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The TueReview: Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics

9781400054350 So, who is this Barefoot Contessa? I’ve heard her name often enough, but I’ve never caught her on tv or read one of her books until now. I picked a great one to start with, I’ll tell you that! And can I say from the outset that this woman looks like she can cook? She’s just got that look, like I’d love to go into her kitchen and sip wine and dish, ykwim? And the fact that her Back to Basics cookbook has recipes for drinks with and without alcohol helps a bit, LOL. And also, she serves cheese. Without apology. I think I could marry a woman like that.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book is how each chapter starts with a page of tips. One chapter tells how to arrange flowers, another how to use the tools in your kitchen to cook like a pro.

But lets get to the recipes! I have been wanting to try Cucumber Yogurt Sauce for a while, and there are a couple of recipes in here that remind me of that, only different. The Creamy Cucumber Salad promises to be good with fish or chicken and the Chilled Cucumber Soup with Shrimp looks like just the ticket for a hot day, or a holiday party.

Speaking of holiday dishes, she has a Stuffed Turkey Breast in here that looks scrumptious. You make the stuffing with figs, cranberries, onions, stuffing mix and sausage (among other things) and then put it in a butterflied turkey breast and roll the whole thing up like a jellyroll. THE END of dried out turkey!

And a Dinner Spanikopita made with phyllo. Oh my word. I do love Spanikopita! Is there anyone who doesn’t? I mean, spinach, cheese, buttery layers of air and flour, yumm!

Hahahaha, oh yes, I knew I would like her. Look here in the vegetable chapter: the woman has a recipe for Creamy Cheddar Grits. You know it, baby! Oooh, she adds scallions to hers! Please excuse me while I mop drool off my chin. I think I could make a meal off these grits and the Pan-Roasted Root Vegetables. Seriously. And maybe some of this French Apple Tart. *cough*

And listen, just when you think the book is over……….breakfast. Including Date Nut Spice Bread with Cream Cheese Spread. Yeah. I think I have to keep this one under my pillow for a while.

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