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. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/coq-au-vin-recipe4.html
|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.