Winter's menus bring soul-warming food, such as Seafood Chowder, Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, and a recipe for possibly the world's best Chocolate Chunk Cookies. For cocktails before dinner, I like to have one special drink cosmopolitans, whiskey sours, martinis, Champagne plus club soda and wine. Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e-mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food. And on a snowy winter's day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with seafood chowder and butternut squash and apple soup. Rated: 5 stars out of 5Rate.
Ms Barefoot Contessa herself invited me over to cook and eat two recipes out of her new book. The one thing you can make as guests arrive? And fans of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book. If I'm having a lunch party and need a pasta salad, I'll buy the simplest pasta salad at the deli, make a sun-dried tomato dressing and add some diced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil. This year, she showed us how to pull off a festive and relaxed holiday meal with strategies from her newest cookbook,. It was one of my most perfect mornings ever. It certainly isn't party food, but after I've sauteed some shallots in butter and added the broccoli, in 5 minutes I've got a delicious vegetable to go with roast chicken and potatoes.
Spring offers menus such as the Sunday Breakfast, with a main course of Roasted Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs, and the Jewish Holiday Party, with Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls. Toast bread, reheat chard and assemble bruschettas. The keyword here is fun. Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver. Because she likes to attend her own parties and who doesn't? I'm not really big on cocktail parties because my idea of a party is really talking to people, and it's almost impossible to do that at a cocktail party. I decided to do a simple appetizer buffet of things I could assemble at the last minute- the only real cooking involved was roasting the shrimp for 10 minutes and making a few easy dips. In the autumn, when it's not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with popovers and a creamy spinach gratin.
For fun I sometimes even end the party with tiny coconut cupcakes! For dessert, I'll heat my favorite jar of chocolate sauce and serve it as a chocolate fondue. Divided by season, you'll look forward to Summer's Outdoor Grill, which starts with Real Margaritas, followed by Endive and Avocado Salad, Grilled Herb Shrimp with Mango Salsa, Spaghettoni al Pesto, Tomato Fennel Salad, and Peach Raspberry Shortcakes for dessert. How can I make it easier? Make peas and pancetta and refrigerate. All you have to do is combine one 12-ounce jar of chocolate sauce my favorite is Stonewall Kitchen's Bittersweet Chocolate Sauce and 1 teaspoon Kahlua over low heat until just warmed. Love, gp Making Herbed Ricotta Bruschette Photographs by Barbara Liberman We started making the ricotta, mixing 4 cups of milk with 2 cups of cream and some salt. Christmas 1 4th Of July 1 Cocktail Party 1 Memorial Day 1. Since people will be standing, I'd have either five or six hot and cold hors d'oeuvres passed or if I don't have servers I'd set a table in the middle of the room for everyone to help themselves.
For hors d'oeuvres, I generally serve only one thing, and almost never something that has to be cooked. Strain the vodka mixture reserving the cranberries , mix the martinis and relax! Top zabaglione with more amaretti crumbs. I plan hors d'oeuvres the way I plan a meal: one chicken, one fish, two vegetables, and a starch. Make cranberry mixture for martinis, add vodka and store. If you like them, though, I'd set up a full bar vodka, gin, scotch, bourbon, rum, wine, club soda, and lots of ice.
Show: Barefoot Contessa Episode: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas. She's reached new heights here with recipes like sour cream coffee cake--the ultimate breakfast treat. Read on for our tips on how to throw a relaxed yet gorgeous holiday meal using recipes and expert advice from Ina. Stir until smooth and serve with fresh strawberries, pieces of pound cake, dried apricots, clementine wedges, or whatever you like for dipping. With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.
There is a party about to start with the Barefoot Contessa. . I've never understood the fuss about hors d'oeuvres. Read more and from Ina; get her. So who better to put together a collection of entertaining theme parties? As the host of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network and author of nine cookbooks, knows how to make entertaining look effortless. The red lettuce, balsamic onions, and blue cheese; Chinese chicken salad; and panzanella may be the best you've ever tasted. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won't end.
Prepare zabaglione completely and refrigerate. Some of my favorites are warm cashews place them on a sheet pan in a 350-degree oven for five minutes, sprinkled with lots of salt , smoked salmon with brown bread, vegetables with herb dip, or corn chips and guacamole. Autumn brings beautiful menus like the one where you cook with your guests and end up with a feast of Potato Pancakes with Caviar, Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, Rack of Lamb, Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, and Apple Crostata. Filet of beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good gorgonzola sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party. Interviews with the guests who were invited to Ina Garten's dessert party. Now, with Barefoot Contessa Parties! From casual get-togethers, such as the Pizza Party--which includes recipes for Caesar Salad with Pancetta, California Pizzas that your guests can assemble themselves, and Ice-Cream Sodas--to the elegant Academy Awards dinner--where your guests will enjoy Raspberry Vodka, Rori's Potato Chips with Caviar Dip, Smoked Salmon with Mesclun, Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Garlic Roasted Potatoes, and Chocolate Ganache Cake--Garten's parties are well thought out and well organized.