This popular new book by one of our favorite cookbook authors sits atop the Detroit Free Press Non-Fiction Best Seller List as well as the Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous New York Times Best Seller List. The book invites readers into the personal history of Ina Garten and her husband Jeffrey and to peruse interesting and accessible recipes for dishes they enjoy eating at home together.

She tells of meeting her future husband as well as such life experiences as taking a chance on a specialty food store in the Hamptons. She writes of camping and other adventures.

She mixes up the recipes, old and new, simple and sophisticated. I can smell the carrots and the earthy mix of bright and spice in her tsimmes. For years I’ve made a different version of this dish and always find it surprising. This Christmas I will make this vegetable version. It is such a beautiful orange what with carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, orange juice, and prunes and spices to balance the citrus.


I can’t wait to prepare Tarragon Shrimp salad, hopefully when I’m in Florida with good fresh local shrimp available. And I’m dreaming of challah with saffron.

Another Florida dream is mixing a batch of French 75’s, my favorite champagne cocktail. We had a big bowl of it for Jerry’s 25th birthday party during our Air Force days. At the end of the evening he lifted the large bowl and drained it. Oh if I could again see the smile he had that night as he emptied that bowl.


A recipe I’m hoping to fix soon is filet with mushrooms and mustard . Salmon tacos sounds like my kind of supper, too. And, I plan to learn to like broccolini, roasted Ina Garten style. Looks easy and delish!

She suggests you surprise people with your desserts. How about rhubarb and raspberry clafouti flavored with Armagnac. This dessert is cake and pudding in one pan. I always savor the texture, and I always love it. First I better find out more about this liquor. Oh, it’s a brandy from France. Who can describe the flavor?

And, there’s her pantry. I want to turn mine into one like hers. That’s another post. Stay in touch.

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