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What are you recording?

It's fairly common for bloggers to put their MP3 players on shuffle and list the first ten songs that come up. Adding a little sight to sound, I thought I'd post the current list of what I'm recording on our DVR.

The DVR is one nifty gizmo. It's hard to believe how much it has changed my viewing habits. Before, I'd make time for Alias, and that'd be about it. Now, I have what I call staples and samples.

Staples are series recordings. These tend to be shows that I don't want to miss or that are a regular part of my viewing diet. Samples tend to be one-time recordings to see if I want to continue with the program or not. If I do, they get moved to the Staples list.

Simply Wine with Andrea Immer
A Cook's Tour
(just started watching this and it became an instant favorite)
Nigella Bites
Barefoot Contessa
Good Eats
Boston Legal
Battlestar Galactica

America's Test Kitchen
Everyday Italian
Ming's Quest
The Shield
Wine, Food and Friends
Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck Classroom

Tried but didn't keep:
Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello (Although he has some useful information, I don't much care for his dishes or his personality.)
Quiet Places (Ironically, I'm often in too much of a hurry to watch it.)
Food Hunters
Follow That Food
(Love the concept, but the host has too much faux gregariousness for my taste.)

Plan to try:
Great Chefs

I've learned so much already: Alton's given me great tips on washing leeks, Michael Chiarello provided pointers like preheating a baking sheet before making something like croutons so the bottom will cook at the same rate as the top, Ina Garten suggested mixing flowers of different types but the same color for a lovely bouquet, and someone suggested lightly greasing a measuring cup prior to using honey in a recipe so that the honey would slide out cleanly instead of having to wait for it.

It's no surprise that the vast majority of my viewing involves food preparation and technique. There's not a lot of sci-fi programming these days that's engaging my interest, and for the most part I prefer to use my couch potato time for educational programming that focuses on my hobbies. I actually don't watch that much television: shows cycle in and out, depending on what else I have to do. Only the top three staples count as "must-see TV" for me, though Battlestar Galactica is rapidly becoming a fourth.

I feel sure I'll scale back as I develop a routine, but right now, it's like a smorgasbord with all these options and I have to sample each one. :)

Any great suggestions on stuff to tune in for? What are your favorites?


Apr. 8th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
Re: my list (aka I watch WAY too much TV!)
Numb3rs is a new drama on CBS that focuses on solving crimes with math. It's set in LA, and revolves around an FBI agent (played by Northern Exposure's Rob Morrow) and his math-genius younger brother. One of my favorite things about this show is the family dynamic of the bros. Eppes and their father (played by Judd Hirsch). These family/character parts are integral to the show, and don't feel at all tacked-on, unlike similar attempts in shows such as CSI.

Carnivale is probably my current favorite show. (Lost is a very close second.) It's like someone tood Twin Peaks, mixed it with The Stand dropped into The Grapes of Wrath. The first season was a little slow at times, but, by the end, it built up a lot of momentum that was carried throughout the entire seconed season. (Which, sadly, ended a couple of weeks ago.) The first season DVD seems inordinately expensive, but I'll probably get it eventually.

I've been hearing lots of good things about Battlestar Galactica, but I've been reluctant to add any new shows. That means, of course, that I'll start watching reruns this summer (assuming Sci-Fi airs them) and be completley hooked for the fall!


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