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Mother's Day Brunch

A beautiful Brunch table set with Ina Garten staples.

As many of you know, my mom Barbara has been Ina Garten’s assistant for more than 20 years. What started as a part-time job working on The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook turned into an exciting, life-changing career and unique friendship. Last week my mom and I decided to have an early Mother’s Day brunch and cook together. Whenever my mother visits, we cook. Mother’s Day is no exception - she has so much wisdom in the kitchen and I’m always learning from her. We laugh and chat. If I happen to rush through things or get ahead of myself, my mom gives me the “that’s not how Ina does it” line. It’s wonderful. 

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Mocha Chocolate Ice Box Cake

With Valentine’s Day coming up we are excited about all the chocolate, goodies, and desserts!! We usually celebrate at home with the whole family, and homemade dessert puts that special holiday touch on the day. So we've decided to share one of Ina Garten’s classic chocolate desserts - Ina’s Mocha Chocolate Ice Box Cake. This cake is a tried and true winner and with a little planning, you too could be enjoying this no-bake masterpiece on Valentine's Day.

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Ina Garten 'Get The Look'

We continue to be inspired by Ina Garten’s latest cookbook Cook Like A Pro - you may be tired of hearing about it by now, but there’s more! In addition to some wonderful new recipes, Cook Like A Pro also features a few photos of table settings and serving ideas. There’s a beautiful shot of Ina’s table with our Natural Round Placemats so we decide to put together another 'Get The Look' post - because who doesn’t want to emulate Ina’s classic, comfortable style? Take a look at how we used some of our favorite products to recreate the look.

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Entertaining - HÔTEL Silver



We were so excited to get our favorite HÔTEL Silver Footed Bowls back in stock - just in time for holiday entertaining. We love our HÔTEL Silver pieces - they're all beautiful and they really do make any occasion feel special. So, we took a page from Ina Garten's book (Cook Like A Pro) and brightened up our holiday tables with some silver sparkle! We hope this post sparks some inspiration for your own holiday entertaining. 

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Ina Garten's Book Tour

It’s always so exciting when Ina Garten releases a new Barefoot Contessa cookbook and we are just thrilled that Cook Like A Pro features so many of our Cassandra’s Kitchen products. But the icing on the Chocolate Chevron Cake is that I got to attend Ina’s book tour speaking series. I traveled down to Bethesda, Maryland for a lovely evening with Ina in the company of her adoring fans and fellow cooking enthusiasts.

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Baked Spinach and Zucchini



It’s finally here! We are so excited that Cook Like A Pro is finally out in the world. We love the concept of this book because really, don't we all want to cook like Ina Garten! We’re thrilled to be able to share one of the new Cook Like A Pro recipes with you. Baked Spinach and Zucchini is a delicious dish, perfect for fall and the added touch of the mini skillets make it extra special! 

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Ina's Decadent (Gluten Free) Chocolate Cake

We’re going through some diet trial and error here at Cassandra’s Kitchen. I was recently diagnosed with Lyme Disease and it was recommended that I eat gluten free to combat inflammation (it's working!!).  For the time being I'm eating gluten free and Cindy has been gluten free for years, so it seemed appropriate to share Ina Garten’s incredible Decadent (Gluten Free!) Chocolate Cake (it’s so good, you’ll say ‘gluten who?’).

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Panzanella & Summer Garden Pasta



The season is rolling along and we have our favorite summer recipes on repeat. Ina Garten’s Summer Garden Pasta is a summer staple – when you have fresh, local tomatoes at your disposal you look for every tomato recipe available! And this year, I finally made Ina’s Panzanella. This recipe gets rave reviews but I never made it myself. Now that I’ve made it, I may never stop.

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Strawberry Season



It’s strawberry season. Last year we attempted strawberry jam (I promise we will try it again with my mom’s supervision!). This year, after grabbing our haul from Maple Acres Farm, we decided on strawberry shortcakes and Ina Garten’s fruit tart! George came back to give us his baking tips and enjoy the deliciousness of our favorite summer fruit.

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