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This Week's Foodie Freebie: Ina Garten Cookbooks

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Welcome back from the (holiday) weekend! It was a fun and food filled weekend at our place with friends and family. I hosted four events including:
Stay tuned to the recipes which I'll be posting here in the coming days!

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This week, I'm looking forward to the weekend where I am planning a dinner highlighting Ina Garten. She's probably one of the very few celebrities I watch on Food Network. Her recipes have yet to fail me and I love how elegant and simple her recipes are. I'm sure I'm not the only one who admires her. I have yet to build my Ina Garten cookbook selection since she has so many great cookbooks I'd like to have for myself. So this week for my foodie freebie, I'm giving a lucky reader one of Ina's cookbooks of their choice! Ina Garten Cookbooks include:



Interested in participating? Read on!

Some guidelines:
- Giveaway is only for those who live in the United States - my apologies to my international readers!
- You must have a valid email address (within your comment or blog link) so that you can be contacted if you win.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment answering:

- What is your favorite Ina Garten recipe - either one you've tried or would like to try making?


Deadline:
Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 12 midnight CST.

ONE WINNER will be randomly chosen by Random. Org's Interger Generator based on the number of your comment and will be announced on Friday, September 11, 2009. Good luck!

113 comments

  1. Someday I'd love to make Ina's Lobster Mac & Cheese.


    With a lactose intolerant husband and both of us watching what we eat, this may never happen. But, it looks so amazingly indulgent!

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  2. I love her outrageous brownies recipe! :)

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  3. I love her "Perfect Roasted Chicken" dish.

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  4. I made her coconut macaroons and they were delicious. I want to try more of her desserts - anything will do!!
    Kristin
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  5. I am starting to go to Ina's recipes more and more. I want to try her Chicken Pot Pies or her Tequilla Lime Chicken. They just sound so good!

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  6. Her Cheddar Corn Chowder is amazing. I forwarn you cut the recipe in half, you do not have a pot big enough for the whole recipe, trust me.
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  7. i really like her lemon yogurt cake, surprisingly since I'm not even that big on lemon! but its delicious!

    i've been dying to try the outrageous brownies though!

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  8. I'd like to make anything with lots of butter... so anything she makes, really.

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  9. I really like her mustard chicken salad for a change from the normal chicken salad!

    Nicole G.
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  10. Hands down favorite, her Scallops Provencal.

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  11. I've heard nothing but great things about her outrageous brownie recipe but haven't tried it yet!

    evitawylie at hotmail dot com

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  12. I'd love to try her Portobello Mushroom Lasagna! Great giveaway!! :)

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  13. I just tried her chicken with 40 cloves of garlic a few weeks ago. It was Ahh-Maa-Zing!!!! One of the best chicken recipes I've ever made! Will definitely make it again. Would love to try her shrimp bisque next. :-)

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  14. My husband and I love her Beatty's Chocolate cake. It's become an Easter tradition.

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  15. I'm a fan of Ina!
    I love her Chicken Piccata recipe.

    Also her yogurt pound cake one is excellent.

    I have most of Ina's books on my amazon wishlist. I only own Barefoot Contessa at Home.

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  16. I love Ina! Just about everything she makes looks fantastic. Recently, I've tried a short rib recipe and a great salad with squash and dried cranberries and walnuts and parmesean cheese. It doesn't sound like those things go together, but they do!

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  17. I second Beatty's chocolate cake. It's the best chocolate cake you'll ever eat!

    Also - love her chicken picatta recipe. It's one I go to on those nights I don't feel like putting much thought into cooking!

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  18. Ina in my absolute favorite!! Amazing Give away. If I have to pick a favorite recipe it would be her brisket with onions and carrots.

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  19. Her Panzenalla Salad is awesome I just yesterday for a labor day BBQ ! to use up some of my homegrown tomatoes ! SOO refreshing and awesome ! LOVE IT every time I make it

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  20. It's so hard to single out one recipe from Ina Garten's many cookbooks. But if I had to pick one, it would have to be her Sunday Rib Roast complete with a Mustard Horseradish Sauce. It's classic, simple and always a clear favorite when I serve it.

