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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 8:27 PM

Well Barefoot Contessa was the name of the food store that she used to own. She is probably a fan of the movie.

Edited by biakbiak, Jan 8, 2004 @ 8:32 PM.

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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 9:09 PM

IIRC, "Barefoot Contessa," the gourmet shop, was named by the previous owner, not Ina. She bought an existing business. And I think it's an apt name that fits her style: something elegant (the contessa) but unpretentious (the barefoot).

I've always wanted to see that film. Ava Gardner (hmmm...a very similar name to Ina Garten) is dead sexy.
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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 10:44 PM

ahhhh, I see. I didnt know she had her own shop.

ETA: Do any of you guys have her recipe for roasted brussel sprouts?? Its expired over at FN...

Edited by Nocona, Jan 9, 2004 @ 2:12 AM.

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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 10:31 AM

Here it is. I don't remember lemon pepper being in the original recipe. It's a great recipe, but I had to use plenty of Oust & scented candles to cover up the brussels sprouts' odor.

Apparently, they will be producing fewer episodes of "Barefoot Contessa" in future seasons. The show is quite popular, but Ina wants to prepare & cook all of the food featured on the show. (Most other chefs have the test kitchen chefs do the grunt work.)

This blogger made an attempt to make 87 of Ina's recipes over 60 days. It hasn't been updated since September.

Edited by tonyorlando, Jan 9, 2004 @ 10:31 AM.

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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 12:46 PM

However, I do like her cooking. Sans butter in hamburger patties.


Wait a minute, did she actually do that?
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 1:08 PM

In Ina's book, the Brussels sprouts recipe calls for 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, not 1/2 tsp. as that blogger gives it. It also calls for plain black pepper, not lemon pepper, as t.o. has already mentioned.

Word to needing Oust, though. I made these for Christmas, and thank goodness it was warm enough to open windows and air out the enitre house.
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 3:19 PM

This blogger made an attempt to make 87 of Ina's recipes over 60 days. It hasn't been updated since September.


tonyorlando, you are just a font of information! After reading her posts, I am now more convinced than ever that I should make Ina's Outrageous Brownies. I have read several accounts online on how people go absolutely nuts over them. Has anyone here made them. Also, is her cookbook worth the money?
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 4:28 PM

Long time lurker chiming in.

I made Ina's Outrageous Brownies and they're the best brownies I've ever had.

I also want to know if I should invest in one of her cookbooks. If so, which one?
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 4:42 PM

I have "The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook" and the "Family Style" book. The BCC is the better investment IMO. These were the recipes that were used at the store,and they are pretty fool proof. I've only owned it since Christmas and have already made many of the recipes. "Family Style" has some great recipes (the Parm Chicken, Arugula Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette & Zucchini are regulars in my kitchen); it's just not as action packed as the first.

Edited by tonyorlando, Jan 9, 2004 @ 4:45 PM.

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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 6:32 PM

Thanks for the link tonyorlando ,and for the Oust heads-up. Yeah, those brownies are damn good.

Edited by Nocona, Jan 9, 2004 @ 6:32 PM.

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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 6:56 PM

Does anyone have the Outrageous Brownie recipe or the Lemon Cake recipe? Those are expired on foodtv.com
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 7:08 PM

I can't vouch for its accuracy, but I found a site that claims to have Ina Garten's Lemon Cake. Then I found a site that appears to have a few of her recipes, including the Lemon Cake. Maybe you could compare and see if they're the same.

Same disclaimer for the Outrageous Brownies link.

They sounded good, so I Googled.
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 7:12 PM

Thanks for your googling Elphaba. They seem like the same recipes. I think I will try the lemon cake this weekend. It sounds soooo good.

Question, the brownie recipe calls for 6 ounces of bitter chocolate. Is that bitter-sweet chocolate or unsweetened chocolate. Anyone?

Edited by freckle face, Jan 9, 2004 @ 7:15 PM.

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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 8:28 PM

freckle face, I would guess that it's bittersweet, but per this link, it says unsweetened. Gah. Confusion. I especially enjoy the nutritional content.
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Posted Jan 9, 2004 @ 9:11 PM

If the recipe has additional sugar, unsweetened would make more sense.

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Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 1:19 PM

I just caught the last few minutes of the show today, and I guess she spent the entire ep making food for her husband to take to CT. They showed him packing (complete with a close-up of him zipping up the bag, WTF?). Then she comes outside to give him his food. He barely looked at her; poor girl said "I love you," and he didn't say it back. Just took off in the car. Not even a kiss good-bye. It really looked like he couldn't wait to get out of there! I giggled when I read all the specualtion on these two up-thread and wished I had seen some of their eps. Now I can't wait for him to come back on.

Edited by Sori, Jan 10, 2004 @ 1:20 PM.

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Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 3:35 PM

I saw that he didn't kiss her goodbye, too. How sad was that? She also thought he'd be all excited about the banana pancakes ['cause he was expecting cereal]. He was not excited.

