Saturday Night Chicken, Game Shows, Hope for the Warriors

You might remember for a Sunday Supper post I wrote about making soup using the cookbook by Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.  Because of their busy Sunday schedule – for a long time – the Wallaces have had soups on Sundays. Soup is always, easy to make in large or small quantities, of infinite variety and provides great flexibility for serving times. Their custom of having soups helped them maximize the potential of having the whole family eat together.

That book is called Mr. Sunday’s Soups.  “More than 75 delicious homemade recipes to bring your family together.

I have used the book fairly often, and for guests.  I made one of these soups for a large gathering of priests, as a matter of fact, and there was not a speck left over.

It seems that Lorraine Wallace has prepared a new volume called Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken.

I have ordered a couple copies for myself as a gift to my father, to whom I gave an autographed copy of the first book.  He is into soups.

Since I am momentarily focused on Mr. Wallace, he appeared recently on the long-running TV game-show Jeopardy! and absolutely clean his opponents’ clocks.  His winnings were for Hope For The Warriors.

I didn’t see the show, since that is not the sort of TV I watch, but when looking around for information about that appearance I found this on Newsbusters:

The liberal media took another stunning defeat Tuesday as Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace totally demolished the BBC’s Katty Kay on Jeopardy!.

At the closing bell, Wallace had amassed $22,400 to Kay’s pitiful $8,000. Dr. Mehmet Oz came in third with $5,900.

And liberals claim they’re the smartest.

Ha!

This followed Monday’s abysmal performance by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (video follows with commentary).

UPDATE:

Since frjim4321 made a spectacularly crass comment, below, I am posting this video.

 

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16 Responses to Saturday Night Chicken, Game Shows, Hope for the Warriors

  1. frjim4321 says:

    I think Katy, Oz and Wallace were Weds, since I was at my parents for dinner on Weds as usual and we watch Wheel and Jeopardy. Katy started off pretty strong, but then she fell behind. I have to give Wallace credit – he did seem to know quite a bit of trivia, more than I would have guessed. When he sold out to tabloid journalism I figured it was because of a lack of competence, but maybe it was just for the money. I often wonder what kind of relationship he had with his late father, and if his father was disappointed in his son for leaving hard news for the easy faux-news buck? [Wow. Very tacky. See the video which I am appending to the bottom of entry.]

  2. elaurier says:

    From 9/15 to about 3/31, we eat soup every day. Fall, Winter and Spring Sunday afternoons are our “soup time” where we chop, saute and simmer for the upcoming week and catch up with each other’s lives. It’s one of our favorite times of the week and probably like your “Sunday Supper” routine. At a wedding we attended we were asked for tips to a happy marriage (we have one!) and my husband replied, “Make soup together!”

  3. Ed the Roman says:

    Father Jim,

    His relationship with his late father was strong, deep, and respectful; pity you missed the tribute special that Chris did for him a fortnight or so after Mike’s passing.

    Also, if you think that he has been doing tabloid journalism merely because he’s on Fox, you might consider actually *watching* Fox News Sunday. I think you’ll be surprised.

  4. PostCatholic says:

    Game shows definitely aren’t Katty Kay’s thing. I seem to remember her being demolished on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me? Maybe someone else will recall. I do like her as a guest host on the Diane Rehm Show. No surprise that Chris Wallace won, he is very smart.

  5. Sandy says:

    I applauded Wallace’s win and Matthew’s loss (sorry, Lord, if that’s mean). The good, clean fun of this game show is a respite from the filth on TV everywhere. If I can hold on to the remote control, I’ll try to watch! After a day of stress, one often wants to just relax without straining the brain, although it’s fun to try to guess the answers!

  6. Will D. says:

    I find that there is no meaningful correlation between one’s intelligence and one’s politics. Both Dana Perino and Chris Matthews had very poor games. Chis Wallace and Robert Gibbs did very well (based on their Coryat scores, since Gibbs bombed Final Jeopardy).

    Having said that, I must defend Fox News Sunday. Whatever you may think of Fox News in general, Fr. Jim, FNS is not a tabloid show. It is every inch a traditional Sunday morning chat show: one or two in-depth interview segments with policy makers, followed by a panel discussion. It is all very civilized and informative. It’s not a Bill O’Reilly or Keith Olbermann-type bombast fest.

  7. tealady24 says:

    I love soup and make a mean crab bisque.

