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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: 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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    Musings: Croissant Bread Pudding

    Wow, this looks like one rich, decadent dessert! Did you substitute the croissants for a different type of bread or make other changes? We’ll start posting this one Thursday, December 10.

    P.S. If you follow this link to Ina’s recipe, you’ll find a video of her preparing the Croissant Bread Pudding.

    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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    Musings: Caramelized Butternut Squash (A Week with the Barefoot Contessa BRC)

    Butternut squash has taken over the Internet this fall! What did you think of this caramelized version? Any issues?

    Musings: Cheddar Corn Chowder

    Fall is here, and that means soup. What did you think of Ina’s chowder? Did you make any changes or substitutions? Any issues? We’re posting this one Thursday, Oct. 8.

    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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    Musings: Curried Couscous

    It’s time to talk Curried Couscous, our recipe for Thursday, June 11.  How do you feel about curry? Are you serving this as a main dish or side? Post your questions, suggestions and substitutions here!

    Musings: Outrageous Brownies

    The second group recipe for May is Ina’s Outrageous Brownies, which we’ll be posting Thursday, May 28. Have you tried these before? Will you be making substitutions for Ina’s add-ins? Have at it!

    May Recipes

    I thought I posted this on Friday, May 1st but apparently it never posted!!!

    Happy May everyone!!! Can you believe that this month marks the 1 year anniversary of Barefoot Bloggers?!  Before I get to the good stuff (the recipes!), I just wanted to thank each and every one of you for the fabulous jobs you do keeping up with the monthly challenges.  I truly think Ina would be so proud of the justice you’ve all done to her recipes!

    To that end, I’d like to do a little round-up of your favorite BB recipes from the past year.  So…send me a photo and blog link of your favorite (just one!) and I’ll combine them into one cohesive  post here.  Please send your entry by midnight (wherever you are) on Tuesday, May 5th.

    [Update: Submit your favorite recipe by midnight (your time) on Wednesday, May 6th.]

    And now onto the recipes!!

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    Kate of Warm Olives and Cool Cocktails

    has chosen Tuna Salad

    and should be posted on Thursday May 14th.

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    Eva of I’m Boring

    has chosen Outrageous Brownies (add-ins are ok!!!)

    which can be found in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook on page 172

    and should be posted on Thursday May 28th.

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    Barefoot on a Budget Challenge!

    May’s BoaB Challenge is

    Bruschetta with Sautéed Sweet Pepper and Creamy Gorgonzola

    which should be posted by Sunday, May 31st.

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