Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust [NOOK Book]

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Millions of people love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn’t be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that “wow!” factor we all crave.

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Overview

Millions of people love Ina Garten because she writes recipes that make home cooks look great; family and friends shower them with praise and yet the dishes couldn’t be simpler to prepare using ingredients found in any grocery store. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, the Food Network star takes easy a step further, sharing her secrets for pulling off deeply satisfying meals that have that “wow!” factor we all crave.

Start with delicious Dukes Cosmopolitans made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus Jalapeño Cheddar Crackers that everyone will devour. Lunches include Hot Smoked Salmon, Lobster & Potato Salad, and Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons, all featuring old-fashioned flavors with the volume turned up. Elegant Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise and show-stopping Seared Scallops & Potato Celery Root Purée are just two of the many fabulous dinner recipes. And your guests will always remember the desserts, from Sticky Toffee Date Cake with Bourbon Glaze to Salted Caramel Brownies.

For Ina, “foolproof” means more than just making one dish successfully; it’s also about planning a menu, including coordinating everything so it all gets to the table at the same time. In Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, Ina shows you how to make a game plan so everything is served hot while you keep your cool. There are notes throughout detailing where a recipe can go wrong to keep you on track, plus tips for making recipes in advance. It’s as though Ina is there in the kitchen with you guiding you every step of the way.

With 150 gorgeous color photographs and Ina’s invaluable tips, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof is a stunning yet infinitely practical cookbook that home cooks will turn to again and again.
 
 
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Ina Garten is a charismatic Food Network show host, but her greatest talent is constructing recipes and cookbooks that enable busy home cooks to orchestrate entire meals without missing a beat. Her eighth recipe book puts those best feature forward in true Barefoot Contessa style.

Library Journal
Already a best seller, Food Network star Garten's latest asserts several known truths: it's hard to get dinner on the table, entertaining is stressful, and recipes can be scary. Seeking to help home cooks bolster their cooking repertoire, Garten offers "foolproof" (i.e., tested, consistent, and clearly explained) recipes like Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons, Parmesan Fennel Gratin, and Raspberry Crumble Bars, alongside tips meant to allay fears and answer frequently asked questions. Note that Garten's "Foolproof Menus" reference recipes from her other cookbooks. VERDICT Practical tips and easy, elegant recipes—Garten's standard—are always popular. Expect demand.
Publishers Weekly
A master caterer, TV celebrity, and prolific cookbook author, Garten will delight her legion of fans with this appetizing and welcoming cookbook. Garten focuses on foolproof cooking: recipes that work, are satisfying to eat, and can be made ahead of time. For those who struggle with timing the doneness of multiple dishes, she advises creating a very specific game plan that lists every step, and provides 10 tips to aid in reducing stress and ensuring a well-timed, delicious meal. Recipes cover cocktails and starters, lunch and dinner, and vegetables and desserts. Photos are luscious and mouth-watering, and will drive readers into the kitchen. In addition, she shares her expertise on numerous related topics such as menus, shopping, and table settings, an often-overlooked aspect of entertaining. Recipes are fairly simple but pack big flavor, such as mussels with saffron mayo, balsamic roasted beet salad, penne alla vecchia bettola (penne with vodka), and foolproof ribs with barbecue sauce. Combinations are sometimes unusual but still appeal, like roasted sausages and grapes, and salmon and melting cherry tomatoes. Garten doesn’t skimp on desserts, an area where many cookbooks fall down. Her chocolate cassis cake and raspberry crumble bars are drool-inducing. Once again Garten’s culinary wizardry will inspire, delight, and empower readers to entertain in true Barefoot Contessa style. (Oct.)
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A master caterer, TV celebrity, and prolific cookbook author, Garten will delight her legion of fans with this appetizing and welcoming cookbook. Garten focuses on foolproof cooking: recipes that work, are satisfying to eat, and can be made ahead of time… Once again Garten’s culinary wizardry will inspire, delight, and empower readers to entertain in true Barefoot Contessa style.
Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780770433406
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 121,696
  • File size: 41 MB
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Meet the Author

INA GARTEN is the host of the Emmy Award-winning Barefoot Contessa television show on Food Network. She lives in East Hampton, New York, with her husband, Jeffrey. This is her eighth cookbook. Visit Ina at www.BarefootContessa.com.
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Table of Contents

CONTENTS
 
thanks!
introduction
ten foolproof tips
is it done yet?
 
cocktails
starters
lunch
dinner
vegetables
desserts
 
foolproof menus
index
recipe index
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Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Maple Frosting


MAKES 10 CUPCAKES


Pumpkin is a great base for cupcakes because it keeps the cake moist. I've added lots of pumpkin spices like cinnamon and ginger plus a frosting made with pure maple syrup. If you insist on making them even better, you can crumble some Heath bars on top for added crunch. These are great for a birthday party—grown-ups and kids both love them.



