Barefoot In Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make At Home by Ina Garten

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  • Salmon with lentils

    • jaelsne on August 17, 2010

      Delicious.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      The lentils needed an extra 1/2 cup water and simmered 30 minutes, but could have used 10 minutes more to get extra tender. I left the skin on the salmon while cooking, so it was easy to remove afterwards (or let people eat the crispy skin). I preferred to cook the salmon medium rather than rare. The fish needed extra seasoning, but otherwise this dish was great.

    • Skamper on February 04, 2018

      Love this recipe. There are 2 of us so I make a full batch of lentils and freeze half.

  • Lentil sausage soup

    • Laura on March 15, 2015

      Pg. 90. This recipe is the same as the lentil vegetable soup that Ina has in her 'Barefoot Contessa Cookbook,' except with the addition of sausage. I liked it fine, but didn't think it was anything special. I might have liked it more had I used the kielbasa that the recipe calls for because that would have probably added a smoky accent. As it happened, I had chicken 'bratwurst' sausages on hand, so used them. They really didn't add anything taste-wise.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      Good basic recipe. I didn't soak the lentils first and the soup turned out fine. Very tasty.

  • Cheese straws

    • vickster on September 24, 2012

      A simple and irresistible appetizer.

    • Delys77 on April 29, 2013

      Pg. 30 made the pesto variation and it went over very well. They came out very nicely, but I did have to cook a bit longer than suggested, probably another 2 minutes on the first side and another minute or so on the second side. Be careful not to salt too heavily as the pesto is quite savoury. Nice and easy appie or party food.

    • dmass on December 25, 2018

      Always a hit and simple to make. Delicious!

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      The pastry was tricky to twist because it must be warm enough to roll, but not too warm to twist neatly. They baked up fine even though they were ugly before baking. I assembled them a day ahead and chilled them overnight before baking, which worked well. They were quite good, but best when fresh.

  • Sautéed wild mushrooms

    • PennyG on June 16, 2017

      I make this often - especially nice as a side dish to a great steak!

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I used cremini and shiitake mushrooms and reduced the oil and butter by 1/3. Very good, even without the parsley.

  • Moroccan couscous

    • kari500 on February 20, 2017

      Delicious, and good for getting both your carb and veg in the same dish. If you roast the vegetables the day before while doing something else, this comes together very quickly.

    • austin.brandon on August 24, 2011

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/moroccan-couscous-recipe/index.html

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      Delicious side wish combo of starch and veggies. The roasting took close to 45 minutes but the dish came together very easily.

    • swegener on February 08, 2015

      This was delicious--I used a homemade vegetable broth that had a lot of flavor, and a few extra vegetables. It did make a lot of couscous.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I served this with the chicken with 40 cloves of garlic, which was good, but lamb would probably be even better. It was relatively quick and easy to make, although the vegetables took about 45 minutes to roast (my pieces may have been larger).

    • Skamper on April 12, 2020

      Made a half batch, which was enough for 2 meals for the 2 of us. Didn't have butternut squash so added a little extra zucchini. Probably used a bit more than half of the cumin, because I like it.

  • Endive, pear and Roquefort salad

    • Julia on June 16, 2011

      Easy and delish! Nice presentation.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      Great! Classic flavor combination. I made 1/2 the salad (6 endives) with 1/3 vinaigrette, which was just right. I tossed the endives and pears with dressing and sprinkled cheese and walnuts on top.

  • Beef stew with red wine (Boeuf Bourguignon)

    • Aggie92 on March 29, 2013

      This is essentially the same recipe as Julia Child's with a lot fewer steps. The end result was a delicious, rich stew that would be a perfect meal for a dinner party.

    • Delys77 on September 19, 2012

      Ina has all the components right here, and as per usual she has a few smart shortcuts that yield a very nice result. The only reason I didn't give this one a 5 is because the meat was a bit tough and I suspect this might have to do with the shorter cooking time. I did use pre cubed stewing beef and perhaps that was it. Either way, it is a very flavourful recipe that is a bit quicker than some bourguignon recipes, so I might try it with the recommended chuck and see if that helps.

    • dmass on October 10, 2014

      This is delicious and as Ina states even better the next day. A favorite that my family and friends request regularly.

    • dmass on December 25, 2018

      Delicious and easy. A great make ahead for dinner parties. My friends request it at least once a year.

    • lhkelsey on November 24, 2013

      The best! I cooked it in the oven at 300 for 30 minutes then 275 . 250 was not hot enough. It is perfect!

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      I made it ahead without adding pearl onions and mushrooms, but had to freeze it, then reheat before adding those. I used pre-cubed "beef stew", which was probably a mistake. The cooking time was not long enough; it needed at least 45 minutes longer. I think chuck would have needed extra time also. My meat was somewhat dry and stringy (that "pre-cut beef stew"). Overall, the flavor was very good.

