About Ina Garten

Ina Garten

In 1978, Ina Garten left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream of running a specialty food store in the Hamptons. She’s now the author of eight best-selling cookbooks, including her most recent title, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. She’s also a frequent contributor to many national magazines and has a Food Network television series on entertaining. She and her husband, Jeffrey, split their time between East Hampton, NY, and Southport, CT. @inagarten

A large pot of easy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich being cut into croutons beside it.

Easy Tomato Soup

Yup. It’s still winter. Darn good thing this simple made-from-scratch soup requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s.

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A grilled cheese sandwich cut into cubes of grilled cheese croutons.

Grilled Cheese Croutons

Step one: Make a childhood favorite. Step two: Cut it into squares. Step three: Dunk, drop, or plop into tomato soup. Step four: Sigh with content.

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A baking sheet with seven chocolate pecan scones

Chocolate Pecan Scones

From the Barefoot Contessa herself, these chocolate pecan scones are packed with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and pecan chunks and are, predictably, flaky and tender pastry perfection.

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Three ceramic dishes with baked pasta with tomatoes and eggplant and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

Baked Pasta with Tomatoes & Eggplant

Cook once. Eat twice. This baked pasta casserole cleverly relies on a big batch of tomato soup as its sauce. Leftover soup means you have lunches done for the rest of the week.

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Four delicate Stilton Walnut crackers, edges rolled in chopped walnuts, on a parchment-lined sheet pan

Stilton and Walnut Crackers

Perhaps the simplest and most sophisticated dinner party precursor ever. Just make the savory shortbread dough, freeze, slice, and bake. You’re welcome.

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A white takeout container filled with shrimp salad by Ina Garten--shrimp, mayonnaise, dill, red onion, celery, and lemon zest

Shrimp Salad from Ina Garten

Creamy but not gloppy, light but not abstemious, this shrimp salad is gonna rock your world. And your cocktail party. And your lunch work rotation.

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Wood bowl of Barefoot Contessa panzanella with bread chunks, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, basil, and parsley

Panzanella from Ina Garten

Stale bread? Itsoaks up a tangy vinaigrette in this interpretation of an Italian classic from the Barefoot Contessa herself. You’re welcome.

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A skillet filled with Ina Garten's caramelized shallots, sprinkled with parsley.

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Not only easy to make, they’re easygoing in terms of playing nicely with main courses.

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Ina Garten's lemon cake, a pound cake, on a rack, drizzled with a lemon glaze, a spoon nearby

Ina Garten’s Lemon Cake

Know how sometimes you taste something and can’t help but sigh with content? This cake does that to us each and every darn time.

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French 75 Cocktail

French 75 Cocktail

A sophisticated cocktail that’s made drinkers swoon for more than a century thanks to the subtle intensity of Cognac, the sweetly tart lilt of lemon, and the effusive effervescence of Champagne.

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Sidecar Cocktail

Sidecar Cocktail

Created during Prohibition, this collision of Cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon isn’t for the faint of heart—nor for the slight of tolerance.

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A soufflé dish filled with white Barefoot Contessa fresh lemon mousse, the edges decorated with swirls of whipped cream and lemon slices

Barefoot Contessa Fresh Lemon Mousse

Lots of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest are added to the ethereally light and super smooth dessert mousse to give it a zip of flavor.

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