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Review: Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?

Calling all Barefoot Contessa fans.  In her latest cookbook (that has just been released today!), Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips, Ina Garten focuses on recipes with fewer ingredients and easier techniques, that is designed to save time and minimize stress in the kitchen. 


Great Meals For Anytime

The recipes may be easier, but there is no skimping on the flavor!  Ina makes very good use of her oven to pull off some great dishes like her no-stir, Easy Parmesan Risotto and a Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, which would be perfect for a smaller Thanksgiving celebration or dinner party. 


Uncomplicated recipes for Mustard Chicken Salad, Weeknight Bolognese Sauce for pasta and the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich are great for a quick and delicious meal anytime.


Party Time

For your next party you could try serving the Smoked Salmon Devilled Eggs or the Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta.  And if it’s drinks you’re after, how about a cool Pink Grapefruit Margarita?  Or would you be more interested in a Watermelon Mojito instead?  Both would be delightfully refreshing for your party guests!


Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy TipsSweet Endings

Let’s not forget the desserts.  And the Barefoot Contessa really knows how to amp up the desserts!  There is Chocolate Pudding Cream Tarts, Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake and Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake to tempt your tastebuds. 


She also includes her amazing Red Velvet Cupcake recipe… worth the price of the book alone IMHO!  🙂


Tips and Tricks

Ina also gives us dozens of her own tips and tricks throughout the book that she uses to ensure the best possible results.  Like keeping a bowl of lemons and limes in your kitchen so you remember to add a squeeze of juice when you want to brighten the flavor of your food.  There are also lots of time savers (and sanity savers) that will get you to the dinner table in record time with the least amount of stress. 


Ina Garten’s Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? combines ease and fun in the kitchen with really good food.  And especially as we get closer to the holiday season, anything that makes life easier is definitely better.  Cheers!


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