  • Cauliflower gratin

    • adrienneyoung on August 29, 2016

      Came together very easily. That said, I think I prefer a good English cauliflower cheese.

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      She is right that the cheese béchamel really turns this dish into a treat. The presentation is only so so because of the extensive white.

    • dmass on March 16, 2015

      This is very tasty. The non cauliflower lovers or should I say picky eaters in my family really like this.

    • dmass on December 25, 2018

      Very tasty! Liked even by vegetable wary children.

    • julesamomof2 on August 19, 2017

      This, and her spinach gratin, has made an appearance at my Christmas table for many, many years. Can be made the day before and popped in the oven. I make this exactly once a year. It is very rich, but perfect for the occasion.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      This is my husband's favorite way to eat cauliflower. It's super decadent and even good reheated the next day.

  • Goat cheese tart

    • MVitek on June 03, 2011

      Very good filling but use the Once Upon a Tart savory tart crust recipe for the pastry.

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I cheated and used frozen pie dough, which baked for 30 minutes covered with foil, then 5 minutes uncovered. In a 10" tart pan, there was plenty of room for the filling, which baked in 30 minutes. The tart was good, but very rich. The filling could have used a bit more flavor - perhaps more shallots and herbs.

  • Plum raspberry crumble

    • austin.brandon on September 07, 2011

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/plum-raspberry-crumble-recipe/index.html

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I used black plums and extra raspberries. I made 3/4 of the topping, which was just the right amount (made topping 1 day ahead). Quite good! Not too sweet (my berries were kind of tart) - great with vanilla ice cream. Just the right juiciness of fruit and crispness of topping.

  • Herbed new potatoes

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      Great little potatoes were essentially no work and made a perfect side dish.

    • anya_sf on August 09, 2018

      I love to make this with a mixture of potatoes (red, gold, purple). If some potatoes are larger, cut them in half. Any fresh herb or mixture works well, even if you just one one (like parsley). Really delicious.

  • French string beans (haricots verts)

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      Good flavour and super simple. You can cut the onions and peppers to large dice as the roasting will make them manageable

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      Very tasty. If the beans are extra thin, they don't need to blanch as long. This dish is easier if the beans are blanched at the last minute, then tossed with the roasted vegetables.

  • Potato celery root purée

    • Delys77 on September 19, 2012

      I love the combination of potato and celery root, it just screams fall to me. In the past I have made Dorie's version, which is very similar except that she recommends you puree the whole batch in the food processor. While this is expedient, the result is slightly gummy potato. Ina's approach of ricing the potato and pureeing the celery root separately then combining is a much better way to go. Fabulous side!

    • Analyze on March 25, 2017

      The first time I made this, maybe 5 years ago, we thought that it was really good. Over then, we've kinda both developed an aversion to celery root. This has a nice texture and tastes strongly of celery. If that sounds good to you, I'd definitely recommend it.

    • MKinLA on February 22, 2013

      Really delicious side, excellent, lightly and almost herbal alternative to mashed potatoes. Ricing the potatoes definitely the way to go, and I pureed the celery root in the Vitamix, so they were silky smooth (good enough to be a side on their own, though slightly less complex from a flavor profile).

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I made this ahead, so I added all the milk, which was a bit much. I added salt to taste. Lowfat milk was fine. Overall, this was good. Next time I'd add less milk so it's thicker, but otherwise the texture was nice - smooth, not gluey.

    • Skamper on December 13, 2018

      This was a delicious side to mustard chicken. Kind of a lot of dishes to do, though.

  • Eggplant gratin

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      This was very tasty, sort of provencal with a creamy edge. I would increase the tomato a little and decrease the custard a little.

    • chawkins on August 12, 2020

      Relatively quick and easy dish. Tasted like a lasagne but a lot lighter. I did not pan-fry the eggplant slices, I just brushed them with oil and broiled them until they took on some color.

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I only had 1 pound of eggplant, but I didn't reduce the other ingredients. I'd expected the ricotta mixture to be layered and might try that next time. Overall, it was good, but definitely could have used the full amount of eggplant. Two of us finished the whole thing as a main course for dinner.

  • Salad with warm goat cheese

    • Delys77 on October 31, 2011

      The croutons are just the right blend of richness and tang

    • lhkelsey on December 08, 2013

      This was a great salad. The dressing was yummy and the goat cheese was perfect.

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      The vinaigrette was really great, nicely balanced. I've made it both with egg yolk, and substituting mayonnaise for the yolk. Goat cheese is great, but brie is also nice here.

  • Fennel salad

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      The flavour was a bit flat so you added bit of white wine vinegar. Over all just so so

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      This was OK, but not a favorite. While I do prefer cooked fennel to raw and appreciate that the fennel was sauteed, I'd rather just eat roasted fennel.

