What’s Cooking? – THe Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Ok, so I’m a few minutes late getting this out but I have a great excuse, I was cooking up a storm for this awesome cookbook.  Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) has created a book filled with delicious and easy to make recipes. 

So what did I make you ask?  For breakfast I made her homemade granola.  I am a huge fan of yogurt and granola and this one does not disappoint.  Filled with sweet oats, crunchy nuts and tons of dried fruit this granola recipe is easy and delicious.  The only thing I would probably change is to leave the chopped dried fruit in a separate container to add to the granola upon eating so that the oats do not get stale from the moisture in the fruit.  This recipe is so delicious I think I ate 1/3 of it before it cooled.  This makes a ton of granola so you can think of other ways to use it then just for yogurt.  A few suggestions are put some in plastic bags to share with your friends, I love to add a scoop of granola to pancake batter, sprinkle some over baked apples.  So many options!

Next up on the menu was the rosemary white bean soup.  Now that the weather has turned chilly (I’m from Florida so I’m down right freezing about now) it is time to break out the soup recipes.  This one was easy, nourishing and delicious.  The description appealed to me because Ina says “it always reminds me of Tuscany”.  Having been there a few years ago I wanted to relive the memories through the scent and taste of this soup and it did not disappoint.  Served with some rustic bread (see my post 2 weeks ago) and a simple salad this meal makes a great lunch or light dinner.

To round out the day I made Indonesian ginger chicken.  Ina claims that if she doesn’t have this on hand in her store that Lauren Bacall gets cranky.  This is one of the simplest and most delicious baked chicken recipes I have made.  Combine honey, soy sauce, garlic and fresh ginger in a bag along with your chicken and marinate over night (I can never plan that far ahead so it still worked marinating for 4 hours).  When you are ready to cook just pop it into the oven and you are done.  My whole family at it, no complaints!

There are so many other wonderful recipes in this book I cannot recommend it enough.  In addition to the simple recipes to create meals for your family it offers great suggestions for creating party platters if you are hosting an event. 

Stop by the Bookshop and pick up a copy today!