THE STRAIGHT DOPE:
The three disc set I received for review featured twelve half-hour episodes, featuring recipes such as grilled Spanish-style snapper with tomato and green olive salsa, tuna steak au poivre, double-dipped spicy chicken and crab cakes with roasted pepper sauce. All the dishes look lovely and will definitely impress a blind date or a family get-together and Ray's friendly personality helps make it look easy.
There are times, however, when the ride gets a little bumpy. It's very easy to backseat drive a cooking show, but Ray does mess up the recipes occasionally (at least once in this set she goes back and corrects herself, other times her instructions just don't seem to make sense.) Another minor quibble is her slight cheats that bring the recipes in at thirty minutes: Suggestions like washing and chopping all your veggies right after you buy them to save time later. Honey, if I had time to do that, I wouldn't need you!
Ray's overly chipper attitude can also be a little much at times. Her constant giggling is just silly, as is her habit of calling extra virgin olive oil "E.V.O.O." I know chefs sometimes do that but, please, stop. Statements like "let's get a little nut action with the green beans" just sound weird and her laughing at the salad spinner has a strange stoner-esque vibe. Ray is fun and bubbly but at times the show's "real time" style causes her to yip-yap more than is needed.
Granted, some liberties need to be taken to fulfill the show's gimmick, but even if you end up spending, say, forty minutes cooking up Venetian shrimp with scallops, I don't think anyone will hold it against you.