Serendipity Sunday: Food Network's 'Down Home With the Neelys'

DHWTNeelys_New_Set_3_s4x3_lg Serendipity Sunday continues, with the next in a selection of shows I either haven't seen before or probably wouldn't ordinarily watch. Up now is Food Network's "Down Home With the Neelys," featuring a couple that owns a barbecue restaurant in the South, and the episode randomly tossed on the DVR is "Blissful BBQ."

In the interests of full disclosure, I must confess that I do not -- for reasons that have nothing to do with whether it tastes good -- eat barbeque (so don't go hating on me, BBQ lovers!), which goes a long way to explaining why I've never watched this show. That being said, here we go...

The impression: Pat and Gina Neely are just the cutest lovebirds ever, and their obvious natural chemistry comes through on screen. They're cooking -- wearing ordinary clothes, not chef's jackets -- in a home kitchen or a set made to look like one. I like that.

In this episode, they're giving a barbecue twist to salmon -- and those of you who read about my trip to "Hell's Kitchen" know how I feel about fish. (So happy I don't have Smell-O-Vision.)

On the other hand, Pat is grilling up some vegetables -- including red onions, peppers and, yum, asparagus -- for a salad with goat cheese. Oooh, I'll take a double helping of that! I can almost take grilled and/or roasted veggies intravenously.

And Gina is making mini brownie bites with orange cream cheese frosting, and you know there can't be anything wrong with that.

Oh, and Gina's also making a lobster salad martini thing. 'Nuff said about that.

The verdict, on a scale of stone cold to tepid to piping hot: Piping hot!

Would I watch again? Not if they're cooking fish, and I do have that barbecue issue, but I'm heading off to Trader Joe's as soon as I finish this show, and I think that grilled veg salad could be in my future (I might swap the goat cheese for feta). So my path just may cross with the Neelys again.

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