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The Barefoot Contessa is a cooking show on the Food Network. She is a cook who teaches people at home to cook like the pros. She tapes the show in the Hamptons and has the experience that people long for when looking to cook. While she was working in the White House in 1978, the Barefoot Contessa discovered a small store in the Hampton's for sale. Once she discovered the store, her and her husband went to Long Island to see what exactly the store had to offer. Once there, she found herself to be the happy owner two months later. This is when the Barefoot Contessa was started.

More than 20 years later, the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten found herself the owner of a food emporium that is more than 3,000 square feet. It is here that you will come across twenty or more cooks and bakers who will prepare the food while others work inside of the store to help the thousands of people who come to the store monthly to select breads, dinners or baked goods and salads to take home. In 1996, the Barefoot Contessa sold her store to the employees and moved on to bigger and better things.

The Barefoot Contessa went on to write a cookbook or two and then was asked to start her own show. Currently on the show you can learn to cook and prepare massive dinner parties with just the simplest of items while allowing your guests to believe that they have had a dinner that took days and weeks to prepare.

Not only will you learn how to cook and prepare dinners but also the sweet stuff. French chocolate bark is one of the items that is used for the show along with a smoked salmon with herb cream cheese bagels. The foods that are prepared and used are foods that you would have never thought of mixing before or that you have had in your home at one point and never thought of trying to put together to make a meal. With the right methods of cooking and baking, you will be surprised at all the new things you can try. All from watching the Barefoot Contessa at home while in your own kitchen.

Saturday 1:30 PM et/pt on Food Network
21 Seasons, 237 Episodes
November 30, 2002
Reality, Food
Cast: Ina Garten
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Barefoot Contessa Full Episode Guide

  • Ina Garten hosts a Mary Poppins reunion sharing cooking secrets and making a British-style Sunday lunch for her friends who produced, directed, and acted in the new movie.

  • Ina Garten shares her recipe for pulling off a perfect cocktail party. Her spread includes five appetizers, starting with Roasted Shrimp Cocktail Louis.

  • Ina Garten sets her sights on beef and shares her tips for preparing it roasted, ground, sliced, sauteed and seared just like a pro. Included: a filet mignon with mustard and mushrooms.

  • Ina Garten shares pro tips on pulling off the ultimate make-ahead, low-stress Thanksgiving feast. She's preparing accidental make-ahead turkey where all the cooking and carving are done in advance.

  • Ina Garten shares her pro tips for sensational salads for every season. Included: crispy mustard chicken and frisee salad; and tarragon shrimp salad.

  • Ina Garten shares recipes that use her favorite good ingredients. She starts with good chocolate in her chocolate pecan meringue torte. Next, good maple syrup and lemon are turned into side dishes, including maple-roasted acorn squash.

  • Ina Garten loves mixing fancy and casual fare, and she shares her secrets to this winning mashup of high and low. She takes everyday potato and celery root puree over the top with truffle butter and serves it with seared scallops.

  • Ina Garten makes side dishes that steal the show at the Thanksgiving feast; mushroom and leek bread pudding with gravy and cranberry fruit conserve; haricots verts with dill and hazelnuts; Brussels sprouts and bacon; celery Root and apple puree.

  • Ina Garten is finding new ways to turn the volume up on American classics. She starts by combining coffee chipotle chili powder and red pepper flakes for a spicy dry rub on Grilled New York Strip Steaks, and she cools things off with a Crunchy Iceberg Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese. Ina uses buttermilk for foolproof Fried Chicken and takes a clever shortcut with Peanut Butter and Fudge Ice Cream Sandwiches. For cocktail hour, she mixes up Dark Rum Southsides, and Bobby Flay shows how to make a very grown-up Vanilla Caramel Bourbon Milkshake.

  • Ina Garten is focusing on easy French food that you can make at home. First, her Easy Coquilles Saint Jacques is a typical French bistro take on scallops. A classic French cheese board that includes Herbed Goat Cheese and a toasted baguette is perfectly paired with Ina's Green Salad with the Ultimate French Vinaigrette. Her fancy Raspberry Tart only looks difficult to make, and a French 75 cocktail will make you think you're in France. World-famous chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud shares the secret to a perfect French Charcuterie Platter.

  • Dessert is good, but for Ina Garten, tipsy desserts are even better. She uses sparkling white wine to add a little zing to Moscato Poached Fruit that can be made in advance. Bourbon is the secret to her decadent Bourbon Honey Cake, and Armagnac brandy is magical in Ina's Plum Clafoutis. A refreshing Campari and Orange Granita takes dessert to a new level, and Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten shows how to make Chocolate Rum Pudding with Candied Violets.

  • For Ina Garten, good vanilla extract makes all the difference. That's why she makes her own homemade extract and then uses it in a show-stopping Vanilla Rum Panna Cotta with Salted Caramel. She whips up a batch of Vanilla Shortbread Hearts with a vanilla glaze and bakes her moist and delicious Vanilla Cream Cheese Pound Cake. Finally, a cup of White Hot Chocolate hits the spot.

  • It's all parmesan all the time in Ina Garten's kitchen. Crispy, delicious Lemon Parmesan Chicken gets a double hit of the flavorful cheese, and it adds the wow factor to Ina's Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage. Parmesan can take both side dishes and salads to a whole new level, as Ina shows with Parmesan Chive Smashed Potatoes and Celery and Parmesan Salad. It also stars in three of her easiest canapes: Parmesan Shards, Parmesan Crisps, and Parmesan and Chipotle Popcorn.

  • Ina Garten is serving up filling meals with absolutely no side dishes required. She starts with Lamb Shanks and Orzo, a one-pot meal worthy of any dinner party. She reveals the trick to foolproof dough for stunningSmoked Salmon Pizzas and makes Roast Chicken Cobb Salad, an easy and elegant mashup that's perfect for casual entertaining. Finally, she prepares Baked Polenta with Mushrooms and Blue Cheese for a comforting dinner.

  • For Ina Garten, a no-fuss, make-ahead breakfast is the best way to start the day. Her Raspberry Baked French Toast is perfect for welcoming company, and her Mini Italian Frittatas only need to be warmed up before serving. Ina shares her secrets to moist Blueberry Bran Muffins, whips up a batch of Orange Marmalade Butter and lays out an impressive Breakfast Smoked Salmon Platter with a pitcher of Virgin Marys. Deliciously light Fresh Fruit with Honey Vanilla Yogurt completes the make-ahead breakfast lineup.

  • Ina Garten is turning her attention to all kinds of bread and dishes that feature it. She starts with the most delicious quick bread you'll ever bake, foolproof Irish Guinness Brown Bread. Breadcrumbs take the spotlight in her luxurious Fish and Lobster Cakes, and her Camembert and Prosciutto Tartines are open-faced sandwiches with the volume turned up. There's even bread in Ina's layered dessert, Peach and Berry Summer Pudding. Legendary chef Wolfgang Puck shows how to turn two humble slices of walnut bread into the ultimate Lobster Club Sandwich.

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'Barefoot Contessa' Snubs Make-A-Wish Child and Tries to Make Right

The Barefoot Contessa could be sticking her barefoot in her mouth.

After refusing to meet a 6-year-old boy with leukemia who twice requested a cooking session with her through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Contessa (Ina Garten) has had a change of heart.

Garten was served a heaping of bad press after word leaked that she had responded to the request of Enzo Pereda by turning down him down, citing her book tour and other engagements.