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Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics - Episode Guide

Season 10

  • Wedding Anniversary

    Season 10 - September 28, 2014

    It's Ina and Jeffrey's wedding anniversary and Ina's got a romantic game plan guaranteed to impress. There's an incredible menu of Crispy Mustard Chicken, Creamy Cheddar Grits, Crispy Roasted Kale and Chocolate Peanut Butter Globs, a perfect alfresco setting and special trip to the vineyard organized by Jeffrey.

  • Welcome to Town Party

    Season 10 - September 21, 2014

    Ina is throwing a housewarming party for a new colleague. She's got the lowdown on travel-friendly dishes made from local ingredients, like Corn and Avocado Salad, Roasted Summer Vegetables and Tequila Citrus Chicken, fantastic tips for putting together a Local Cheese Platter and a Dessert Platter, plus buffet strategies we'll all want to try.

  • Surprise Italian Party

    Season 10 - September 14, 2014

    Ina is hosting a surprise dinner party with an Italian theme for a friend. She's sharing her dinner party know-how and strategies, from menu planning and shortcuts to setting the scene with the help of a florist. Recipes include Parmesan Crisps, Rossinis, White Bean and Arugula Salad, Balsamic Roasted Beef, Parmesan Fennel Gratin and for dessert, Limoncello and Ice Cream.

  • Cocktails for a Crowd

    Season 10 - September 7, 2014

    Ina's hosting a fundraiser at the barn for the East Hampton Historical Society and is sharing her blueprint for a foolproof cocktail party. From invitations to store bought cheats, this is entertaining made easy. With recipes for Caramelized Bacon, Potato Basil Frittata Squares, Roasted Shrimp With Green Goddess Dressing and a Champagne Cocktail Bar.

Season 9

  • Best Barefoot Grilling

    Season 9 - April 13, 2014

    Ina's firing up the grill for the ultimate guide to grilling, with some of her favorite ever recipes: Surf and turf is covered with Tuscan Lemon Chicken, Indonesian Grilled Swordfish and Sliders. She has sides covered with Grilled Corn on the Cob, Confetti Corn, Grilled Panzanella and even Breakfast on the Grill!

  • Best Barefoot Chocolate Desserts

    Season 9 - April 6, 2014

    This is all things chocolate in the Barefoot Contessa Hall of Fame. On Ina's list there's everything from Chocolate Cupcakes With Peanut Butter Frosting, to Deeply Chocolate Gelato, an easy Chocolate Orange Fondue and White Chocolate Truffles and White Chocolate Bark. And of course, one of Ina's favorite desserts -- Mocha Chocolate Ice Box Cake.

  • Cooking with Michael Symon

    Season 9 - March 30, 2014

    Ina and Michael Symon are cooking Greek today. Michael's doing Smoked Pork Ribs on the grill while Ina's got the sides sorted with Easy Tzatziki and Spicy Hummus, perfect on a Mezze Platter. 

  • Cooking with Tyler Florence

    Season 9 - March 23, 2014

    Ina's got a date with Tyler Florence and they're baking a towering chocolate Birthday Cake for Tyler's son, then checking out the local farming scene to get chicken and vegetables for Tyler's signature Fried Chicken and Ina's Winter Slaw.

  • Cooking with Giada Delaurentiis

    Season 9 - March 16, 2014

    Ina and Giada are cooking together for a day of fun and recipe sharing. Ina's welcoming her friend with a Lobster and Potato Salad lunch, then it's two way tutorial time, Giada's making Mascarpone and Lemon Gnocchi With Butter Thyme Sauce and Ina's baking an incredible liqueur laced Chocolate Cassis Cake for a girls' night in dinner.

  • Fun in the City

    Season 9 - March 9, 2014

    It's a perfect day of fun in the city. Ina's cooking at two fabulous restaurants, learning the secret to Oyster Pan Roast and Uni Butter Crostini at John Dory Oyster Bar and the famous Million Dollar Chicken at the Standard Grill. Ina takes a stroll on The High Line and meets with the vendor behind People Pops, and even Jeffrey's getting a cheese making course at Beecher's Handmade Cheese. Back home, it's Side Car cocktails and a Garten taste-off! 

  • All Change

    Season 9 - March 2, 2014

    Ina's in Brooklyn checking out classics with the volume turned up. First, the Mile End Deli where they're shaking things up on classic Chopped Liver and then Ina makes Bratwurst at Prime Meats Restaurant. She takes a trip around the Smorgasburg market where she buys Cheese Cakes and then back home she's making French Flageolet Beans.

