Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun

Barefoot Contessa Parties!: Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties That Are Really Fun

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ISBN-13: 9780609606445
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 03/27/2001
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 121,412
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

INA GARTEN is the author of the bestselling The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and of the popular monthly column "Entertaining Is Fun" in Martha Stewart Living magazine. For more than twenty years, her Barefoot Contessa specialty food shop has been celebrated for its style as well as its delicious food. Ina lives in East Hampton, New York, and Southport, Connecticut, with her husband, Jeffrey.

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Recipes from Barefoot Contessa Parties!

Chicken Chili
Serves 12

We had been making traditional chili at Barefoot Contessa for almost 20 years. I decided to update it with chicken to make it lighter, and it's even more popular than our regular chili.

8 cups chopped yellow onions (6 onions)
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus extra for chicken
1/4 cup minced garlic (8 cloves)
4 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
4 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for chicken
4 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
1/2 cup minced fresh basil leaves
8 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Freshly ground black pepper

For Serving
Chopped onions, corn chips, grated cheddar, sour cream

Cook the onions in the oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor fitted with a steel blade (pulse 6 to 8 times). Add to the pot with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked. Let cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut into 3/4-inch chunks. Add to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 36 to 40 cookies

This is my favorite variation of the old Barefoot Contessa chocolate chunk cookie recipe. It has the combination of flavors in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Yum!

1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup good smooth peanut butter
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound good semisweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and peanut butter, and mix. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the batter, mixing only until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using either a 1-3/4-inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Dampen your hands, flatten the dough lightly, then press the tines of a wet fork in both directions. Bake for exactly 17 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Hot Mulled Cider
Serves 12

Nothing tastes as good on a cold winter day as hot spiced cider. It's easy to make and really warms your insides after an afternoon of winter sports. And nothing makes a house smell as wonderful. For a party, I leave it on the stove over very low heat and everyone helps themselves.

16 cups apple cider or pure apple juice
4 2-inch cinnamon sticks
Zest and juice of 2 oranges
8 whole cloves
8 star anise

Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into mugs and serve.

*Commercially prepared mulling spices, which combine many of these ingredients, can be added to the apple cider to make preparation even easier.

Table of Contents

Introduction14
Spring
Sunday Breakfast31
Pizza Party!43
Jewish Holiday55
Academy Awards73
Summer
Canoe Trip93
Lunch in the Garden107
Happy Birthday!119
Outdoor Grill131
Autumn
Football Party153
Autumn Dinner165
Not Thanksgiving179
Afternoon Tea195
Winter
New Year's Day215
Snow Day229
Valentine's Dinner241
Fireside Dinner251
Credits261
Index262

Recipe

Recipes from Barefoot Contessa Parties!

Chicken Chili
Serves 12

We had been making traditional chili at Barefoot Contessa for almost 20 years. I decided to update it with chicken to make it lighter, and it's even more popular than our regular chili.

8 cups chopped yellow onions (6 onions)
1/4 cup good olive oil, plus extra for chicken
1/4 cup minced garlic (8 cloves)
4 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
4 yellow bell peppers, cored, seeded, and large-diced
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
4 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for chicken
4 28-ounce cans whole peeled plum tomatoes in puree, undrained
1/2 cup minced fresh basil leaves
8 split chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
Freshly ground black pepper

For Serving
Chopped onions, corn chips, grated cheddar, sour cream

Cook the onions in the oil over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add the bell peppers, chili powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, and salt. Cook for 1 minute. Crush the tomatoes by hand or in batches in a food processor fitted with a steel blade (pulse 6 to 8 times). Add to the pot with the basil. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Rub the chicken breasts with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast the chicken for 35 to 40 minutes, until just cooked. Let cool slightly. Separate the meat from the bones and skin and cut into 3/4-inch chunks. Add to the chili and simmer, uncovered, for another 20 minutes. Serve with the toppings, or refrigerate and reheat gently before serving.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 36 to 40 cookies

This is my favorite variation of the old Barefoot Contessa chocolate chunk cookie recipe. It has the combination of flavors in a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Yum!

1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
1-1/2 cups light brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup good smooth peanut butter
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 pound good semisweet chocolate chunks

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and peanut butter, and mix. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt and add to the batter, mixing only until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using either a 1-3/4-inch ice cream scoop or a rounded tablespoon. Dampen your hands, flatten the dough lightly, then press the tines of a wet fork in both directions. Bake for exactly 17 minutes (the cookies will seem underdone). Do not overbake. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Hot Mulled Cider
Serves 12

Nothing tastes as good on a cold winter day as hot spiced cider. It's easy to make and really warms your insides after an afternoon of winter sports. And nothing makes a house smell as wonderful. For a party, I leave it on the stove over very low heat and everyone helps themselves.

