iGoogle Themes That Make You Go 'Mmmm'

Food is all around us - in the kitchen, on the street, and now right on the computer. I started using iGoogle about a year ago and it's become my official 'go-to' homepage ever since. Not only can you access email, Gchat, the weather, and The Onion headlines (and much more) all in one space, the theme of your iGoogle can be customized to virtually anything you want it to be. Since I've got food on the brain and the winter themes are just a sad reminder that Spring is too far away, I dug up a few food themes to share with all of you. From the mouth-watering, to the just-plain-creepy, there are lots to choose from, many of which change skins every day, but keep with their central theme.

 

There are cute ones...

 

Seriously mouth-watering ones...

 

And ones that make me gain 5 pounds simply by looking at them...

 

I mean, would you really want this on your home screen for an entire day? (It's Andrew Zimmern stuffing his piehole full of who knows what)

 

Though I lean more towards Travel Channel's Adam Richman, I'm not sure I need his mouth-stuffing mug on the top of my screen peering out at me...

 

Even Food Network, a major television channel staple in the Humiston household, has a theme that's gorgeous and yummy to boot...

 

The Gourmet Theme, which is new and thus kept popping up on my screen as an option to change over, could go either way. It's got the delish bugers as shown above...

 

Yet it changes daily, and it has some that make me go 'ick'. I mean, am I the only one feeling uncomfortable about having two random children on my home screen all day?
I also found one on this theme with Emeril Lagasse's grill on it. Though I've recently crossed over to liking him, I think these skins just need to go. Let's keep it to the food, shall we?

 

So what do you think? Do you use iGoogle, or another customizable reader? Are there any themes that tickle your fancy? I don't know about you, but I'm hungry...

Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving Warms My DVR


It's beginning to look a lot like holiday, which means I'm on the verge of lifting the holiday movie ban for the season and my holiday TV staples are emerging from their year-long hiatus to rejoin my DVR. Though not the focus of this article, can we take a moment for the Thanksgiving Day Parade? Seriously, no matter how old I get, that darn thing never gets old in my book.

Always a sap for anything holiday, you can imagine my excitement over not only holiday-themed television, but holiday food-themed television. This week, my obsession with holiday TV ramps up with Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving. Airing each night this week at 9pm on Food Network*,  the celebrity chefs take viewer questions regarding their past Thanksgiving Day disasters and beg for help in making this year's Turkey Day table one for the record books. Not sure if it's my undying love for holiday time or the fact that the chefs are dumbing it down for the commoner, but Dear Food Network: [insert any holiday here] is a staple on my holiday TV schedule. And much to Shaun's dismay, yup I watch it every night that it airs. With recipes like Pear Cranberry Pie, Sausage Cornbread Stuffing, and Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce, how could I not?

Though in more recent times, Food Network has brought on some 'chefs' who aren't exactly chefs, but just people who like to cook and are veritable unknowns in the culinary world. Those-who-shall-not-be-named (you know who I mean) seem to eat up many of the time slots allotted for actual cooking, rather than the travelesque or challenge cooking shows. Call me old-fashioned but one of my favorite weekend activities is waking up to Paula Deen whipping up some butter-soaked anything. During Dear Food Network: Thanksgiving, you can expect appearances by some of my own personal favorites including Bobby Flay, Giada DeLaurentis, Ina Garten, Alton Brown and Tyler Florence.

Am I the only one slightly obsessed with holiday television? Food Network? The Thanksgiving Day Parade for that matter? Are there any FN pundits to whom you feel a particular liking? Talk back in the comments, and happy food watching!

*Check local listings. I'm an East Coast gal, but I realize that not all of my fabulous readers are East Coasters!