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By Margaret Lyons in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 16, 2004 8:49PM

Rachael Ray, Chicagoist's #2 Lesbian Crush; Image: www.alysonhannigancorner.comYay yay yay! Rachael Ray is coming! We're kind of obsessed with Ms. Ray in these parts; we've been talking about stuffin' muffins since last Thursday. Stuffin muffins = some kind of genius. Some people really don't like Rachael Ray—she's horrifically perky, often wears mom jeans, and says "liqueur" kind of wrong—but we never miss an episode of 30 Minute Meals, even if our record for an alleged 30-minute meal is just under two hours. It still tasted good.

Anyway, Rachael Ray has a new show (and apparently like, the best agent ever? How does this woman have three shows?) Inside Dish with Rachael Ray, and on it she interviews "celebrities" and they talk about food and sometimes cook stuff. It's all very adorable. Today she's interviewing Rick Nielsen —we'll save you the google, he's from Cheap Trick—at Piece, where Nielsen is an investor. Piece didn't have any extra info but told us people have been calling all afternoon. We're showing up super early because we are freaking dying to meet Rachael Ray holy shit.

The filming is supposed to start at 7 p.m., but she's doing a signing/demo in Naperville until 6, so we'll see what happens.