This is French food made easy. Ina is demystifying the classics, offering tips and techniques to get French flavor fast: There are ideas for French table settings, plus Ina's taking a trip to meet French chef Guy Reuge to get the scoop on French pate.
A three course breakfast is guaranteed to impress the one you love. Ina's husband Jeffrey has been away and she's making him a welcome home breakfast. Freshly baked brioche, Strawberry Jam, blood orange mimosa,fruit crunch sundaes and hot chocolate.
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.
It's back to basics on farm stand food. From one local farm box delivered by farmers from the Amber Waves Farm, Ina creates three farm fresh dishes: Scalloped Tomatoes, Cape Cod Chopped Salad and Zucchini Pancakes. Ina is then answering everyone's farm fresh produce questions in Ask Ina.
Ina makes dinner to celebrate the arrival of her friend's newborn son. There's a delicious nursery food menu and an incredible setting to match. There's Truffle Popcorn with drinks followed by Spicy Turkey Meatballs, Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp and S'mores around the fire pit. The whole meal is served outside under incredible garden lights designed by Ina's friend Greg Yale, who is transforming the garden into a fantastic lighting grotto for the occasion.
Ina's friend Dwyer Derrig is on her way back from the city and she's going to get a fabulous birthday surprise -- a fridge filled with Ina's home cooked Italian Seafood Salad and German Chocolate Cupcakes, a Birthday Cheeseboard Gift and amazing flowers by Michael at Bridgehampton florists.
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 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.
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.
It's back to basics on grilling. Ina's experimenting with new and inventive ways to use the grill, going way beyond hotdogs and hamburgers. First Fettunta, melted mozzarella and prosciutto on grilled bread baked in the grill. Then grilled Chicken gets taken to a whole new level with a delicious Tuscan Lemon marinade. And even salad gets the grilled treatment -- Panzanella like you've never tasted before.
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.
Its back to basic on oven rules to turn up the volume on flavor. These are simple oven techniques; cooking on high, low and even off. First the dial gets cranked up to high for a filet of beef that becomes incredible Truffled Sandwiches, then it's down to low for roasted tomatoes that really make a Caprese Salad, then the oven gets switched off for sweet, crisp Meringues Chantilly With syrupy Roasted Berries.