What's not to love about Rachael Ray?

For me and Rachael Ray, it was not love at first sight. There was just something about her that didn't quite click. She kept at it, however, and her down home charm and persistent perkiness have drawn me in. Now, I too, am a Rachael Ray fan.

We watch a lot of Food TV around here, so we have learned the names and modus operandis of quite a few of the various hosts appearing on the network. While Alton Brown educates, Mario mystifies, and Giada De Laurentiis titillates, Rachael Ray comforts. She reminds us that even on the cheap, we can add a bit of adventure to every day of our lives. She prepares meals full of comfort foods using easily found ingredients in a kitchen that looks more like mine than Cher's. She delivers attainable adventure and that lends hope.

Few of us could hope to be as smart as Alton Brown, as exotic as Mario, or as sultry as Giada, but we certainly believe it possible that we could have as much fun as Rachael. She knows how to smile and she does it a lot. We can do that right along with her.

Rachael Ray and I are buds now (although I suspect she does not know me.) So I found today's story in the NY Times an entertaining bit of background on how she got to where she is today. It made me smile. Good for her.

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About Phil Yanov

Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.