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.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Channeling Ina

Some weeks, I cook from one cookbook -- it's fun and by the time the week is over, you feel that you really know the author and their style.

This week, I chose to cook from Barefoot Contessa. But not just one of her cookbooks -- many of them! I love her recipes -- they are classic foods but easily prepared. And I must admit that if I am looking for a specific recipe, I will check either Ina or Anna Pump -- I'll usually find the recipe in one of their cookbooks and I'm never disappointed.

Those two, Ina and Anna, are my favorite two cookbook authors and if I had to give up every other cookbook, I could -- as long as I could keep my Ina and Anna ones!

This week -- was my Ina week and so . . .

We started Monday -- a predicted snowy Monday with

Parker's Split Pea Soup

I've made it many times and it's the recipe that I usually use when I make split pea soup -- it's good and was great for dinner and for several lunches during the week!

We had grilled steak Sunday night for dinner and the steak came in a package of four -- we didn't want grilled steak again and the snow did come on Tuesday -- a comfort dish was in order

Filet of Beef Bourguignon

It wasn't a filet -- it was a strip but it was delicious nonetheless. It turned a simple steak into real comfort food. Perfect for a snowy winter day!

I had a meeting on Wednesday and my contribution was a dessert. I've been wanting to try this ever since I saw Ina making it on her Barefoot Contessa show. But it makes a lot, too much for a calorie counting couple and so I took this meeting as a chance to try something that I've wanted to make but didn't want to make for just the two of us.

Rum Raisin Tiramisu

It was delicious -- by far the best Tiramisu I've ever tasted. And I will make it again -- some night when we have company. It's a great make ahead dessert (which is always good when company is coming for it is nice to get the dessert done early).

With chicken breasts in the freezer, and a recipe from her newest book that I wanted to try, on Thursday, I made

Lemon Chicken

It was yummy and is definitely a "How Easy Is That" kind of meal. I followed Ina's suggestions and served couscous and steamed green beans with the chicken. Husband Jim was so impressed that he opened a special bottle of Chardonnay to enjoy with the chicken!

And tonight, we had an old Ina favorite -- Ina's Parmesan Chicken topped with a salad of mixed baby greens with a lemon vinaigrette. We eat it often, most usually in the summer. We like it so much, we think of it as comfort food. I posted about it HERE. It went extremely well with the rest of the bottle of Thursday's Chardonnay.

I've not cooked everything from all of Ina's books but I've cooked a lot and it was fun this week to try some recipes that I've not fixed before. I must admit that we ate very well, indeed, this week -- our Barefoot Contessa week -- when I was "channeling Ina"!!!!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What a fun way to plan a week's menu. Yummy too.

D.B. said...

Hey lady, next time you are featuring Ina for a week, let me know. I'll be there by 6:00 every evening! I'm off to check out Anna!

Dan said...

Wow Martha, these all look delicious, but the lemon chicken looks especially appetising to me!

parTea lady said...

All your dishes look wonderful. My latest Ina cookbook is "Back To Basics" and I know I'll love it. I've marked the honey vanilla pound cake to try first.

I'll have to look up Anna Pump - thanks for the tip.

lindaraxa said...

I have not made her lemon chicken but after seeing that photo it will be next on the agenda. Husband Jim is a lucky guy indeed!

megan said...

Martha, you always make me feel hungry. I shall blame my weight gain on you!! :)
Great recipes.

Southerncook said...

Oh my, you have had an "Ina" frenzy. YUM, everything looked so good. Wish I could have been a guest at your dinner table for EACH meal.


Bernideen said...

THEY ALL LOOK WONDERFUL - especially the lemon chicken!

On Crooked Creek said...

YuM! Ina's great recipes are always a hit with "Mr. Ed", our family and our friends! Thank you for posting a whole week of new recipes at the ready!

Anonymous said...

Oh yum, everything looks wonderful. Like you, I enjoy cookbooks and new recipes. It's what makes cooking fun.
Thanks for introducing yourself on my blog.

Tracy F. said...

Wow! Now, that's impressive! I love the Barefoot Contessa, too.

Anonymous said...

It is so satisfying to cook for family - just the two of us empty nesters now...
We had herbed beef stew, 16 bean soup, boneless pork roast, meatloaf this week. I work 2 nights a week, so always have leftovers left for Mister for the nights I work.

Magdalena said...

Hi I'm a huge fan of both Anna Pump and the barefoot contessa. Everything looks so delicious!

Kelly said...

I just love Ina and you Martha! Hugs