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SC Job #7, Interviewer

by in View All Posts, December 12th, 2008

Move over, Barbara Walters. Secretary Confidential thought it would be fun to interview intriguing FN staffers. Check out Part I, when she chats with scheduling manager, secret FN tour guide and roasted broccoli enthusiast, Joe Moseley.

SC: If you could be any FN Star, who would you be and why?
Joe: Jamie Oliver. The first time I watched him, I felt an amazing calm wash over me, instant valium! The real star of his show was the food, as it should be. I wanted to be in his garden, eating it all. What I truly love about Jamie is his generosity. He mentors youth at risk; turning them into food professionals — awesome. He even challenged the UK to rethink school lunches with fresh, healthy alternatives.

SC. What was your most memorable experience with the talent?
J: When I brought my daughter Alexine to see Emeril Live. We had front row seats and were fed like royalty. I was so happy to bring her backstage to meet him personally. She’s 14, is a huge FN fan and I was pleased to give her that unique experience. I felt like a real cool dad that day. One of my all-time favorites, Jacques Pepin, was the show’s guest and I got to meet him as well.

SC: How long have you worked here and what’s the best part of it?
J: I’ve been here since September ’97 — the network’s grown so much since then. The best part about FN is the people. Everyone loves food and cooking, we eat lunch together (even watch Bourdain on No Reservations—shhhhhh!). I’ll know many of these folks for life. I even met my wife here. What can I say?

SC: Anne loves “Bye-bye, my Sweeties,” Rachael says “Yummo,” Emeril’s got the “Bam.” What’s your food catch phrase?

J: “Soup’s on!”

What’s your cooking phrase, FN Dishers? We know you have one, so share!
Happy Holiday Plating…
Secretary Confidential

SC’s Top 10 Reasons To Be Thankful

by in View All Posts, November 26th, 2008

With Thanksgiving nearly here, the SC has been feeling contemplative. Here’s why I’m grateful this year…

10. For the colorful Bic markers, glitter pens and the fancy desk lamp that not only brighten my day but notes written to The Powers That Be.

9. For Joe, our secret Food Network tour guide. He has a plethora of knowledge about FN, and always adds a shot of humor and wit to my days (something this computer-saddled SC truly appreciates).

8. The mailroom guys who always help me with the heavy lifting around here. Do you know how many pounds a case of paper weighs?!!

7. Mr. SC (dear ole hubby) cooks for me at home…it’s like having your own personal FN-caliber chef make you dinner!

6. For all the cool FN kitchenware… I heart the Panini Grill & Press. Crisp, buttery Ciabbata, warm melty Fontina, fresh herbs… Mmmm.

5. For my family that I’ll be seeing over Thanksgiving, I was inspired by Ms. Deen to try to create her Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie. Be prepared. I’m baking.

4. For The Next Iron Chef, which will begin taping soon. You can almost taste the food they make. I think it’s the best reality show which takes seasoned chefs to a new pinnacle in the culinary pantheon.

3. For the new and improved foodnetwork.com site! The recipe search rocks! I know where to find the recipe for Paula Deen’s southern-fried chicken during any middle of the night hunger pangs.

2. For Rachael Ray, who has had some major throat issues lately, for being a trooper and doing a marathon taping of 30 Minute Meals. That woman is unstoppable!

1. The FN Kitchens for their fancy eats, friendly faces and freebies. I admit that I did take two of the magical brownies you created a few months back.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!

~ Secretary Confidential

FN’s Secretary Confidential Returns

by in View All Posts, November 21st, 2008

Loaded Oatmeal Cookies -- Paula DeenToday I headed to the kitchens for a legitimate reason this time (not scrounging for leftovers). I was asked to coordinate a little soiree. The reason? We’re celebrating the launch of our new UK Food site!

Whenever I head to the 6th floor (test kitchens and studios) I wonder if I’ll bump into any FN faves. On recent treks, I’ve spied Rachael and hubby, Bobby (he was in all black — very New York), Guy — sporting his signature sunglasses (yes, inside) and Anne Burrell as well. Of course, the best part of any 6th-floor adventure is Clarence, the security guard. He’s a gem who always has a smile ready for me.

Chef Bleifer and I went over options for hors d’oeuvres and drinks. His plan is to incorporate tasty recipes from the new site — synergy! On the menu: prosciutto-wrapped scallops (yum), thai chicken style skewers (double yum) and a blini with smoked salmon (curious). The delicious smells emanating from the kitchens got the best of me.

“What are they cooking?” I excitedly asked. Chef Bleifer encouraged me to take a peek. Sarah Copeland, head of recipe testing (title is actually “recipe developer”) , and team were busy testing for the FN Magazine’s spring issue. They told me I can’t reveal the test recipes, but here’s a hint: think iconic ballpark or carnival food. I didn’t get a taste, but if looks and smells could kill, no doubt the mag will be slaying your appetites come spring. That said, what are you favorite FN Magazine recipes? I’m voting on the Loaded Oatmeal Cookies — to quote my gal Rachael, YUM-O!

~ Secretary Confidential

FN Staff Take Over

by in View All Posts, November 13th, 2008

(Today, we have a guest FN staff contributor to The FN Dish)

By Secretary Confidential:

I’m stepping away from my desk. Where to? The vending machines! This isn’t a casual snack, but an FN Vending Machine break. Depending on season, scents of chicken pot pie may fill our office.

Shall I select Paula’s amazing Frozen Chocolate Mousse Pie (i heart chocolate) or maybe her yummy Piggy Pudding? (Paula, I love ya but “piggy”? Not a great mental image while I’m digging in.) Ellie’s Spiced Chicken & Grape Skewers or Giada’s Spicy Bean Soup are healthy… Who am I kidding? I want the mousse.

Ok, clearly I’m a little FN delusional. Too much toner, too many stamps, WAY too much coffee! The vending machine doesn’t have Ina’s Chicken Pot Pie, though I’ve requested it as a replacement for Twizzlers. It’s your average, run-of-the-mill vendor. Candies, crackers…you get the idea. Each item only costs a quarter, but nothing fancy here.

I could sneak into the FN kitchens, hope the stars are aligned and find myself munching on a little sumthin’-sumthin’ that was tested for a show, challenge or cookbook. It’s all good there. Wait, is that Anne Burrell heading for a shoot in the kitchen? Definitely time for my snack break!