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  21. we love her goat cheese and tomato tarts!

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  22. I haven't made a TON of recipes by Ina, but I love her jalapeno cheddar cornbread. So delicious.

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  23. I love her Key Lime Chicken....ummmmm.

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  24. Hard to pick just one, but I would say - Parmesan Chicken!

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  25. I love love love her Coconut Cupcakes recipe and her Dinner Spanakopita recipe. So good!

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  26. I have to hang my head in shame because I haven't tried any of her recipes yet. But I love her show and like you, everything looks so amazing! I really want to try the lemon yogurt cake.

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  27. I love fruit tarts, so if I ever feel brave enough to try this, I would love to try Ina's strawberry tart recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/strawberry-tarts-recipe/index.html : )

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  28. I love her French Onion Soup recipe! Sooooo goood!!!

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  29. I recently made Ina's shrimp & orzo salad and it was a HUGE hit! That one is my fave for sure.

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  30. I watched her make lemon curd on TV once. I'd love to give that a try! It's one of my favorite things!

    jlsemon at gmail dot com

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  31. I made Ina's Parmesan chicken- the one from the show, Mystery Dinner Guest where Mel Brooks comes! It was absolutely delicious, so tender and juicy. The crust wasn't overbearing on the chicken and along with the salad, it was one of the best meals I've made from Ina.

    Also, my friend and I made Beaty's chocolate cake for her husband's birthday- BEST CAKE EVER!!!

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  32. I love her roasted chicken, her tarts, goat cheese tarts, roasted vegetables...love her!





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  33. So far, I've gotten nothing but rave reviews for her turkey sausage lasagna. Your menus sound fabulous (as Ina might say)!

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  34. I love her cheese straws- so simple, and so good! They're perfect for spur of the moment get togethers.

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  35. Her chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing are fantastic, and I would love to try her lobster mac n cheese!

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  36. Great giveaway! Her chicken with 40cloves of garlic is on my "will make very soon" list

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  37. If I had to pick one favorite, it would be company pot roast. It's so simple and seriously delicious.

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  38. I'd been looking for a new way to cook salmon so I tried her Eli's Asian Salmon. I loved it!

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  39. I LOVE her Outrageous Brownies. I'm a chocolate fiend. They were soooo good. I also like her simple chicken salad that she made on her "Ladies who lunch" episode.

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  40. Her roasted brussels sprouts are excellent, and I really want/need to make her outrageous brownies someday!

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  41. I love almost everything about Ina, but my favorite recipe overall would have to be her Outrageous Brownies. Especially with peanut butter chips or a pb swirl!

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  42. her lemon yogurt cake is one of my favorites. mmmmmm

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  43. It's so hard to choose one favorite from Ina's recipes. Top recipe for me is here Macaroni & Cheese. The bread crumb topping and fresh tomatoes is to die for. I also love here Penne With Five Cheeses.

    Awesome giveway! Thank you!

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  44. It's so hard to pick! I'm going to go with mac&cheese too!

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  45. Guacamole Salad. Love the combination of several flavors and textures.

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  46. Oh man i've heard of so many great ina garten recipes but i've yet to try any myself! i think the first thing i'd try is baked mac and cheese or the outrageous brownies

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  47. Im dying to try the outrageous brownie recipe!

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  48. I really want to try her ooey-gooey lobster mac and cheese. It looks so fabulous, but I just haven't had an excuse to make it yet! I think I will try it this fall when I'm looking for some serious comfort food :)

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  49. I saw her make a croissant bread pudding once that looked SO good!!

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  50. One of my favorites is her lobster pot pie. And jsut about any dessert she makes. I love Ina. I watch her while I am at the gym and it makes me sooooo hungry.

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  51. Too many to names, but easy cheese danish would be one. Homemade caramel, her muffins are so out of the world! ~ Yudith

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  52. I love watching Ina cook and I love her recipes!

