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Chloe Mom's picture

I just received all four of her cookbooks. Everything looks good! Please share your favorite recipes with me. Thank you.

deejeh's picture

(post #62695, reply #1 of 55)

The eggplant and red pepper spread from her first book is delicious, as is the hummus.  Her cupcakes with coconut icing, from the same book, are also fab.  Her lemon loaf is about the best I've ever tasted.


pamilyn's picture

(post #62695, reply #2 of 55)

The roasted tomato soup is deelish.

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soccermom's picture

(post #62695, reply #3 of 55)

There have been previous threads on this because some of us are huge BC fans, so you may want to search "Ina" and "Barefoot Contessa." As mentioned, the lemon loaf is perfect. Also the lemon bars, french onion dip, garlic roasted potatoes. I know I'm forgetting tons. I haven't tried anything from the Paris cookbook although I had to have it the first day it was sold LOL. I use Family and Parties most of the time.





courgette's picture

(post #62695, reply #6 of 55)

Made the lemon losf yesterday. It was good but not quite to my families liking. Last week I made a mix from WS that DD gave me last year along with the lemon pan and they really liked that. It had poppy seeds in it and it rose higher. I bought the Wanda's Pie in the Sky book last time I was at WS and her recipe is almost like Ina's but with more leavening so I'm going to try that soon. That said, there is certainly nothing wrong with Ina's recipe. Just trying to keep everyone happy. I can't believe I'm trying to duplicate a mix!!!!!!!!!!


I have bought WS mixes on sale in the past and sent them to my mother. She likes them and finds it easy to make. She used to cook a lot, but is slowing down now that she is in her 80s.

soccermom's picture

(post #62695, reply #7 of 55)

Sorry to hear you didn't like the lemon loaf.

Shh, you'll get kicked out for trying to copy a cake mix!! :) I like the look of the Wanda's book, but I don't need any more cookbooks. Really. I don't.





courgette's picture

(post #62695, reply #12 of 55)

Well, it IS a WS mix, and I didn't buy it, it was a gift. It's been almost a year too, so I figured it was time to use it. Ina's loaf was good but not what the family wants. I finished it off for breakfast today!


Heather's picture

(post #62695, reply #4 of 55)

Orzo with roasted veggies. But I cut back on the amount of cheese. She has a heavy hand with anything of the dairy persuasion, but many of the recipes are delicious. I'll look through my book later and see what else I've made.

Chloe Mom's picture

(post #62695, reply #5 of 55)

Thanks, Heather, I'd appreciate it. I find her recipes a little heavy on the salt.

PS Canuck I did do a search before I started this. I found some mentions of her recipes here and there, but the main thread I found was mostly about Martha going to jail, LOL.

Edited to add, i did a search on Barefoot Contessa before i posted this. At your suggestion I did another search on ina and got more results. Thank you.

Edited 3/24/2006 12:53 pm ET by Chloe Mom

courgette's picture

(post #62695, reply #8 of 55)

The roasted potatoes are our favourite-I had to stop making them! Have to run out now but will take a look and post others later. Actually, I don't think I've made anything I didn't like or that didn't turn out. Was wondering yesterday what her next one will be.


delice's picture

(post #62695, reply #9 of 55)

The beef bourguignon is heavenly!  Not sure which book--I googled it!  You make beef stock based wonderful sauce, then barely saute beef tenders and add to sauce with appropriate vegs.  SO nice to have nice pink beef swimming in that great sauce!

dorcast's picture

(post #62695, reply #10 of 55)

Can't remember which books, but love the Spinach Gratin (top with less cheese), and the potato fennel gratin.

CulinaryArtist's picture

(post #62695, reply #11 of 55)

In the Paris book there's recipe for Chicken and Morels in cream sauce, I think?  It is to die for.  Rack of lamb is great, and many other recipes in this book are wonderful, just go Families can't wait to try some of the recipes there too.





Heather's picture

(post #62695, reply #13 of 55)

I have her Parties book only. I've made and enjoyed the following:
Chinese Chicken Salad--I reduced the oil in the dressing and added some lemon juice
Lemon Cake
Oven-Roasted Fruit
Balsamic Onions and Blue Cheese--I like the onions cut thinner
Sauteed Fresh corn--delicious
Endive and Avocado Salad--excellent
Orzo with Roasted vegetables--don't use all the dressing. I don't think you need 3/4 lb feta.

I got the recipe for Sagaponack Corn Pudding off the net--I think it is in Family Style--It is very good too.

courgette's picture

(post #62695, reply #14 of 55)

some of the recipes I've made and like are:

From Barefoot Contessa-

Crabcakes-keep in mind that I am not from the South so have no idea how they compare,

just that we liked them!



Parmesan Croutons-have made these many, many time

Outrageous Brownies

Coconut Cupcakes



From Parties

Gorgonzola Sauce-makes a HUGE amount-I would cut in half

Garlic roasted potatoes

Sauteed asparagus and snap peas- I do snap peas this way all the time.

