Musings: East Hampton Clam Chowder

We’ll be posting Ina’s East Hampton Clam Chowder on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Have you made chowder before? How did this one stack up?

Making any substitutions?

Let’s talk chowda!

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October Recipes + a Giveaway!!

In between a month’s hiatus from recipes and the start-up for blogging through How Easy Is That?, we’re going Ina-old school with recipes this month from Family Style and Parties!

Oh and did I mention that we’re also doing a GIVEAWAY?! Yep, the folks at Random House have sent me a boxed set of three classic Contessa books: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, and Barefoot Contessa Family Style and ALL readers of Barefoot Bloggers are eligible to enter (so spread the word!). Here are the guidelines if you’d like to enter to win this boxed set:

1.Connect with us via Twitter.  Come back here and post your Twitter name (@_____) in the comment section of this post.

2. Do this by Sunday October 10th at 9pm Eastern.

One winner will be randomly chosen and notified on Monday October 11th.

And now, on to the recipes!

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Laura from Family Spice

has chosen East Hampton Clam Chowder

which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 28

and should be posted on Thursday October 14th.

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I’ve chosen the 2nd recipe by default again since the originally chosen 2nd recipe for September was a repeat and I couldn’t wait for another recipe before posting this.  I thought it would be a great complement to the chowda!

Popovers

which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 189

and should be posted on October 28th.

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Musings: Oven-Fried Chicken (Post by Aug. 31)

Fried chicken. Perfect for picnics, Sunday lunch and Wednesday supper.

But oven-fried chicken? It’s tricky. Many have tried to come up with an oven-fried chicken as tasty as the original, but few have pulled it off. Does Ina?

Let’s discuss Ina’s Oven-Fried Chicken!

August Recipes

Can you believe it’s August already??  Where has this summer gone to?!

Even if time is zipping by, we’ve still got some great Ina recipes!  The 3rd recipe is optional but you may want to join in the fun while we start trying out new recipes from Ina Garten’s 7th (!!!) cookbook,  How Easy Is That? which is set to be released on October 26, 2010.  Ina’s cookbook publicist sent me an advanced copy of the book and has encouraged us to start trying some of the recipes – how cool is that??

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Vicki of My Fare Lady

has chosen Oven-Fried Chicken

which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 81

and should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.

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Nathalie of Snowbell Jewelry

has chosen Mixed Berry Cheesecake

which should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.

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BONUS RECIPE!!

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

as chosen by Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake – to be posted by August 31st.

serves 6

12 slices thick-cut bacon, such as Nodine’s applewood smoked
1 cup good mayonnaise
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 white pullman loaf or sourdough bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick (12 slices)
6 tbsp salted butter, at room temperature
6 oz aged Gruyere or Comte cheese
6 oz extra-sharp Cheddar, such as Cabot or Shelburne Farms

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Arrange the bacon on a baking rack set over a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, until nicely browned.  Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and cut in 1-inch pieces.

Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, Parmesan, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.  Lay 12 slices of bread on a board and spread each one lightly with butter.  Flip the slices and spread each one generously with the mayonnaise mixture.  Don’t neglect the corners!

Grate the cheeses in a food processor fitted with the largest grating disk and combine.  Distribute the bacon evenly on half the slices of bread.  Pile 1/3 cup grated cheese evenly on top of the bacon and top with the remaining bread slices, sauce side down.

Heat an electric panini press.  When the press is hot, cook the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes in batches until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted.  Allow to cool for 2 minutes.  Cut in half and serve warm.

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Musings: Blueberry Muffin Extravaganza!

Since Ina has published two recipes for blueberry muffins, Blueberry Coffee Cake Muffins and Blueberry Streusel Muffins, we thought it’d be fun for everyone to have their choice of trying one of these recipes or making both! Who can have too many blueberry muffins?

Please post these by Saturday, July 31.

And feel free to use the comments section for any baking questions or to discuss your plans for these muffins. Are you going to substitute other berries? Will you be picking your own, you lucky thing?

What are your plans?

July Recipe Choices

I don’t know about the rest of you, but it is H.O.T. here in the Northeast…but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to turning on my oven for a great recipe here and there.  I think you’ll really enjoy these recipes even if the oven is required for one of them!

A couple of things to note:

1. For July, August, and September, we’re going to keep the posting day as the last day of the month.

2.  I’ve had trouble contacting people for the second recipe of the month and since it’s so late, I’ve gone ahead and chosen this one.  I hope you all don’t mind!

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Maria of Close to Home

has chosen Blueberry Muffins (Coffee Cake or Streusel – recipe below)

which can be found in BC Family Style pg 174 and Back to Basics pg 244, respectively,

and should be posted by Saturday July 31st.

Since Ina has two blueberry muffin recipes, I thought it would be fun to post both of them; you can make one or both.  If you make both, we’d love to see one comparison post that includes both recipes.  Similarly, if you’ve made one of these recipes in the past and make the other this month, please write about your experience with both recipes in your post.

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Tara of Smells Like Home (by default)

has chosen Greek Panzanella

which should be posted by Saturday July 31st.

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Blueberry Streusel Muffins

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk, shaken
  • 1/4 lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (2 half-pints)

For the Streusel Topping

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in to a large bowl and blend with your hands.  In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, butter, lemon zest, and eggs.  Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture with a fork, mixing  just until blended.  Fold the blueberries into the batter.  Don’t overmix!  With a standard (2 1/4″) ice cream scoop or large spoon, scoop the batter into the prepared cups, filling them almost full.
  3. For the topping, place all the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade and pulse until the butter is in very small pieces.  Pour into a bowl and rub with your fingers until crumbly.  Spoon about 1 tbsp of the streusel on top of each muffin.  Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Musings: Jam Thumbprint Cookies

We’ll start posting this month’s second cookie recipe, Ina’s Jam Thumbprints, on Thursday, April 22. Ina recommends raspberry or apricot jam, but I’ve got a feeling we’ll be seeing some experimentation here. Anyone using homemade jam? How good would that be?