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Ina's show "Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics" airs Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Monday at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday at 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., and Friday at 12:30 p.m. on Food Network (all times ET.)

Filmed in Ina's kitchen in East Hampton, New York, each 30-minute episode features recipes, menus, and serving ideas for stress-free cooking, baking, and entertaining.

Below are this week's programs. Just click on the name for the full recipe.



Food Network Schedule September 22 - September 28
Monday, 12:30pm/11:30c - Comfort Classics Closeup
It’s back to basics on classic comfort food. Ina is preparing an article about making over brunch and lunch favorites - who better to take the photographs than her friend Miguel? First, an incredible platter of Bagels with Smoked Salmon and Whitefish Salad served with a pitcher of spicy Virgin Marys. Then, for the lunchtime shoot, Roasted Potato Leek soup with crispy shallots and Herb Garlic Bread.
  •  Herb Garlic Bread
  •  Bagels with Smoked Salmon & Whitefish Salad Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Roasted Potato Leek Soup Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Virgin Marys


Monday 4:00pm/3:00c - Restaurant Rules
This is a collection of restaurant inspired dishes to cook at home. Great ideas, shortcuts on how to dine out at home. Ina will be cooking with Frank Pellegrino from the famous Rao's Restaurant and getting insider information from the best kitchen's in America.
  •  Peas with Prosciutto
  •  Prosciutto Roasted Bass with Autumn Vegetables Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Rao's Famous Lemon Chicken
  •  Skillet Brownies
  •  Flavored Olive Oil


Monday 4:30pm/3:30c - Blueprint Lunch
A thank-you lunch for the architects who helped Ina build her new kitchen and turned her dream workspace into a reality. With Miguel setting the table, fun iced shortbread cookies, cool California Iced Tea, elegant Grapefruit and Avocado Salad and Easy Lobster Paella.
  •  Avocado and Grapefruit Salad Barefoot in Paris
  •  Easy Lobster Paella Barefoot Contessa at Home
  •  Shortbread Hammer Cookies
  •  California Iced Tea


Tuesday, 12:30pm/11:30c - Chicken 101
It’s back to basics on chicken. Delicious Roast Chicken, Curried Chicken Salad and two great chicken shortcuts- Rotisserie Chicken with Satay Dip and Chicken, and Chicken BLT sandwiches Russian dressing. Then, it's all chicken in Ask Ina.
  •  CBLT
  •  Curried Chicken Salad Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Engagement Roast Chicken
  •  Rotisserie Chicken with Satay Sauce


Tuesday, 4:00pm/3:00c - Cocktail Hour
It’s back to basics on cocktail parties. Ina is writing a plan and showing her friend Jack how to throw the perfect foolproof cocktail party. There are both appetizers to buy - olives & marcona almonds and Salami and hot house cucumbers and appetizers to make - delicious Roasted Shrimp Cocktail, Blue Cheese and Walnut Crackers, and Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry.
  •  Roasted Shrimp Cocktail Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry
  •  Blue Cheese & Walnut Crackers


Tuesday, 4:30pm/3:30c - Weekend Lunch
One weekend, two easy elegant lunches. First, Ina makes Warm Duck Salad followed by Blueberry Crumb Cake, and the following day, Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash and Chocolate Sorbet.
  •  Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Warm Duck Salad Barefoot Contessa at Home
  •  Chocolate Sorbet Barefoot Contessa at Home
  •  Blueberry Crumb Cake Barefoot Contessa at Home


Wednesday, 12:30pm/11:30c - Perfect French Dinner Party
Inspired by her trips to France, Ina creates the perfect French dinner party. There’s an incredible slow cooked lamb inspired by a dish her friend Barbara Liberman tasted in Provence. Plus fantastic tips on how to create the perfect French dinner party setting. Then, Ina is in the hot seat sharing her French cooking secrets and techniques in Ask Ina
  •  4-Hour Lamb
  •  Provencal French Beans


Wednesday, 4:00pm/3:00c - Flour Power
Ina unleashes flour power and revels her bread secrets. First there’s Honey White Bread, the perfect basic loaf everyone needs in their repertoire, plus tips from master baker Amy Scherber from Amy’s Bread in NYC. Then the humble sandwich reaches new heights in an incredible open Tuna and Hummus Sandwich and Ina gets creative with crumbs when she creates her delicious Mussels and Basil Breadcrumbs. And finally, it's all you need to know on bread and baking in "Ask Ina."
  •  Croissant Bread Pudding The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Honey White Bread Barefoot Contessa at Home
  •  Mussels and Basil Bread Crumbs Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Panettone Bread Pudding
  •  Tuna and Hummus Sandwiches Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Hummus Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?


