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    Musings: Roasted Figs and Prosciutto

    Here’s something simple but sophisticated to make for your next get-together.

    What did you think of Ina’s Roasted Figs and Prosciutto? Or, are you having trouble making this one, because you can’t find one of the ingredients – or both?

    We’ll start posting this recipe on Thursday, Dec. 30.

    Musings: Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake

    This dessert looks quick and easy, but is it delicious?

    We’ll start posting Ina’s Easy Cranberry and Apple Cake on Thursday, Dec. 16.

    What did you think of it? Did you make any changes to the original?

    Musings: Roasted Summer Vegetables

    There’s nothing like a taste of summer when it’s cold and gray outside.

    We’ll start posting Ina’s Roasted Summer Vegetables on Thursday, Dec. 9.

    Which veggies did you use? Any issues finding good produce?

    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.

    Musings: Roasted Vegetable Frittata

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner – it’s always the right time for a Roasted Vegetable Frittata.

    Did you make any dietary substitutions or simply change up the vegetables? Will this one be going into your regular rotation?

    We’ll begin posting this recipe on Thursday, Nov. 25.

    Musings: Onion and Fennel Soup Gratin

    Ooh, now here’s something perfect for those crisp fall nights: Ina’s Onion and Fennel Soup Gratin.

    Did you make any ingredient substitutions? How was the cooking process for you?

    We’ll start posting this recipe on Thursday, Nov. 18.

    Musings: Watermelon Mojitos

    We usually associate watermelons and mojitos with the heat of the summer, but why not make Ina’s Watermelon Mojitos this fall and get festive?

    We’ll start posting this recipe on Thursday, Nov. 11.

    So, what’d you think?

    Musings: French Toast Bread Pudding

    What did you think of Ina’s French Toast Bread Pudding? Have you made it, or are you saving this recipe for a decadent breakfast later in the month?

    We’ll start posting this recipe on Thursday, Nov. 4!

    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!

    Musings: Ultimate Grilled Cheese (Bonus Recipe!)

    This month’s bonus recipe is the Ultimate Grilled Cheese from Ina’s upcoming cookbook, “How Easy Is That?” The book won’t be released until October, but we’re getting this sneak peek now.

    This looks like a grilled cheese that’s ready to party, whether you’re having friends over for supper or doing some serious tailgating.

    Will you be tackling Ina’s Ultimate Grilled Cheese? Let’s discuss!

    Musings: Mixed Berry Cheesecake (Post by Aug. 31)

    Doesn’t Mixed Berry Cheesecake sound like the perfect summer-to-fall transitional dessert? Maybe after we make it, the weather will take a hint.

    Will you be making any substitutions or using a homemade jelly or berries you picked yourself? Go ahead, make the rest of us jealous.

    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!

    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?

    Musings: Scalloped Tomatoes

    Here’s our other June recipe, Ina’s Scalloped Tomatoes, from the “Farm Stand Food” episode. Sounds like the perfect side to celebrate the first days of summer!

    The discussion is open!

    Musings: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

    Since we’re honoring the lazy days of summer, you have all month to make and post Ina’s Sour Cream Coffee Cake.

    Will you be making it for a special occasion, like Father’s Day breakfast? Are you going to try to lighten up the recipe or change the flavor?

    Spill!