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Sandra Lee's New Show Focuses on Affordable Cooking

Sandra Lee to Debut New Food Network Show

Both Ina Garten and Giada de Laurentiis premiered new Food Network series last Fall, so it's no surprise to learn that another of the network's biggest stars, Sandra Lee, is set to begin production of a new cooking program.

Sandra's Money Saving Meals will premiere on May 10 at 12 p.m. The show will focus on Lee's "triple A factor" of accessible, aspirational, and affordable food. She'll provide cost-saving tips for grocery shopping and feature innovative ways to use leftovers.

As more and more people look for inexpensive meal options, it's only natural for the Food Network to move toward a recession-friendly lineup. In a statement, Bob Tushman, the senior vice president of programing, said:

At this critical economic time, Sandra comes to the rescue by providing our viewers with creative ways to save money and time while cooking great meals at home. We appreciate the dedicated passion and in-depth knowledge Sandra brings to this topic, and we look forward to launching this new endeavor with her.

Although I've never really been a fan of Sandra's 70/30 semi-homemade philosophy, I'm curious to see her tips on affordable eating — after all, she was made from scratch! What do you think about the new series? Will you watch Sandra's Money Saving Meals?

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chiffonade chiffonade 7 years
Are they f'ing serious at TVFN? Unless they add laugh track to the abortion that is Semi-Homemade, TVFN is stubbornly entrenched in their credibility purge. It's bad enough Lee tries to woo to the dark side those who CAN afford good food. NOW she's trying to tempt the financially struggling viewership into the Cool Whip and taco seasoning packet aisles. Oh well, I guess doctors have to procure chronically ill people SOMEHOW. Can someone let me know when TVFN wakes up? Much obliged. Chiffonade
prencesschris prencesschris 7 years
YAY ! I loveee sandra
KAEB06 KAEB06 7 years
I absolutely love her so I am definitely looking forward to the new show...
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Awesome!!
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 7 years
No thanks, had enough of her cocktails and bad food. I wonder if she "tests" the cocktails before she starts cooking cause only a drunk person would make half the crap she puts together
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I think her style is kind of nice for really busy people, but I find that I can make a lot of very cheap food from scratch without a whole lot of effort. I'd be interested in seeing some of the recipes that she has...I want to see what sorts of premade things she uses. I've honestly never made any of her recipes myself, but from watching her show, a lot of them seem a tad on the rich side. And most of her cocktails seem like they're REALLY high in sugar.
emalove emalove 7 years
She kind of annoys me, but I like the concept of this show...I'll watch it and see how it is.
naritai naritai 7 years
Gag. Never liked her show... mediocre cooking for the lazy.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I'm not a big fan of Sandra Lee, but I might see what this has to offer.
pink-pirate pink-pirate 7 years
It would be a good idea - except her food is bad. I tried one or two of her recipes and they tend to be really sweet/sticky/cheesy/etc rather than tasty - and definitely not healthy. If she's sticking to a budget now, does that mean her daily cocktail is out as well? I always find it strange how she manages to come up with a cocktail to go along with a children's birthday party.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I've always wondered what kind of budget her show had. Her kitchen changes every time (all of the accessories and appliances are changed to complement the show's theme) and her tablescapes are often very elaborate and pricey. I wonder if her new show will cut back on that type of thing. I never could take her seriously because of most of that elaborate/unnecessary spending even if she was making "cheap" food. Plus I'm not a fan of processed foods so her semi-homemade stuff isn't for me usually.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 7 years
I usually turn on Food Network in the morning on the weekends so I end up seeing her show. So far I haven't been impressed by any of her cooking...cocktails...or tablescapes. ;)
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I love her 70/30 idea! It makes sense, and I have a busy life and two kids, sometimes there isn't time to make a 100% homemade meal! I'll definitely be catching her new show! She's an inspiration!
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
Good for her. I watch her every now and then, but the show seems fitting for the times.
digigirl digigirl 7 years
Might check it out once just to see how it's different from Semi-Homemade, but seriously doubt I'd watch it on an ongoing basis. Although I'm very interested in saving money, I find her presentation style to be cloyingly saccharine.
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