It's back to basics on baking. There's a cookie master class from local baker Kathleen King of Tates Bakeshop who shares her recipe for Double Chocolate Almond Cookies, an easy bake Irish Soda Bread and the easiest shortcut appetizer ever, Savory Palmiers. Then Ina is answering everyone's baking dilemmas in Ask Ina.
What do you give people who have everything? Ina's got the answer a holiday surprise. T.R. is setting the table, Michael is decorating the tree, and Ina is preparing a basket of goodies to eat throughout the holidays. There's Cranberry Harvest Muffins, Cherry, Almond, and Cinnamon Granola, melt-in-the-mouth Hazelnut Truffles and a steaming thermos of White Hot Chocolate laced with orange liqueur
It's a trip down memory lane for Ina and Jeffrey with a day trip to Brooklyn visiting places old and new. The day kicks off with a fabulous breakfast of Potato Latkes and Homemade Applesauce, then armed with a packed lunch of Smoked Salmon and Herb Cream Cheese Bagels, it's off to Brooklyn for a culinary tour including a visit to the best pizza place in Brooklyn, Franny's Pizzeria, where Ina and Jeffrey get a lesson in making authentic Clams, Chilies and Parsley Pizza, and then it's back to East Hampton with New York Egg Cream for a retro nightcap.
Ina is writing an article for Food Network magazine, and it's all about cheese. There's a photo shoot in her garden with the magazine followed by recipes back in the kitchen. Whether it's cooked, raw, soft, hard or blue, Ina's got cheese covered with recipes for Coconut Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing, Herb Coeur A La Creme, Roasted Vegetable Frittata, Steaks and Stilton Sauce and Ultimate Grilled Cheese.
Ina puts together a portable feast to eat at the beach while watching her friend's daughter play volleyball. She makes a high energy snack for the teams and lunch for the spectators. Recipes include: Curried Chicken Wraps, Panzanella, and Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars.
Ina proves easy recipes can look and taste elegant. She pulls together an impressive dinner of Zucchini Vichyssoise, Asian Grilled Salmon, Asparagus and Sugar Snap Peas, with Pear Clafouti for dessert, all in record time.
This is all about easy desserts. There's a fruit filled cranberry and apple cake and a dessert master class from Patisserie chef Claudia Fleming who shares her recipe for Lemon cream napoleon and her rules for plating up restaurant style. Then its desserts 911 in Ask Ina.
It's competition time and battle of the taste buds as Ina and her friends Eli Zabar and David Ziff plan a pot luck dinner. They each take a course with a Mediterranean theme and create dishes such as Grilled Eggplant With Sherry Vinegar Drizzle, Fried Baby Artichokes, Eli's Grilled Rib Eye Steak and Italian Plum Tart. But first there's breakfast at Ina's to discuss the plan over delicious Tri-Berry Pancakes.
Ina makes a French Movie inspired meal for her Wednesday night movie buddies. They rent the movie and Ina makes a meal of Chicken with Garlic cloves, Moroccan Cous Cous and for a sweet finish - Ice Cream Bomb.
Jeffery is on his way home from working away all week and if it's Friday night supper it's got to be his favourite, chicken. So Ina's making chicken piccatta with creamy buttermilk mash and carmelized herb roasted onions followed by homey apple and pear crisp.
One of Ina's friends has just moved houses and everyone's been rallying round. To celebrate Ina and her friend Allison come up with the idea of a settling-in dinner. On the menu are some of the most comforting dishes of all time; Mac and Cheese served with a Baby Arugula Salad and Peach and Raspberry Shortcakes filled with Vanilla Whipped Cream.
Whatever the occasion, a potluck party is one of the most basic strategies for easy entertaining, especially with Ina's recipes for Short Ribs and Cheddar Dill Corn Bread.
Ina is sharing her secrets and professional know how on how to get professional results at home. There's the Barefoot Contessa classic Lemon Chicken Breasts, a recipe from one of her favorite New York restaurants Baked Fontina and a delicious Sticky Toffee Date Cake made by local chef Laura Donnelly. Then it's Ask Ina on how to get professional results at home.