In case you've never noticed, I rarely, if ever, mention "Food TV" on this blog. The reason? I'm not a big fan of television in general and the only show I watch every now and again on The Food Network is Chopped.
Today, I make exception for the Barefoot Contessa; Ina Garten. That's right, one of the few TV chefs that I truly admire was born on February 2nd. (we don't really need to know what year now do we:)
I'm sure many of you have read her bio as she has a diverse collection of fans. However, my curiosity did get the best of me and I just had to dig just a little bit further. It's in my nature I suppose and, quite frankly, I just had to know what makes this "hostess with the mostess" tick:)
While promoting her book, Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That? back in August of 2010, Vanity Fair writer, Nicole Berrie, reaped a few lesser known "truths" about this Brooklyn born East Hampton native. When asked whether she preferred a Sailboat or a yacht, her answer was, "Neither! I’m not interested in owning anything that needs to be swabbed down." I must agree:) Other interesting tidbits I discovered about the former budget analyst during the Ford and Carter administrations are neatly packed in this article I found here.
I think it's time for the recipes, don't you? As I was browsing through my Hospitality Search Engine in my feeble attempt not to duplicate any recipes to include for todays post, I realized I may have bitten off more than I could chew. Ina Garten's recipe are everywhere! Oh, before I forget, did you know Ina's unpretentious approach to graciousness is appreciated not only in the US but also in Australia, the UK, Poland and the Middle East? I sure didn't. Her Barefoot Contessa show is everywhere too! No wonder so many people pay homage to her well balanced approach to simplistic style and elegance.
I decided the most effective way to experience a cornucopia of tasty Ina Garten dishes was to harvest them from fans like you. So, I sent off a few quick emails the other night and requested permission to include some of your favorite Ina recipes in a round-up. Now mind you, this round-up was gathered at the last minute and I truly appreciate each and every one for their kind generosity. Thank you All!
Barbara @ Moveable Feasts has a load of excuses for offering these tantalizing Sticky Buns from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics. As if we really need an excuse:)
Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake Janet's @ Dying for Chocolate
Ina Garten's Hashed Browns @ Serious Eats
Ina Garten’s Apple Turnovers @ Erin Cooks
Ina Garten's Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread @ Prudence Pennywise
Ina Garten's Mashed Potatoes @ Epicurious
Ina Garten's Brownie Pudding @ Nummy Kitchen
Pappa al Pomodoro @ You Little Tarte
A big hearty thank you to everyone for sharing Ina's birthday with me today. It was such fun visiting all of your blogs. I'll be sure to stop in to see what's cooking as soon as I get some sleep:) Louise