Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ode to Ina

The Mixed Berry Pavlova recipe is in this book. You can also find it here.

When I was at my parents’ house in Virginia in July, I made sure to watch as much cable TV as possible, since I don’t have it at home. What I loaded up on more than anything was Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. I love Ina Garten—her personality, her cooking style, her big beautiful house in East Hampton! I also adore her table settings and the fact that when she opens her fridge there are usually multiple bottles of champagne inside. A gal after my own heart!

I feel so Ina when there's champagne in the fridge. My husband and I have birthdays this week!

I met Ina in 2006 at a book signing for Barefoot Contessa at Home at the Crate and Barrel on Madison Avenue in NYC. It was the longest book signing line I have ever seen, snaking throughout the gigantic store and then wrapping around the building outside on the sidewalk. My first thought was, Behold the power of television! Ina is exactly how she appears on her show—sweet, fun, and always smiling and gracious. I want her to adopt me. Surely she needs a 40-something niece who lives in Brooklyn, where she grew up? Ina, I can be your sous chef and I will also take out the trash and do laundry! Call me!

For a little hit of Ina I watch her on DVD. “Passport to Paris” is my favorite.

My mother and I were inspired to make Mixed Berry Pavlova after watching Ina make it for Jeffrey (I love those two together, so cute!). The Pavlova was easy, great fun and turned out delicious. I highly recommend it for your next summer party.

My mother making the meringue.

Which gets topped with whipped cream, triple raspberry sauce and fresh fruit.

Watching Ina’s show I realized I am a tiny bit obsessed with her glassware. I particularly love her wine glasses and through her website found the French glassmaker who sells them, Pomme & Poire. I do believe I am going to save some money to buy a set of 4 “Amitie” red wine glasses. For me, part of the luxury of having a glass of wine is enjoying it in beautiful stemware and I would love to add a set of these to my collection.

“Amitie” red wine glass by Pomme & Poire.

Do watch Ina’s show? What do you think of her table settings and stemware? Which recipes of hers are your favorites?


Lisa said...

I don't watch a lot of TV these days; I've just been too busy these days, but I have watched Ina frequently and love her recipes.

I own two of her books; At Home and Family Style and everything I have made has been wonderful.

Dangerous Curves

The Silver Bunny said...

I keep reading about the Contessa but we don't know her in France. What I know is that your pavlova looks wonderful ! Happy birthday to you and your husband !

Stephanie said...

I felt quite gleeful the other day when I caught a glimpse of her flatware and realized I had the same pattern....beau manoir from Williams Sonoma. I can relate!

I love her stemware you have pictured too. I think she has great taste in table decor.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I agree! I love her! I love the cookbook of hers that I have.

Adrienne said...

I also have that cookbook and I like Ina more than any other celebrity chef these days. She seems so genuine and easy going.

Your pavlova looks divine! Ina would be impressed.

Happy birthday to you and your husband!
xo, A

Anonymous said...

Hi Jill,

I'm afraid I don't cook or watch cooking shows much. Isn't that sad?
That wine glass is gorgeous. I have water goblets that look very similar.
The Pavlova looks delish!
I would really like a piece of that sweetness right about now!

Linda said...

That Pavlova was great fun to make, wasn't it? And it was really delicious, too! Love that stemware. Happy Birthdays to you & my DSIL.