Food Network personality Sandra Lee, queen of semi-homemade recipes and ornately revolting cocktails, is trending right now, largely owing to a hilariously snippy interview that ran in last Sunday's New York Times. Well, OK, she's also in the media cloud right now because she's dating the governor of New York (and possible 2016 presidential candidate), Andrew Cuomo, and she has some sort of new line of homestuffs coming out at Kmart. It's all well and good, since Lee is a kooky and entertaining character, but one thing about it all has us worried. Namely, she's starting to get a little serious.
Lee is mostly fun because she seems, on her Food Network shows and specials at least, more than a little off her rocker. She had a hardscrabble upbringing that now manifests itself as a "who cares, I'm doing what makes me happy" attitude; she's unabashedly campy and tacky because that's what she likes. She's basically the home cooking version of Dolly Parton. Look no further than Lee's amazingly crazy Halloween specials — in which she dresses up in a variety of costumes and does weird voices and makes adult beverages from the most heinous of ingredients (cream, not milk, actual cream is used in one of them) — to see what a nutty delight she can be. She's chintzy and a little cheap, but that's what's great about her!