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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: 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: 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: Popovers

    For this month’s second recipe, we’re tackling the Barefoot Contessa’s Popovers!

    Make them for breakfast. Snack on one with your afternoon tea. Or serve them with this month’s other recipe: Ina’s East Hampton Clam Chowder.

    We’ll be posting our popovers on Thursday, Oct. 28.

    So, have you baked popovers before? Will you be adding anything special, like pumpkin spices or herbs?

    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: 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!

    Musings: Caesar Club Sandwich

    Did you see Ina make this sandwich a few weeks ago? It looked like a “wow.” Definitely not the same old chicken sandwich.

    We’ll start posting our versions on Thursday, March 25.

    So, what did you think of it? Are you making any substitutions? Going whole hog with the anchovy paste?

    Let’s hear it!

    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!

    Musings: Baked Shrimp Scampi

    Another shrimp recipe! Will you be making any changes or substitutions? Have you tried this recipe before?

    We’ll start posting Ina’s Baked Shrimp Scampi on Thursday, Feb. 25. If you click the “Baked Shrimp Scampi” link, you’ll find a video of Ina making the recipe.

    So, will the scampi go into your regular rotation, or was it strictly a one-time engagement?

    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!

    Musings: Shrimp Bisque

    It’s soup season! How does Ina’s Shrimp Bisque compare with your family favorites? Did you make any changes to the recipe? We’ll be posting the soup on Thursday, Jan. 28.