16 cups apple cider or pure apple juice
4 2-inch cinnamon sticks
Zest and juice of 2 oranges
8 whole cloves
8 star anise

Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer over low heat for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour into mugs and serve.

*Commercially prepared mulling spices, which combine many of these ingredients, can be added to the apple cider to make preparation even easier.

Copyright © 2001 by Ina Garten.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have tons of cookbooks, but this one quickly became my favorite. The food is SO easy to make that its sometimes hard to believe how GOOD it is! Beautiful photos, mouthwatering menus, all around perfect book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I bought Ina Garten's first cookbook I dashed off a letter before I prepared the first recipe. I could tell be the number and kind of ingredients and the text, that it was a keeper. The second book is just as good. I am a professional cook but love to spend my free time doing whatelse? Cooking. And the joy of her books is that the results are risk and hassle free. No strange ingredients. No strange equipment. And no complicated preparations. I even found that her recipes and techniques are an improvement over ones I have done successfully for years. Buy one for yourself, and do the same with another copy for a friend.
MariaF More than 1 year ago
Great cookbook. It is well laid out and beautifully illustrated. The recipes contained within the book should be appealing to most people and there is lots of good information within each chapter. I first had a look at this book from my local library. I was so impressed with it, I decided to purchase it and add it to my recipe book collection. I would recommend any of Ina Garten's other cookbooks as well because they are of the same quality. You can't go wrong when you buy one of her cookbooks.
mm1 More than 1 year ago
Beautifully presented with great photographs. A down-to-earth set of menues for typical parties during the four different seasons. The author acknowledges the anxiety that often goes along with giving a party and then skillfully lets the reader know that she has also had those feelings. She then gives practical advice about how to forge ahead in spite of fears.

Ina Garten's recipes are really easy to reproduce because the directions and lists of ingredients are clear. The squash and apple soup is just one of many, many examples. She gives information on cooking techniques very well and always speaks respectfully to the reader.

I particularly liked reading about 'reasons' for parties. The author urges her reader to think about occasions other than the typical Saturday, big dinner party idea. She gives some fine examples. Here is one example: invite friends over for a 'favorite movie clips' party. Each person brings a video or DVD of his or her favorite movie. The entertainment consists of watching the clips, each person fast-forwarding the movie to that specific clip. I have already invited a small group of people who love movies and also loved this idea. We'll be eating the food from the menu that Ina G. suggests for this party.

I think that you might appreciate her suggestions for making guests feel welcome in your home. I also value her advice about NEVER letting guests know about problems and about how to deal with problems which will happen to everyone at some point.

One other thing that I noticed was that she always gave credit where credit was due. For example, she notes exactly where she has acquired a recipe, giving the source as a person or a book. Then, if she has tweaked the recipe, she says exactly how.
Chris92 More than 1 year ago
This book makes entertaining and cooking simple, chic and so much fun. You would be crazy not to consider purchasing this book if you are in need of even alittle guidance and learning about cooking and entertaining. Everything about this book makes me want to be at one of Ina's parties. Also check out her show on Foodnetwork you will be glad you did.
jaydub More than 1 year ago
This is one of my "go-to" cookbooks. There are many wonderful recipes, all easy to use, and they taste as good as they sound. There are no ingredients that are hard to find. Ina Garten recipes are easy, consistent, and delicious. All of her books are good, but this is my favorite and the one I use most. I always give this book at wedding showers...every new bride should have it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Barefoot Contessa has outdone herself! I did not think this second book could be as good as the first, but I was wrong! She enables you to host a party with all the right ingredients. Meeting guests, cooking, entertaining, it's all in here! I cannot wait for a third book! This book outshines every other entertainment/cookbook published today! Ina Garten is a master!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just had to buy the second of Ina Garten's cookbooks. The recipes and ideas are so clear and straight forward. They are easy and understandable. One of the best laid out and just a pure delight to read.
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I was given this book by a dear friend when she went to meet Ina Garten at a book signing and I was unable to attend. I love it and refer to it often when entertaining. My son's girlfriend paged trough it often and was an admirer; so it was a must for a Christmas gift to her.
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