Thanks to The Soup and Gawker, I came across these two videos, which are just about the darndest things I've ever seen. They're short "cooking" segments that come from the Weber State University student news program and a man named Steven Reed.
I put the word cooking in quotes because these aren't the cooking segments you may be used to if you grew up with Graham Kerr or Justin Wilson like I did. No, instead, Reed teaches the Weber State faithful how to make Rice-a-Roni and chili cheese nacho dip… in the microwave… with the kind of enthusiasm you'd see from Mike Tirico calling Panthers-Eagles. (Also, from now on I'm starting every conversation with a deadpan "Hello Wildcats.") Reed is a Weber State student who was apparently putting these segments together for his degree in integrated studies. He also happens to be a registered sex offender. Wrap your mind around that before you watch these viral videos…
While it's easy to endlessly mock these videos, there's many a blogger out there that depend on these sort of meals to get by. The microwave is a blogger's best friend. I actually prefer Minute rice to Rice a Roni, though because it takes a much shorter time to cook. Also, I'd encourage mixing the cheese sauce with the chili a bit more thoroughly. Allow the flavors to mix.