Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? A new cookbook by one of my culinary heroes -- Ina Garten which came out at the end of October . . . . It makes the seventh Ina book that I have and I enjoy them all --there is not a bad one in the bunch!
Even though it came out in October -- I had to wait until yesterday because I had a ticket to an author event with Ina!!!!
Me, friend Cynthia from Life + Style and 1998 other Ina fans.
They filled Unity Temple on the Plaza to the rafters!!!!
But we got to sit and listen to "Ask Ina" for a solid hour . . . . she is such a warm charming person.
And although there were 1998 other people in the room, after I left I felt as if Ina and I had a one or one conversation! It was great!!!

There was lots of laughter at some of the comments -- Ina has a great sense of humor (Jeffrey only makes coffee!!)

The most interesting Ina comment was that her favorite cookbooks are from specialty food stores similar to the one she had . . . . I, too, like those types of cookbooks (easy recipes and easily found ingredients) and that is how I found Ina in the first place -- her Barefoot Contessa Cookbook was recipes from a specialty food store and although I had never heard of Ina nor seen her television program (if there was one then) . . . I liked the book because it was a specialty food store book!!!

We were sorry to see the hour end . . . but to make that sadness a little easier, we lunched at Webster House --

Fried green tomatoes for an appetizer . . .

Beef and Blue Salad for Cynthia . . .

And vegetable risotto for me -- a favorite of mine at Webster House!

And although Webster House makes wonderful desserts . . . we opted to pass and headed first to Christopher Elbow for chocolates and then to his shop, Glace, for ice cream -- I had roasted apple and Cynthia opted for Mango lime. It was the perfect end to the perfect day!!!!

Even though it was an inside event -- it was an outing and since it is Outdoor Wednesday, I'm joining Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.


La Table De Nana said...

How fortunate you were to go.I love her. Glad you were well again!

Rose H (UK) said...

What a great opportunity to hear and see Ina, I have no doubt that you had a great time! I 'found' her on Sky TV a couple of years ago, and though I don't yet own one of her books I have cooked and enjoyed many of her recipes....though I do cut down on the amount of salt.

Pondside said...

Lucky you! I think I'll have to put this book on my Christmas list. I've leafed through it at the bookstore and it looks chalk full of great recipes.

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

I love Ina! It's so fun that you get to see her in person! She seems like a genuinely nice person. And any recipe of hers I've ever tried has tasted wonderful. And you celebrated the event by going out for delicious foods! Good for you! :-)


Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

What fun!!!

Unknown said...

Oh I am jealous!! I love her show.

Dan said...

So glad you had a great day Martha! That's what I like about the recipes you post on here too, easy to make and so tasty! My favourite is still your herby soup, though the pancakes were great too.
I'll have a look for the Barefoot Contessa at the library.

Lorrie said...

You are indeed lucky! I have a couple of Ina's cookbooks and love them.

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh what fun! I know you were blessed to see Ina and to have an outing with Cynthia. I'll be watching for some recipes as you post them here!

Southerncook said...


Oh what a great time you must have had. I am sooooooooo very envious. I'm cooking one of her recipes from the new book tonight, Lemon Garlic Chicken. I thought about you all day yesterday knowing that you would sooooo enjoy her talk. Your lunch looked amazing too. What a wonderful and memorable day.


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

You lucky duck!!


From the Kitchen said...

You had a really special day. I'd love to have been in Ina's company. I'd also have loved being along for lunch.


Light and Voices said...

What a grand day you must have had. That memory will last forever.
Joyce M

paperbutterfly said...

I love Ina's warm delivery too! Love her recipes. You have had a great week. Hearing Ina speak and a treasure of a teaset. Love the pink and blue. More options for tablescaping. We are so pleased that you have come to share your new tea treasures with our friends, on Tuesday.
The cake sounds yum-my!!!
Blessings, Pam

Tricia said...

Oh, how fun to hear her in person! I'm impressed that so many were there to hear her!

Kelly said...

Martha, I am so glad you got to go. I love Ina's new cookbook. Love your posts always.