Cookbook: Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten
It’s the holidays. If there’s one word I want connected with my cooking and the holidays, that word would be “foolproof.” So let’s say that it’s Thanksgiving, and you have the turkey and the dressing and cranberry sauce covered. But you still need a few more sides, right? This is where you can experiment — except that you need to be sure the recipe works. We have you covered! OK, we don’t, but Ina Garten (“The Barefoot Contessa”) does. As she notes on her blog: “Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. It feels like ‘the holidays’ without all the pressure of Christmas.”
Less pressure means you have the time to try something that’s new but maybe not out of your comfort zone. Time to try Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding and Orange-Braised Carrots and Parsnips. For some reason (the shot of bright-orange color?), I always want carrots as part of the Thanksgiving meal. This recipe is easy (a requirement for me), but looks so elegant — take a peek at that photo. And it tastes just as good at room temperature, so that’s one more dish you don’t have to stress about being ready at the exact right time. As for the mushroom and leek (plus pancetta!) bread pudding? Ina says: “The bread pudding comes out crispy on top and creamy inside.” I say: don’t be a fool; cook this recipe.
Find the recipes for Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding / Orange-Braised Carrots and Parsnips here: Barefoot Contessa Blog, November 8, 2012
More on the cookbook: Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust by Ina Garten (Clarkson Potter)