To:ilovelondon; my first meal for my in-laws and parents when I got married in 1976, was stuffed cornish game hens. I served them like you would a chicken or turkey. They were a hit, and to this day, not forgotten.
Under the stress of my first big dinner, it was a no lose answer. I didn't know who liked dark or white meat or stuffing, the cooking time was faster, the meat alittle milder and I didn't have to know how to carve a bird.
As for Ina; she comes from humble, but an educated backround. She is completely self -taught. She's what I would call a 'brainiack'.
He husband does alot of out of town business and she douts on him when he is around. But she truly is a self-made woman. I disagree that where she lives has anything to do with it. She is not from the "hamptons". She chose it. It does present an alternative type of life from most of us hard working stiffs. But more power to her. She earned it. And I don't think she's forgotten it. (I think Martha, most times wants to). However, I think the producers, when creating a show, try to appeal to the largest # audience, so they must drive the hosts nuts wearing so may hats for mass appeal.
She loves what she does, she's got a smile to beat the band, and she wants you to like it too. I like her. But no,I don't make most of what she does. I have to go out of my way to get some ingredients, and most times I don't have the time to spend in the kitchen. That's her profession/passion.
It's my necessity/hobby/passion.