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.

Ina Garten's Caramelized Shallots

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.

  • 10 M
  • 1 H
  • 5
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.

  • 30 M
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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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  • 10 M
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Stilton and Walnut Crackers

Stilton and Walnut Crackers

Perhaps the simplest precursor to a dinner party ever. Just make the savory shortbread dough, freeze it, slice it, and bake it at the very last second. You’re welcome.

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  • 1 H, 10 M
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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.

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  • 10 M
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Ina Garten's Tomato Soup

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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Fresh Lemon Mousse

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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  • 45 M
  • 6
Barefoot Contessa Company Pot Roast

Barefoot Contessa Company Pot Roast

This is what we consider to be the ultimate pot roast for company. Heck, it calls for two different types of booze, it oughtta be good!

  • 1 H, 15 M
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Barefoot Contessa Baba au Rhum

Barefoot Contessa Baba au Rhum

This classic French dessert is an eggy cake that’s studded with currant, soaked with a vanilla-rum sauce and brushed with an apricot glaze.

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  • 45 M
  • 3 H, 45 M
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Orange Bundt cake, with a sliced removed, studded with chocolate chips and topped with chocolate ganache

Orange Chocolate Cake from Ina Garten

The combination of tart, citrusy orange with sweet chocolate in this cake was a big hit at the Barefoot Contessa. And we’re sure it’ll be with you, too.

  • 35 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
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Barefoot Contessa Shrimp Salad

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 shower…

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