Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten
I’ve said before that I think of Ina as a kind of sister/mother/friend. This cheese episode is full of examples of what is so fabulous about Ina and why I love her.
10) Her unabashed use of 12 ounces of cream cheese in a little quelque chose for Jeffrey (and her) to enjoy as a quick snack. So what if the recipe feeds 10 to 12? SOMEONE’S got to do the hard work of testing recipes, which is her ruse for making all of this in the first place. Wink, wink, you KNOW she’d have made it anyway.
9) Ina’s Goat Cheese Tart. As she was assembling it, I thought it looked like a whole lot of stuff on one little piece of puff pastry. Then she takes it out of the oven and it looks exactly like it came from any neighborhood charcuterie, (although theirs would have had homemade puff pastry).
8) As Ina pours (gobs of) mango chutney over the completed savory Coeur a la Crème, she says you don’t want to cover the whole thing. Why, Contessa, because that extra chutney COULD add possibly another 25 calories? (I think she actually covered MORE than the whole thing!)
7) Ina ALWAYS says, “I REALLY hope Jeffrey likes this.” Jeffrey hasn’t disliked a single crumb of ANYTHING that’s come out of her kitchen in all the decades they’ve been together. Even if she’s hoping for constructive criticism, she’s got to settle for unadulterated praise.
6) “I’m just going to put a little bit” of the stuffing into the pears. Meanwhile the dish can barely contain all the stuffing that's falling out.
5) To go with the pears, she’s serving enough salad for a table of eight…and this is after they’ve eaten their way through several other cheese dishes.
4) How easy it THAT?”
3) She never fails to smile at Jeffrey when he walks into the room. Remember Oprah’s advice (by way of Maya Angelou) to make sure your eyes light up when you see your kids. That’s just what Ina does. I’m not suggesting she treats him like a child. Far from it. From the little we see, it seems as if they’re two peas in a pod. And in Ina’s kitchen, that would be a small mountain of peapods.
2) There's something so comfortable about Ina. After watching her, I always feel contented (even on an empty stomach).
And the Number 1 reason I love Ina:
Her white KitchenAid matches her white blouse.