Barefoot Contessa Gives Tips On Organizing Your Kitchen

The Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, sat down with House Beautiful’s former editor in chief, Stephen Drucker, and talks about how to organize one’s kitchen.  If he looks familiar to you, it’s because he has been on a few episodes of the Barefoot Contessa.  I think I have some kitchen reorganization to start planning, stat!


Tried and True: Marcus Samuelsson’s Apple Cake

I can’t begin to tell you how sick I’ve been the entire week.  Getting readjusted to the Northern Chill has been quite the experience for this formerly stuck in Florida gal.  So, the gift guides will resume tomorrow and over the weekend – just in time for you to hurry for that last minute shopping…

However, I wanted to put this recipe on your radar.  I adore the magazine House Beautiful – after all, Ina Garten does write for it.  Besides getting design inspiration for my new abode, the great recipes that are featured are always killer.  They did a quick article on Marcus Samuelsson’s new cookbook New American Table and there was this recipe for Apple Cake that I had to try.  All the ingredients were already in my pantry and since I’m working through my baking phobia, I figured why not try it.

First of all, I’m getting this cookbook ASAP.  I saw Marcus do a demo at SOBE last year and that man can cook.  Secondly, this baking thing – well, I’m starting to realize that it’s not so bad after all.  This recipe is one that you can keep in your repertoire and your guests will be thrilled.


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