The theme for our most recent cooking show was suggested by a friend of mine who absolutely loves, loves, LOVES Ina Garten.
"Have you ever thought of doing a show featuring Ina Garten recipes?" was all she had to say to convince me that it would be the next theme for the show. So we picked out a few recipes (I admit we had trouble narrowing it down to a few! We'll have to do another show in the future).
We started with Pomegranate Cosmos. Whew, they sure do pack a punch. After a few sips, we all agreed that they were extremely refreshing and would be a great summer cocktail!
Next up: Cape Cod Chopped Salad. Was it my love for arugula that made me choose this recipe? My affinity for Cape Cod? My fondness for adding fruit to my salads? Because...bacon? Who knows? The only thing you need to know is that this salad is out-of-this-world delicious!
I asked my friend, Trish (an expert on all things Ina), if she had a favorite Ina Garten recipe. Her reply: "Shrimp Scampi!" I googled it and the first recipe that popped up was for Ina's Baked Shrimp Scampi, which was not the scampi recipe that Trish was referring to; however, we both agreed that it looked so good that we had to give it a try!
This scampi was outstanding. It didn't take long to disappear! One of the participants in our dining room audience may have asked me for the recipe before she even swallowed her first bite, it was that good.
Croque Monsieur, which I've altered over the years but the first time I made it I followed Ina's version.
Not an Ina Garten recipe, but I did promise in a previous blogpost that I would post about my truffle tots soon-- click here to be taken to that recipe!