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Introducing Trent's Favorites

Introducing Trent's Favorites

We really haven't kept it a secret: we adore Trent from @storeboughtisfine. I'm sure you've seen him on our Instagram stories, our lives, and even an instagram post here and there.

So, who is Trent exactly? Well, we'd love to introduce you!

You probably remember Trent from this post and this one, too.

Trent has become a dear friend of mine over the years and we share a mutual love for all things Ina Garten. When he began cooking his way through not one, but all of Ina's cookbooks - I knew we really would make such great friends.


Not only do we all adore Trent for his love of Ina & him sharing his way through each cookbook, he's also the kindest person ever. If you've ever spoken to him on Instagram and thought "wow, he is so nice!" I can attest to you - he's genuinely that nice in person, too.

So, without further adieu - I'd love to share Trent's top 5 favorite recipes from his time working his way through Ina's cookbooks!

And, we'd love to hear from you in the comments. What recipe has been your favorite?

 Recipe 1: Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce | View on Trent's Instagram | View Ina's Recipe

Recipe 2: Rigatoni with Sausage & Fennel | View on Trent's Instagram | View Ina's Recipe

Recipe 3: Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake | View on Trent's Instagram | View Ina's Recipe

Recipe 4: Fried Chicken Sandwich | View on Trent's Instagram | View Ina's Recipe

Recipe 5: Charlie Bird Farro Salad | View on Trent's Instagram | View Ina's Recipe

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Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cupcakes

Ina Garten’s Beatty’s Chocolate Cupcakes
Ina Garten’s Beatty’s chocolate cake recipe is the best cake recipe hands down.  Fans were thrilled when Ina recently shared how to make it into cupcakes.  The recipe is still the same but it helps to know how long to bake them for - And Ina suggests doubling the icing recipe.
The cake recipe is below.  Instead of preparing cake pans, you’ll want to prepare cupcake pan.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and allow to cool for 30 min.  And finally, double the frosting recipe.  
“Doubling the frosting recipe makes a little too much frosting,” Garten says, “but I’ve never found that to be a problem, have you??”
Beatty's Chocolate Cake
For the cake:
Butter, for greasing the pans
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pans
2 cups sugar
3/4 cups good cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shaken
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon brand)
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
For the frosting:
6 ounces good semisweet chocolate (recommended: Callebaut)
1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 extra-large egg yolk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon brand)
1 1/4 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter two 8-inch x 2-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper, then butter and flour the pans.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.
In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
Place 1 layer, flat side up, on a flat plate or cake pedestal. With a knife or offset spatula, spread the top with frosting. Place the second layer on top, rounded side up, and spread the frosting evenly on the top and sides of the cake.

Chocolate Frosting:

Chop the chocolate and place it in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until just melted and set aside until cooled to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until light yellow and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg yolk and vanilla and continue beating for 3 minutes.
Turn the mixer to low, gradually add the confectioners' sugar, then beat at medium speed, scraping down the bowl as necessary, until smooth and creamy. Dissolve the coffee powder in 2 teaspoons of the hottest tap water. On low speed, add the chocolate and coffee to the butter mixture and mix until blended. Don't whip! Spread immediately on the cooled cake.
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Cooking with Barbara: Swordfish & Salad

Cooking with Barbara: Swordfish & Salad

My parents were visiting for New Years recently and I knew it was the perfect opportunity to cook with my mom.  I learn so much cooking with my mom.  As many of you know, my mom (Barbara Libath) was Ina Garten's assistant for 20+ years.

 One of her jobs then (and still today) is to test recipes.  Is there anyone better to learn from? And truthfully, one thing my mom is really good at is pulling together great menus with Barefoot Contessa Recipes. 

On New Year's Eve, we wanted to serve fresh seafood so I visited a local seafood shop, Bluffton Oyster Company, for some swordfish.  My mom suggested that the Balsamic Onions and Blue Cheese Salad would compliment it.  Of course, she was right (mothers are always right!) It was a delicious meal that we could serve again and again and perfect for any occasion.
If you're looking for some of these recipes or recipes similar to them - we highly suggest The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook & Barefoot Contessa Parties!.
Here are some handy links: 
Balsamic Onions and Blue Cheese Salad Barefoot Contessa Parties pg 122
Swordfish with Tomatoes and Capers - Barefoot Contessa Cookbook pg 136 
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Ina Garten Blood Orange Cosmos

Ina Garten Blood Orange Cosmos
Ina Garten recently shared a picture on instagram of Blood Orange Cosmo’s and it became all the rage.  I had to give it a try and it’s the perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail.  They are gorgeous and delicious.  Lots of juicing to do so an electric juicer is a must!
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