I imagined that he was hurrying off to a rendezvous with Sandra Lee ...
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Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 5:55 PM

I imagined that he was hurrying off to a rendezvous with Sandra Lee ...


Okay, so I normally don't *BWAH,* but...

Fucking BWAH!
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Posted Jan 10, 2004 @ 7:54 PM

It cracked me up, too, greybear.

I haven't caught this show very many times, but based on my limited experience of Ina so far, I find her endearing. And also? Though most people would probably say that she needs to lose weight (if only for her health), I do think she's a beautiful woman--much more glowy and real than Sandra.
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Posted Jan 11, 2004 @ 11:38 AM

Elphaba thank you very much googling the links. I have printed off a copy of the brownie recipe and I am going to bake them this week.

I saw that he didn't kiss her goodbye, too. How sad was that?


It felt sad to me. Cold not to kiss her when everyone could see him walk away. Ina should stop including him in her show. She is adorable and talented and she does not need him to be on her show.
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Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 7:58 PM

I have a bit of a question: Why is she called "Barefoot Contessa" ?

I've never seen her barefoot, and I wouldnt think it would be very smart to market a Cooking icon with the word "foot" in there.


Watch when they show her walking around her house, she is always barefoot.
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Posted Jan 12, 2004 @ 8:37 PM

I finally saw the friend/lemon curd/shopping episode and her friend is cute!! He had gorgeous everything.
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 4:00 PM

Watch when they show her walking around her house, she is always barefoot.


She is barefoot a lot, but I always figured she did that to stay in keeping with the name of the show, the name of her cookbook, and the name of her store, which she bought from someone else who had already named it Barefoot Contessa. (Someone upthread said the part about the buying the store from someone else.)

OK, cooking question: The other day when Ina was cutting up beets for her healthy day, I looked at how red the beet was getting the cutting board (butcher block?) and wondered how those big boards are supposed to be cared for. All the cooks on FN seem to have them. I know that you should do meat and chicken on a plastic or glass one because of the contamination factor, but how do you keep those big ol' boards used for veggies and such clean? Also, after a while, don't they look tacky or gross or bad because they have a million knife slashes in them. Do you sand them down periodically? Advice, please!
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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 4:10 PM

Martha just did a segment on caring for cutting boards. In addition to what is shown in the link, she did sand down a board that had a major scratch in it with extra fine sandpaper, but only the part that had the scratch, not the whole board.

I've also read that glass cutting boards wear your knives down very easily. I generally use acrylic or wood.

Edited by barkley, Jan 13, 2004 @ 4:12 PM.

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Posted Jan 13, 2004 @ 4:29 PM

I've always used chlorine bleach on wood and glass rather than antibacterial soap as MS recommends. I got that tip from a cooking show years ago, probably in the 70s, but I can't remember which one. Antibacterial soap, other than for factory use, wasn't available back then.

I also remember being warned never to use plastic, but I don't remember where that came from either. I've always heeded the advice, though.
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Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 12:19 AM

Need to get this off my chest:

The woman needs to stop saying "It's gonna be sooo good." I understand that many cooking hosts have their little annoying signature quips/noises. This (along with the orgasmic moans) is hers. In one episode she said it about five times in a two-minute span, about a cake I think. Fine, so it's gonna be good, I get it. Now, for the love of cheese, stop saying it! Once is enough! I believe you!

Onto the positive: This is one good looking show. The colors and kitchens are bright and clean, the food always looks fantastic, and she seems to sincerely enjoy cooking.
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Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 9:36 AM

I hear ya, idontknow. I was extremely bugged during the healthy episode with how she kept saying that just because something was healthy, doesn't mean it can't be delicious/taste great/have lots of flavor. Listen to yourself once in a while, Ina!
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Posted Jan 14, 2004 @ 11:11 AM

I always thought Ina's quip was "And how bad can that be?"....I swear she says that whenever she adds butter or the like....there should be a Barefoot Contessa drinking game, everytime she says "It's gonna be so good", "How bad can that be?", leaves her home for a stupid shopping trip, does her nervous giggle, mentions Jeffrey, etc....we'd all sound like Paula Deen before the episode was over!
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Posted Jan 15, 2004 @ 1:03 AM

She is barefoot a lot, but I always figured she did that to stay in keeping with the name of the show, the name of her cookbook, and the name of her store, which she bought from someone else who had already named it Barefoot Contessa.

Plus, it sounds a lot cooler than Sock-Wearing Contessa.
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Posted Jan 16, 2004 @ 11:47 AM

Regarding the Outrageous Brownies...they are amazing! They make a huge amount (12 x 18 pan), so I make half in a 10 x 10.

I have all 3 cookbooks, and would not part with any of them. The original book is the best, then the Family Style, followed by Parties, IMO.

I wish the show would have some recipes not in the books, and show more actual cooking. I know how to drive, shop, and deliver cookies.
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