Robert Urich says of Lisa Ann Walter's formerly-gay blind date, "He seemed a little too excited about a possible Designing Women reunion." Emeril, the sitcom, was created by Linda Bloodworth, the same creator behind Designing Women (and the reunion finally did materialize in 2003).
The featured recipe from this episode (which appeared on both NBC's and Emeril's official websites) are for "Curry Crusted Lamb Chops with Garlic Wine Sauce and Potato Shallot Custards" and "Creole Corn and Crab Bisque."
Molly Hagan starred with Emeril's Lisa Ann Walter in the 1996 sitcom Life's Work. Hagan is the second Emeril guest star that worked on that series -- the first was Tara Karsian, who guest starred in the Fat episode (and the later episodes Halloween and Snow Day).