Saturday, November 5, 2016

Weekend Cooking- Two Barefoot Contessa Recipes

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Every October my sister-in-law and I look forward to the latest Barefoot Contessa cookbook from Ina Garten. Her recipes are not very complicated but do require a certain skill, and she uses fresh, fairly readily accessible ingredients.

I saw her on The Today Show last week promoting her Cooking For Jeffrey cookbook and she made a filet mignon. Now there are only so many ways to cook a filet, but she had two twists. She seared the filets on the stovetop and then placed the pan in the oven to finish, as many good steakhouses do.

I have never done that before, so I was intrigued. I made the dish for my husband, and it was so delicious. I'm never cooking my steaks any other way. She also made a mushroom sauce that had mustard in it. The sauce was so good that we used it on top of our broccoli too.

The link to her Today Show segment is here.

Since I was on a Barefoot Contessa roll, I made one of her classic recipes later in the week- Coq Au Vin. This one required a little more prep, a half of a bottle of red wine and a hint of brandy, but the result was a hearty, flavorful dish, perfect for the cooler fall days. The link to the video for that recipe is here.
Coq Au Vin- photo from Food Network

You can find more recipes from Ina Garten and information about her new cookbook here.

I can't believe it is November so soon; I had to order my Thanksgiving cakes from Two Little Red Hens already!

If you have any new fall recipes you'd like to share, tell me about them in comments.


  1. Shhh, I'm pretending the upcoming holiday is Labor Day. LOL.

    I love Ina Garten's books and recipes. I don't have this one yet -- but it's on my buy list.

  2. You can't go wrong with classic steak and coq au vin!
    best... mae at

  3. I'm on hold at the library for this one and can't wait! I almost just went on and bought it but I didn't love last year's so I thought I'd wait. I love a good Coq Au Vin!

  4. That filet mignon sounds so good! Will have to try that method. Can't believe it's November either. The holidays = YIKES.

  5. Mushrooms and mustard - must try that! Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  6. I watch her tv show a lot. I've never had coq au vin,

  7. I like Barefoot Contessa, too - I cook the same way - simple with fresh ingredients. The filets sound delicious, and Coq au Vin is a classic :)

    Thanksgiving cakes?? That's a new one! I thought Thanksgiving was all about the pie - ha ha. We are going on vacation to the Keys for Thanksgiving this year because our sons have a rare full week off, so it will be very strange not to be with family & all the traditions.


    Book By Book

  8. I love all things Barefoot Contessa!

    I haven't even started thinking about Thanksgiving planning.