    I want to try her Pesto, Peas, and Pasta dish. I just haven't had an opportunity yet!

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  53. I really enjoyed the white pizza with arugala but to be honest I have not tried a bad recipe of hers!

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  54. I watch her almost every evening during the week, but I've yet to actually make one of her recipes! I am just now realizing this. I really want to make her brownies because everyone raves about them on WC.

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  55. My favorite so far is the pasta with pesto and peas!

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  56. Scallops Provencal are so out of the world ! Great giveaway !!! :)

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  57. I SOOOO want to try her chicken with 40 cloves of garlic recipe! I made lemon spaghetti once. I think that was her recipe. It was WAY to lemony but still good. I want to try making it again and hopefully it will turn out better.

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  58. I watched an episode of Back to Basics yesterday on Food Network, and decided I MUST try her cornbread muffins as soon as possible. They looked wonderful!

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  59. I love her Chicken Piccata recipe, but I add capers.

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  60. Her honey vanilla pound cake is delicious!!!

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  61. I Love Ina! I haven't tried any of her recipes myself yet, but they all look so good. I would love to try her lobster mac and cheese...yum!

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  62. I've used a number of her recipes and created spinoffs from them, grilled pizzas and pesto pasta are probably what I'm most known for. Her coconut cupcakes are to die for and I am always getting requests for those too, really I've yet to have one of her recipes flop!

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  63. I love all Ina's recipes. She makes everything look delicious, and the best part is, I don't feel intimidated by any tricky procedures or obscure ingredients. Which is why I am making her lime curd tart next.

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) coom

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  64. I also have yet to try anything myself (I rarely make recipes from Food Network chefs, as much as I love them!), but her outrageous brownies or mac & cheese sound awesome.

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  65. I just made her Vegetable Lentil Soup last night. It was a rainy day so it was super delicious.
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  66. Oooh, I love her!! I really want to try making her scones. I saw her make them on the Food Network once and have been dying to try them ever since!

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  67. I've had her Easy Sticky Buns recipe bookmarked for a while now. I should try these soon! Yum!

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  68. I would love to try out her Wild Mushroom Lasagna with white sauce. I also want to explore the world of soups; so any recipes she has, like the Winter Squash Soup sounds delightful! But I have yet to watch a show where my mouth wasn't watering in the end! :)

    E-mail: vioart527 at hotmail.com

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  69. I made her tequila lime chicken and thought it was great!

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  70. It's hard to pick a favorite, so I'll choose the recipe I just prepared two days ago...Scott's Short Ribs!

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  71. I am dying to try her lobster mac and cheese. It looks divine!!

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  72. I have been wanting to make her 40 cloves of garlic chicken for about 2 years now!

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  73. Her tequila lime chicken is great, but I've always heard wonderful things about the lemon yogurt pound cake. Someday I need to make it!

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  74. I default to her Roasted Chicken every time I am baking chicken.

    It's tough to pick a favorite, but the top picks are curried couscous salad, outrageous brownies, and her lemon yogurt pound cake.

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  75. I love so many of her recipes, but the biggest hit with my family is always her lemon cake. SO good.

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  76. Outrageous brownies and Tequila Lime Chicken! I really want to tackle the lobster mac and cheese.

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  77. I made her sour cream coffee cake for my co-workers today! It was the best Ina recipe I've made so far -- but I haven't had a lot of experience with her stuff yet!

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  78. I love her roast chicken with garlic, rosemary and lemon... tons of butter under the skin! :)

    ginnygetsfloury [at] gmail [dot] com

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  79. Her baked lentils have become a real staple around my house. Healthy and delish. I love that she keeps it simple, but still indulgent and impressive. :D

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  80. What timing! I just got a Thank Younote from my Aunt Ann who adores Ina's lemon cakes which she called, "the best cake in the whole world!" I make it for her birthday every year. She turned 75 in August. The recipe uses 8 lemons (with zest), a labor of love, but worth it! It makes 2 pound cakes so we share one for her birthday and I give her the 2nd to keep for herself to enjoy all week. She LOVES this!