  • Zucchini vichyssoise

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      Good simple soup but don't freeze as it has way too much potato

    • anya_sf on February 22, 2020

      I made the soup a day ahead and chilled it before pureeing. I accidentally simmered it for an hour, so had to add a whole extra quart of chicken broth. Pureed in a blender instead of a food mill, it turned out a bit gluey, but with extra broth the texture was okay. Next time I would peel the potatoes first for ease and maybe use russet potatoes. The flavor was good warm or cold.

  • Winter squash soup (soupe au potiron)

    • Delys77 on November 06, 2012

      Pg. 82. A bit different from your average butternut squash soup as it includes a fair amount of pumpkin, something I have never put in soup. Overall the pumpkin adds a slightly different nuance, and is generally good. The croutons are always a nice touch. Overall a good soup that was healthy, a little different, and came together easily. Not extremely exciting but solid.

    • anya_sf on February 22, 2020

      My squash weighed 3 lbs, but I used the whole thing, so the soup ended up quite starchy and very thick, but that was okay. The flavor was rather bland, so I added a bit of sherry. Pureeing it in a food processor worked well. Served with sour cream and grated cheese, the soup was quite good.

  • Zucchini gratin

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      The flavour of this was great, with a nice oniony bite and delicious zucchini that retain some texture. You pureed the onion to please Jinny so it wasn't too chunky, which impacted the texture a bit. Don't do this in future.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      Half the butter was enough, and lowfat milk worked here. The zucchini needed 15-20 minutes to cook. This was a satisfying dish and tasted rich even with less fat.

  • Roasted beets

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      This was great, nice tang to cut the sweetness of the beets. The orange and thyme were a great touch, and the roating actually gave a nice crunch. I ended up roasting for closer to 50 minutes. Spencer isn't a big fan of beets so this wasn't a huge hit for him.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I used a combination of red and chioggia beets. The chioggias got gray in places during roasting - not sure why - so they weren't pretty, but tasted fine. The flavors were good, nicely balanced.

  • Brussels sprouts lardons

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      Simple but if you like brussel sprouts you will love this. Crank the heat at end to finalize the caramelization.

    • Analyze on February 09, 2017

      We love this recipe. First time I made it for friends and they really loved it. About five years later, made it again and it was great. The pancetta and golden raisins are particularly delicious. I like Delys77's idea to finalize the caramelization (though the original recipe is delicious too).

    • pistachiopeas on October 13, 2015

      I think the raisins are superfluous here and I'd leave them out next time.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      We love these Brussels sprouts. I'm on the fence about the raisins, but they were better than expected.

  • Roast lamb with white beans

    • Delys77 on February 02, 2015

      Pg. 130 This is very easy and very delicious. The white beans really stand out for their flavour, textures, and how well they compliment the lamb. I thought the amount of herbs would interfere with the mellow flavour of the beans, but they complimented them perfectly. I used dried navy beans and they worked just fine but took a bit longer to cook than suggested (about an hour). Lamb wise I found my 2 kg lamb was a bit overdone at the 1h15 mark. I would probably start checking at 45 minutes and assume a good 15% degrees of carry over cooking (ie. pull it at no more than 115 degrees). Eventhough it was a touch overdone it was just delicious. I also removed most of the fat cap and I don't think the lamb was dry at all. That said, I did brush the top with about 1.5 tb of oil. You could also up the number of carrots to surround the roast with.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      My lamb was only 2.2 pounds. I checked it after 1 hour, but it was already overdone. It was still pretty good, but there was not as much garlic and rosemary flavor as I'd hoped, and too much mustard. I made half the beans; they needed extra stock and about 20 minutes longer to cook, but were delicious in the end. The carrots weren't good; they should be rubbed with oil and seasoned a bit, plus they weren't fully tender and there weren't enough of them.

  • Asparagus with hollandaise

    • Delys77 on June 03, 2012

      Pg 144 This version of hollandaise is much simpler and stays emulsified perfectly. I would suggest cutting the salt a little bit and doubling the lemon juice. You can fiddle with it to taste of course. The technique makes this a real winner.

    • missyvanee on March 19, 2013

      I used 1 tsp salt and it was still a bit too much.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      This was so easy! The hollandaise sauce sat for 30 minutes with no problem. Delicious!

  • Loin of pork with green peppercorns

    • Delys77 on October 26, 2011

      Absolutely fabulous sauce and a delicious and simple roast. Quite an easy dish to put together also. You might want to go a tiny bit lighter on the salt in the sauce.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      My pork roast was 4.5 lbs but only had 5 bones (= 5 super-thick chops). It roasted for 1 hour 20 minutes; the thermometer did not consistently read 140 degrees (I guess due to the bones), but it turned out to be perfectly cooked. The rub was very flavorful. The sauce was really good too, but ugly due to the fond, so I strained it before adding peppercorns. I'd definitely make this again.

