The Semi-Gloss

Our associate editor ponders shoes as art, Willy Wonka, and speaking and eating with the dead.

Jun 22, 20110

Hello my little Herbs de Provence. How goes it?

This week we find Mr. JAM and Ross attempting to enjoy a nice leisurely dinner, when Ross gives Jeffrey a small assignment -- lighting the grill.

I love you, but don't ever make me do that again.

JAM has some issues. He's not much of a chef. He says he pretty much starved before Ross came along (Thank you so much for saving our malnourished decorator Ross. We imagine a courtship filled with you setting small plates out and Jeffrey tentatively eating from them, like a deer). But Ross' birthday is coming up and Jeffrey wants to "Jamie Oliver up" -- and we don't mean fixing America's school lunch problem. So, JAM does what any of us would do when we want to cook for our loved one's birthday: he orders takeout from a place Ross has never been to before and throws out the boxes he hires James Beard award winning chef Suzanne Goin to teach him make an onion tart.

After learning the ropes of doubling a recipe (cook it twice and stack the tarts together) Jeffrey enlists sweet Demetra to help him create the dish at the beach house he's using for the fete. Whilst Blackberrying the pair struggles with cut onions and oven temperatures (to have been on the receiving end of that phone call, I probably would have said crank it to 600 degrees but I am very cruel, mostly because I was not invited). in the end the tart is perfect and Ross is floored -- though that might have been for Ireland's white frock.

Success! Happy birthday Ross!

6 comments
Maxxi Smith
Maxxi Smith

Love MDD so much - so we are all waiting. When do we get the recipe for the Goat Cheese Cipollini Tart. I'm dying to make one.

ljh1967111
ljh1967111

I love this show! Glad Bravo came up with something fresh. The Housewives are getting old although I do have my favorites. I actually look forward to this so much more. Good Job! I cant even save I have a favorite on this show, they all bring something great!!!!

MGL2002
MGL2002

This is definitely a great addition to the Bravo line-up. The decorators are hysterical and they seemingly get along with each other and compliment one another, so it's totally refreshing and fun to watch. They have big name moneyed clients, so this is definitely a must watch!

MMDfan
MMDfan

BEST SHOW ON BRAVO!! It's so great to have a show where the cast actually likes and respects each other. What an entertaining cast of characters. Thanks for giving them the spotlight they deserve!!!

AlreadydevotedtoMDD
AlreadydevotedtoMDD

Funny and sweet summary.

I think Ross/JAM are the unheralded stars of this show--interesting to film how a RL stressed-out couple makes (or doesn't) working together...work. Sorta. Plus, couldn't imagine a cuter gay couple. Nice of them to allow BRAVO to put their love story up for viewer scrutiny.

Enjoyed the designs showcased in this and other epis, even though I know zip about ID and less about cooking. (The fact that I love MDD suggests that BRAVO has hit upon another appealing formula that tickles its audience. I adore all the BRAVO quasi-reality stars, going back to Project Runway, all except Top Chef, although my 'disaster in the kitchen' husband follows Tom and Padma faithfully.)

Please offer another season of MDD--even it's just a rehash of scenes the editors didn't use in Season 1. I can see how the shows are scripted, but whatever--it's still extremely entertaining.

OMGTexas
OMGTexas

Mary is right - people don't know what they want or like hence the deplorable decorating everywhere. However, that desk is an amazingly, expensive, unusable workspace probably perfect for someone who doesn't work. The Client will look nice sitting there, though. Question for Andy Cohen's poll: Who is the most obnoxious, obscenely rich client? Before the "Housewives" franchise, I wouldn't have believed this nonsense.