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Emeril in Orbit

Will Emeril be able to "kick it up a notch" in a no-gravity zone? Denise Gould/U.S. Air Force photo (altered) hide caption

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NASA has announced that Food Network star chef Emeril Lagasse will help the crew members of the International Space Station "kick it up a notch" by bringing them Cajun cuisine.

(No, seriously. The actual press release really says that.)

The meal — to be served and then discussed on NASA TV on August 10 — is to include Mardi Gras jambalaya, mashed potatoes with bacon, green beans with garlic, rice pudding and mixed fruit.

I believe I'm one of the few people on this planet (I can't speak for the folks on the International Space Station) who remembers the brief-lived NBC sitcom starring Lagasse —- and I only remember that because I had to write about it. Emeril may get higher ratings when he appears on NASA TV — or at least inside the International Space Station.

Still, I hear his orange Jell-O etouffee is out of this world...