  • Filet of beef au poivre

    • Delys77 on February 15, 2013

      This was pretty good but not up to Ina's usual standard. The sauce has a nice flavour but it is a bit one note as it is a bit lacking in acidity. I would add some green peppercorns with a bit of their brine to elevate the flavour profile a little. Otherwise this was just ok.

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe and the sauce reduced more quickly. The sauce was good, although not quite as good as some versions I've had. Still, this was simple to make and delicious.

  • Green salad vinaigrette

    • Delys77 on May 14, 2012

      Pg. 102 The major difference between my typical vinaigrette and this recipe is that Ina suggests you add an extra large egg yolk. I did so and I did note that this adds a touch of richness to the vinaigrette which offsets the acidity of the white wine vinegar. I'm not sure however that this added richness is to my taste, I might simply stick to a simpler vinaigrette that excludes the egg.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      This is the same vinaigrette called for in the salad with warm goat cheese. The egg yolk and garlic really boosted the flavor vs. a traditional vinaigrette.

  • Chicken with forty cloves of garlic

    • Delys77 on May 24, 2012

      Pg 113 The key thing with this dish is to make sure you brown your chicken well and that you season both the sauce and the chicken aggressively. Also I would suggest halving the cloves and sautéing a little longer, or perhaps use organic garlic because there was a touch of bitterness this time around. On the whole this recipe yields a very flavorful dish with excellent gravy and juicy chicken.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      Very tasty. The garlic got so soft that it mostly melted into the sauce. I cooked the chicken for closer to 1 hour and it was falling off the bone. This would be best with thighs.

  • Croque monsieur

    • Analyze on March 25, 2017

      This is an interesting recipe; on the one hand, we didn't think that it had that much flavor and I couldn't taste the ham, but on the other hand, I accidentally DOUBLED the amount of bread, so that could explain that! It's not a repeat for me, but I just wanted to note that the sauce that you top your sandwich with (and then bake, then broil) is really good and tastes just like the cheesy sauce you'd typically find in a cauliflower gratin or something like that, so if that sounds delicious, you might really enjoy this. I prefer the sauce to stay in my veggie dishes personally, but I could see people really liking this sandwich.

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I just made 2 sandwiches and used whole wheat sandwich bread and Black Forest ham, since that's what I had. Lowfat milk worked for the cheese sauce. The sauce was very thick, but needed to be to stay on the bread. My broiler only took about 30 seconds and the edges that weren't covered in sauce started to burn (the sandwiches were probably too close). Very tasty!

    • luolili on February 17, 2018

      I would not call this a healthy recipe, but it sure is tasty! Husband adores it!

  • Cheese puffs (Gougères)

    • Analyze on February 13, 2017

      My friend highly recommended this recipe, but my husband and I didn't think they had much flavor (even using a really nice strong Gruyere). However, I'm not usually a big fan of pate a choux dough, so maybe that's the bias there.

    • dmass on March 16, 2015

      These are delicious! A little messy to make, but worth it.

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      The cheese leaked while baking, but they still turned out okay. I brought them to a party and a French woman there told me to try them because they were so delicious (she didn't know I'd made them).

  • Homemade chicken stock

    • Analyze on February 09, 2017

      This is a great chicken stock IF you like vegetable stock - I guess it's sort of mid-way between chicken and vegetable broth. The celery, dill, and other herbs do definitely diminish the taste of the chicken. My husband and I much preferred the recipe from the America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook for chicken broth to this one, because I personally want a really strong chicken flavor that's not complicated by other herbs... but to each their own. I could see this recipe being very popular with you if you like more of an herbal/vegetal flavor to your broth.

  • Roast duck

    • Analyze on May 08, 2018

      The duck turned out delicious. However, I wish that Ina would give more specific instructions (I'm so spoiled by Cook's Illustrated!), like what temperature to cook the duck to, or even which direction to face it in the roasting pan. The skin underneath the duck (whichever side you face down) also ended up very flabby, and I'm wondering if there's a cooking method that would give you crisp skin on both sides of the duck. However, it was still yummy!

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      I made 1 duck for 3 people. The recipe was actually pretty easy (I had worried). I had no idea how to carve the bird and ultimately needed to use my hands to pull the meat from the bones. There wasn't much meat on 1 duck. It was pretty tasty and the skin got crispy, but needed extra salt.

  • Raspberry sauce

    • Analyze on June 06, 2017

      We love this sauce. I used Bonne Maman raspberry jam, which is sweeter than Smuckers, and strained it, which required over a jar to get 1 cup of strained jam. Maybe I'll skip the straining next time. The sauce did turn out pretty sweet, so depending on how sweet you like it, you could vary the type of jam that you use or the amount of sugar you add. Anyway, this was delicious with the Coeur a la Creme recipe from this cookbook (though that wasn't a repeat recipe for us), and even better with cheesecake the next time!

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Made 1 day ahead using low-sugar jam with some seeds. I accidentally added the jam to the sugar and berries to simmer, but it still turned out fine. So good!

