I love Ina Garten!  I packed away all of my cookbooks when we were moving, except for the Barefoot Contessa books.  I NEEDED them to stay with me through my moves.  I haven’t really missed the others much at all.

Now she has a new book out, Foolproof.  I picked it up at Costco the other day.  As soon as I got home I sat down to read through her introductions to each chapter and scan the recipes.  I love her kitchen, her house, her barn, how she loves food, and of course how she loves her husband Jeffrey.  She dedicated the book to him saying, “he’s foolproof.”

I want to try the Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons.  I have made her Roasted Tomato Basil Soup from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook many times to rave reviews.  This one looks to be a simpler version, skipping the tomato roasting in favor of canned tomatoes and adds saffron, orzo and heavy cream.  Sounds delicious.

The Salted Carmel Brownies sound divine.  This recipe is the Outrageous Brownies also from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook with the addition of caramel sauce and flaked sea salt.  Everyone loves the original brownie, carmel could only make them that much better.

Amelia’s Jambalaya is a new recipe that I am going to try.  It is described as a perfect one-dish dinner for a crowd.  Sounds right up my alley.

There is plenty of advise on how to throw a dinner party that is successful for the guests and hostess alike.  My favorite is that each meal should have one dish prepared in advance, another baked or roasted in the oven, and a third cooked on top of the stove.  Seems like a simple enough formula to take the stress out of timing a meal.

I would love to enjoy a meal on the terrace outside of her barn!  She remodeled the kitchen that most of her shows were filmed in and added a screen porch also.  Hope that is featured on the new season of shows.   It seems to me that her kitchens could be installed in the Smithsonian one day, along side Julia Child’s, who Ina refers to as her hero.   In the mean time, I better get to the grocery store so that I can try some of these recipes.




2 Responses to “foolproof”

  1. Isabel Says:

    These sound great, you’re making me hungry. It was good seeing you.

  2. donna Says:

    So nice to see everyone at school and get caught up. Barefoot is the cook that makes people think I can. Love her.