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Rachael Ray to the rescue

rachaelray5One of the benefits of being ostensibly unemployed is access to all the babes (if I might use that term) a guy could ever want. Just watching “The View” alone, one can get one’s fill, and then some, of females of nearly every stripe — liberal, conservative, shrill, sarcastic, blunt, shrill, smart, not so smart, shrill, skinny, full bodied, and did I mention shrill?

I tune into “The View” occasionally — usually when I need a reminder that being single is, as Martha Stewart would say, “a good thing.”

Still “The View” doesn’t give me everything, so, slightly more often, I tune into Rachael Ray, who is able to satisfy my remaining manly needs. There I find — though often in doses too large for my tastes — warmth, perkiness, sensitivity,  and what’s for dinner tonight.laci-400

Yesterday, in addition to learning about “the naughty side” of Julianna Margulies, of “The Good Wife,” and how to mix  fettuccine, prosciutto (which is a fancy word for ham), Brussels sprouts and a sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano into a quick and easy meal, we viewers got to see Rachael go to the rescue of a New Jersey animal shelter.

The show feature a taped segment of Ray arriving — in a truck filled with a year’s supply of Nutrish dog food — at the All Humane Animal Rescue, Inc., in Wanaque, New Jersey.

She meets a few of the animals, including a pit bull with cigarette burns and two Chow Chow mixes who, due to neglect, had lost much of their ear fur, then hands over a $20,000 check to Lysa DeLaurentis, the rescue’s founder and an animal control officer who works for four different municipalities.

DeLaurentis, who appeared on yesterday’s show along with the two Chows — still in need of homes — takes in stray, abandoned and surrendered animals that might otherwise be euthanized and finds new homes for them. After a complaint from a neighbor, state officials visited and informed her that, in addition to structural improvements to the barn she kept the animals in, she needed a license.


With that, the single mother — though she lacked enough money to fully accomplish it — began making the improvements that would bring her operation into accord with state rules and regulations.

The check from Rachael Ray came just in time to help her get the work completed before winter.

Way to go, Rachael. I will keep you (if we can stay away from the Brussels sprouts) in my daytime TV talk show harem … as long as you don’t get shrill.


Comment from Carey
Time November 11, 2009 at 8:12 am

First I liked her because she’s a pittie advocate. Now I REALLY like her 🙂

Comment from Jenifer
Time November 11, 2009 at 12:11 pm

I’ll see your shrill and raise you constant whining. I am deeply thankful I am not married to The Whiner aka Eeyore. I do note that many men of “a certain age” are much given to whining. Peace, quiet, humor and no violence on the tube (preferably Animal Planet lighter fare with my two fourleggeds leaning on either side on the recently vacuumed sofa) aren’t just desirable things for the distaff side.

You mention prosciutto. When I was in Belgium I tasted prosciutto made there – not the same as domestic US “ham” because over there they don’t have the organism that causes pork-related unpleasantness in humans. So the prosciutto was buttery, smoky, almost silky in texture and literally, along with the melon it was served with (in January, mind you) melted on the tongue.

One thing I just wouldn’t have been able to share with the dogs no matter how soulful the pleading looks.

Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time November 11, 2009 at 5:26 pm

My experience over the years has been that Brussels sprouts are a chick thing. The male of the species just does not appreciate them. I haven’t served a Brussels sprout in thirty-odd years of marriage. And I could envision the Beagle turning up his nose–or snout–as well.

As far as Rachel Ray goes, I think I just became a more enthusiastic fan. Anybody who can do something so nice for dogs deserves a lot of applause.

Comment from Eighteenpaws
Time November 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I am always “hooked” when you report on a news story with your unique personal style and opinion. That is true blogging! I have shared this one with several out-of-state friends today who have taken to asking me, “Just who IS this guy in Baltimore?” THANKS!