    • jdjd99 on April 23, 2020

      It’s hard to believe that something so simple can taste so amazing. I didn’t have raspberry liqueur, but added maybe a quarter teaspoon of raspberry extract to ramp up the raspberry flavor, though I’m sure it would’ve been delicious without it.

  • Lemon chicken with croutons

    • LaurenKLauren on January 26, 2014

      I first tried this recipe almost 10 years ago. Since then, it has entered my regular rotation of meals and friends frequently ask me to prepare this chicken for dinner parties. The recipe is quite literally foolproof - and you'll come to know it like the back of your hand. My favorite side dishes for "lemon chicken with croutons" - green salad, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus!

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      I did not make the croutons. The chicken turned out fine, but isn't my favorite recipe. The butter on the skin was unnecessary and made the drippings oily. Onions burned and did not provide enough vertical clearance for the chicken, so the underside took too long to roast - better to use a rack. There were too many lemons for my taste; one would have been enough (we didn't care to eat them).

    • mamabog on May 05, 2020

      A go-to for years. The entire family loves it.

  • Scallops Provençal

    • MKinLA on January 31, 2013

      This is regularly the dinner my partner requests as a "special meal," i.e., birthdays, holiday dinner (we've had it several years running for New Year's Eve), etc. It's not "light cooking" by any stretch of the imagination. You need a *big* pan to make sure you have enough room for the scallops. Ina recommends cutting the scallops in two if you get sea scallops; I don't do this, because then you'd need to do the scallops in batches, which I think is a little much. After taking the scallops out of the pan, I tend to boil down the sauce so it's thicker.

    • stef on November 29, 2015

      This is a wonderful quick dish. My husband requests this for a special dinner. Served with thick sliced potatoes microwaved for 3 minutes and then browned in bacon fat. Mushrooms and salad with a white wine. Divine

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I made this initially with rock shrimp and bay scallops, which were too small and hard to coat with flour. They exuded so much liquid that they didn't brown and I had to drain the pan. The shallot was a bit bitter. The wine needed to cook more. Served with rice, it was just OK. I made this dish again using (dry) sea scallops and it turned out great.

  • Caramelized shallots

    • clkandel on December 24, 2017

      Delicious and easy to make.

    • mreils on December 26, 2019

      These are excellent. Easy. Can be made ahead and always a winner. I served with filets.

    • averythingcooks on July 22, 2019

      If a prime rib roast is on my menu ( ie big holiday dinners) then you can be sure these shallots are also on my table and they are always devoured. They are just delicious!

    • anya_sf on December 26, 2019

      So delicious! I probably blanched them a bit long (to aid in peeling them), which helped them cook faster in the end.

  • Rosemary cashews

    • dmass on December 25, 2018

      These are delicious and get gobbled up fast! I accidently put the topping on before I warmed the cashews in the oven - still turned out great.

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      This is my favorite way to serve nuts. The Union Square Cafe recipe calls for mixed nuts; either way they are delicious. Addictive!

  • Chicken with morels

    • stockholm28 on May 13, 2016

      Creme fraiche is missing from the ingredient list. The recipe calls for 1 cup creme fraiche and 1 cup cream. I used 2 cups cream and it was fine. I liked this recipe better the second day as the mushroom flavor was more pronounced and the madeira had mellowed. I used fresh morels rather than dried.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      Delicious! There was enough sauce for 8 chicken breasts. My breasts were large and thick, so they took 25 minutes to bake, but were still plenty moist due to the sauce. I added some mushroom soaking liquid to the sauce with the Madeira. I didn't bother clarifying the butter.

  • Blue cheese soufflé

    • stef on November 04, 2018

      We love this souffle. Baguette and white wine. Heaven

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I didn't have a 2 quart souffle dish, so I used a 2 quart square casserole with 2 1/2" sides. I substituted Stilton for Roquefort. Delicious!

  • Warm mushroom salad

    • stef on June 19, 2016

      Made it following recipe exactly. Delicious lunch with baguette and white wine.

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      I tossed the arugula and mushrooms together with the dressing and sun-dried tomatoes, then sliced prosciutto into strips and sprinkled those on top with the shaved parmesan. I used basil instead of parsley. Very tasty!

  • Crème brûlée

    • stef on March 27, 2016

      Sorry, its from baking from my home to yours

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe using 3 yolks, to serve 3. The surface bubbled a bit, so maybe they got too hot (oven temp may have been off), but they turned out great anyway. Delicious.

  • Garlic mashed potatoes

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      The food mill was a pain to use and took forever. It was good for the garlic and the texture was super smooth, but the potatoes were already very soft. I would use a ricer for the potatoes. There was so much oil that it seemed like too much; I added half and thought it was plenty. I used half-and-half for the dairy. Very good!

