Food Ina Garten actually serves guests 3 store-bought foods — and you should too
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This is a public service announcement for anyone who has ever served guests a bag of potato chips:, the queen of all things homemade, serves them too.
Our favorite Barefoot Contessa, whose new cookbook,recently posted an Instagram video about ... well, not cooking at all!
"When I have friends over for dinner, the last thing I want to do is make fussy hors d'oeuvres," Garten said in the video on Friday.
Instead, she chooses simple no-cook foods, but serves them with flair — because she is the Barefoot Contessa after all.
"Once in a while, I make something simple to serve with drinks, like figs wrapped in prosciutto, but mostly, I like to find delicious little appetizers that need no cooking at all," Garten wrote on Friday.
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I truly believe Ina Garten can do no wrong, especially when it comes to whipping up a perfect menu for a dinner party. Her meals are often simple, but always special. And her favorite summertime dessert is no exception.In season eight of the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten made a mixed berry pavlova for her husband, Jeffrey’s, surprise birthday party on the beach. In the episode, Garten says, "It was named after Anna Pavlova, who was a famous ballerina," she said. "I think probably because the meringue looks like her tutu."Pavlova anyone? Covers all the major food groups - meringue, berries, & whipped cream.
That's right, believe it or not, she serves guests store-bought foods. Now, that's truly.
"You know, store-bought is just fine," Garten said.
Garten's secret for elevating something that's store-bought and making it entertaining-worthy is surprisingly simple.
"I present them in a really pretty silver bowl so it looks special," Garten said as she poured store-bought artisanal potato chips out of a bag.
Then she took out some nuts.
"Salted cashews: They're really delicious and I like to put a little extra salt on them," she said. "A little sea salt makes everything taste better."
Ain't that the truth, Contessa. Ain't that the truth.
Finally, Garten emptied a container of beautiful heirloom cherry tomatoes into a third matching bowl, and voilá! it couldn't be easier, although it doesn't hurt to have a harvest of homegrown tomatoes like Garten does.
"So choose delicious things that you can use as is, present them in really pretty silver bowls and everybody's going to have a really good time. Including you," Garten said — popping an appetizer in her mouth.
Phew! Our kitchen cage of dinner party prison has been set free.
Jennifer Garner and Ina Garten enjoying In-N-Out together is true #couplegoals.
This is the definition of pure joy.
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