• Rolling Up Our Sleeves with Barefoot Contessa

    We're an [extra]ordinary group of cookers and bakers with a love of all things Ina. We'll be blogging through the recipes in How Easy Is That? as a group posting about them on each Thursday of every month.
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    Barefoot Bloggers Is No Longer Active

    Unfortunately, this is no longer an active group.   Thank you all for your participation since the group’s inception in May 2008.


    How Easy is That?: Giveaway Winners!

    The winners of the How Easy is That? giveaway are Tonya (#8), booksncooks (#11), and Melissa (#22)!  Congrats ladies!!  Please email me your address (barefootbloggers @ gmail dot com) as soon as you have a chance.  The books will be shipped directly from the publisher within a few days.

    And the winner is…

    The winner of the boxed set of 3 classic Barefoot Contessa cookbooks is…

    Ami of From the Bookshelf !! (commenter #5)


    This set will be released on November 30, 2010 – right in time for the holidays!

    Don’t forget that How Easy is That? will be released on October 26th!!



    And the winners are…

    Congrats to #19 (Tara of Sunflower Living) and #16 (Gwenn of Cooking in Pajamas) on the comment list!! Ladies, please take a minute to email me (barefootbloggers @ gmail dot com) your mailing address and I will drop your recipe journals in the mail this weekend.


    Here is what Tara and Gwenn had to say about the questions I asked last week:

    If you could spend a day with Ina Garten, what one question are you dying to ask her?

    Tara: “For my question, I don’t think I have a particular one. Just some chit-chat with lots of questions that would pop into my head about her recipes, travels, career experiences, etc.”

    Gwenn:  “What is your favorite restaurant food, that you dislike making for yourself because it is too labor intensive, or you just can’t get it as good as their version? Also, what is your favorite New York restaurant?”

    How would you want to spend the day?

    Tara: “I would love to spend the day visiting some of the fun shops she features on her show and meeting some of the regulars that visit her kitchen.”

    Gwenn: “I would love to spend the day touring her gardens, her kitchen and her favorite spots in the Hamptons (Ina’s insider tour of the Hamptons).”

    What would you request to make with her?

    Tara: “I would love to cook a simple, picnic meal with her to take to the beach. Perfection.”

    Gwenn: “I cannot even begin to imagine what I would want to cook with her. One of her amazing soups, or her Outrageous Brownies or rugelach. I’d also love to help her test a new recipe, or teach her one of my recipes!”


    April Recipe Choices + a Giveaway!

    Spring is springing!!  Take advantage of these two ‘fabulous’ Ina recipes to add to your cookie repertoire and let us know what you think in the Musings posts or on the group’s Facebook page.

    In addition to being excited about two cookie recipes this month, I’m totally stoked about announcing our first giveaway!  Random House, Inc.,  the publishing company of Ina’s cookbooks has offered up two copies of The Barefoot Contessa Recipe Journal which is set to be released on April 6th.  This giveaway is open to members of Barefoot Bloggers who are on the blogroll as of April 1st.  In order to enter your name, please leave a comment on this post answering the following questions:

    “If you could spend a day with Ina Garten, what one question are you dying to ask her?  How would you want to spend the day? What would you request to make with her?”

    Post your comment by 5pm Eastern on Tuesday April 6th.  The winners will be announced here on the blog on Thursday April 8th.


    Leslie of Lethally Delicious

    has chosen Raisin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies

    which can be found in Back to Basics on page 214

    and should be posted on Thursday April 8th.


    Cassandra of Foodie with Little Thyme

    has chosen Jam Thumbprint Cookies

    which can be found in Barefoot Contessa Family Style on page 208

    and should be posted on Thursday April 22nd.


    Don’t forget to enter the giveaway with your comment by 5pm Eastern on Tuesday April 6th!

    Quick Update!

    I’m still waiting to hear back on the recipe choice of one of September’s recipe choosers and it doesn’t help that gmail has been down for a while this afternoon!  Please be patient…the new recipes will be posted soon!!

    Musings: Gazpacho

    Here’s another recipe from “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.” So, how do you feel about Gazpacho? Is this a new soup for you? Making any changes to Ina’s recipe? The posting date is Thursday, June 25.