1/2 cup vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing the pan
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup canned pumpkin purée (not pie filling)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed


Maple Frosting (recipe follows)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped Heath bars, for serving (two 1.4-ounce bars)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Brush the top of a muffin pan with vegetable oil and line it with 10 paper liners.

Into a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs, pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the - cup vegetable oil. Add the flour mixture and stir to combine.

Scoop the batter into the prepared tins (I use a 2.-inch ice cream scoop) and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely, spread the -cupcakes with the Maple Frosting, and sprinkle with the chopped Heath bars.

Canned pumpkin is actually better for baking than purée made from a fresh pumpkin. It's a different variety of pumpkin than our traditional jack-o'-lantern.

Maple Frosting
FROSTS 10 CUPCAKES

6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the cream cheese, butter, maple syrup, and vanilla on medium-low speed until very smooth. With the mixer on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

Be sure the cream cheese and butter are absolutely at room temperature or the frosting will be lumpy. I leave them on the counter overnight.


Slow-Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise
SERVES 6 TO 8

I had always cooked filet of beef at a high temperature to sear the outside and keep the inside moist and rare. Recently, though, I tried slow-roasting a filet of beef, and found it was the tenderest I'd ever tasted. Prep it in advance and throw it in the oven two hours before dinner. The homemade mayonnaise with basil and Parmesan is a delicious accompaniment.

1 whole filet of beef tenderloin, trimmed and tied (4 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoons good olive oil
4 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
10 to 15 branches fresh tarragon
Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise, for serving (recipe follows)

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Use an oven thermometer to be sure your oven temperature is accurate!

Place the filet on a sheet pan and pat it dry with paper towels. Brush the filet all over with the oil, reserving about half a tablespoon. Sprinkle it all over with the salt and pepper (it will seem like a lot but believe me, it makes a difference). Place the tarragon branches around the beef, tying them in 4 or 5 places with kitchen string to keep them in place, and then brush the tarragon with the reserved oil.

Roast the filet of beef for 1. to 1- hours, until the temperature registers 125 degrees in the center for rare and 135 degrees for medium-rare. I place the thermometer horizontally through the end of the beef. Cover the filet with aluminum foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes. Slice thickly and serve warm or at room temperature with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise.

Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise
MAKES ABOUT 2 CUPS

Homemade mayonnaise sounds intimidating but there's really only one trick: the eggs and oil must be totally at room temperature. Adding fresh basil leaves and salty Parmesan cheese makes this a great sauce for filet of beef but it's also delicious as a sandwich spread, a dip for crudit?s, or served with a flavorful fish like salmon or swordfish.

2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (see note)
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup vegetable oil, at room temperature
1/2 cup good olive oil, at room temperature

Place the egg yolks, lemon juice, Parmesan, mustard, basil, garlic, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Process for 20 seconds, until smooth. Combine the vegetable oil and olive oil in a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. With the processor running, slowly pour the oil mixture through the feed tube to make a thick emulsion. Taste for seasonings—the mayonnaise is a sauce so it should be highly seasoned. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use; it will keep for up to a week.

I "grate" the Parmesan in the food processor—it's actually ground, which is better than grated.

Winter Minestrone & Garlic Bruschetta
Serves 6 to 8

This incredibly hearty winter soup falls somewhere between a soup and a stew.
The texture and flavor are amazing—it's filled with chunky vegetables, pasta, beans, and spinach. Pesto and Parmesan swirled in at the end make it even better. I serve it in big shallow bowls with garlic bruschetta on top.

Good olive oil
4 ounces pancetta, 1/2-inch-diced
11/2 cups chopped yellow onions
2 cups (1/2-inch) diced carrots (3 carrots)
2 cups (1/2-inch) diced celery (3 stalks)
21/2 cups (1/2-inch) diced peeled butternut squash
11/2 tablespoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
26 ounces canned or boxed chopped tomatoes, such as Pomi
6 to 8 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade (page 62)
1 bay leaf
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups cooked small pasta, such as tubetti (see note)
8 to 10 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves
1/2 cup good dry white wine
2 tablespoons store-bought pesto
Garlic Bruschetta (recipe follows)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large, heavy pot or Dutch oven. Add the pancetta and cook over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned. Add the onions, carrots, celery, squash, garlic, and thyme and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

Add the tomatoes, 6 cups of the chicken stock, the bay leaf, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, until the vegetables are tender.

Discard the bay leaf. Add the beans and cooked pasta and heat through. The soup should be quite thick but if it's too thick, add more chicken stock. Just before serving, reheat the soup, add the spinach, and toss with 2 big spoons (like tossing a salad). Cook just until the leaves are wilted. Stir in the white wine and pesto. Depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock, add another teaspoon or two of salt to taste.

