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    A Giveaway!! … How Easy Is That?

    Wanna blog along with the Barefoot Bloggers?  Wanna get your hands on one of the hottest new cookbooks?

    Wanna win a copy of Ina Garten’s newest cookbook?!?

    Thanks to the great folks over at Random House and Clarkson Potter, we’re giving away THREE COPIES of How Easy Is That? which is set to release on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.

    Side Note: Make sure you come back to Barefoot Bloggers on Monday October 25th to read about my Q&A with Ina Garten!  November recipes will be posted that day too!


    To Enter:

    Entering this giveaway is simple and you can have up to 2 entries! Here’s what you need to do:

    1. Follow Barefoot Bloggers on Twitter.  Come back here and post your Twitter ID in the comments of this post.

    and then…

    2. Follow Random House on Twitter.  You MUST tweet the following phrase EXACTLY as it appears here and then post your Twitter ID in the comments of this post: @RandomHouse is giving away 3 copies of the #BarefootContessa ‘s new #cookbook on @barefootblogger ! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/2w4ozer


    The Rules:

    Only 2 entries per person.  Entries must be made by Monday October 25, 2010 at 12pm Eastern.  Three winners will be chosen at random and will be announced here Monday afternoon.  Winners will be contacted via email.  If any winner doesn’t reply to this email by Tuesday October 26, 2010 at 9pm Eastern, another winner will be chosen.  Open to U.S. residents only.


    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!


    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.


    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!


    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Parties! on page 189

    and should be posted on October 28th.


    Happy October Barefoot Bloggers!

    Not only does October bring us Ina Garten’s new cookbook, How Easy Is That?, on the 26th, but it also brings a revamped group.  The list has been cleaned up and we’re going forward with some new ideas…

    giveaways, relaxed participation requirements, a group that’s open to non-bloggers, and the biggest one of all…

    We’ll be choosing 4 recipes per month while we work our way through How Easy Is That? from cover to cover starting in November!! [October recipes will be posted by Monday.]  That’s right…one recipe per week, but only if you feel like it.  Of course we’d love for you to keep up with us each week since this is a GREAT book, but sometimes life just doesn’t allow for the time (or calories!) that a weekly recipe requires. Please be sure to read on…

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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!!


    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.


    Are You Twittering?

    Well if you aren’t, give it a shot!  We’re starting a fun new feature here on BB using Twitter and starting tomorrow (Saturday) we’d like to give you the option of Twittering through the new Barefoot Contessa, Back to Basics episodes on FoodNetwork as a group.  The BB blog has been updated with all of the Twitter feeds of current BB members whose email addresses showed up in my search to follow all of you.

    If you’d like to participate and have a Twitter account, Follow barefootblogger (no ‘s’ at the end!!), jump on tomorrow during BC – 1:30pm Eastern/12:30pm Central – and let us hear your real-time thoughts about what Ina’s doing.  It’s a new episode called Easy French and you can find the recipes to be featured here.  If you don’t have a Twitter account and want to join in the fun, go to Twitter and sign up then search for barefootblogger and start to Follow us.

    You’ll see a list of the BB members who the BB blog is following and will be able to see their Twitter updates as they happen.  If you’re not on the list or are new to Twittering, send me (Tara) an email and include your name, blog address, and Twitter RSS feed (this can be found by clicking the RSS link below the people you Follow and then copying and pasting the url on the next page). If you don’t want the BB blog to be following your Tweets, send me an email and let me know – I will remove your feed.

    Edit: I removed the Twitter feeds from the BB blog as they started to clutter it up a bit.  You can Follow the BB blog on Twitter by clicking on the link in the left sidebar.  There, you will find all of the current BB group members who are on Twitter and are being Followed.  If you’re planning to participate in a future BC Twitter Event, it would make sense for you to follow these blogs as well so as to not miss the conversation. Plus, it’s important to Follow ‘hashtags’ so that your Tweets during the Event will be logged and will be accessible to be read in the future.

    So if you’ve got some time tomorrow, join us!!  And if you do, if you wouldn’t mind starting your Barefoot Contessa Tweets with “BB”, that would be fabulous so those who are following the Tweets on the BB blog will know what you’re talking about.  Looking forward to Twittering along with you!!!!