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    Barefoot Contessa - Ina Garten

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    Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:10 pm
    Regular "Line Cook" Poster
    That would be a dream come true for me too! I would love to spend a day in her kitchen and Paula Deen too.
    I also live on Long Island, maybe about 30 miles west of where Ina lives and knowing she is only a short drive away makes me sigh. I'm just not a Hampton's kind of gal.
    I love her episodes with her husband Jeffrey reminds me of my hubby and me a bit.
    Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:11 pm Groupie
    First off, let me say, that I do adore Ina Garten. I love her home, her marriage, her life, her knowledge of good food, all that stuff. You can tell, though, when she cooks, she is a "by the book" kinda gal. She ALWAYS measures out the ingredients and TELLS you what she is doing..I do like that, but she mentioned one time when baking cookies, that she weighed each scoop of cookie dough before putting on the baking sheet to make sure they are were identical! She had a digital scale on her countertop!!! She even laughed about it. I believe she said something about obsessive/compulsive, or something like that. Love her!
    I take her recipes to heart, but I will give myself a break and if it calls for a "teaspoon of good vanilla", I think I can just eyeball it.
    Don't you all notice that the way Ina behaves around her friends is very outgoing and laughing all the time, when in the kitchen, she is all business.?...She is wonderful and I have NO DOUBT that if I made (and I have) any one of her recipes, they all would be awesome. She makes sure of that!
    katie in the UP
    Sat Oct 04, 2008 6:04 am Groupie
    You're right!! I guess I never really thought about it....but she is very old school....I also adore her show!
    Don't you wish she still owned her store/restaurant ??
    Jacqueline in KY
    Sat Oct 04, 2008 1:12 pm Groupie
    She is so OCD that it gets on my nerves but I like her at the same time. She has such a soothing voice. I also think her recipes would be great to try, she is one that had to grow on me though. I couldn't stand her at first, but I adore her now. I do admit that I rarely good any of their recipes and I don't have a cookbook by her either.

    Wed Oct 08, 2008 10:24 am
    Experienced "Head Chef" Poster
    I love her show I could watch her all day long.
    Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:09 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I just got her last book today. I love her. I had the pleasure of meeting her at a book signing in November she is just as nice as she seems.
    Panda Rose
    Thu Jan 22, 2009 4:43 pm Groupie
    We are now getting her shows in the UK. It drives me mad how OCD and precise she is. Who else would grate a whole lemon and then just measure out a teaspoonful. What does she do with the rest she has grated and not used? But then sometimes she just eyeballs vanilla extract and seasoning and other times she measure it precisely. My DH can't stand her phoney laugh and always telling people not to have fun whilst she is in the kitchen. I just like watching her, although now I can recite her script myself as the samw shows are repeated constantly.
    Fri Jan 30, 2009 5:09 pm Groupie
    Sarah Jones, you are so lucky!! I wanted to go to one of her book signings but she didn't come to my area. Giada came to my neck of the woods but I'm really a big fan of Ina's. I have all of her cookbooks!
    I love it when she bad can that be?
    Realtor by day, Chef by night
    Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:07 am Groupie
    I love the Barefoot Contessa and all her shows! She makes great food that you can actually reproduce at home and she's not all loud and annoying like most of the other show hosts. She's simple, classy and low key. I like that alot. I don't need a host who has a strong, put-on loud way about them. I think they forget that most people are watching for the recipes not them. I also love Paula Deen although I can barely stand to listen to her voice and the way she talks. Just the sound of her voice makes me want to hurl but her recipes keep me there watching. She makes the BEST food out there (after Ina of course).
    Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:24 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    My mom doesn't own a computer or printer and still uses longhand when writing down recipes while watching her beloved Contessa on TV. The extra effort she gives in specifying recipe details for the benefit of viewers like mom is much appreciated. The formula for fabulous food. That degree of professionalism is one of the many reasons both mom and I adore her so greatly.
    Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:36 pm
    Forum Host
    Ina Garten is one of my favorite T.V. chefs. I have all but one of her cookbooks and have loved every single recipe that I've tried. That's not an exaggeration! Here is a recipe, that I've recently posted, from her new cookbook. If you like fish, you really should give it a try. It's so easy to prepare and and really very tasty!

    Roasted Fish in a Mustard Sauce
    Olivers' Twist
    Thu Feb 19, 2009 12:01 pm Groupie
    I am kind of new to watching Ina, but I tend to agree with you. Her food looks really great, you feel that you can make her dish exactly the same way and she is not annoying. I think there is something wrong with me, maybe cranky in my old age, but it seems now that on Food TV most of the "stars" are just no talent people. Im not talking about people like Bobby Flay who is great, but Paula, Rachel, Big Daddy, and my least favorite , who has wayyy too many shows Guy about overdone overplayed and over the top...too much is too much. icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif so more Ina for sure!!!
    Realtor by day, Chef by night
    Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:37 am Groupie
    I think Guy is so annoying because he's over-exposed. He's a loud, colorful type person and would be alot better in small doses- like horseradish.
    Olivers' Twist
    Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:47 am Groupie
    You are sooo right!!! But I do love horseradish and use it on lots of stuff... icon_lol.gif icon_lol.gif I even have it on fried eggs the German way, and no Im not German..
    Realtor by day, Chef by night
    Fri Feb 20, 2009 11:57 am Groupie
    A little splash here...a little splash there... he'd be great. But every minute... it's Guy Fieri. It's enough already. And as a side note... I'm just starting to use horseradish in my recipes. I didn't know I liked it but wanted to try new things and found out I do! You know you get bored eating the same stuff all the time?!?! I guess that's why we're all here isn't it?
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