  • Heard it on the Grapevine

    Season 9 - February 23, 2014

    Ina's checking out the hot spots everyone's talking about, starting at The Meatball Shop, where she makes their signature Smash Meatball Sandwich. Then Ina meets a friend for fondue in Cafe Select, a speakeasy-style bar. At All Good Things market, Ina arranges flowers French-style. Back at home it's Cinnamon Baked Doughnuts and Coffee inspired by her adventures.

  • What's Cooking in Brooklyn

    Season 9 - February 16, 2014

    Ina's checking out what's cooking in Brooklyn. She makes a Southern-style breakfast of Carolina Grits With Country Ham and Red Eye Gravy at Seersucker Restaurant, at Bien Cuit Bakery she learns the secrets to baking perfect baguettes, then a cheese and ham experience at Stinky's Cheese Shop. Back in East Hampton, N.Y., Ina makes a delicious Sugar Snap Pea, Pancetta and Parmesan Salad for Jeffrey to go with all the goodies she's brought back from her adventures.

  • Old New York

    Season 9 - February 9, 2014

    It's all about learning from New York's food greats today. After a Smoked Salmon and Bagel masterclass at a legendary Jewish store, a lesson in steak from a legendary butcher and the scoop on an amazing coffee roastery in Queens, it's back home for Grilled Double New York Strip With Spice Rub, Garten Spice Sweet Potato Fries and Coffee Granita.

Season 8

  • Local Food Heroes

    Season 8 - February 2, 2014

    Ina takes inspiration from the fabulous food found in the Hamptons to create new recipes in a piece for her Barefoot blog. She makes Salmon and Guacamole Sandwiches, Salted Caramel Brownies and Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad.

  • Birthday Surprise

    Season 8 - January 26, 2014

    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. 

  • Game Plan

    Season 8 - January 19, 2014

    Today, Ina's sharing all the secrets for effortless entertaining: From creating a time line, sharing cheats and shortcuts and cooking up easy delicious dishes. With recipes for Chili Tortilla Chips, Slow Roasted Filet of Beef with Basil Parmesan Mayonnaise, Roasted Balsamic Brussels Sprouts and Truffled Mashed Potatoes. 

  • Perfect Day in East Hampton

    Season 8 - January 12, 2014

    It's Ina's idea of a perfect day: While Jeffrey runs on the beach she whips up Raspberry Muffins and Coffee for their breakfast. Then she heads to local restaurant South Fork Kitchen to cook with chef Joe Isidori. Then it's back to the barn for a comforting soup dinner with Jeffrey -- the perfect end to the perfect day. 

  • The Adventure Begins

    Season 8 - January 7, 2014

    Dinner on day one of Ina and Jeffrey's California trip is Chicken With Wild Mushrooms and Green Salad and Napa Vinaigrette. The fun continues with an invitation to cook Baked Goat Cheese at Sinskey's Vineyard. Then, it's a casual Napa-style supper with Jeffrey's Grilled Pork Chops served with Green Beans Gremolata.

  • Library Inaugural Drinks

    Season 8 - November 28, 2013

    Ina's built a fabulous library at the barn and now it's time to say thanks to the team that designed and built it. Ina prepares Fig and Fennel Caponata, an Antipasto Platter, Tuscan Mashed Chickpeas and Mussels with Saffron Mayonnaise for the "thank you" soiree. 

  • Dinner in Napa

    Season 8 - November 21, 2013

    For a casual dinner in the garden with Jeffrey, Ina makes Israeli Couscous and Tuna Salad with Raspberry Crumble Bars for dessert. The next day, they have dinner with Michael Chiarello, who makes his incredible Chicken A La Vendemmia with graped picked from his own vineyard.

  • Food Aventures

    Season 8 - November 14, 2013

    Ina's shaking up the classics turning San Francisco lobster into a Deconstructed Lobster Salad With Lemon Mayonnaise. At the Michelin-starred Auberge du Soleil, Ina learns to make their signature Torte Au Chocolat. While she's out exploring, Jeffrey enjoys Spanish Pea Soup With Crispy Ham. Back on the porch, they both enjoy Viennese Iced Coffee.
  • Eat Like a Local

    Season 8 - November 7, 2013

    After making Tomato Crostini and Whipped Feta for lunch, Ina learns the secrets of Thomas Keller's Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Thyme Roasted Marcona Almonds are the perfect snack for Cocktail Time, but will Ina have mixologist Jon Gasparini's Napa Spritz or Basil Gimlet? 

