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    Musings: Creme Brulee

    Time to dust off the blowtorch and try Ina’s Creme Brulee! Are you making any substitutions? How does her recipe stack up to others you’ve tried? We’ll start posting these Thursday, Nov. 12.

    November Recipes

    It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the types of food we cook and eat changes from season to season.  And if you feel the same way I do, you won’t be surprised that we’ve got a couple of fantastic recipes coming to you for November.  The first is one you’ll be proud to serve for your holiday dessert (not that you’ll need a special occasion to want to make this one!) and the second is one that will make you want to curl up on the couch with a good book while you’re waiting for it to cook.  I hope you enjoy these two recipes as we head into the hard-core holiday season!!

    P.S. – 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 post!


    Suzie from Munch + Nibble

    has chosen Crème Brulee

    which can be found in Barefoot in Paris on page 222

    and should be posted on Thursday, November 12th.


    Lisa of Lime in the Coconut

    has chosen Company Pot Roast

    which can be found in Back to Basics on page 117

    and should be posted on Thursday, November 26th.



    Musings: French String Beans (A Week with the Barefoot Contessa BRC)

    Was this recipe a keeper, or will you be reaching for that trusty can of beans next time? Did you like the difference in texture? Make any changes?

    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


    Musings: Blue Cheese Soufflé

    Another recipe from “Barefoot in Paris”! Are you ready to tackle a soufflé? And how do you feel about blue cheese? We’ll be posting this one Thursday, Oct. 22.

    October Recipes

    I’d like to first start you all off this month with a little BB publicity!  Apparently, we were featured (mentioned??) in a food article in the in the Taste section of the  Honolulu Advertiser website!!  I posted this on Twitter yesterday but wanted to make sure that those of you who don’t use Twitter saw this article. Give yourselves a pat on the back!

    So now on to the recipes…I think you’ll find yourself curling up with these incredible recipes this October!! Enjoy!!


    Jill of My Next Life

    has chosen Cheddar Corn Chowder

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 74

    and should be posted on Thursday October 8th.


    Summer of Sexy Apartment

    has chosen Blue Cheese Soufflé

    which can be found in Barefoot in Paris on page 50

    and should be posted on Thursday October 22nd.


    Musings: Croque Monsieur

    Ready for a little springtime in Paris, oui? We’ll be posting this recipe Thursday, April 23. Until then, please post any questions, issues, suggestions or thoughts on substitutions.

    April Recipes

    Please excuse this post being a little late.  I’ve been sick in bed with a stomach flu since Monday…it’s been a long week!  Needless to say, I think you’ll all be very happy with April’s BB recipe choices – two very lovely choices to kick off the Spring!

    Be sure to check in again tomorrow for a housekeeping post and a couple of announcements.


    McKenzie of Kenzie’s Kitchen

    has chosen Chinese Chicken Salad

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 98

    and should be posted on Thursday, April 9th.


    Kathy of All Food Considered

    has chosen Croque Monsieur

    which can be found in Barefoot in Paris on page 48

    and should be posted on Thursday, April 23rd.


    February Recipes

    As the middle of winter is upon us, I think you’ll really enjoy this month’s choices…one will keep you warm and the other will have you looking forward to spring…


    Rebecca of Ezra Pound Cake

    has chosen Real Spaghetti and Meatballs

    from Barefoot Contessa Family Style, page 103

    which should be posted on Thursday, February 12th.


    BMK of Reservations Not Required

    has chosen Meringues Chantilly

    from Barefoot in Paris, page 176

    which should be posted on Thursday, February 26th.


    June BB Bonus Recipe Challenge Winner

    I’m sorry that I’m a few days late on posting this!!

    June’s BB Bonus Recipe Challenge Winner is Becke of Columbus Foodie. Becke’s blog referred over 200 hits last month which grants her the right to choose the group’s first bonus recipe. Congrats Becke!! She has chosen Ina’s Coeur a la Crème with Raspberry and Grande Marnier Sauce found in Barefoot in Paris, page 189. This is an optional recipe which is to be posted on Thursday July 31st. Can’t wait to see how this one turns out!!

    Barefoot Bloggers: Week 1

    To get the ball rolling, I’m going to start a little out of the week order. Premiering as the first Barefoot Blogger recipe (drumroll please)…

    Herbed-Baked Eggs

    found in Barefoot in Paris pages 64-65

    Because it is almost the end of the month, please post your Herbed-Baked Eggs recipe in your blogs on Friday, May 30th. We’ll begin the regular schedule starting in June. Addendum: P.S. – click on the link above for the recipe on foodnetwork.com. P.P.S. – Because this is the first week and also happens to be a holiday weekend, we’re going to make this recipe a trial recipe. If you are able to make the baked eggs and post about them on Thursday, great. If not, don’t worry about it – no need to let me know or ask for one of the “PASS”es.

    June’s recipes will be chosen by:

    1. Elizabeth of Ugg Smell Food – to be posted in your blogs on June 12th
    2. Megan of My Baking Adventures – to be posted in your blogs on June 26th

    Elizabeth and Megan, please don’t forget to email me your choices by midnight ET on Friday, May 30th.