Orange is the New Black Helps Clarify What Goes in the Kitchen

You can hardly hop on Facebook, read a blog, or scroll your Twitter feed these days without reading about Orange is the New Black (OITNB). Not only is the writing fantastic and the cinematography worthy of all the chatter but the way creator Jenji Kohan utilizes the characters as a medium through which to discuss important social issues is simply brilliant. Best of all, it’s a Netflix original. This, of course, means you have the ability to watch an entire season at your own rate. Translation: An OITNB marathon commenced the second I hit play for episode one.

The series exposes social issues from classism and racism to regional and gender identity biases. Orange is the New Black covers it all. Writers even include valid lessons on institutional food service, which brings us to Red, the no-nonsense, tough-love, Russian matron and prison cook. Previously known to many of us as the captain of the Star Trek Voyager, Kate Mulgrew does a complete 360 in her exciting new role. I suppose the only thing comparable is that she always runs a tight ship.

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Kate Mulgrew’s on-screen transformation has turned the once-household name back into a conversation-worthy actor. I won’t spoil any of the details, but let’s just say you’ll be hard pressed to believe Captain Kathryn Janeway and Red could possibly stem from the single Mulgrew.

As the head cook in the prison series, Red is responsible for cooking three meals each day for hundreds of prisoners and guards. She must maintain inventory and she is responsible for all ordering. She also must staff and maintain the kitchen. In doing so, Red runs a tight ship. In her own words, “There’s rules in this place.”

It’s simple: Live by the rules and stay on her side. Check back soon for Red’s Chicken Kiev recipe and click on Red’s Kitchen Rules for an inside look on surviving the OITNB cafeteria. Think you have an idea for another of Red’s kitchen rules? Message us below and enjoy the show!

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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