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Review: Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?

Tweet 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...

Microplane Grater/Zester

Tweet I found out about the Microplane Grater/Zester a number of years ago watching the Urban Peasant.  James Barber was so happy with this little tool he was almost giddy.  It’s a take on a rasp, a woodworkers tool that has metal teeth and can effectively shape wood in the hands of a skilled craftsman.  I watched as James took  a nice chunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano to the grater and had a beautiful mound of...

Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa

Tweet Ina Garten’s popular show on the Food Network actually got its name from her first gourmet food shop in the Hamptons.  Her emphasis is on food fit for entertaining, which Ina does with real flare.  She particularly enjoys to prepare French cooking after living for a brief stint in Paris. Ina is one smart cookie!  Prior to her years as a caterer and gourmet food store owner, she earned her MBA, was...

Barefoot Contessa Parties!

Tweet Need a hand planning a party?  Who doesn’t really…  Professional event planners aside, most of us could use a tip or three in the entertaining department.  Whether it’s food, drinks, decor, themes, or activities, there is always potential for something new.  And who really wants to do the same thing over and over again anyway?  New and creative ideas can really liven up a party. For some good ideas...
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