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    BRC: A Week with the Barefoot Contessa

    I realize this BRC has been a long-time coming but I think you will be pleased.  Let me explain…

    In August 2008, I challenged myself to cook and post one Ina recipe everyday for a week.  I think I came pretty close to achieving my goal of posting everyday and wanted to repeat this idea this past summer by opening up the invitation to the BB group to join me.  Somehow the summer slipped away though and here we are in the second week of October…not that I really mind though because this season usually yields some of my favorite types of food so choosing these recipes wasn’t all that difficult.

    I’d love for you to join me in this challenge!  Please keep reading for the instructions and recipes…

    1. Choose any or all of the recipes listed below and post about them during the week of November 2 – 6.  You don’t have the make all of the recipes during that week, just post about them. (HINT: schedule your posts early if you are unable to write a post everyday).

    2. There is no set posting day for any of the recipes. The idea is to post one recipe each day (if you plan to make all 5 recipes) but feel free to post multiple recipes on one day if you want to.

    3. I want to do a round-up post here on the blog so after you’ve posted, please send me one photo from each of the recipes you’ve chosen to post about.  In this email, please include your first name, blog address, and the recipes for which you are sending me photos.

    4. If you’re not a member of Barefoot Bloggers but have been hanging around here debating whether or not you want to join, I encourage you to join us for this challenge as well!  I think this will give you a decent idea about what the group is like and will also give you the opportunity to participate in the Musings posts that will go along with each recipe. Consider it a “trial run.” 🙂


    A Week with the Barefoot Contessa Recipes

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars – Barefoot Contessa at Home, page 170

    Chicken Chili – Barefoot Contessa Parties!, page 232

    Caramelized Butternut Squash – The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 151

    French String Beans – Barefoot in Paris, page 160

    Roasted Potato Leek Soup – Back to Basics, page 63



    12 Responses

    1. Sounds like fun! I plan to join in. Thanks for the idea.

    2. so fun! can’t wait to participate!!

    3. oh i’m in … and i have not forgotten about the corn chowder, i’ve been really sick and cooking hasn’t been on my list of todos. but i’ll get it done this week!

    4. Yum–a whole week of Ina! I’m in!

    5. I’m definitely going to give this a try!! All these dishes look like something I would like to eat, and none of them look like they would be difficult to make … and I’m really liking Ina’s recipes. Anyway, cooking them and eating them is not the problem … lets see if i can get them posted!!

    6. I am in! I may have to skip the chicken chili since I just made them like 2 wks ago, and still have some leftover in the freezer. But I will definitely make at least a couple of the recipes here. Thanks for the idea 😉

    7. Totally want to make each and every one of these (except the PB & Jelly bars… I’ll have to figure something else out because that recipe and I DO NOT get along)

    8. Can’t wait to join in on this!

    9. Yum! I hope that I can make all 5. Great idea!

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    12. […] – If you’re participating in A Week with the Barefoot Contessa, don’t forget to send me your photos and info for the round-up […]

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