Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ina Garten: I still love you

Ina Garten is on several a lot of peoples poo-poo list these days. I am not going to go into the details on this one, instead I will let you read a little bit about it here. I, however, still love Ina. I love her show on the Food Network and I love her cookbooks. Especially this one:

  Back to Basics is a beautiful book, full of gorgeous recipes, floral arrangements, and cocktails. It is one of the reasons I prefer owning cookbooks over any other type of book. The photographs are full of color, texture, and inspiration to be a damn good cook.

Ina loves to cook with everything "good" and frankly, at times it can be a little depressing. On a 25 year old's budget, it is not often that I can cook with the best ingredients. Not a big deal however- most of Ina's recipes can be substituted with not-so great- substitutes and they still come out amazing. (example- don't have fresh, organic strawberries for a pie? They have to get boiled down? Frozen works just fine..just don't tell Ina!)

Last weekend I attempted her Lemon Curd Tart.

 Turned out pretty good. More to come!

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