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The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

For more than twenty years, Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, cooked and baked extraordinary dishes for enthusiastic customers in the Hamptons. For many of those years, people tried to get the exuberant owner, Ina Garten, to share the secrets of her store. Finally, the energy and style that make Barefoot Contessa such a special place are shown here, with dozens of recipes and more than 160 breathtaking photographs, in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

Ina’s most popular recipes use familiar ingredients, but they taste even better than you would expect. Her Pan-Fried Onion Dip is the real thing, with slowly caramelized onions and fresh sour cream. Tomato soup is created from oven-roasted tomatoes and fresh basil to intensify the flavors. Meat loaf is as good as your grandmother’s, but it’s healthier because it’s made with ground turkey and fresh herbs. The light and flaky Maple-Oatmeal Scones are baked with rolled oats, whole wheat, and real maple syrup. Now these and other famous Barefoot Contessa recipes can be prepared at home.

Ina says that before she owned a specialty food store she often spent a week making dinner for six friends. Her experience at Barefoot Contessa gave her hundreds of ideas for creating wonderful parties in a few hours. And they’re all in this book. Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce can be stored overnight in the refrigerator and sautéed just before the guests arrive. Cheddar Corn Chowder can be made days ahead, reheated, and served with a salad and bread for a delicious autumn lunch. The ingredients for Grilled Salmon Salad can all be prepared ahead and tossed together before serving. The batter for the Raspberry Corn Muffins can be mixed a day before and popped into the oven just before breakfast.

Ina Garten teaches us how to entertain with style, simplicity, and a relaxed sense of fun. There are notes throughout the book for giving cocktail parties, lunches, and dinner parties where everything is done before the guests arrive. And there are easy instructions for creating gorgeous party platters that don’t even require you to cook!  

With Ina Garten and The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, you have the perfect recipe for hosting parties that are easy and fun for everyone–including the cook

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Recipe Index


Fresh Lemonade, 32
Hot Chocolate, 225
The Perfect Cup of Coffee, 209
White Hot Chocolate, 226


Crab Cakes with Rémoulade Sauce, 44
Fruit and Cheese Platter, 64
Grilled Lemon Chicken with Satay, 48
Guacamole, 50
Hummus, 46
Lamb Sausage in Puff Pastry, 42
Lobster Salad in Endive, 43
Pan-Fried Onion Dip, 53
Roasted Eggplant Spread, 41
Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches, 56
Smoky Eggplant Dip with Yogurt & Mint , 38
Sun-Dried Tomato Dip, 54
Turkey Tea Sandwiches, 58
Vegetable Sushi with Sushi Dipping Sauce, 61


Cheddar Corn Chowder, 74
French Onion Soup, 76
Gazpacho, 79
Lentil Vegetable Soup, 80
Parker's Split Pea Soup, 73
Parmesan Croutons, 87
Roasted-Potato Fennel Soup, 77
Roasted-Tomato Basil Soup, 84
Rosemary White Bean Soup, 83


Beets with Orange Vinaigrette, 93
Broccoli with Garlic, 100
Crudité Platter, 111
Curried Couscous, 94
French Potato Salad, 96
Fresh Corn Salad, 101
Grilled Lemon Chicken Salad, 99
Grilled Salmon Salad, 102
Provençal Potato Salad, 98
Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame, 105
Szechuan Noodles, 108
Vegetable Coleslaw, 107


Baked Virginia Ham, 119
Barbecued Chicken with Barbecue Sauce, 120
Filet of Beef Bourguignon, 123
Grilled Tuna Niçoise Platter, 140
Indonesian Ginger Chicken, 125
Kitchen Clambake, 126
Lemon Capellini with Caviar, 129
Lobster Potpie, 132
Perfect Roast Chicken, 130
Salmon with Fennel, 134
Swordfish with Tomatoes and Capers, 136
Turkey Meat Loaf, 138


Caramelized Butternut Squash, 151
Fingerling Potatoes, 159
Grilled Vegetables, 166
Homemade Applesauce, 155
Parmesan Smashed Potatoes, 158
Potato-Fennel Gratin, 156
Roasted Baby Pumpkins, 153
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, 150
Roasted Carrots, 149
Roasted Fennel with Parmesan, 154
Roasted Vegetable Torte, 160
Roasted Vegetables, 166
Spinach Pie, 162
Vegetable Platter, 164


"Linzer" Cookies, 178
Chocolate Buttercream Cake, 194
Coconut Cupcakes, 175
Country Dessert Platter, 200
Cream Cheese Icing, 176
Croissant Bread Pudding, 192
Fresh Fruit Tart, 184
Honey Vanilla Crème Fraîche, 198
Lime Curd Tart, 187
Outrageous Brownies, 172
Pastry Cream, 197
Peach and Raspberry Crisp, 190
Pecan Shortbread, 181
Pecan Squares, 188
Raspberry Tart, 182
Shortbread Hearts, 177
Vanilla Extract, 199


Banana Crunch Muffins, 212
Cheddar-Dill Scones, 218
Cranberry Harvest Muffins, 216
Fresh Fruit Platter, 231
Homemade Granola, 210
Maple-Oatmeal Scones, 223
Orange Yogurt, 229
Raspberry Corn Muffins, 215
Strawberry Scones, 220

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