Wednesday, 4:30pm/3:00c - Friday Night Dinner
Ina is making a special Friday dinner for Jeffrey’s return from working away all week. It’s traditional Jewish food but with a modern twist - like Chopped Liver, made with Madeira wine and served pate style on Matzos, Brisket made with a heap of vegetables, spinach sautéed in garlic, and one of Jeffrey’s favorite sweet treats- Rugelach.
  •  Chopped Liver Barefoot Contessa Parties!
  •  Brisket with Carrots and Onions Barefoot Contessa Parties!
  •  Garlic Sauteed Spinach Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Rugelach Barefoot Contessa Parties!


Thursday, 12:30pm/11:30c - The Magic Factor
It’s a day of kitchen chemistry for Ina as she tests recipes with and without the magic ingredient that really unlocks the flavor of a dish. First, lemon zest in Easy Cheese Danish, then salt and vinegar add their magic to Chicken Salad Sandwiches and finally, Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes with and without coffee.
  •  Easy Cheese Danish Barefoot Contessa at Home
  •  Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes
  •  Chicken Salad Sandwiches Barefoot Contessa at Home


Thursday, 4:00pm/3:00c - Herb Hall of Fame
It’s back to basics on ramping up flavor with herbs. Ina makes Chive Risotto Cakes, Pasta with Pecorino, and Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup- using simple herb tricks to turn up the volume. She also visits some nearby gardens for herb inspiration.
  •  Chive Risotto Cakes Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Cream of Fresh Tomato Soup Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Pasta with Pecorino and Pepper Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics


Thursday, 4:30pm/3:30c - Canapes and Canvases
Ina’s friend is hosting an art exhibition and needs a menu that can stand the test of time and is easy to eat while standing and chatting. Ina’s challenge is to design a menu that looks and tastes good at 6pm right through until 9pm. Grilled Lemon Chicken with a Satay Dip, Cheese Straws, Cheese Platter, Spanakopita and edible topiaries. The real star of the show will be Ina’s draw dropping edible artwork – the food table. The gallery goers will struggle to keep their eyes on the art and away from the food table.
  •  Cheese Straws Barefoot in Paris
  •  Grilled Lemon Chicken with Satay Dip The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Spanakopita
  •  Fruit and Cheese Platter The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Friday, 12:30pm/11:00c - Mystery Guest
Ina’s broadway producer friend Susan is coming to dinner and bringing a mystery guest (Mel Brooks!) so Ina’s conjuring up a dazzling dinner of Blinis with Smoked Salmon, Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup and Parmesan Chicken with Lemon Vinaigrette, followed by Stilton, Pears and Sauternes. Guaranteed to wow any guest!!
  •  Blini with Smoked Salmon Barefoot in Paris
  •  Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup Barefoot Contessa at Home
  •  Parmesan Chicken Barefoot Contessa Family Style


Sunday 7:30am/6:30c - Modern Comfort
Ina cooks up comfort classics - with a modern twist - such as French Toast Bread Pudding and Seafood Pot Pie. Plus, New York caterer Mary Giuliani stops by to show Ina how to make her famous Miniature Grilled Cheese Sandwich Canapés. This is comfort for breakfast, dinner and entertaining.
  •  French Toast Bread Pudding Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Mary's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  •  Seafood Potpie


Sunday 10:00a.m./9:00c - Surprise Italian Party
  •  Balsamic Roasted Beef Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Limoncello with Ice Cream and Biscotti
  •  Parmesan Crisps Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
  •  Parmesan Fennel Gratin Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
  •  Rossinis Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
  •  White Bean and Arugula Salad Barefoot Contessa Foolproof