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Ina Garten Quotes

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I worked for the Office of Management and Budget in the White House, on nuclear energy policy. But I decided it would be much more fun to have a specialty food store, so I left Washington D.C. and moved to the Hamptons. And how glad I am that I did!
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I use other cookbooks for inspiration. I must say I tend to cook from my own cookbooks for parties.
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I like almonds as a snackkeeps your energy up but doesn’t fill you up.
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In the summer you want fresh, light and sort of quick things; in winter you want things that are comforting, so your body really tells you you want to go towards potatoes, apples, fennel, things that are warm and comforting. And loin of pork.
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Instead of going out to dinner, buy good food. Cooking at home shows such affection. In a bad economy, it’s more important to make yourself feel good.
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Never let ’em see you sweat. Guests feel guilty if they think you’ve worked too hard to make dinner for themwhich of course you have!
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I time everything. I’m a scientist at heart.
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I always have music. I love it to be very upbeat. When you’re having drinks, I like something like Cesaria Evora. During dinner, I like the much more traditionalold Frank Sinatra and things like that.
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I measure everything, because I always think that if I’ve spent so much time making sure this recipe was exactly the way I want it, why would I want to throw things into a pot?
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You don’t have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry!
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I’m really a scientist. I follow recipes exactly – until I decide not to. And then I’ll follow something else exactly. I may decide I could turn this peach tart into a plum tart, but if I’m following a recipe, I follow it exactly.
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The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It’s a lot of work!
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I love Alton Brown‘s show ‘Good Eats,’ about the chemistry of food. It’s really thoughtful.
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My extravagance is my garden – it’s the first thing I look at every morning when I wake up. It gives me so much pleasure.
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I don’t like sitting at a table that’s too large, where everyone is too far apart. That’s a party killer.
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If you think about a Thanksgiving dinner, it’s really like making a large chicken.
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Creme Brulee is the ultimateguydessert. Make it and he’ll follow you anywhere.
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My favorite fall or winter lunch is big steaming bowls of soup. I usually invite people for around 12:30 and have two hearty soups like shrimp corn chowder and lentil sausage soup, which can be made a day or two ahead.
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When I wroteBarefoot in Paris,’ I wanted to make simple recipes that you could make at home that tasted like French classics.
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The most important thing for having a party is that the hostess is having fun. I’m very organized. I make a plan for absolutely everything. I never have anything that has to be cooked while the guests are there. The only thing I might have to do is take something out of the oven and carve it.
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People have more fun if they don’t eat so much they have to be taken home in an ambulance.
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If it’s a cocktail party, I generally make five or six different things, and I try to choose recipes that feel like a meal: a chicken thing, a fish or shrimp thing, maybe two vegetable things, and I think it’s fun to end the cocktail party with a sweet thing.
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