    I like watching Jeopardy except when they do these celebrity weeks. Most of these people are so full of themselves, they can’t get to the game because of all the preening and attention they keep throwing on themselves. So I opt out and read. Right now, it’s Malcolm Muggeridge’s “Chronicles of Wasted Time”.
    Seems fitting.

  8. AA Cunningham says:

    “and if his father was disappointed in his son for leaving hard news for the easy faux-news buck?”
    frjim4321

    Shouldn’t you be over at the New York Times heaping praise upon Maureen Dowd’s latest screed or at the Fishwrap singing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” to Reese?

  9. frjim4321 says:

    Ok, I have not seen Fox News Sunday, so I will have to check it out. I have seen a lot of other stuff on that channel and don’t see much of quality and simply applied that evaluation across the board.

    Thank having been said, with both CNN and FoxNews 4 out of 5 times that I turn either of them on they are on a commercial.

  10. SKAY says:

    “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews totally struck out on Jeopardy! Monday night after repeatedly mocking former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for how she would do if she ever went on the show.”

    Couldn’t have happened to a “nicer” guy.

    I was considering ordering the soup cookbook, Father. Now I think I will.

  11. robtbrown says:

    frjim4321 says:

    I think Katy, Oz and Wallace were Weds, since I was at my parents for dinner on Weds as usual and we watch Wheel and Jeopardy. Katy started off pretty strong, but then she fell behind.

    Her name is Katty, as in meow, not Katy, as in Hepburn.

    BTW, she and her husband have 4 children.

    I have to give Wallace credit – he did seem to know quite a bit of trivia, more than I would have guessed. When he sold out to tabloid journalism I figured it was because of a lack of competence, but maybe it was just for the money. I often wonder what kind of relationship he had with his late father, and if his father was disappointed in his son for leaving hard news for the easy faux-news buck?

    You think Mike Wallace was in hard news? Where have you been?

    I have to admit I’m not fond of many of them. Don’t care much for O’Reilly or Hannity (although the few times I have seen Hannity, he was poking at self righteous liberals). Chris Mathews is a coward. After correctly criticizing the incompetence of Dumsfeld for weeks, he folded like a cheap suit when the SecDef was a guest. Mathews seems more interested in fame and money than journalism. Rachel Maddow spews out facts but lacks insight. Ed Schultz is a buffoon.

    I prefer the two business networks.

    The Sunday News Shows, once very good, are now not so because they have abandoned the original question format (3 journalists and 1 guest) for 1 journalist with 2 guests (each of opposing sides). This gives them the opportunity to answer no questions but toss out the talking points they have received from the puppet master.

    I do enjoy Gillian Tett, of the Financial Times, very smart and often seen on TV.

  12. poohbear says:

    Soup is always easy to make…..

    I didn’t know it was possible for ‘soup’ and ‘easy’ to exist in the same sentence.

    Would this be a good book for a soup klutz or is it too advanced?

  13. jameeka says:

    Thanks you for posting that interview, as well as the book recommendations. There was so much unspoken in that interview, not quite”ineffable” but almost.

  14. Gail F says:

    I happened to see it, though I don’t watch jeopardy. I don’t know who Katty Kat is, but she was wiping up the board for half the game. Chris Wallace came back in the second half. Both of them were impressive. Poor Dr. Oz is obviously not a) a trivia buff, or b) up on political news or history.

  15. Will D. says:

    Gail F:
    Don’t underestimate the importance of good buzzer technique. Chris Wallace didn’t really seem to get the hang of the signalling device for the first segment, but he figured it out. Dr. Oz never managed to.

  16. Will D. is precisely correct. There are three keys to winning at Jeopardy:

    • Knowing a lot of general info, much of which might be considered trivia;

    • Sight reading the clue and determining whether you have the probable correct answer BEFORE Alex finishes reading it aloud;

    • Being poised to ring in the instant Alex finishes reading it and repressing it as quickly as possible until one of the three of you is chosen;

    N.B., There is one person on the broadcast staff whose sole job during the program is to press a button that enables the signaling devices. That staffer presses the button as soon as he possibly can after Alex finishes reading the clue, which action also illuminates a light on the game board. If you ring in early you have to continue rapid-fire pressing of the button until one of you is chosen to provide the correct question.

    The odds are that waiting for the light will cause you to ring in later than permissible, which leaves you at the mercy of someone with quicker reflexes.

    Pax et bonum,
    Keith Töpfer