  • Good Stuff

    Season 8 - October 31, 2013

    For lunch alfresco, Ina's made Roasted Asparagus and Proscuitto With Easy Hollondaise. Then there's a date with Tyler Florence, who's sharing the secret making a perfectly cooked Porterhouse Steak. Then she's heading to San Francisco to shop for everything she needs for a sunset picnic with Jeffrey.

Season 4

  • Going Local

    Season 4 -

    Ina is writing an article about eating local and she's challenged herself to make a meal entirely from Hamptons ingredients. There's eggplant caponata with produce from a farm in Water Mill, then catch of the day in Montauk is sea bass so Ina's roasting it with a Caesar inspired sauce. And for dessert, fresh peach cake with fruit from the farmers market and even the eggs are local, freshly laid by happy Hamptons chickens. Then it's all veg talk in Ask Ina.
  • Herb Story

    Season 4 -

    Nothing turns up the volume more in cooking than herbs. Ina is sharing her top herbs and how to use them in delicious recipes, Greek lamb with a yoghurt mint sauce and oregano, feta and tomato salad. Then she's teaming up with Eli Zabar who will be sharing an incredible tomato salad recipe with fresh tarragon. Then she's answering everyone's herb questions in Ask Ina
  • Jeffery Dinner

    Season 4 -

    It's Friday night and Ina is cooking up a delicious steak dinner for Jeffrey with a twist. This time Jeffrey's making his own supper on the grill. There's herbed ricotta bruschetta, grilled steak and Arugula all washed down with watermelon mojitos. Then everyone gets the chance to ask Ina their dinner party dilemmas.
  • Sweet Charity

    Season 4 -

    Going, going gone! Lunch with Ina is up for auction. The winning bidders can look forward to delicious lunch of chilled cucumber soup with shrimp, lobster and shells salad and Eton Mess. Plus there's a star studded guest list including Alec Baldwin and Mariska Hargitay. This will be an easy lunch to prepare with spectacular results.

Season 3

  • Birthday Party

    Season 3 -

    It's back to basics on Birthday celebrations. It's Jeffrey's Birthday and Ina is making him a fantastic nostalgic Birthday dinner that can all be made in advance. Plus she's answering everyone Birthday dilemmas in Ask Ina.
  • Cooking for Beginners

    Season 3 -

  • Cooking With Rice

    Season 3 -

  • Cooking With Wine

    Season 3 -

    Ina reveals the secrets of cooking with wine and gets the low down on cheese and wine pairings from her friend and wine expert Martine Warner. Then Ina is tackling everyone's wine questions in Ask Ina.
  • High Wire Egg Dishes

    Season 3 -

  • International Pasta

    Season 3 -

  • Perfect French Dinner Party

    Season 3 -

  • Tex Mex

    Season 3 -

    Ina makes the perfect Tex Mex meal with the help of her friend Devon Fredericks and her award winning chilli recipe. Plus she has the perfect Tex Mex table setting and fantastic chilli side ideas. Then Ina is answering everyone's questions on Tex Mex food.

Season 2

  • Baking Basics

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on baking. There's a cookie master class from local baker Kathleen King of Tates Bakeshop who shares her recipe for Double Chocolate Almond Cookies, an easy bake Irish Soda Bread and the easiest shortcut appetizer ever, Savory Palmiers. Then Ina is answering everyone's baking dilemmas in Ask Ina.
  • Barefoot to Go

    Season 2 -

    Brown bagging it just got a Barefoot makeover. This is portable food with full on flavor including Grilled Tuna Wasabi rolls, Lentil Vegetable Soup and Granola Bars.
  • Birthday Breakfast BBq

    Season 2 -

    It's a breakfast party to celebrate the morning after a night before birthday bash. With recipes for corn muffins, hash browns, breakfast hot dogs, scrambled eggs with Goat cheese, Grilled tomato kabobs and a Blood Orange Mimosa.
  • Chicken 101

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on chicken. Delicious Roast Chicken, Curried Chicken Salad and two delicious chicken shortcuts, rotisserie chicken with satay dip and Chicken, bacon and lettuce sandwiches with Russian dressing. This is chicken all the way plus Ina is answering everyone's chicken questions in Ask Ina.
  • Farmstand Food