  • Meringues Chantilly

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I made the meringues 2 days ahead. After 2 hours in the oven, they were not crisp yet, so they baked another 30 minutes. They got a bit brown, but tasted fine. I used a combination of strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries, which served more than the recipe states. I'd feared this dessert would be too sweet, but it was very good.

  • Coeur à la crème with raspberries

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe (serving 4) using a 7" heart-shaped mold and the filling barely fit - I can't imagine how the full recipe would possibly fit. Neufchatel cheese worked fine. It was like soft, creamy cheesecake - delicious with the sauce and berries.

  • Pear clafouti

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Really good! My pears were pretty firm but still turned out nice and tender. The filling took about 50 minutes to set. This could probably be made with half-and-half instead of heavy cream.

  • Île flottante

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe. The caramel hardened very quickly and was difficult to mix with the almonds. There was more praline and caramel than needed. Meringues were huge - only needed 1 per person so there were extras (1/2 recipe made 6). They did not stay crisp and were sticky. The caramel had hardened and had to be reheated; it was sticky and hard to eat. Flavor was good, but I'd use a different recipe next time.

  • Lemon meringue tart

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Despite careful handling, the crust shrank a lot. Using Meyer lemons, the filling was fantastic but runny. The tart didn't slice neatly or keep well, but the flavor was really good.

  • Profiteroles

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made the puffs ahead and froze them. The pate a choux was a bit thin and hard to pipe (spread a lot). I only got 15 puffs. They mostly baked up okay though. Some browned a bit much and about half deflated in the final 10 minutes, but they all worked for profiteroles since those get filled. Sauce was easy and delicious; I just used low heat rather than a double boiler. There was extra sauce. Overall, really yummy. Great for entertaining.

  • Brownie tart

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      The top started to brown too much before it puffed (perhaps oven was too hot), but the center was still fudgy. The flavor was delicious. The appearance was not so great, as the top cracked a lot upon cutting, but if you topped it with ice cream, who would care?

  • Pain perdu

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      We ate this for breakfast and it was not too sweet. I made 5 slices of brioche and 7 slices of whole wheat sandwich bread (probably 1/2" thick); both worked well. I forgot to get almonds, but am sure this would be good with them. We topped the French toast with strawberries and maple syrup. Good, perfect texture. Cooking in a cast iron pan worked well.

  • Peaches in Sauternes

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Made 1 day ahead using white peaches, peeled with a serrated peeler. The peaches were just so-so. Maybe my Sauternes wasn't sweet enough? I would add more sugar next time. The perfume was amazing though.

  • Coconut madeleines

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I just have a mini madeleine tin, which I used at first, but overfilled the shells, so they did not look very pretty. However, they tasted delicious straight from the oven. I also tried barquette molds, which browned more and weren't quite as tender (maybe I overbaked them). Easy to make once you prepare the molds.

  • Strawberry tarts

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made the dough 1 day ahead and made a 9" tart rather than tartlets. I omitted the pistachios. Cutting the larger tart was messy because the pastry cream wasn't that thick, so I might do tartlets next time. The tart was delicious. This was a smart way to cut the berries, as more fit than if the berries were left whole.

  • Chocolate truffles

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I substituted Mandarine Napoleon for Grand Marnier and used Valrhona and Ghirardelli chocolates. The chocolate took about 1 hour 15 minutes to chill before it was scoopable (I used a scoop, not spoons). I wasn't sure if I should chill the truffles between rolling in cocoa and powdered sugar; I did, but the sugar did not stick easily. We ate some after about 6 hours of chilling. They tasted amazing with a deep chocolate flavor.

  • Pastry cream

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Made 1 day ahead for tarts. Good flavor. Took less time to thicken, but worked well.

    • Kinhawaii on April 16, 2019

      My favorite pastry cream for fruit tarts. I love the cognac & the texture- not too soft or oozy.

  • Plum cake "Tatin"

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Easy and good. Sweet, but not too much so. I would try this with pears as well. Cake had nice flavor and was moist. It took 40 minutes to bake.

  • Chocolate orange mousse

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe as one large mousse, which served 6 because it was so rich. Grand Marnier flavor was a bit strong (better the 2nd day). Although well aerated, the mousse was dense from so much butter and needed lots of whipped cream to balance the texture and intense flavor. I'd make a different recipe next time.

  • Ice cream bombe

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I used store-bought ice cream and sorbet. Just about the full amount fit in my nesting bowls (nesting bowls helped). Softening the ice cream in the refrigerator or countertop might be better, as the microwave can be uneven. The bombe was difficult to unmold, but I managed with only minor damage, which was reparable. Very attractive, nice flavors. Keeps well in the freezer. Raspberry sauce was pretty, but almost too sweet with this; better with tarter sorbets.

