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Dinner Tonight: Ina Garten's Turkey, Sausage, and Prosciutto Meatballs

Dinner Tonight Blake Royer Post a comment

It's tough to go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs, but I'm always up for a variation. This recipe from Ina Garten eschews the common beef for turkey instead. But while that's usually a terrible idea (because the way to go wrong with meatballs is to make them tough and dry), she keeps them interesting (and juicy) by adding in Italian sausage and finely chopped prosciutto. More

Ina Garten's Turkey, Sausage, and Prosciutto Meatballs

Serious Eats Blake Royer Post a comment

It's tough to go wrong with spaghetti and meatballs, but I'm always up for a variation. This recipe from Ina Garten eschews the common beef for turkey instead. But while that's usually a terrible idea (because the way to go wrong with meatballs is to make them tough and dry), she keeps them interesting (and juicy) by adding in Italian sausage and finely chopped prosciutto. More

Mixed Review: Barefoot Contessa Coconut Madeleines

Sweets Lucy Baker 7 comments

Lately it seems like every time I stop by a specialty food store, Ina Garten has debuted a new baking mix based on one of her popular recipes. In fact, according to her website, she now has more than twenty breakfast and dessert mixes. At this rate, she's poised to take on King Arthur Four and Betty Crocker. This week I tried out her new coconut madeleines. Dainty and delicate, they seemed perfect for spring. More

Last Week's Contest Winners

Caroline Russock 1 comment

Cook the Book: 'How Easy Is That?': brownriver, ohmygod, Coley, sshirazi, and Scoggdog. Winners have been notified by email and also appear on our Contest Winners page. Thanks to all who entered! More

Cook the Book: Easy Cranberry Apple Cake

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 2 comments

I decided to try this Easy Cranberry Apple Cake from Ina Garten's How Easy Is That? for two reasons. First, it had the word "easy" in the title and second, apples and cranberries add up to a fantastic fall dessert. As far as cakes go, this one is a breeze. The batter, which is almost coffee cake-like, layers apples and cranberries that have been tossed in brown sugar, cinnamon, orange juice, and zest. More

Easy Provençal Lamb

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 5 comments

When cooking for a crowd I tend to go for the wow factor—big, labor intensive dishes that have me holed up in the kitchen for hours, if not days, and always exhausted by the time my guests arrive. And of course, it was the wow factor that attracted me to this recipe for Easy Provençal Lamb from Ina Garten's How Easy Is That?, which began with a leg of lamb that was bigger than one of my own legs. Was there anyway that cooking a piece of meat this giant would be as easy as its name implies? There was only one way to find out. More

Cook the Book: Potato Basil Purée

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

By swapping out Yukon Golds for plain old Russets, and adding vibrant green blanched basil, basic mashed potatoes are taken from humble and homey to exciting and dinner party-worthy. More

Cook the Book: Celery and Parmesan Salad

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 3 comments

Celery, lemons, Parmesan, and anchovies are ingredients that I pretty much always have on hand, but I'd never thought of them as the base for a salad until I tried this one for myself. And now that I have, this refreshing dish will certainly be working its way into my weekly rotation. More

Cook the Book: Stilton and Walnut Crackers

Serious Eats Caroline Russock 8 comments

Ina Garten's How Easy Is That? begins like every great dinner party does, with cocktails. The first chapter is a predinner spread of cocktails and little bites that get the meal started on the right note, keeping your guests entertained and giving you a little leeway to finish up the rest of the meal. All of these hors d'oeuvres have Garten's simple and elegant touches all over them—popcorn is drizzled with truffle butter, mixed nuts are roasted with chipotle and rosemary, and instead of cheese and crackers, Garten offers these Stilton and Walnut Crackers. More

Cook the Book: Barefoot Contessa, 'How Easy Is That?'

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In Ina Garten's latest Barefoot Contessa volume, How Easy Is That? she has put together a collection of some of her simplest and most elegant recipes interspersed with 68 tips to help entertain. To see just how easy How Easy Is That? makes things, we planned and cooked a meal consisting entirely of recipes from the book, and I have to say it was one of the most effortless meals I've cooked in a while. More

Mixed Review: Barefoot Contessa Outrageous Mint Chocolate Brownies

Sweets Lucy Baker 19 comments

Since it's July, and scorching hot, I couldn't resist the Barefoot Contessa's Outrageous Mint Chocolate Brownie Mix ($10.95). There was something so temping about the promise of cool, refreshing mint—especially when paired with dense fudgy chocolate. I've made Ina's brownies from scratch before, and was impressed with how gooey and moist they were. I hoped the mix would yield similar results. More

Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Food TV Shows and Personalities?

Katie Quinn 28 comments

You insist that the Food Network is constantly on at home, and you follow Top Chef religiously, but how much are you actually paying attention? Maybe you know who Julia Child is (or even the Dan Akroyd spoofed version of her on Saturday Night Live), but let's see how far your food television knowledge goes beyond that. Take the quiz! » More

Lessons from Ina Garten and House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year

New York tressa eaton 10 comments

"Clear clutter from your countertops and try to make a place for everything." I've been known to spend a significant chunk of a lazy day clicking through House Beautiful's kitchen archives and squirreling images away into files for inspiration and... More

Mixed Review: Barefoot Contessa Homemade Marshmallow Mix

Sweets Lucy Baker 52 comments

I have always thought of marshmallows as a sort of "magic" food, like Pop Rocks or bubble tea. How, exactly, are they made? Sugar is obviously a major ingredient, but what else goes into them? More

Sunday Brunch: Croissant Bread Pudding

Serious Eats Ed Levine 9 comments

It's Super Bowl Sunday, so I tried to come up with a Sunday Brunch recipe that would hold you until the big game starts just after 6 p.m. ET. Ina Garten's croissant bread pudding, adapted from her very first cookbook,... More

Cook the Book: 10 No-Cook Things To Serve For Dessert

Serious Eats Michele Humes 11 comments

Today's recipe (or non-recipe) goes out to the frazzled cooks already overseeing a turkey, six sides, and the tricky business of wine pairing. I doubt that Ina Garten, author of this week's Cook the Book selection, Barefoot Contessa Back to... More

Cook the Book: Roasted Shrimp Cocktail

Serious Eats Michele Humes 2 comments

"How can you possibly improve on shrimp cocktail?" asks Ina Garten, author of this week's Cook the Book pick, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. Her answer: Don't mess with the sauce, but play up the shrimp. If chicken tastes better... More

Cook the Book: Fresh Lemon Mousse

Serious Eats Michele Humes 8 comments

Traditionally, we like to end our heavy holiday meals with even heavier desserts. This year, consider staving off food coma with Ina Garten's tangy lemon mousse. The recipe is not what you'd call light (it's made with heavy cream and... More

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad with Warm Cider Vinaigrette

Serious Eats Michele Humes 1 comment

The following recipe is from the November 12th edition of our weekly recipe newsletter. To receive this newsletter in your inbox, sign up here! This recipe couldn't be any more autumnal if it tried. Butternut squash, dried cranberries, maple syrup... More

Cook the Book: Orange Pecan Wild Rice

Serious Eats Michele Humes 1 comment

In this week's Cook the Book pick, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, Ina Garten confesses to not really liking cold wild rice. This recipe is the perfect compromise, with all the fixin's of a rice salad but served piping hot... More

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