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Ina's show "Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics" airs Sunday at 7:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Monday at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday - Thursday at 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m., and Friday at 12:30 p.m. on Food Network (all times ET.)

Filmed in Ina's kitchen in East Hampton, New York, each 30-minute episode features recipes, menus, and serving ideas for stress-free cooking, baking, and entertaining.

Below are this week's programs. Just click on the name for the full recipe.



Food Network Schedule April 27 - May 3
Monday, 1:30pm/12:30c - Fruit All Ways
This sweet and savory episode is fruit all the way - and anything goes. Ina is pushing the boundaries by shaking up the classics, getting the scoop on fruit desserts from local Chef Laura Donnelly and finding interesting new ways to cook with fruit.
  •  Apple Chutney
  •  French Nougatine
  •  Wild Rice Salad Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?


Monday 4:00pm/3:00c - Eat Like a Local
The Barefoot Contessa’s on vacation in Napa and a trip to the local St. Helena Farmer’s Market inspires a fabulous lunch of Tomato Crostini and Whipped Feta. Then it’s Thomas Keller-style take out – Ina’s getting Buttermilk Fried Chicken from his restaurant Ad Hoc, plus the secret recipe from the chef. As the sun sets, it’s cocktail hour in California, complete with Ina’s thyme Roasted Marcona Almonds and a cocktail master class with top mixologist Jon Gasparini - Basil Gimlet or Napa Spritz anyone?
  •  Buttermilk Fried Chicken
  •  Basil Gimlet
  •  Napa Spritz
  •  Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
  •  Thyme-Roasted Marcona Almonds Barefoot Contessa Foolproof


Monday, 4:30pm/3:30c - Perfect Dinner Party
It’s back to basics on how to throw the perfect dinner party. The secret is a meal in three acts with a perfect, sweet happy ending. Ina works with easy store-bought appetizers, makes delicious Scallop Gratins for dinner, and finally, ends the meal with two wonderful home-made candies – White Chocolate Bark and Fleur de Sel Caramels.
  •  Bay Scallops Gratin Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Fleur de Sel Caramels Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  White Chocolate Bark


Tuesday, 1:30pm/12:30c - Cooking with Wine
Ina reveals the secrets of cooking with wine and gets the low down on cheese and wine pairings from her friend and wine expert Martine Warner. Then she sits down to tackle several "Ask Ina" wine questions.
  •  Wild Mushroom Risotto Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Beef Short Ribs
  •  Fresh Raspberry Gratins Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics


Tuesday, 4:00pm/3:00c - Good Stuff
There’s good food and great culinary adventures as Ina Garten explores the culinary scenes and cooks on her vacation in Napa.  There’s an incredible California-style lunch alfresco with Roasted Asparagus and Prosciutto drizzled in Easy Hollandaise using the best products from local markets. Then there's an unbelievable steak master class with Ina’s friend Tyler Florence at his restaurant El Paseo, where he’s sharing the secrets to making a perfectly cooked Porterhouse Steak. Then off with Jeffrey on a covert mission to blend a bottle of Chateau Garten, Ina’s heading to San Francisco to shop for everything she needs for a perfect no-cook sunset picnic right in the middle of a vineyard.
  •  El Paseo Porterhouse Steak
  •  Napa Picnic
  •  Roasted Asparagus & Prosciutto Barefoot Contessa Foolproof
  •  Easy Hollandaise Sauce Barefoot Contessa Foolproof


Tuesday, 4:30pm/3:30c - Chicken Story
It all starts with one chicken, a Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken served with Baby Leaf Salad with Bacon and Parmesan. The same chicken lives on to become Chicken Stock and Chicken Tabbouleh Salad, and to further celebrate chicken, Ina invites her garden designer friend to decorate the garden with lights and candles with a stunning end result.
  •  Baby Leaf Salad with Bacon
  •  Chicken Stock Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Chicken with Tabbouleh Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken


