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    Musings: Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

    It’s cookie time! Our first cookie recipe this month is Ina’s Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies, which we’ll be posting Thursday, April 8. What did you think? Any baking issues with these?

    Musings: Caesar Club Sandwich

    Did you see Ina make this sandwich a few weeks ago? It looked like a “wow.” Definitely not the same old chicken sandwich.

    We’ll start posting our versions on Thursday, March 25.

    So, what did you think of it? Are you making any substitutions? Going whole hog with the anchovy paste?

    Let’s hear it!

    March Recipe Choices

    Enter another two 5-star Ina recipes for March!  As we so often cook for the seasons, I think you’ll find that the first March recipe will indicate a nice end to winter and the second will be a nice transition into spring.  Enjoy!!

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    Tonya of What’s on My Plate?

    has chosen Individual Meat Loaves

    which should be posted on Thursday March 11th.

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    Karen of Shortbread

    has chosen Caesar Club Sandwich

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home

    and should be posted on Thursday March 25th.

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    Musings: Shrimp Bisque

    It’s soup season! How does Ina’s Shrimp Bisque compare with your family favorites? Did you make any changes to the recipe? We’ll be posting the soup on Thursday, Jan. 28.

    January Recipes

    Happy New Year!!  Wishing you all the best in your lives and in your kitchens this year!

    I hope these recipes will get you back in the swing of things with the Barefoot Bloggers as we being 2010…in fact, I’m pretty positive they will.  They will warm your tummys in the middle of winter and make your family yell for more!

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    Todd of A Cooking Dad

    has chosen Indonesian Ginger Chicken

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 125

    and should be posted on Thursday January 14th.

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    Jennifer of Our Blessed Home

    has chosen Shrimp Bisque

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on pages 52-54

    and should be posted on Thursday January 28th.

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    Musings: Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars (A Week with the Barefoot Contessa BRC)

    There’s nothing like a good PB&J to make you feel like a kid again. What’d you think of these bars? Are you making any substitutions?

    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.” 🙂

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    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

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    Musings: Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

    Our second recipe for September is Beatty’s Chocolate Cake. How did it stack up against other chocolate cakes you’ve made? Did you keep it or give it away?

    How was your experience with this cake?

    The posting date for this recipe is Thursday, September 24.

    September Recipes

    A little late posting this but not without some fun recipes this month!  Oddly enough, we have two birthday girls choosing recipes this month and guess what they both chose??  CAKE!!  The two cake recipes are different recipes but I encourage you to make them both, compare them, mix up the fillings, icings, forms, etc. and if it’s too much to have so much cake at home this month, half the recipes or make the full recipes and freeze some cake, bring them to work, or send them with your spouses.  Don’t feel like skipping here is ok just because we’re making two cake recipes…and I think it would be fantastic to see some comparison posts this month.  So in addition to thanking Susy and Mary for choosing a couple of great recipes, don’t forget to wish them a Happy Birthday too!!

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    Susy of Everyday Gourmet

    has chosen Birthday Sheet Cake

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 216

    and should be posted on Thursday, September 10th.

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    Mary of Passionate Perseverance

    has chosen Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on pages 165-166

    and should be posted on Thursday, September 24th.

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    Musings: Peach & Blueberry Crumbles

    We’ll be posting this classic summer dessert on Thursday, July 23. Does anyone have plans to change the fruit or make any other substitutions? Have you made this recipe before? Post your questions, substitutions and suggestions here!

    July Recipes

    Hopefully you are finding yourselves in the middle of some beautiful weather as July begins!  I know those of us here in the Northeast are hoping that there is never a repeat of June’s weather and that July will bring some happy days.  In any event, Ina’s recipes always make ME happy and I think July’s recipes will definitely make YOU happy.  Enjoy!!

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    Cat of Delta Whiskey

    has chosen Pasta with Sundried Tomatoes

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 58

    and should be posted on Thursday July 9th.

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    Aggie of Aggie’s Kitchen

    has chosen Peach & Blueberry Crumbles

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on pages 197-198

    and should be posted on Thursday July 23rd.

    This recipe is not available on the FoodNetwork website:

    For the fruit

    • 2 lbs firm, ripe peaches (6-8 peaches)
    • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
    • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup fresh blueberries (1/2 pint)

    For the Crumble

    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 lb (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until their skins peel off easily.  Place them immediately in cold water.  Peel the peaches, slice them into thick wedges, and place them in a large bowl.  Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and flour.  Toss well.  Gently mix in the blueberries.  Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes.  Spoon the mixture into ramekins or custard cups.
    3. For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.  Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas.  Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it’s in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit.  Place the ramekins on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and back for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly.  Serve warm or at room temperature.  If you want to make these early, store the unbaked crumbles int he refrigerator and bake before dinner.  Serves 5 to 6.

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    Musings: Cranberry Orange Scones

    Here’s this month’s Bonus Recipe Challenge: Ina’s Cranberry Orange Scones. Have you made these scones before? Are you planning any additions or substitutions? (P.S. The posting date is Thursday, June 18.)

    June BRC

    As we all know, June begins a new cooking season for most of us.  We bust open the grill.  We revive the coolers for weekend BBQs, picnics, and road trips. We scour the local farmers markets for fresh fruits and veggies. And best of all, we inundate our blogs with drool-worthy posts filled with fruit-filled posts.

    So it should make you all happy to hear that Em of The Repressed Pastry Chef has chosen Ina’s Cranberry Orange Scones (from Barefoot Contessa at Home, page 214) as her June BRC recipe! It’s a light and fruity scone recipe that’s perfect for the late spring/early summer palette.  Please take a moment and congratulate Em on earning this month’s honor! And don’t forget to post your scones on Thursday, June 18th!

    March Recipes

    For the sake of many of us wishing for spring, let’s hope that March quickly goes out like a lamb!  But in the meantime, let’s do some cooking!  This month will bring our regular two recipes (and fabulous choices they are!) as well as two bonus recipes (February’s and March’s) which you’ll find posted here on Monday.  Check back here tomorrow for a Housekeeping post.

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    Lindsey of Noodle Nights and Muffin Mornings

    has chosen Chicken Piccata

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on pages 96-97

    and should be posted on Thursday, March 12th.

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    Anne of Anne Strawberry

    has chosen Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

    which can be found in Back to Basics on pages 92-93

    and should be posted on Thursday, March 26th.

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    November Recipes

    Welcome to November’s recipe choices! Due to the holiday this month, I realize that posting the second recipe on 11/27 may be difficult but I encourage you to make the recipe early, write up your post and schedule it to post on 11/27.

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    Kelly from Baking with the Boys

    has chosen Herb Roasted Onions

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home on page 156

    and should be posted on Thursday, November 13th.

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    Judy from Judy’s Gross Eats

    has chosen Mexican Chicken Soup

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa at Home, page 34

    and should be posted on Thursday, November 27th.

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