Oh my fellow humans! These Poolside Cosmos are gooooooooooood. I made them at my cousin’s house. We were out in her backyard swimming, so I put them over ice in plastic wine glasses rather than fancy martini glasses. Read more
We haven’t made drinks in awhile. Don’t get me wrong, we have been drinking but it’s been wine and vodka sodas. So this weekend Felicia and I juiced some lemons, bought some limoncello and made a pitcher of Contessa Garten’s (Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa) Limoncello Vodka Collins. I also made some roasted nuts but they were kind of gross so they are in the picture but don’t bother with them. Read more
Bruschetta is bread rubbed with garlic and oil and then grilled. It doesn’t have to have chopped tomatoes on it. I did not know that. The version I made of Contessa Garten’s Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta is a little altered. I made a plainer tomato bruschetta. I completely forgot to buy the cheese which didn’t matter since I don’t own a food processor so I wasn’t going to be able to whip it up anyway. And I refuse to put cheese in my blender. Read more
This week is Contessa Garten’s Grilled lemon chicken skewers with satay dip. I don’t own a bbq so I couldn’t grill the chicken for this recipe. I have a Cuisinart indoor grill thing that I used instead and it worked great. And I didn’t have to work with open flames so that was good. It’s summer and sweltering so I don’t understand why people want to go outside and stand over smoking hot coals to cook food. That seems something to do in Spring and Fall when it is cooler and the bbq could warm you up.
Originally, I was going to make a turkey meatloaf to go with the homemade mashed potatoes and gravy. There were a few reasons why I didn’t. One, my younger son developed a horrible cold that lasted a week and a half and I never had time to go shopping for all the ingredients and make the entire meal. Two, I already have a turkey meatloaf recipe I like. I think meatloaf is a lot like love in that there is no accounting for taste. What one person adores another will think is a sociopathic jerk. Three, I wanted to make the mashed potatoes and gravy for a very personal reason so I kept that portion of the challenge and let the meatloaf portion go. Four, Contessa Garten’s version of meatloaf calls for 5 pounds of meat. It would take my little family weeks to eat that much. All that being said, we will include her recipe for meatloaf since it looks delicious and maybe you are both in need of a meatloaf recipe and you have a large group of humans that need feeding.
I’m an even less enthusiastic cook than Aileen, but for some reason, I love watching cooking shows. I find them soothing and have learned a great deal about basic cooking techniques. As a result, my cooking has gone from dreadful to slightly above mediocre. Hooray! This Katie Couric interview with Barefoot Contessa is a great place to start in getting to know one of America’s friendliest celebrity chefs.
Ina Garten has always been one of my favorite TV chefs to watch. She’s friendly and poised and her recipes are always simple, but elegant. Much like Aileen, when I want to make a dish to impress, I always turn to Ina and she never disappoints. Read more