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  81. I don't know if I can pick just one! I love her parmesan chicken--so light and easy. I also love her brownie tart from her latest cookbook.

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  82. I've never made any of her recipes. I would love to win her cookbook so I can try them. The outrageous brownies sound wonderful.

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  83. I am a big fan of the Marinated Lamb Kebabs and tzatziki and want to make her rugelach (sp?) soon!

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  84. I love watching Ina work her magic in the kitchen and playing in The Hamptons! My favorite recipe I tried recently was her mushroom lasagna. When the weather becomes cooler I want to make her lobster mac n cheese...MMMMM!
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  85. The outrageous brownies are on my lsit to try!

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  86. I have made a number of her recipes and they seem to always come out as described, which is amazing!! I love her reliability. I recently made the Roasted Shrimp Orzo Salad and it was perfect for a summer BBQ.

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  87. I have made so many Ina recipes, I don't know if I can pick just one! I guess if I have to pick I would go with the Chinese Chicken Salad, so good!

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  88. Her pan fried onion dip, chocolate cake, pecan rolls, geez..the list goes on..

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  89. I love INA! I actually just had some roasted veggies I made following Ina's recipe. They were devine! I wish I had brought more for lunch! Luckily, I have more leftovers at home! :)

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  90. I love Ina!! I have several favorites that just jumped to the top of my head - chinese chicken salad (which I made again today!), panzanella and butternut squash risotto... YUM!

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  91. This fall, I'm definitely going to try her chicken with 40 cloves of garlic - my husband and I both love garlic and long-simmered dishes in cold weather, so I'm really looking forward to cooler temperatures for this.

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  92. Outrageous brownies-- or any of her desserts mmmmm

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  93. I REALLY want to make her coconut cupcakes!! YUM!!

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  94. Her Coq Au Vin. I saw her make it once and have been just dying to ever since.

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  95. I would love to try and make her french onion soup, but haven't yet!

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  96. I love, love, love her outrageous brownies!!! I also love her chicken salad. I just enjoyed that for lunch today.

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  97. I want to make her chicken piccata! I've made her parmesan and black pepper crackers, and they were awesome!

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  98. After trying her Chicken Pot Pie recipe a few months ago, it's my new go-to pot pie recipe! Yum!!!

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  99. I haven't tried one yet that I didn't like, so choosing a favorite would be hard, but I do love her outrageous brownies!

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  100. Ina is my foodie goddess, I love all her recipes. My top favorites are Easy Strawberry Jam & Chicken Picatta.

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  101. My favorite of Ina's recipes is her Blue Cheese Soufflé.
    It is simple eough for a week night supper and elegant enough for a dinner party.
    This soufflé came out just perfect evertytime that I made it.
    Merci beaucoup, Ina...!

    I only own "Barefoot in Paris" and would love to own her first book...

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  102. My favorite recipe is her Parmesan Chicken Sticks. I also love her chocolate sheet cake. But I would love to try her Outrageous Brownies.

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  103. i made her dijon mustard tenderloin with roasted veggies- this was the first time i had attempted to cook a tenderloin and my husband was so impressed!

    monica

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  104. Her french onio soup, and coconut cake!! I could live on them!! (really)

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  105. I love her tomato basil soup. It's the best I've ever had. I'd also like to try several of the cakes and tarts.

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  106. i love her brownies!! and she made a lobster chowder recently i'm dyyyyying to try :-D

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  107. It's so hard to choose just one favorite Ina Garten recipe! I think Ina's cooking/entertaining style and recipes are fantastic! If I had to choose, I would choose her macaroni and cheese - so delicious!! Her coconut cake is a CLOSE second.

    Lindsey M.
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  108. My favorite cook book is her first and my favorite recipe comes from that book.

    It is her Egg Nog recipe which I use to drink but
    also to make French Toast. All I can say is yum!
    yum!

    Aloha Nui Loa,
    Sharron

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