Wednesday, 1:30pm/12:30c - Market Day
Inspired by local food producers, Ina is creating delicious recipes that celebrate the incredible ingredients she can find right on her doorstep. First, she uses Long Island honey to make her Honey Vanilla Pound Cake, and next, she uses cheese from award-winning Mecox Diary to make Mache with Atlantic Mist cheese and apples. Also included are new ideas to preserve flavor, including Homemade Vanilla Extract, Raspberry Vodka, and Garlic and Lemon Oil inspired by local company East End Foodies. Finally, Ina tackes questions on local ingredients and seasonal produce in a segment of "Ask Ina."
  •  Basil Mayonnaise
  •  Garlic & Lemon Oil
  •  Honey Vanilla Pound Cake Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Mache with Warm Brie & Apples Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Radishes with Butter and Salt Barefoot in Paris
  •  Roasted Beets Barefoot in Paris
  •  Vanilla Extract Barefoot in Paris


Wednesday, 4:00pm/3:00c - Jeffrey Dinner
It’s Friday night and Ina is cooking up a delicious steak dinner for Jeffrey with a twist-- because this time, Jeffrey’s making his own supper on the grill. There’s Herbed Ricotta Bruschetta and Grilled Steak and Arugula, and Watermelon Mojitos to wash it all down. Then everyone gets the chance to "Ask Ina" about their own dinner party dilemmas.
  •  Herbed Ricotta Bruschettas Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Watermelon Mojito Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Steakhouse Steaks Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?
  •  Grilled Filet Steaks and Arugula
  •  Grilled Tuna Steaks


Wednesday, 4:30pm/3:00c - Canapes and Canvases
Ina’s friend is hosting an art exhibition and needs a menu that can stand the test of time and is easy to eat while standing and chatting. Ina’s challenge is to design a menu that looks and tastes good at 6pm right through until 9pm. Grilled Lemon Chicken with a Satay Dip, Cheese Straws, Cheese Platter, Spanakopita and edible topiaries. The real star of the show will be Ina’s draw dropping edible artwork – the food table. The gallery goers will struggle to keep their eyes on the art and away from the food table.
  •  Cheese Straws Barefoot in Paris
  •  Grilled Lemon Chicken with Satay Dip The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Spanakopita
  •  Fruit and Cheese Platter The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook


Thursday, 1:30pm/12:30c - Keep it Sweet
Ina says no one ever remembers what they ate for the main course, but they always remember dessert. This really is a case of saving the best for last, as Ina shares her ideas and recipes for the perfect sweet and savory way to end a meal.
  •  Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Lime Meringue Tart
  •  Peach and Blueberry Crumbles Barefoot Contessa at Home


Thursday, 4:00pm/3:00c - Perfect Cocktail Party
Ina shares her foolproof formula for the perfect cocktail party. There are Canapés – home made, store bought and assembled-- cocktails with the help of cocktail expert and friend Glenn Laughton, from Red Bar, and tips on setting up a cocktail bar at home. Then its time for cocktail hour in Ask Ina, as she tackles everyone’s cocktail party dilemmas.
  •  Turkey Tea Sandwiches The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Grilled Lemon Chicken The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Parmesan & Thyme Crackers Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Juice of a Few Flowers Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics
  •  Ina-Tini
  •  Shrimp Skewers
  •  Shrimp with Russian Dressing
  •  Blinis with Creme Fraiche and Smoked Salmon


Thursday, 4:30pm/3:30c - Tex Mex Homecoming
Friday night is chicken night in the Garten household- it means Roast Chickenand no surprises. Until now. Tonight, Jeffrey’s in for a big surprise when he gets home from working away all week. Ina’s swapping her traditional roast for chicken with attitude in a Tex Mex feast in the garden. On the menu -Tequila Lime Chicken cooked on the grill served with Guacamole, Corn Pudding and a stunning Frozen Key Lime Pie for dessert
  •  Guacamole The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Tequila Lime Chicken Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Sagaponack Corn Pudding Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Frozen Key Lime Pie Barefoot Contessa Family Style


Sunday 8:00a.m./7:00c - Tex Mex Fiesta
Ina makes the perfect Tex Mex meal with the help of her friend Devon Fredericks, who shares her award winning chilli recipe. Plus, she and Ina put together the perfect Tex Mex table setting and fantastic chilli side ideas. And since no day is complete without "Ask Ina," Ina answers everyone’s questions on Tex Mex cooking at home.
  •  Devon's Award Winning Chili
  •  La Fondita Fish Taco
  •  Tequila Lime Chicken Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  •  Guacamole The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
  •  Pink Grapefruit Margaritas