Serve large shallow bowls of soup with a bruschetta on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, drizzle with olive oil, and serve hot.

NOTE: To cook the pasta, put 1 cup of pasta into a large pot of boiling salted water. Cook according to the directions on the package, drain, and set aside. You can make this soup ahead and reheat it before serving. It will need to be reseasoned.


Garlic Bruschetta

1 baguette
Good olive oil
1 garlic clove, cut in half lengthwise

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Slice the baguette at a 45-degree angle in - inch-thick slices. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil and bake for 6 minutes, until lightly toasted. Take the slices out of the oven and rub the surface of each one with the cut clove of garlic

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    Ina is Great! Her recipes are delicious and easy to follow. You

    Ina is Great!
    Her recipes are delicious and easy to follow. You can tell she is passionate about her cooking.
    her cookbooks are the best ones out there!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    Too much salt

    I am always appalled at how much salt is called for in Ms. Garten's recipes. Some of her recipes contain an entire day's worth of sodium in a single serving! It's like she doesn't undestand the real flavor of food. Salt is not the only flavor on the table.

    6 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    My fave cookbook author

    Another great book!

    6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Another wonderful selection of recipes; as always Ina's book is

    Another wonderful selection of recipes; as always Ina's book is delightful.
    To the person who said she uses too much salt; just a suggestion; adjust the amount! Recipes can be adapted to what suits your taste.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2012

    I have all of Ina's cookbooks and love the all except this one.

    I have all of Ina's cookbooks and love the all except this one. Foolproof is disappointing, too many weird recipes.  Prunes in a dessert?? My family would not be happy

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

    Have all of her other cookbooks. Was very disappointed in this

    Have all of her other cookbooks. Was very disappointed in this cookbooks. It seems to be a compilation of her other recipes already published for the most part and I was not particularly impressed with the recipes she chose for this book. These recipes may be foolproof for a party but most is not every day food you cook for your families. I will have to read reviews before I buy the next one.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    disappointing way to many seafood and fish recipes recipes in th

    disappointing way to many seafood and fish recipes recipes in this cookbook. Would not have bought had I know that.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    I am a great fan of Ina's so I was looking forward to her latest

    I am a great fan of Ina's so I was looking forward to her latest book. I love the easy directions and helpful hints. The photography is beautiful. This book is really a book of recipes from most of her other cookbooks. Still, I enjoyed going through it and revisiting some of her favorite recipes. Ina is so down to Earth and her cooking style follows suit along with all her easy to follow recipes. I collect cookbooks so, for me, this was another great addition to my collection! It is a perfect gift for any cook and cookbook library.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    Good But Not Great

    I've been a big Ina fan for several years but her last 2 cookbooks have been a little disappointing...same old, same old. This is a nice gift book for the novice entertainer - not for the experienced hostess. I'd only give it about 3 stars - very average.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Not my favorite

    While Ina Garten can not write a bad cookbook, this is not one of my favorites. There are way to many recipes that call for ingredients not available in our area. Also I do not do as much entertaining as I used too and this book is geared to that. All in all, not a purchase I would recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    buy this book!!

    I love Ina Garten. You can trust her recipes. I have all her books. Try the pumpkin spice cupcakes with maple frosting TODAY.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Still a great read

    Love Ina's cookbooks and have them all, however I was a little disappointed to see that many of the recipes in this book were already featured on her TV show.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    Check it over before you purchase it.

    I am a big fan of Ina's and have several of her cookbooks that I love, however her most recent cookbook "Foolproof" is not a favorite.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    Buy it.

    Great book for anyone - beginner or master.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    This book is excellent!  I love her collection of recipes - I've

    This book is excellent!  I love her collection of recipes - I've tried several and we're always please with
    the results.  She's just a fabulous cook and my go-to chef when trying something new!

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  • Posted January 14, 2014

    would buy again

    Purchased as a present for our daughter, my husband and I feel we should buy our own copy after looking at all the recipes we felt we would like to try.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    Yummy!

    My very first Ina Garten cookbook. I have made just one recipe so far but it turned out wonderfully. Easy instructions and beautiful illustrations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Gave it as a gift.

    My sister purchased it for herself twice but ended up giving it as a gift both times. She was happy to finally get a copy for herself.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2013

    I agree with those who say that these are her same old recipes.

    I agree with those who say that these are her same old recipes. I was very disappointed to find that I had seen a lot of them before. I love salted caramel and wanted to try her salted caramel brownies.... Her recipe called for topping brownies with store-bought caramel sauce. Come on ! I could've come up with that one myself ! No recipe intrigued me enough to make it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Excellent

    Luke her other books, full of delicious recipes!

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