We're skeptical of those 5-dollar, 3-ingredient approaches to cooking that are all the rage these days in the food mags and on blogs. Mostly because, well, the dishes never sound appealing. Stir together a bag of frozen broccoli florets in "cheese" and a can of Ragu ... Mmm, no thank you.
This is not to say that we don't believe in the less-is-more approach. Start with prime ingredients -- a clutch of greens from the farmers market, say, or a fabulous piece of fish -- and let the food speak for itself. We're all for that.
Enter "Five Ingredient Fix," a new Food Network show hosted by one Claire Robinson. Robinson has a background in TV, food (she's a French Culinary Institute grad) and food TV (she was a "culinary producer" for several food shows, including Michael Chiarello's and the PBS Everday Baking show).
The premise: every dish uses five ingredients or less (not including salt and pepper, but including olive oil). The first episode featured roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, shortbread and gingered carrots -- and it all looked pretty tasty.
We're rooting for Robinson. On the annoying FN personality scale, she ranks pretty low. She may never bump the Barefoot Contessa from her top spot on our very short list of FN people we want to be/break bread with. But Robinson has potential, if she can stay true to her premise -- and to the food.
"Five Ingredient Fix" airs on Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.