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    Musings: Lemon Chicken Breast

    You can never have too many recipes for chicken with lemon and rosemary.

    What did you think of this one?

    Note: We started posting this recipe on Thursday, Dec. 2.

    December 2010 Recipes

    I hope the beginning of the holiday season finds you all well!  I think the HEIT recipes for December will fit nicely into those crazy December weeknight menus and may provide you with some ideas to bring to your holiday parties.  Enjoy!


    Lemon Chicken Breast, page 120 (post on 12.2.10)

    Roasted Summer Vegetables, page 169 (post on 12.9.10)

    Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake, page 205 (post on 12.16.10)

    Roasted Figs & Prosciutto, page 28 (post on 12.30.10)


    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??


    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.


    Nathalie of Snowbell Jewelry

    has chosen Mixed Berry Cheesecake

    which should be posted by Tuesday August 31st.



    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.


    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!!


    Tonya of What’s on My Plate?

    has chosen Individual Meat Loaves

    which should be posted on Thursday March 11th.


    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.


    Musings: Indonesian Ginger Chicken

    Honey, soy, garlic, ginger – we haven’t tried a Barefoot Contessa recipe like this before. So, what did you think of her Indonesian Ginger Chicken? We’ll start posting it on Thursday, Jan. 14.

    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!


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    December Recipes

    Happy December everyone!! As we move into the busiest time of year for most of us, I want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season! It has truly been a fantastic experience blogging with you all over the past 7 months and I hope this holiday season brings you much joy and peace…and lots of tasty new blog posts.

    Due to the fact that Christmas falls on a Thursday this year, I’m extending the post date to December 31st so if you need a few extra days to get the second recipe made and posted, please take them without penalty (no need to email me).

    So without further ado, I’d like to present December’s BB recipes…


    Coq Au Vin

    as chosen by Bethany of this little piggy went to market

    which can be found in Back to Basics on page 116

    and should be posted on Thursday December 11th.


    Pappa Al Pomidoro

    as chosen by Natalie of Burned Bits

    which can be found in Back to Basics on page 68

    and should be posted on Thursday December 25th (must be posted by Weds. December 31st).


    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.


    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.


    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.


    August Recipes

    We’ve got some exciting new perfectly summer-like recipes coming at us this month!



    as chosen by Melissa of It’s Melissa’s Kitchen

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 102

    and should be posted on Thursday August 14th.


    Butterflied Chicken

    as chosen by Stefany of Proceed with Caution

    and should be posted on Thursday August 28th.



    Barefoot Bloggers: June recipes

    As promised, on the last day of the month, I bring you June’s Barefoot Bloggers recipe picks…

    Pasta, Pesto, and Peas

    chosen by Elizabeth at Ugg Smell Food

    from Barefoot Contessa Parties! page 98

    Please post your results for this recipe on Thursday, June 12th.


    Parmesan Chicken

    chosen by Megan of My Baking Adventures

    from Barefoot Contessa Family Style page 82

    Please post your results for this recipe on Thursday, June 26th.