  • Elephant ears (Palmiers)

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I made 1/2 recipe but started with the full amount of sugar at first, not realizing how much I'd need, so there was a lot of waste. Easy to roll. 1 sheet made 24 cookies. I should have spread them out more on the pan. Maybe my oven was off, but it took 10 minutes before they looked ready to turn; baked 5 minutes more on the other side to golden brown. They may have overbaked, as they were a bit too crunchy for me, but were pretty tasty anyway.

  • Mango sorbet

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      I used 4 very ripe Manila mangoes, which yielded 2.5 cups puree, and adjusted the other ingredients proportionately. Despite the admonition to make it right before serving, I made it a few hours ahead and the texture was fine. It tasted just like mangoes - the quality clearly depends on the flavor of the mangoes. Not overly sweet. Really good.

  • Crème Anglaise

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Good flavor even without the vanilla bean. The sauce thickened quickly. The method is overly complicated but works.

  • Baba au rhum

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Folding in the currants into the dough was tricky; I wonder if they could be added sooner (although that might affect the rise). The dough rose A LOT, especially while baking. It baked in 25 minutes. I wasn't sure if I should re-use the syrup that dripped onto the pan; I did once but not again. I didn't fill the baba with whipped cream, just served it on the side. There was more cream than needed. The baba was fabulous - people had seconds so it only served 6. Quite sweet. The rum was not harsh at all. Still good 2 days later.

  • Rum syrup

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      Great in the baba au rhum.

  • Whipped cream

    • anya_sf on March 14, 2020

      A bit more than needed for the baba au rhum.

  • Steak with Béarnaise sauce

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      My ribeyes were very large so I had to cook them in batches. I used a cast iron pan. The searing time could have been longer. The bearnaise sauce was super easy to make. I made 1/2 recipe using 2 small egg yolks, which was plenty. The sauce was a bit acidic although I reduced it a lot.

  • Veal chops with Roquefort butter

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      Simple and delicious. I used a gas grill on medium. The chops were fairly large and thick, and 8 minutes per side was perfect. Veal can be bland in its own; the Roquefort butter added a lot. Use plenty of salt on the chops.

  • Vegetable tian

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      Dried thyme worked fine. I added a little more cheese on top, but it was not very cheesy overall. The tian needed some extra salt, but was delicious.

  • Rack of lamb persillade

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      Nice overall. The topping could have browned more and the lamb could have used more salt - maybe add salt to the topping and add the topping sooner next time. The lamb was cooked just right.

  • Roasted striped bass

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I couldn't find striped bass, so I used halibut, which was probably too lean and dry. The sauce was great. I'd make this with just shrimp or just fish. The mussels could easily be skipped.

  • Matchstick potatoes

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I had a hard time maintaining the oil temperature, so one batch turned out soggy. Fortunately, I had extra potatoes. The ones that turned out were absolutely addictive. The only way to eat these is with your fingers (they break with a fork).

  • Tomato rice pilaf

    • anya_sf on March 04, 2020

      I omitted the parsley as I was out. Served with beef stew, which was a good combination. This was tasty, but the rice was mushy. I'd make it again with less broth. The flavors were definitely good. It would also be good with peas.

  • Raspberry Royale

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      Made with Chambord and inexpensive cremant de limoux, I liked this even better than the traditional version.

  • Kir

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      A classic. Best with a crisp white wine, but still good with California chardonnay.

  • Cassis à l'Eau

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      Tasty. Cassis is quite sweet, so the drink wasn't as refreshing as advertised. This makes a big drink; I was fine with half.

  • Blini with smoked salmon

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      The blinis were not difficult except the batter was rather gluey and tricky to portion into tablespoons. I think Ina meant 2 tablespoons though because I got 28 blinis. There was a lot of butter - the blinis were practically swimming in it and there was still extra. We topped them with creme fraiche, then some with smoked salmon, some with caviar. Served them at room temperature. They were very good.

  • Radishes with butter and salt

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I sliced the radishes since the whole ones were rather large and served them with salted Irish butter. They were quite good. My radishes were not too hot, which was good (for me anyway).

  • Potato chips

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I'm probably no good at frying. The first batch was awesome straight from the fryer, but remaining batches were pale and oily even though the temperature was supposedly hot enough. Maybe the oil was old or got too much water in it, even though the potatoes were pretty dry.

  • Pissaladière (Provençal pizza)

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I used instant yeast and substituted bread flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour to see if the crust would end up chewier. It did, but was also harder to roll out. I refrigerated the dough for 4 hours and it rose quite a bit anyway. Kalamata olives worked in place of French black olives. The pissaladiere was quite good and pretty easy to make. I topped the second crust with mozzarella and tomato and that was good too.

  • Scrambled eggs with truffles

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I made 1/3 recipe (6 eggs) for 2 people and the servings were very generous. The eggs had a wonderfully creamy texture. I would not do this often (even without the pricey truffle), though, because it took so long and the bowl was very hard to clean. The truffle flavor was not strong even though the mixture sat for about 2 hours before cooking; the truffles added a nice background note. This was wonderful with brioche toast - I mean, if you're going to splurge on truffles, you might as well use brioche.

