I've lived in the Hamptons since 1978, when I first bought my store Barefoot Contessa. Ina Garte
I love to take something ordinary and make it really special.
My extravagance is my garden - it's the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.
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.
Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. Cooking at home shows such affection. In a bad economy, it's more important to make yourself feel good.
I always have music. I love it to be very upbeat. When you're having drinks, I like something like Cesaria Evora. During dinner, I like the much more traditional - old Frank Sinatra and things like that.
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'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.
I use other cookbooks for inspiration. I must say I tend to cook from my own cookbooks for parties.
If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken.
Creme Brulee is the ultimate 'guy' dessert. Make it and he'll follow you anywhere.
When I thought my professional career was over, it hadn't even started yet.
I think the best shortcut is to choose really simple recipes. Because I think you can make simple recipes that are as delicious as complicated ones.
I love Alton Brown's show 'Good Eats,' about the chemistry of food. It's really thoughtful.
I time everything. I'm a scientist at heart.
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.
I love Alton Brown's show 'Good Eats,' about the chemistry of food. It's really thoughtful. Ina Garte
I get up every day, do the best that I can do, and go home and have a good time.
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.
You don't have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry! 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!
If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it's really like making a large chicken. Ina Ga
The most important thing for having a party is that the hostess is having fun. I'm very organized. I make a plan for absolutely everything. I never have anything that has to be cooked while the guests are there. The only thing I might have to do is take something out of the oven and carve it.
People have more fun if they don't eat so much they have to be taken home in an ambulance.
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.
I absolutely adore Thanksgiving. It's the only holiday I insist on making myself. Ina Ga
You don't have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry!
Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the ultimate comfort meal. Ina Garte
I always like to have flowers on the table. I think they make it look special. Ina Ga
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.