Ina Garten Once Said…

Ina Rosenberg Garten was born on February 2, 1948. Ina is an author, and best known for the Food Network show Barefoot Contessa.

Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them comfortable. – Ina Garten

Sometimes the most simplistic things are the things that taste the richest. Using quality ingredients and making it at home is something special. I’ll be the first to admit everyone gets lazy from time to time especially when you’re working or not feeling good and we use that to justify someone else cooking. I do enjoy cooking and experimenting. One thing that happened when I got sick is that I lost my appetite and found myself just trying to get the virus out of my system as quickly as I could.

I use other cookbooks for inspiration. I must say I tend to cook from my own cookbooks for parties. – Ina Garten

That’s how I tend to view recipes and cookbooks much like this as more of an inspiration for me. I almost always tend to tweak almost all the recipes I decide I want to cook. I tend to add things that I feel would be a nice addition and look at recipes more loosely than some people. I think a lot of home cooks tend to do that. We tend to cook for what we want to have and our likes but we do take others into consideration as well.

The thing about all my food is that everything is a remembered flavor. Maybe it’s something I had as a child or maybe it’s something I had in Milan, but I want it to taste better than you ever thought. – Ina Garten

I’ve had the privilege of having lived multiple places and visited many more. In my travels I have found that I enjoy trying something local and I can relate to what Ina is talking about here. We often try to recreate something that we loved when we went somewhere and sometimes we are able to come up with something similar or maybe even something better. That’s part of the fun in cooking and experimenting.