Chocolate white chocolate chunk cookies



From Family Style

Potato Basil Frittata

Chive biscuits

Thumbprint cookies



From Paris

Salad with warm goat cheese

cheese puffs

cheese straws


Now that I've looked through the books again, I see many things i want to try. These books had gotten pushed aside by newer acquisitions. Thanks for bringing them back to the top of the pile.


Edited 3/27/2006 6:45 pm ET by courgette

chiquiNO's picture

(post #62695, reply #15 of 55)

Panfried onion dip is addictive...I like to eat it with Bugles!

Chiqui from way down yonder in New Orleans


lindaferr's picture

(post #62695, reply #20 of 55)

Which Ina Gardner's cookbook are these recipes in?  I don't have any of her books but would love to get one.

Robin's picture

(post #62695, reply #16 of 55)

Outrageous brownies -they taste fabulous and they make a huge amount, great for taking places

I don't have any of her books, I got this off




stitcher's picture

(post #62695, reply #17 of 55)

If I were planning to buy my first Contessa book---which one would you suggest?

soccermom's picture

(post #62695, reply #19 of 55)

My vote's for Family Style or Parties. Keep your eyes open at Costco. I see them return every so often (CDN$20 last time)





elizh's picture

(post #62695, reply #31 of 55)

My favorites are Outrageous Brownies and her granola recipe. Delish!

ChefCJ's picture

(post #62695, reply #33 of 55)


This is my first time posting at this site.  I do like Barefoot Contessa Recipes.  Here are some of my favorites:

Panzanella - (I make this with grape tomatoes this time of the year and it is so good!)

Beef Bourguignon

Indonesian Ginger Chicken

Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Parmesan Roasted Asparagus (this is the only way I make asparagus now)

Chicken Stew w/ Biscuits

Pasta w/ Sun-dried Tomatoes

Lemon Angelfood Cake

Zucchini w/ Parmesan

Fresh Corn Salad

French Potato Salad

Broccoli w/Garlic

These are from all four books.  If I were only buying one of these books, I would go and look at each book and see which recipes look the best.  It would be hard for me to choose only one of them.

Glenys's picture

(post #62695, reply #34 of 55)

Welcome to Cooks Talk, or CT as we refer to it. Hope you'll go back and fill in some or all of your profile. It helps to know where you're cooking when we banter back and forth from around the world.

Adele's picture

(post #62695, reply #35 of 55)

Hello and Welcome ChefCJ!  Where are you a chef?  

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

hsnow73's picture

(post #62695, reply #41 of 55)

Her cookbooks are at my Costco now.  I believe that they are about $22 dollars each.

Ballottine's picture

(post #62695, reply #21 of 55)

Barefoot in Paris and Family Style are $9.95 (shipping and handling included) on  Bal


So much to cook; so little time.


So much to cook; so little time.

whatscooking's picture

(post #62695, reply #18 of 55)

Her Perfect Pie crust from Family Style is perfect by my estimation.  It comes together quickly in a food processor.  I also love the Chicken stew with biscuits from this book.

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evelyn's picture

(post #62695, reply #22 of 55)

the outrageous brownies are outrageously good.


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Anu's picture

(post #62695, reply #23 of 55)

lemon loaf

pan-fried onion dip


shrimp salad

bowtie salad with pesto

atatkdmom's picture

(post #62695, reply #24 of 55)

I have Ina Garten's Family Style cookbook.  I have tried her oven fried chicken, mashed potatoes, apple pie, pie crust, and a few other things.  Everything has been so delicious.  I also have made her gravy recipe several times when I was in a pinch.  It turns out wonderful each time.  Her pie crust is fabulous.  It comes out perfect each time.  Also, I made her banana mousse tart a few Thanksgivings ago.  It was such a hit that everyone requested it again this past Thanksgiving.  It's hard to go wrong with any of her recipes, in my opinion.  Happy cooking!!  :)

Elfie's picture

(post #62695, reply #25 of 55)

Curried couscous

Lemon Chicken-ditch the peanut sauce (nasty)

Corn Chowder

Turkey Meatloaf

Roast Veggies with Orzo

Corn Salad-but I've changed it so much I claim it as mine.  Cumin, lime juice, red bell pepper, get the picture

When I make the lemon chicken I reserve some of the marinade-before putting the chicken in it, and then dip the chicken in it as it comes off the grill.  I use Kiebalsa instead of bacon in the corn chowder and find fresh corn is best or Trader Joes frozen corn-no other corn is as good.  I only make 1/2 a recipe of the Turkey loaf and that makes a ton.  I too cut back on the cheese with the orzo.

Pet peeve about the Barefoot Contessa-she uses extra large eggs.  It kinda pisses me off, in an irrational sort of way.  Just typing this is getting me going.