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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Cooking With Ina

My culinary hero is Ina Garten
And I have every cookbook that she's written,
I've seen her three times in person
I've written newspaper articles about her

And I do cook from her books
But not all the time!

It is now 2017 and my plan is to cook from her books
All ten of them
Not a "Julie/Julia" project 
But, rather, going to Ina whenever I want to do something that's not "tried and true".
For I will not make anything with costly ingredients
(a couple of pounds of lobster here on the prairie may take my whole weekly food budget)
Nor will I make anything that has an ingredient I cannot find here.

And I've cooked a lot from Ina,
And some of her recipes are some of our family's favorites
And I will continue to cook those.

But I'll also cook things I've never cooked before

Today, the third day of January, I made:

Scallops Provencal

From Paris

And for a  belated Christmas gift and afternoon tea . . . 

Spicy Hermit Bars

From Jeffrey
(her newest book)

The scallops were really good and we only had scallops because I got a really good deal on them.    We don't have them often for here on the prairie they are usually too dear
But I would do this again if I found another scallop sale!

The spicy hermit bars are OMG good!
They are a really good cookie
And one that I will make over and over again.
They're simple (because there's no dropping or cutting out)
And the rum flavored glaze is spot on!
You get cookie and then you get a bite with that glaze

It should be a fun project and as I continue to cook Ina, I'll let you know
what recipes that I've selected.


Angela McRae said...

I haven't even stopped to watch a cooking show in a while (too busy!), but when I was watching them, I watched hers because I liked her. (I can still hear her saying, "Be sure to use the good vanilla.") So thanks for reminding me to watch her again!

Charm and Grace said...

You and my mother are kindred spirits. She is a huge Ina fan and is always trying her recipes, too. You have inspired me... I think it's time to get one of her cookbooks. Those hermit cookie bars look amazing! Is that orange rind on top of the bars? YUM! Thank you for sharing.

ofelia's timeless treasures said...

Thank you, Martha for sharing I also have 8 of Ina's Books, I met her in 2009 at Rockefeller Plaza and ever since I started collecting her books, they are foolproof. Enjoy her books, she's a good cook.