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    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.

    November 2010 Recipes

    Welcome to blogging through How Easy is That? !!!!

    We’re starting at the beginning of the book and working our way through with 4 recipes each month.  You’ll need the book because the recipes will not be posted here (though some may be available on FoodNetwork.com)…so hurry!!

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    Here are November 2010 recipes:

    French Toast Bread Pudding, page 18 (post on 11.4.10)

    Watermelon Mojitos, page 26 (post on 11.11.10)

    Onion and Fennel Soup Gratin, page 57 (post on 11.18.10)

    Roasted Vegetable Frittata, page 90 (post on 11.25.10)

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    Post your recipes on the above posting dates or by the end of the month.  You’ll see Musings posts here for questions or comments AND posts for each recipe so that you can link your post as a comment.

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    Housekeeping: If you’ve requested to be added to the blogroll, hang in there.  I’m adding names as I have time.  As long as you sent an email, consider yourself a Barefoot Blogger.

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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: 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.

    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: Roasted Potato Leek Soup (A Week with the Barefoot Contessa BRC)

    How did this stack up against your favorite potato soup? Did you like the flavor of the roasted vegetables? Have any trouble finding leeks or creme fraiche? Wondering if Ina owns stock in an arugula farm?

    Musings: Chicken Chili (A Week with the Barefoot Contessa BRC)

    So, how does Ina’s chicken chili stack up to others you’ve tasted? Were you tempted to make some changes of your own?

    BRC: A Week with the Barefoot Contessa

    I realize this BRC has been a long-time coming but I think you will be pleased.  Let me explain…

    In August 2008, I challenged myself to cook and post one Ina recipe everyday for a week.  I think I came pretty close to achieving my goal of posting everyday and wanted to repeat this idea this past summer by opening up the invitation to the BB group to join me.  Somehow the summer slipped away though and here we are in the second week of October…not that I really mind though because this season usually yields some of my favorite types of food so choosing these recipes wasn’t all that difficult.

    I’d love for you to join me in this challenge!  Please keep reading for the instructions and recipes…

    1. Choose any or all of the recipes listed below and post about them during the week of November 2 – 6.  You don’t have the make all of the recipes during that week, just post about them. (HINT: schedule your posts early if you are unable to write a post everyday).

    2. There is no set posting day for any of the recipes. The idea is to post one recipe each day (if you plan to make all 5 recipes) but feel free to post multiple recipes on one day if you want to.

    3. I want to do a round-up post here on the blog so after you’ve posted, please send me one photo from each of the recipes you’ve chosen to post about.  In this email, please include your first name, blog address, and the recipes for which you are sending me photos.

    4. If you’re not a member of Barefoot Bloggers but have been hanging around here debating whether or not you want to join, I encourage you to join us for this challenge as well!  I think this will give you a decent idea about what the group is like and will also give you the opportunity to participate in the Musings posts that will go along with each recipe. Consider it a “trial run.” 🙂

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    A Week with the Barefoot Contessa Recipes

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars – Barefoot Contessa at Home, page 170

    Chicken Chili – Barefoot Contessa Parties!, page 232

    Caramelized Butternut Squash – The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, page 151

    French String Beans – Barefoot in Paris, page 160

    Roasted Potato Leek Soup – Back to Basics, page 63

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    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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