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    Musings: Individual Meat Loaves

    Have you tried Ina’s mini meat loaves? We’ll start posting them on Thursday, March 11.

    Will you be trading the ground chuck for ground turkey? Are you interested in a vegetarian substitution?

    Let’s discuss!

    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: Coconut Cupcakes

    These cupcakes have a five-star rating on the Food Network’s site, but what did you think of them? Are any coconut-haters out there playing around with the flavor? Will these be part of your Valentine’s Day festivities?

    We’ll be posting Ina’s Coconut Cupcakes on Thursday, Feb. 11. Let the discussion begin!

    February Choices

    February brings us another two incredible Ina recipes!  The first is an Ina classic and the second a new hit from Back to Basics.  I’m pretty positive you’ll love both of them!

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    Jamie of Jamie’s Green Kitchen

    has chosen Coconut Cupcakes

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 175

    and should be posted on Thursday February 11th.

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    Jill of Insanely Good Food

    has chosen Baked Shrimp Scampi

    which can be found in Back to Basics on pages 128-129

    and should be posted on Thursday February 25th.

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    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!

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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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    December Recipes

    Enter: the holidays.  Enter: two fabulous recipes that will leave you with the desire to make them for every party and brunch you’ll ever host or attend.  Happy Holidays everyone!!!

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    Peggy from Pantry Revisited

    has chosen Croissant Bread Pudding

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 192

    and should be posted on Thursday December 10th.

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    Michelle of Welcome to the Club

    has chosen Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

    which should be posted on Thursday December 24th.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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: Tuna Salad

    Are you ready to try Ina’s Tuna Salad, made with fresh tuna steaks? The next posting day is Thursday, May 14. Questions, comments or 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    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…

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    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.

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    BMK of Reservations Not Required

    has chosen Meringues Chantilly

    from Barefoot in Paris, page 176

    which should be posted on Thursday, February 26th.

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