Will Sandra Lee Have the Last Laugh?

By Adele

The Today Show this morning did a story on Semi-Homemade’s Sandra Lee, who is now the first girlfriend of New York. Her lover, Andrew Cuomo, was sworn in last week as governor while she demurely held the Bible.

One of her pet causes will be to alleviate hunger in New York — one yukky can of vegetables at a time.

She and Cuomo met in the summer of 2005 after they both went through divorce. They have been living together and will continue to do so. Cuomo has 3 teenage daughters by his ex-wife, Kerry Kennedy (yes, one of those Kennedys). Sandra is childless.

Now that Sandra’s got connections in high places, I wonder if Karen’s buddy, Anthony Bourdain, will retire his schtick about her putrid Kwanzaa Cake? He may very well cross her path a lot more at anti-hunger charity events.

And did Huffington Post cave under Sandra’s new political status and yank Denise Vivaldo’s story about how she developed and sold to Sandra the Kwanzaa Cake recipe and many others even worse?

Will Sandra finally be on the receiving end of some respect, or earn herself a reputation as the tackiest hostess ever to grace a governor’s mansion, serving such delights as lasagna made with cottage cheese and tomato soup? Cuomo claims to love it, while his mother says the very idea makes her want to vomit.

Will her penchant for tablescapes and replacing all the drapes daily bust the state entertainment budget and drive the household staff berserk?

Michelle Obama tested her influence by getting women to wear studded gladiator belts hiked up under their armpits for a while. Will Sandra try to make MSG- and salt-laden processed and canned cuisine chic eats for New Yorkers?

Will being the governor’s girl (and, who knows, a future presidential candidate’s cutie) become so all-consuming that Sandra abandons her dream of becoming the reconstituted Martha Stewart? Will Cuomo have to use that familiar cardboard cutout of Sandra with the pasted-on smile at official functions while she’s out in the pantry concocting and chugging cocktails?

This reality show promises to be more fun to watch than anything Sandra Lee has ever done on the Food Network.


9 Responses to Will Sandra Lee Have the Last Laugh?

  1. you NAILED IT!! Loved this! I have a ton of respect for Sandra for what she has become (and what she has gone through in her life) but boy oh boy you totally NAILED THIS!!


  2. catsworking says:

    caren, why thank you! Lasagna with tomato soup sounds totally disgusting, even to a cat. It was interesting that at first the press was reporting that Sandra would NOT be moving into the governor’s mansion, and then she was. And she did. Apparently, her thing with Cuomo runs very deep, although they’re still saying they don’t feel the need to be married. I predict wedding bells will ring if they make it through the first 6 months without making fools of themselves.

  3. roflmao!!! I LOVE NIGELLA!!!! I never noticed that but will have to watch for it.
    I agree with you entirely about Sandra getting married…this should be BEYOND interesting!!!
    Have to say I never cared for Bourdain because he loathes Rachael Ray (who is my “girl crush” lol)….I am an “uncouth galley slob) and proud of it! 🙂

  4. Nonna says:

    Yeccchhh, Sandra Lee’s recipes are twisted versions of real food. I don’t get the reason to go to tomato soup and cottage cheese when there are plenty of jarred sauces and low-fat ricotta. Matilda Cuomo is right in my book!!!

  5. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Nonna! What Sandra Lee does to lasagna is just WRONG. As you say, there’s absolutely no reason to use garbage ingredients when appropriate ones are sitting nearby in the grocery store at comparable cost. I’m all for the time-saving tip, but not making things gross just to show that it can be done.

    caren, we have nothing particularly against Rachael Ray (except that she has a pit bull, named her Isaboo, and let her run amok — covered in a much earlier post), but her relentless perkiness does wear thin. If she were ever in a cooking throw-down with Sandra Lee, I’d put my money on Rachael to win.

  6. @Nonna good point AND the most overpriced and wasted item in the grocery store happens to be jarred sauce.

    I don’t understand why people don’t make it themselves. It is quick and super easy!
    There are quick sauces that can be made with canned or fresh tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, roasted red peppers (or not), red pepper flakes, Italian seasoning, onions, mushrooms….etc, etc, etc. (said like Yul Brynner in “The King And I”) I sometimes even add some balsamic vinegar to mine…jarred sauce is a total waste of money! 🙂

  7. @catsworking re:Rachael Ray…too funny! But…as a side note…by her own admission she is a total cranky person at home…she says the caffeine gets her going! Look at it this way, she may be annoying at times but she sure has the last laugh…all the way to the bank! 🙂

  8. catsworking says:

    Karen makes her sauce by starting with a jar of the prepared stuff (instead of a can of sauce, which is too thin and slides right off), then doctors it up with most of the things you mentioned. Everybody thinks she made it from scratch.

    I have read that Rachael Ray can be very catty when she’s not being perky, which I consider a point in her favor. Bourdain picks on her because he says she’s so much bigger than he is, there’s nothing he can say that would put a dent in her, and she freely admits that she’s not a chef.

  9. Yes…I know….told you she is my “girl crush” lol…so I know! 🙂

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