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Ina’s Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Ina's roasted buttrnut squash salad

A good salad make me happy… very happy!  This is a good one.  Butternut squash has not shown itself on our menus here at our house very often.  I do house  “somewhat” of a picky eater.  I do love this butternut squash soup. It’s good enough to drink with a straw.  And this Roasted butternut squash may not make it to your table.  You can’t help but nibble on it right out of the oven!  So when I was perusing my cookbooks looking for a salad for my upcoming book club I found this perfect salad to serve with this soup.

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Lemon Cake from Ina

Lemon Pound Cake

What do you do when you have a bag of lemons and a free afternoon?  You bake Ina Garten’s wonderful Lemon Cake that’s what you do.  Then step back snap a photo, slice  it up, and take it to all your friends!!!  This cake has been one of GI Joe’s favorite cakes for the past three years that I have been whipping it up.  The cake reminds me of the one that Starbuck’s sells by the slice.  Starbuck’s texture is a little more dense , but the flavors are almost identical.  Freeze by the slice and you will save yourself a boatload of money.     Today I made it in this new Wilton 16 in. x 4 in. loaf pan that my longtime friend Connie bragged about.   The cake came out lovely.  The only drawback is how to store it without cutting it in half.  If you have any ideas let me know!

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Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits made Ina’s Way

I am a big fan of Ina Garten.  She has the type of personality that makes a person think that they can do just about anything in the kitchen.  You know she gives you that, “How easy is that?”  Well, this is one of her biscuit recipes and it is easy and absolutely wonderful.


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Parmesan and Thyme Crackers

When I was in college I made a 100,000 cheese straws for every President’s tea, Alumni luncheon, or fundraiser that was held while I was there.  It seems that one would tire of a certain food when one had to produce that many in such a short time.  But, that is not the case.  I still love them and when I saw this recipe in Ina Garten’s Back to Basic Cookbook using freshly grated parmesan cheese I had to try them.  These are similar to cheese straws in some ways, but  much more rich and oh so flavorful.  In other words they are absolutely divine.  These crackers are a buttery shortbread with the saltiness of  parmesan cheese and a hint of thyme.  Novice cooks these are just for you to pull out of the oven and place on a beautiful tray at a party.  I promise they will be a hit!

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Hamburgers Made Ina’s Way

I am a big fan of hamburgers.  There is nothing better than a burger straight off the grill with a toasted bun topped with lettuce, tomato, and some good mayo.  Know matter how you like yours dressed up, first you have to get the burger right.  I think after years of trying I have found the best burger ever thanks to Ina Garten’s cookbook Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics.  When I made these a couple of months ago I thought maybe it was just a fluke that they were out of this world.  I made them again this weekend and they were fabulous.  They are very simple.  Give them a try and let me know if you get the same results.  Ina’s recipe calls for Niman Ranch ground meat which you can buy in some grocery stores in this area or you can order it on-line.  It is beef grown all naturally without antibiotics and primarily grass-fed.  My beef came from Tommy Waldrop here in Douglasville.  Anyway, start with some good ground beef and the rest is just a breeze!

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Company Pot Roast

Get ready for the best pot roast that you has ever crossed your lips.  This is not one of those fall apart roast that you cook to death and the end product does not resemble a slice of meat.  This produces a tender slice of beef and the best sauce  gravy that I have ever had.  This Company Pot Roast is Ina Garten’s from her Back to Basics cookbook.  It is all over the blogosphere receiving raves from everyone.  So whenever you want to impress company or just have a great meal for yourself this is a hit and you will find yourself making it over and over.  It is fabulous!

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Apple Dried Cherry Turnovers

When it comes to cooking,  simple is better.  I love Ina Garten’s Back to Basics cookbook that the Athlete gave me for Christmas.  The photos are just gorgeous  and I want to make everything in it!  For the last 5 or 6 weeks I have received bags of apples in my CSA box.  It has been many more apples than I can eat for snacks or in salads so when I saw this recipe I had to try it.  I’m so glad that I did.  I have made these twice and they are well worth the calories!

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