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barefoot contessa at home January 16, 2007

Filed under: review — girlymama @ 3:54 pm

I got this for Christmas and was so excited. Ina Garten and the Barefoot Contessa series are a favorite of mine. I love the simple, elegant recipes that aren’t unnecessarily complicated. (cough, martha. cough cough). I made Blueberry Crumb Cake first and it is fantastic! (How can you go wrong with 2 sticks of butter, right?) It was easy and quick to make and got rave reviews on Christmas morning. I can’t wait to try Cornish Hens with Cornbread Stuffing, the Caesar Club Sandwich and Chicken Piccata. 
I was very disappointed in the desserts. I love her desserts, but these seemed… strange. Not her usual classics with a twist. Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing? Peanut Butter and Jelly Tarts? Really? Not as many good desserts as usual. Although I will definitely try the Peach & Blueberry Crumbles this summer.
While this is not my favorite of the series (that goes to BC Family Style & BC Parties!), I thought it was much better than her latest Barefoot in Paris, which is full of fantastic, beautiful French recipies that I will probably never make. Worth a buy. Or check it out from the library at the very least!