    Season 2 -

    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.
  • Feature Flavor

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on baking. There's a cookie master class from local baker Kathleen King of Tates Bakeshop who shares her recipe for Double Chocolate Almond Cookies, an easy bake Irish Soda Bread and the easiest shortcut appetizer ever, Savory Palmiers. Then Ina is answering everyone's baking dilemmas in Ask Ina
  • Get Grilling

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on Grilling. From an elegant and easy grilled main course packed with flavor, Grilled Indonesian swordfish to a grilling master class from executive chef Joe Realmuto from Town Line BBQ who shares his recipe for BBQ sauce over skirt steak and a perfect all purpose grilling party salad Green salad with Blue Cheese Dressing. Then Ina is in the hot seat answering everyone's grilling questions in Ask Ina.
  • Go Greek

    Season 2 -

    A Greek inspired surprise housewarming menu made from everyday store ingredients. With recipes for Spanakopitasm Grilled Lamb Kabobs, Greek Salad, Easy Tzatziki and Mixed Berries Honey & Yogurt Platter.
  • Herb Hall of Fame

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on ramping up flavor with herbs. With recipes for Chive Risotto Cakes, Pasta a Pecorino and Fresh Cream of Tomato Soup.
  • Italian Restaurant Food At Home

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics Italian restaurant food at home. There's a delicious master class from Joe Realmuto, executive chef of local Italian restaurant Nick and Toni's, who shares his famous recipe for Penne alla Vecchia Bettola, an Italian classic dessert with the volume turned up, Rum Raisin Tiramisu and a gorgeous no cook Italian anti pasti platter. Then Ina is answering everyone's Italian questions in Ask Ina.
  • Keep It Sweet

    Season 2 -

    Ina says no one ever remembers what they ate for the main course but they always remember dessert. Ina shares her ideas and recipes for the perfect way to end a meal - sweet and savoury this really is a case of saving the best for last.
  • Outdoor Entertaining

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on outdoor entertaining. For lunch using ingredients from the garden Capellini with tomatoes and basil. Plus a perfect tea party menu for a garden tour party Raisin Pecan and Oatmeal cookies and smoked salmon sandwiches. Ina is then tackling everyone's outdoor entertaining questions in Ask Ina.
  • Perfect Pasta

    Season 2 -

    Ina's got pasta covered when it's back to basics on new ideas & quick cook, for family or company. With recipes for Lobster Mac & Cheese Pesto and Tomato Feta Pasta Salad.
  • Pizza Party

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on recipes that work for kids and for adults too. Ina's recipes are both fun to make and delicious to eat.
  • Surprise, Surprise

    Season 2 -

    It's back to basics on surprises. It's lasagna with a Greek twist, Pastitsio served with a Arugula and watermelon Feta salad bursting with flavor plus a gorgeous table setting for a surprise dinner date with Jeffrey.
  • The Flame Game

    Season 2 -

    The perfect grilling menu that's good enough for company with recipes for Italian meatball hamburgers, creamy cucumber salad, confetti corn and chocolate cake, ice cream custard and raspberries.
  • What are Friends For

    Season 2 -

    It's Ina to the rescue with a dazzling after work meal to impress a friends colleagues. With recipes for Herb Marinated Pork Loin, Greek Panzanella and Plum Crunch.
  • Perfect Holiday Dinner

    Season 2 -

    Just because you're on a budget doesn't mean you can't create a fantastic winter meal good enough for company. Ina is creating a menu for a student entertaining blog site. This is back to basics on dazzling entertaining on a shoe string.

Season 1

  • Barefoot Classics

    Season 1 -

    Ina's updating some barefoot bestsellers & sharing shortcuts & know how on Easy Sticky Buns, Mustard Chicken Salad, Roasted Vegetables & Roasted Veg Soup. 
  • Bread Winner

    Season 1 -

    It's back to basics on bread. Ina's friend is writing an article about interesting ways to use bread so Ina tests three recipes for Salmon cakes, Panettone Bread Pudding and Pappa al Pomidoro.
  • Breakfast Party

    Season 1 -

    Ina gives us the low-down on how to throw the perfect breakfast party with recipes for Buttermilk cheddar biscuits and strawberry jam, a fun cocktail called juice of a few flowers and soft herbed scrambled eggs.
  • Chicken All The Time

