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Every now and then I find a set of recipes I can’t wait to try. I’m as enthusiastic to create them as to eat them. Ina Garten’s ‘ Barefoot Contessa at home’ is a book I read at one sitting. Marvellous friendly open style, made me feel I wanted to cook up a storm! Already made Eli’s Salmon, a winner of a dinner with green, green veg and what can I say about the Ginger biscuits? Tasty & moreish. It’s as if Ina Garten is at your elbow encouraging you to play!
This has been bought as a present for someone that watched Barefoot Contessa regularly on the TV, it has some great recipes and its laid out well. It was a bit of a pantomine with the order as it got lost in the post before turning up the same day as the re-order but praise should be given to Amazon customer services who handled the delivery problems efficiently
I love Ina's recipes but find this collection is not something I would ''work through'. I'm not enamoured but have tried a few and they've turned out fine. Delivery took a while but it eventually arrived undamaged and in good condition.
Ina Garten is easy to follow - just like her TV cookery series. The recipes are great - one just has to remember that the quantities are rather generous - so I tend to halve the amounts. It is also useful if you have measuring cups, as they do in the USA!
Book arrived within a couple of days, well packed and undamaged. The recipes are all very interesting and the couple I have tried have been very good. You do need to 'translate' some of the ingredients as this is an American cook book and measure in cups rather than ounces but this is not too difficult. Overall a good book.
What can I say "Ina Garten" certainly knows how to be a great housewife. She understands the kitchen is the heart of a home and she has some great tips she shares in this book. The one thing I hate about buying recipe books online is the fact that they hardly ever show what recipes they hold. so here is a list of all the recipes within the book *barefoot contessa at home*:
fresh whiskey sours, green herb dip
SOUPS AND STARTERS: california blt's summer borscht ceasar club sandwich mexican chicken soup chicken salad sandwiches ribllita smoked salmon & egg salad tartines fresh pea soup Garlic croutons roasted pepper & goat cheese sandwiches cream of wild mushroom soup tomato mozzarella &pesto panini shrimp bisque honey white bread chicken stock seafood stock
SALADS: heirloom tomatoes with blue cheese dressing chicken salad veronique grilled tina salad bibb salad with basil green goddess dressing jon snows fish salad roasted shrimp and orzo pesto pea salad warm duck salad tomato feta salad blue cheese coleslaw guacamole salad old-fashioned potato salad
DINNER: Blue cheese burgers cornish hens with cornbread stuffing chicken piccata lamb kebabs with cous cous roast capon loin of pork with fennel stuffed cabbage rib eye steaks with cornmeal fried onion rings portobello mushroom lasagna chickne with goat cheese and basil seafood gratin eli's asian salmon lemon fusilli with arugula summer garden pasta seared tuna with mango chuney easy lobster paella
VEGETABLES: garlic and herb tomatoes orange honey glazed carrots broccolini and balsamic vinaigrette zuccini (courgette) pancakes herbed basmati rice green green spring veg buttermilk mashed potatoes stewed lentils and tomatoes parmesan-roasted cauliflower creamy rosemary polenta broccoli rabe with garlic maple baked beans mustard-roasted potatoes jalapeno cheddar cornbread herb-roasted onions
DESERT: frozen berries with hot white chocolate beatty's chocolate cake lemon yogurt cake peanut butter & jelly bars mixed berry pavlova coconut cake pumpkin mousse parfait chocolate sorbet black & white angel food cake chocolate cupcakes and peanut butter icing panna cotta with balsamic strawberries ultimate ginger cookies fruit cake cookies peach and blueberry crumbles pear apple and cranberry crisp summer fruit crostata caramel pecan sundaes
BREAKFAST: Tri-berry muffins cranberry orange scones chunky banana bran muffins easy cheese danish omelet for two scrambled eggs and salmon maple-roasted bacon breakfast fruit crunch sunday morning oatmeal blueberry crumb cake anna's orange marmalade irish soda bread fresh peach bellinis spicy bloody mary's