Synopsis by Hal Erickson
This cable TV cooking series was aimed at those who either hated to cook or were in mortal terror of their own kitchen. In a flippant, down-to-earth fashion, host Rachael Ray (who prided herself on never wearing an apron or any other kind of culinary "uniform") demonstrated how to whip up such tasty dishes as butter bean salad, corn-on-the-cob with chili and lime, and marshmallow-nut brownies, with no other special skills than the ability to use both hands at once. Some episodes offered tips on putting together quick and economical "ethnic" and "regional" meals. Shown twice daily, 30 Minute Meals was seen on the Food Network beginning in the spring of 2003.