    Season 1 -

    From the simplest roast to chicken to Chicken Bouillabaisse with a Garlicky Saffron Mayonnaise called Rouille. Plus the secret of how to make the simplest most delicious chicken stock.
  • Cocktail Hour

    Season 1 -

    Ina is showing her friend Jack how to throw the perfect foolproof cocktail party. With appetizers of Olives and Marcona Almonds, Salami and Hot House Cucumbers, roasted shrimp cocktail, blue cheese crackers with walnuts and ham and cheese in puff pastry.
  • Comfort and Company

    Season 1 -

    Ina makes a comfort dinner to go for a friend who is renovating her kitchen. On the menu Company Pot Roast and Baked Potatoes with Yogurt and Sour Cream dressing.
  • Cooking For A Crowd

    Season 1 -

    Ina is cooking for a crowd including the cast of Broadway's Young Frankenstein. With recipes for lobster corn chowder, then orange glazed ham and fruit cake cookies.
  • Easy French

    Season 1 -

    Ina makes Jeffrey a French inspired meal based on bistro favourites barefoot style -On the menu Roasted Butternut Squash Salad w/Warm Cider Vinaigrette, Easy Sole Meuniere and French Apple Tart.
  • Fabulous and Fast

    Season 1 -

    Ina is conjuring up a dazzling two course dinner in under an hour. With recipes for Mustard Roasted Fish, Dill Fingerling Potatoes, Parmesan Roasted Broccolie and Honey Vanilla Fromage.
  • Fired Up

    Season 1 -

    Ina's experimenting with new and inventive ways to use the grill with recipes for Fettunta with Prosciutto and Mozzarella, Tuscan Lemon Chicken and Panzanella Salad.
  • Food With Love

    Season 1 -

    It's Ina and Jeffrey's 40th wedding anniversary and Ina is sharing her secrets on the perfect romantic meal. On the menu Campari Orange Spritzer, Italian Wedding Soup, Brownie Pie and anniversary surprises for both Ina and Jeffery.
  • Impromptu Dinner

    Season 1 -

    Ina makes a dinner for unexpected guests with some store-cupboard staples and freezer standbys. With recipes for Risotto Primavera, Caramel Pecan Sundaes and Shortbread Cookies.
  • Italian Everytime

    Season 1 -

    Ina shares recipes for an elegant easy meal of Italian recipes including Baked Shrimp Scampi, Fruit Salad with Limoncello, Roasted Artichoke salad and an Antipasti platter.
  • Oven Rules

    Season 1 -

    Filet of beef truffled sandwiches; roasted tomatoes in a Caprese salad; meringues Chantilly with roasted berries.
  • Pack and Go Party

    Season 1 -

    This is back to basics on delicious and simple pack and go picnic food. Ina Garten fills guests picnic bags.
  • Perfect Dinner Party

    Season 1 -

    Ina is throwing the perfect dinner party. The secret is a meal in three acts with a perfect candy happy ending. With a Bay Scallop Gratin and two delicious home made candies — white chocolate bark and fleur de sel caramels.
  • Pot Luck Dinner

    Season 1 -

    Whatever the occasion, a potluck party is one of the most basic strategies for easy entertaining. With Ina's recipes for Short Ribs and Cheddar Dill Corn Bread.
  • Say Cheese

    Season 1 -

    Tomato and goat cheese tart; savory coeur a la creme; baked brie cheese platter; roasted pears with blue cheese.
  • Say It with Food

    Season 1 -

    This is back to basics on showing someone you care by saying it with food. Ina prepares a thank you breakfast basket for a friend packed with Date Nut Spice Bread, Orange Marmalade and Homemade Muesli With Red Berries.

  • Steak and Sides

    Season 1 -

    Ina's shaking it up and turning up the volume on classic steak house recipes including filet steaks done the steakhouse way: sauteed and oven roasted to perfection with a fabulous Roquefort and Chive sauce, and sauteed wild mushrooms with crispy cornmeal fried onions rings.
  • The Magic Factor

    Season 1 -

    Ina is amping up flavor with the magic facto and a day of kitchen chemistry. With Easy Cheese Danish, Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes.
  • Turning Up The Volume

    Season 1 -

    Ina's taking everyday favourites and giving them the star treatment by adding one special ingredient. With Deeply Chocolate Gelato, Lobster Pot Pie & the Perfect Vinaigrette salad.