheese, breakfast sausage (e.g., Owens or Jimmy Dean), bacon, and butter. Trust me, there's nothing here that would make a person as queasy as some of the ingredients used on the popular cooking shows. Here's a list of the recipes prepared in the video:
Cream Cheese Pie
The other thing that makes this a great video is the Robertson family. Believe it or not they come across as even more real and natural in this video than they do on "Ducky Dynasty". The cooking was apparently filmed in their own kitchens and they LOOK like real kitchens, complete with refrigerator magnets and other clutter you'd find in a real kitchen, as opposed to those sterile movie sets you see on Food Network shows. Even better, the people doing the cooking act like they're just going about their regular cooking business while explaining what they're doing to a friend.
The bottom line is that if you're interested in (as Phil calls it) "eating well" and especially if you also enjoy watching the Robertsons, you should buy this video. To quote Phil again, it's "as pretty as a red wagon coming down a long hill with a little puppy in it."