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Barefoot Contessa Parties!

In Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver. The keyword here is fun. Ina’s parties are easy to prepare and fun for everyone, including the host. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won’t end. With Ina’s advice, you’re certain to have all your friends saying, "Wasn’t that fun!"

Ina has packed Barefoot Contessa Parties! with plans for pulling off parties like a pro, stories about her own parties, and tips on assembling food (rather than cooking everything) and organizing like a caterer. In the spring you can invite your friends to a party where they all make their own pizzas. Come summer, it’s into the garden for a lunch with grilled lamb and pita sandwiches that guests assemble themselves. In the autumn, when it’s not Thanksgiving, Ina roasts a fresh turkey, which her friends enjoy with Popovers and a creamy Spinach Gratin. And on a snowy winter’s day, everyone is invited for a lunch buffet with Seafood Chowder and Butternut Squash and Apple Soup.

Ever since Ina published her first book, people write, e-mail, and stop her on the street to say how much they love the food. She’s reached new heights here with recipes like Sour Cream Coffee Cake–the ultimate breakfast treat. Salads? The Red Lettuce with Balsamic Onions and blue cheese; Chinese Chicken Salad; and Panzanella may be the best you’ve ever tasted. Filet of Beef is easy to make for a fancy dinner with oh-so-good Gorgonzola Sauce, or sliced into sandwiches and served with lobster rolls for a Superbowl party. And fans of The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook will be delighted to find the recipe for the Lemon Cake they drooled over but only saw pictured, right here in this book. With so many great ideas and recipes in these pages for you to use, your friends will start to wonder why your parties are always so much fun.

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Recipe Index


Hot Mulled Cider, 239
Raspberry Vodka, 76
Real Margaritas, 134
Tropical Smoothies, 39


Caviar Dip, 78
Chopped Liver, 58
Potato Pancakes with Caviar, 169
Rori's Potato Chips, 77
Tzatziki, 114


Butternut Squash and Apple Soup, 221
Chicken Soup, 60
Fennel Soup Gratin, 222
Matzo Balls, 63
Seafood Chowder, 219
Seafood Stock, 220


Balsamic Onions and Blue Cheese, 122
Caesar Salad with Pancetta, 46
Chinese Chicken Salad, 98
Endive and Avocado Salad, 137
Panzanella, 102
Pasta, Pesto and Peas, 101
Salad with Warm Goat Cheese, 170
Shrimp Salad, 96
Smoked Salmon with Mesclun, 81
Tabbouleh, 113
Tomato Fennel Salad, 145


Cheddar and Chutney on Brioche, 199
Filet of Beef Sandwiches, 160
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches, 156
Herbed Goat Cheese Sandwiches, 198
Lobster Rolls, 159


Asian Grilled Salmon, 124
Baked Virginia Ham, 224
Brisket with Carrots and Onions, 64
California Pizzas, 48
Chicken Chili, 232
Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce, 82
Grilled Herb Shrimp with Mango Salsa, 138
Grilled Leg of Lamb, 110
Perfect Roast Turkey, 182
Rack of Lamb, 172
Roast Loin of Pork with Fennel, 244
Vegetable Pot Pie, 255


Sautéed Fresh Corn, 125
Cranberry Fruit Conserve, 225
Garlic Roasted Potatoes, 86
Noodle Kugel, 65
Orzo with Roasted Vegetables, 174
Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, 85
Sautéed Cabbage, 246
Sautéed Asparagus and Snap Peas, 127
Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Apples, 186
Spaghettoni Al Pesto, 142
Spinach Gratin, 184


Apple Crostata, 176
Caramel Chocolate Nut Ice Cream, 162
Carrot Cake Cupcakes, 204
Chocolate Chunk Cookies, 235
Chocolate Ganache Cake, 88
Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, 237
Double Chocolate Pudding, 259
Fruit Tarts, 208
Ice Cream Sodas, 52
Lemon Bars, 200
Lemon Cake, 104
Lime Curd, 203
Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, 226
Orange Chocolate Chunk Cake, 206
Oven-Roasted Fruit, 117
Peach Raspberry Shortcakes, 146
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, 236
Pears, English Stilton, and Port, 248
Perfect Poached Fruit, 66
Plum Tart, 190
Rugelach, 69
Shortbread Cookies with Dragées, 210
Strawberry Country Cake, 128
Strawberry Syrup, 52
Vanilla Armagnac Ice Cream, 193


Cinnamon Honey Butter, 41
Raspberry Butter, 41
Roasted Asparagus with Scrambled Eggs, 34
Sour Cream Coffee Cake, 37


Popovers, 189


Pesto, 142

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