What the Barefoot Contessa 'fessed up

What the Barefoot Contessa 'fessed up
Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa


I just picked up Ina Garten’s book “Barefoot Contessa, How Easy Is That?”  In case you don’t know Garten, she is a cookbook author and host of the popular TV show “Barefoot Contessa” on Food Network.

Garten, otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa, uses the phrase “How easy is that?” a lot on the show and always makes the most scrumptious looking dishes, never scrimping on the fattening stuff.  Sure, she throws in healthier ingredients–fresh veggies and fruit and olive olive, but she’s not afraid to pile on the butter, cream and sugar if that’s what it takes to make a dish taste fabulous.

I like to work on my elliptical trainer while I watch her show. But that’s me.

Just how easy is it for the Barefoot Contessa? Easier than I ever dreamed. Although she gives out some fairly simple dessert recipes in her book,  the Barefoot one also admits that she uses mixes.

Holy smokes,  B.C. uses mixes!? I thought this was really HUGE news until I realized she has her own line of baking mixes. They’re pretty pricey too –most run between $10-12 each at Crate & Barrel.

Still, I’m dying to try her Outrageous Brownie mix. If they bake up half as good as  her scratch-recipe brownies, the mix will be worth it. And I do have to give her kudos for not specifically hawking her own brand–just alluding to it–in the book.  B.C. is too cool for that.

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