Cooking Show Drinking Games

I know a lot of people complain about the Food Network these days.  And I get it, they’ve changed. They are very much focused on reality shows that have to do with food than actual cooking.  But that’s why (in my opinion) they started the Cooking Channel–which has some excellent cooking shows, my favorite is “French Food at Home” with Laura Calder.  I want to be her…

But anyway, Thomas and I have turned some of the shows into games that we enjoy after work.  Our favorite is Barefoot Contessa. I love Ina, she seems like a genuinely nice (and slightly awkward) person. And her recipes are fabulous.  But boy, does she have some quirks.  Because of this, we created a game we play while watching her show and drinking good wine.

The rules are simple: take one sip of your drink any time one of the following things happen:

  1. Ina tells you to use good ingredients.  Some of her favorites are good vanilla and good olive oil
  2. Anytime a flower arrangement consisting entirely of or mostly of hydrangea appears.
  3. When Ina giggles/talks about Jeffrey.
Which is often...

Which is often…

4. When Ina giggles nervously/randomly while talking to her friends

5. A gay man makes an appearance

That would be 2 sips.

That would be 2 sips.

6. Ina tells her friends not to have any fun without her

7. Ina says “how bad can that be?” or “how easy is that?”

8. Ina decides it’s time to “turn up the volume”

9. There’s a ridiculously contrived scene involving Ina on the phone or wondering what someone must be up to

10. Anytime Ina is cruising around the Hamptons in her Mercedes.

It’s a fun game, but I didn’t promise you’d stay sober.

Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!


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A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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