  • Mussels in white wine (moules marinières)

    • anya_sf on February 22, 2020

      Very nice flavors. I'm not sure flour is needed to soak farmed mussels, but I used it. A mini food processor worked okay for shallots, great for garlic, but not well for parsley (maybe it was too wet?). The sauce seemed rather boozy, but was very tasty.

  • Seafood platter

    • anya_sf on February 22, 2020

      I scaled this down to serve 2 people for dinner: 6 oysters, 1 crab, 1 lb shrimp (no lobster). Served with a butter lettuce, mandarin orange, and avocado salad on the side, it was quite filling. The sauces were all excellent; I made 1/3 of the mayo and 1/2 of the others and there was a lot left. Easy and festive.

  • Pistou

    • anya_sf on February 22, 2020

      Great in the vegetable soup.

  • Spinach in puff pastry

    • anya_sf on January 26, 2020

      I made half the recipe (shaped long and skinny), but with 16 oz frozen spinach. I prepped it earlier in the day and chilled it before baking; it needed a bit longer to bake through. Absolutely delicious!

  • Provençal vegetable soup (soupe au pistou)

    • anya_sf on February 22, 2020

      My family loved this. I added zucchini and mushrooms and used less broth, although the soup could have used the full amount since the pasta absorbs a lot of liquid. I added salt to taste and used pecorino instead of parmesan. The pistou was fantastic - don't skip it. The soup was easy to make and super yummy.

  • Avocado and grapefruit salad

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      A simple, nice salad. The dressing complemented the avocado and grapefruit well. There was more dressing than needed. The salad was pretty rich and could serve 6.

    • hbakke on June 10, 2020

      The grapefruits I used were very bitter. I initially didn't love this salad, but I think it kind of grew on me the more I had. I don't think I would make it again, but it wasn't terrible. I just don't think I liked the pairing of grapefruit and avocado. The recipe makes quite a bit more dressing than is required in the salad.

  • Seafood stew

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      I altered the proportions to serve 3 generously: full amounts of onion, fennel, potatoes, garlic; 14 oz tomatoes; 30 oz fish stock; 1 c wine; 1 tsp saffron; 12 mussels; 1 lb cod; 1/2 lb shrimp, 3 Tbsp Pernod (oops - a bit too much); 1 tsp orange zest (would reduce next time); added 1 thyme sprig. The stew was quite good and relatively quick to make with prepared stock.

  • Brioche loaves

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      The dough was sticky but scrapable. The shaped loaves needed 3 hours to rise in my cool kitchen. They browned too quickly (my oven may have been off), so I tented them with foil after 20 minutes. The bread was good - light but rich.

  • Celery root rémoulade

    • anya_sf on March 02, 2020

      I used 1.5 lbs celery root, julienned using a mandoline, which wasn't too awful, then tossed with 1.5 Tbsp lemon juice and 1 tsp salt. I only made 1/2 recipe of dressing and it was plenty. Made 1 day ahead. The flavor was excellent.

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  • Rosemary cashews

    • Serious Eats

      Here is a savory cocktail nibble that would satisfy a French host’s needs. These cashews were inspired by the bar nuts served at Union Square Cafe in New York City...

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    • Lottie and Doof

      The results are delicious... the sort of simple recipe that makes us all love our Barefoot Contessa. With the holidays quickly approaching it is a wonderful recipe to have on hand for entertaining.

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  • Matchstick potatoes

    • Lisa Is Cooking

      After tasting them, the time it took to make them and the mess from frying didn’t matter anymore. They were pure, crispy goodness and with truffle oil were beyond words.

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  • ISBN 10 1400049350
  • ISBN 13 9781400049356
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  • Published Oct 26 2004
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Random House USA Inc
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter

Publishers Text

From the South Fork of Long Island to the Left Bank of Paris, Ina Garten has her finger on the pulse of what people really want to eat--and how they like to cook.

In her latest cookbook, Ina reinvents the classics of French cuisine, looking to her favorite spots in Paris to inspire an all-new collection of easy-to-prepare bistro fare you really can make at home. Readers come to her for dishes that are simple to make, look absolutely gorgeous, and have that unmistakable wow! factor that makes the cook a star every time she serves them. The recipes here are no exception: easy, fresh-flavored, and comforting, with that Barefoot Contessa twist that makes them just a bit more special.

Ina simplifies familiar preparations like Soupe au Pistou and Boeuf Bourguignon to make them weeknight fare. Vichyssoise gets a fresh new look with the addition of zucchini, and she adds nuance to a traditional chocolate mousse with the flavor of orange. It's an introduction to French cuisine that is inviting and empowering, not intimidating. With impeccably clear recipes and vivid photographs that make old standards new again, the arrival of Barefoot in Paris is sure to be the cookbook event of the season.



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