Barefoot Contessa Family Style: Easy Ideas and Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family by Ina GartenIna Garten, who shared her gift for casual entertaining in the bestselling Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot Contessa Parties!, is back with her most enticing recipes yet—a collection of her favorite dishes for everyday cooking. In Barefoot Contessa Family Style, Ina explains that sharing our lives and tables with those we love is too essential to be saved just for special occasions—and it’s easy to do if you know how to cook irresistible meals with a minimum of fuss.
For Ina, the best way to make guests feel at home is to serve them food that’s as unpretentious as it is delicious. So in her new book, she’s collected the recipes that please her friends and family most—dishes like East Hampton Clam Chowder, Parmesan Roasted Asparagus, and Linguine with Shrimp Scampi. It’s the kind of fresh, accessible food that’s meant to be passed around the table in big bowls or platters and enjoyed with warm conversation and laughter.
In Ina’s hands tried-and-true dishes are even more delicious than you remember them: Her arugula salad is bright with the flavors of lemon and Parmesan, the Oven-Fried Chicken is crispy without excess fat, and her Deep-Dish Apple Pie has the perfect balance of fruit and spice. Barefoot Contessa Family Style also includes enticing recipes that are memorable and distinctive, like Lobster Cobb Salad, Tequila Lime Chicken, and Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash.
With vivid photographs of Ina cooking and serving food in her beautiful Hamptons home, as well as menu suggestions, practical wisdom on what to do when disaster strikes in the kitchen, and tips on creating an inviting ambience with music, Barefoot Contessa Family Style is the must-have guide to the joy of everyday entertaining.
Southern Corn Pudding
The experts report that corn pudding is a specific thing. Fortunately, Ina came to the rescue with something called Sagaponack Corn Pudding, which she claims converted her from corn pudding skeptic to lover. The notion of bringing a fluffy corn pudding to a potluck might sound strange, but I think this is made for such an occasion. In summary: yes, this belongs at your Fourth of July gathering. And at any summer gathering thereafter. Pretty loyal to the original, but I nixed the cheese in the pudding itself, opting only to sprinkle cheese on top.
Pro Tip: The gravy can be simmered up to a week ahead and quickly finished at the last moment. The most stressful things about Thanksgiving Ina says, are carving the turkey at the last minute and keeping it hot on the buffet. What she discovered is that she could carve the turkey in advance. Our tip? Arrange it on an ovenproof platter over a layer of gravy and then reheat it all together. Not only was the turkey moist and delicious, but it stayed hot longer!
Follow these tips to perfect this classic Southern side dish. This golden, fluffy casserole can even serve as the centerpiece of a meal, especially if you add ham, bacon, or sausage.
Did you know that the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten used to be a White House nuclear policy analyst before she became known as one of America's most celebrated cooks? True story. Here's another fact OK, opinion—potato, potahto : Garten's recipes have never failed me—and that's why her books are some of my favorite. By and large, Garten's everyday ideas, recipes, and menus are chock-full of easy-to-execute, well-made, simple foods that almost everyone likes. Now, with the publication of her latest cookbook, Make It Ahead , home cooks can get a gorgeous Garten meal on the table without having to pull anything together last-minute.
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