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Category: Ina Garten

A riff on Ina Garten’s Chicken Salad Veronique

A riff on Ina Garten’s Chicken Salad Veronique

One of the best things to have in the refrigerator in summer is a large quantity of chicken salad.  You can serve it on a bed of lettuce or make it into sandwiches.  You make it once and you have it all week. And I […]

Today’s Post requires No Cooking…it’s all about creating a stunning table in tune with the season

Today’s Post requires No Cooking…it’s all about creating a stunning table in tune with the season

Michael and Jim of The Bridgehampton Florist are two of our best buddies.  They are also two of the most wildly talented individuals you could ever meet.   And just one of the things they do that sets them apart are tablesettings that are just out […]

The All-Time Greatest Chocolate Cake: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

       As some of you know, Andrew and I have embarked on what we have named “Andrew and Monte’s 130th Birthday Trip”.  That’s our combined birthday this year and we’re celebrating with a trip to Europe.  Believe me, you will hear all about it.  But in […]

A gorgeous addition to any Easter Table….Andrew decks out Ina Garten’s Coconut Cupcakes and Chewing the Fat celebrates our One Millionth reader!

Coconut Cupcakes that Andrew eggified for Easter!     In the run-up to Easter, we’ve had snow, sun and cold temperatures earlier this week that feel more like winter than spring. It’s warmed up at last and here’s how we celebrated. And, after Andrew added […]

Ina Garten’s Roasted Shrimp with Feta

          Shrimp is far and away the popular seafood in the country and has been for at least the last 10 years.  Nothing comes remotely close to per capita shrimp consumption which hit 3.6 lbs. last year.  Just for comparison, salmon catapulted […]

Ina Garten’s Coquilles St. Jacques from "Make It Ahead"

Ina Garten’s Coquilles St. Jacques from "Make It Ahead"

         I am a huge fan of Ina Garten or as a friend of mine once said “What’s not to like?”  Ina makes great food accessible to even the most amateur cook.  This may be because Ina herself is a completely self-taught home cook.  She […]

Roasted Shrimp Salad with Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes and Avocado

        Last Sunday, we gave a pool party for our god-daughter.  It’s an annual event to celebrate her birthday for the four of us who are called “The Uncles”.  Andrew and I and Terry and Shawn have watched Olivia grow up and we’ve been there […]

Smoked Prime Rib on the Grill, Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto and Tortini of Zucchini

        The lovely and extremely talented Elizabeth Karmel The 4th of July is upon us and there’s never a better time to fire up the grill and celebrate the joy of being an American.  And there’s almost nothing more American than beef.  And […]

Ina Garten’s Lobster Pot Pie and, just for laughs, one woman’s take on it.

                  This is one of Ina Garten’s most beloved recipes.  It dates all the way back to 1999 when it appeared in Ina’s first cookbook “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook” (Clarkson Potter 1999).  Since I can’t think of  a better time for luxury foods like […]

Just in time for Halloween…Tim Burton Cupcakes

        Our god daughter, Olivia is very special to us.  We were there the night she was born and she’s been a wonderful part of our life ever since. She’s lovely to be with, so much fun and so full of personality.  […]

Two Salads adapted from Ina Garten: Roasted Shrimp and Orzo and Beets with Orange Vinaigrette

         Recipes that other cooks invent should be treated with great respect.  I’ve mentioned before that few things put me off more than someone commenting on a dish—very often negatively—that they have ‘doctored’ beyond recognition.   Still, if you do delve into the comments, you can […]

Ina Garten’s Italian Wedding Soup and her recipe for Chicken Stock

         Winter weekends are just made for hearty soups, especially on those days when you are dodging snowflakes or stuck indoors because the weather’s just too cold.  So when I found myself shut in during the Great Blizzard of ’13, I pulled out the cookbooks […]

1770 House Meatloaf with Garlic Sauce from Ina Garten’s "Barefoot Contessa Foolproof"

                    Meatloaf is an intensely personal experience.  Every family has a meatloaf recipe that is so dearly loved, it achieves iconic status.  This family recipe should not be abridged or changed in any way or else […]

2 Hanukkah Favorites from Ina Garten: Simplest Ever Potato Latkes and Baked Applesauce

The Shammash being used to light the candles on the Hanakkah Menorah          Saturday was the first day of Hanakkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.  The holiday, which is celebrated every December, commemorates the time when a small army of Jews defeated the Syrian King […]