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Cooking For Jeffrey

Just In, a nice big stack, which I am sure will be replenished many times, of Ina Garten’s newest book, Cooking For Jeffrey.  You know I am a huge fan of the Barefoot Contessa, as I know many of you are, as well. Time really does fly, as this is her 10th cookbook!  We have sold them all over the years, with each of her ten books gracing our cook bookery shelves at the Home store.  Cooking for those she loves is a running theme throughout, this book the emphasis on cooking for her husband of close to 50 years, Jeffrey.  For those of us who watch her cooking show, we are witness to the incredibly sweet love affair they have, and how her preparing food for him is such a big part of that love. In keeping with all her other titles, it is filled with page after page of yummy, yummy recipes that are as pretty to look at as they are tasty to eat.  The Ina style infused in all she does.  We are happy & honored to offer her latest title.

Happy Friday all!  Hope life is grand in your neck of the woods.  FYI, it snowed last night at Hawthorne! Amazing.  It was 82 degrees there last week.  Wow. from Seattle, Ted



Green Goddess Dip

20150409-041507.jpg This has become a go-to dip over the years. The basil just makes it the perfect herby addition to vegetables (either raw or roasted), little small roasted new potatoes (my favorite with this), or chips. This green goddess dip is actually a spin-off of a dressing Ina Garten makes that I saw her whip up on her show. I add quite a bit more basil than she calls for, which helps make it more of a dip than a dressing. Whatever you call it, it is just darn tasty. It is also the easiest thing to make. Kind of a one mixer concoction sort of thing. I like to use a Cuisinart, but a blender will do the trick too.

Add 1 cup mayonnaise, 1 cup chopped scallions (using both the white and green parts), 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, 2 teaspoons of anchovy paste, 2 teaspoons of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and 1 cup sour cream to the mixer. Pulse all until you get the consistency you desire. Sometimes I like it smooth, other times I like it where the basil is more visible. If you want more garlic, add more. If you want it to be extra pungent, add extra anchovy paste. There is no right or wrong on this. There is just yummy.



Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

20141101-061948.jpg She can most certainly can cook AND write cookbooks–she is prolific indeed. The newest Barefoot Contessa books arrived the other day and our stack has already started to dwindle but more are on the way. I have spoken/written a bunch in the past of my Ina love. She just gets it. Food brings people together and does not have to be fancy. This book concentrates on foods that can be made in advance so you are not stressed when company arrives and are tied to the stove instead of hanging with your friends. Kind of classic Barefoot if you ask me. The people who are being cooked for are more important than being in the kitchen. Beautifully shot as always, her books are filled with recipe after recipe of approachable and doable dishes. With a heck of dose of style injected. Ina’s books make great gifts, and this one with the red spine is just perfect for Holiday gifting. Another winner on so many levels.

It really is all about cookbooks the next few days. The Prune book arrived yesterday. I am still a bit lightheaded with excitement. I will write about that one later next week. We still have spots open for the Dorie Greenspan signing this Tuesday night from 5 to 7. Call the shop if you would like to join in. A very happy, happy beginning of November to you all!



Signed Barefoot Contessa Cookbooks

20130226-090523.jpg I am happy to report that we just received another round of signed bookplates from Ina. I love selling books that are signed by the author. It just makes them extra special. My fondness for Ina runs deep, as most of you know. To be able to sell her amazing cookbooks signed by her–even better. They make such great gifts. The colorful spines adding a hit of color to any kitchen or bookshelf they grace.



barefoot contessa FOOLPROOF

20121103-072012.jpg She did it again. Ina, the barefoot contessa, in her 8th cookbook, has once again captured her easy going yet elegant style of cookery. FOOLPROOF is filled with page after page of stylish yet approachable dishes. Beautifully photographed, as always, her books are easily left out on the coffee table to peruse for inspiration. Ina graciously sends signed bookplates to me, so all of the Watson Kennedy copies have a little something extra special to make this one winning gift this season. Congrats & thank you Ina!



A Better with Butter Burger

20120911-083911.jpg As Summer winds down and cooking on the grill becomes less frequent, we are trying to squeeze in every chance we can to barbecue. I have seen articles in the food magazines we get about putting butter on burger patties before grilling them. But it was a segment on a Barefoot Contessa show where chef Laurent Tourondel of LT Burger in Sag Harbor showed his method that made me a convert. His basic burger is made with meat that has 20% fat, salt, pepper, and softened unsalted butter spread on the top of the burger. That was it. Nothing fancy, just basic stuff. The butter of course adds flavor, but it also caramelizes the burger a bit. We have tried it several times, and it really does create a pretty stellar burger. Add a sliced heirloom tomato and you are good to go. It is a tad indulgent, but hey, if you are going to have a burger, it might as well be as tasty as you can make it. Cheers to cooking on the grill in the sunshine!




Tuna Tapenade

20120227-092843.jpg It is always a fun thing to learn a new way to jazz up a kitchen classic. In this case, it is tuna salad. I was flicking through the channels the other evening, and made a stop at one of my favorite shows hosted by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. I have had the pleasure of meeting Ina on numerous occasions, and find her easy style incredibly comfortable and approachable. This tuna tapenade is no exception. She was making it as an appetizer on crostini. I thought it looked substantial enough to make it into a sandwich–which is what I did. It is a complex mixing of flavors, which really makes for one interesting and yummy lunch. Here is what I whipped up, with just slight variations to her recipe, as I was not needing to make as much as her she was making.

Drain 1 can of the best tuna packed in olive oil that you can find, leaving just a bit of the oil in with the tuna. Ina called for Italian tuna, but my grocer did not carry any. I did, however, find a really lovely alternative. Truly, use what you can find. Flake the tuna into a food processor with the blade attachment. If you don’t have a food processor, I would think this could also be done in a large mixing bowl, and just manually mix things together. It will be chunkier in consistency, but still delicious. To the tuna add 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste, a half a teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves, 1 tablespoon minced parsley, 1 minced garlic glove, and a tablespoon of fresh lemon zest. Pulse a few times to incorporate. Then add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice from the lemon you just zested. Both the zest and the juice are a tad more than she called for, but I really like the burst of freshness the lemon adds to this. Next add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of mascarpone cheese. You can now see why this is all so tasty, with such complex flavors. Pulse again till smooth. Almost there. Now add 2 tablespoons of pitted and chopped kalamata olives, and 2 teaspoons of drained capers, along with a pinch of salt & pepper. Pulse again, till all is mixed in. Transfer to a bowl, wrap, and let sit in the fridge for at least an hour so it cools and the flavors have time to marry.

I spread it on a baguette for a simple sandwich. The flavors are out of this world. I hope you enjoy.

20120227-100726.jpg Thanks Ina! I hope all is well in your world. Please send my best to Barbara!



Barefoot Love

I have had the pleasure of meeting the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, on several occasions. She is as delightful and easy going as she appears on her cooking show. There is something about her cooking style that reminds me of Summer. Big platters of simply prepared food, stylishly presented. Easy outdoor entertaining with your friends. The use of the best ingredients you can find, and letting those flavors be the star of the dish.

Her cookbooks are some of my very favorite. They have also been best sellers at the shops & web site for me. Ina sends me signed book plates, so each copy we sell has her signature. They make stellar gifts, as well as being a great addition to your own cookbook library. As Ina would say “how easy is that?”

Cheers to you Ina & cheers to Summer entertaining!