Never let 'em see you sweat. Guests feel guilty if they think you've worked too hard to make dinner for them - which of course you have!
I love Alton Brown's show 'Good Eats,' about the chemistry of food. It's really thoughtful. Ina Garte
I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. It's the only holiday I insist on making myself. Ina Garte
Take one flower that you like and get lots of them. And don't try to 'arrange' them. It's surprisingly hard to do a flower arrangement the way a florist does one. Instead, bunch them all together or put them in a series of small vases all down the table.
It's so important that you don't put the stuffing in the bird, where in order for the stuffing to get cooked you have to overcook the turkey. It's better to do it on the side.
If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken.
I get up every day, do the best that I can do, and go home and have a good time.
When I wrote 'Barefoot in Paris,' I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics.
If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken. Ina Garte
I've taught myself how to use good, fresh ingredients and to prepare them as simply as possible by cooking only to enhance their intrinsic flavors.
The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It's a lot of work!
The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It's a lot of work! Ina Ga
There's something really wonderful about a party where you help yourself. Of course, first you get what you really want. But 'family style' service also really encourages people to connect with one another.
All my life I dreamed of an apartment in Paris where I could cook, and now I have one, on the Left Bank.
If it's a cocktail party, I generally make five or six different things, and I try to choose recipes that feel like a meal: a chicken thing, a fish or shrimp thing, maybe two vegetable things, and I think it's fun to end the cocktail party with a sweet thing.
You can get bogged down in a recipe that's got a lot of steps and a million ingredients, and it takes all day to make. And then you realize, you've just got one dish. For Thanksgiving, you want an abundance of choices, and so you want dishes that you can put together really quickly, but that doesn't
I like almonds as a snack - keeps your energy up but doesn't fill you up. Ina Ga
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal.
I time everything. I'm a scientist at heart.
The planning is everything. Deciding which dishes you're going to prepare can turn into the make-or-break decision five days later, when you actually serve the meal.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Ina Garte
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Ina Ga
You can be miserable before you have a cookie and you can be miserable after you eat a cookie but you can't be miserable while you are eating a cookie.
If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken. Ina Ga
The thing about all my food is that everything is a remembered flavor. Maybe it's something I had as a child or maybe it's something I had in Milan, but I want it to taste better than you ever thought.
I love to take something ordinary and make it really special.
Creme Brulee is the ultimate 'guy' dessert. Make it and he'll follow you anywhere. Ina Ga
I worked for the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, on nuclear energy policy. But I decided it would be much more fun to have a specialty food store, so I left Washington D.C. and moved to the Hamptons. And how glad I am that I did!
One of the great gifts that you can give people is to cook for them.
My mother would never let me in the kitchen. I always wanted to cook, but I was never allowed to. Her view of the world was, 'Cooking is my job, and studying is your job.' I think, in retrospect, she didn't like the chaos. She was very orderly. It had to be her way.