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Happy Mother's Day

In honor of Mother’s Day I wanted to write a bit about my own mother, Barbara. She’s not only a supportive and loving mom, but she’s become quite the cook and has been Ina Garten’s personal assistant for the last 16 years. Her encouragement and support plays a significant role as Cindy and I continue to move forward with Cassandra’s Kitchen.

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In The Kitchen - Tacos & Guacamole

As a mother of three kids under the age of 7, I do my best to serve as much ‘real’ food as possible. I’m far from perfect, but over the past few years I’ve been on a mission to replace some of our frequently-used-but-not-so-good-for-you products with healthier, simpler alternatives. I found a great no-filler taco seasoning that doesn't disappoint!

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Our Visit with Hôtel Silver Collector Ginger Kilbane

Earlier this month, Cassandra and I had to opportunity to visit Hôtel Silver collector and dealer, Ginger Kilbane. We get lots of questions about the silver Ina Garten uses and displays  - we're thrilled to be able to offer Ina fans and our customers these same incredible pieces, but we also wanted to give you a glimpse into the passionate woman responsible for bringing you (and Ina) Hôtel Silver.

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In The Kitchen - Roast Chicken and Veggies

It’s snowing again in NY and we have been in the mood for something warm, cozy, and comforting…nothing better than Roast Chicken. I use Ina’s Perfect Roast Chicken recipe as a guide and change it up depending on what’s in my fridge. This week I had potatoes and sweet potatoes, so that’s what I used and it was delicious!

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Pizza Party, Ina Style

Pizza Party, Ina Style

This week Cindy and I got our families together for a pizza party as a kind of ‘test run’ for Super Bowl Sunday entertaining. We took a cue from the recipes featured in Pizza Party from the Barefoot Contessa Parties! cook book…Caesar Salad with Pancetta, California Pizzas, and Ice Cream Sodas.

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Cozy Chicken Soup

It looks like the first major snow storm of the winter is going to hit the east coast over the next few days. In preparation for a cozy weekend inside, I’ve decided to cook (and share) my Cure-all Chicken Soup. I make this soup all winter long…at the slightest cough...

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Leftovers

Leftovers

Thanksgiving in our house means turkey for days (in a good way). There’s always so much food and it’s all so good. I look forward to the leftovers and eating a turkey feast for lunch, in my kitchen, with much less pomp and circumstance.

The Plan B Containers are an easy way to divvy up leftovers for all of your guests. They're perfect for transport and you don't have to worry about tracking down your containers post holiday. I put portions of turkey, potatoes, and veggies all in one. For gravy and cranberry sauce I use the small Clear Plastic Containers – since everyone likes to add their own. I think I may put together a ‘leftover mash-up’ by layering turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn, and gravy (so good!).

I love to use the Wrap‘n Snap to help store leftovers. At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. It looked like there was a lot to it, and off-the-roll plastic wrap seemed simpler. NO WAY! Now I use it nearly every day and on occasions like Thanksgiving, it’s a lifesaver. No more frustration or time spent trying to keep the plastic from bunching up and then unbunching it. Just pull out the plastic film (I use Stretch-Tite, it's Ina's favorite), close the lid, and release. I use it to wrap leftovers right in the bowl and keep food fresh while in the fridge or waiting to be served. The cutting blade isn’t exposed so I let me kids use it to wrap up avocados or fruit. It’s easy, and even kind of fun. And when I don't need it, I store it in a drawer under my counter for easy access.

We took a few photos to show how simple it is.

--Cassandra

 

 

 

 

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