An Unexpected Night of Fun with Ina Garten

I was planning to go out for BBQ last night with my dad and Michael, but when 2 free tickets for the Ina Garten event at Cobb Energy Center came my way, we decided that the BBQ date could be rescheduled. Luckily, my dad understood and Michael was more than willing to accompany me to see Ina Garten.

Honestly, I didn’t really know what to expect. My only experience with Ina Garten is watching her on the Food Network, but I haven’t owned a proper TV in about 3 years, so it’s been a while since I’ve watched her show. I haven’t cooked any of her recipes and I don’t own any of her cookbooks. Maybe this is because her cooking style isn’t necessarily focused in health? This is not a bash on Ina – her cookbooks and show are wildly popular and she has a huge fan following so she must be good at what she does!

When we arrived at our seats, I was somewhat surprised to see two chairs on the stage – I thought we might be watching her cook. It turns out that Ina was interviewed by Belinda Skelton from Atlanta Living on 95.5FM. I was also surprised to see how many people were in attendance! The place was packed! We heard Ina speak about her entry into the food industry – the purchase of a specialty food store called Barefoot Contessa in East Hampton. She told stories about writing cookbooks, recipe testing and her time in Paris. The show ended with some Q&A from the audience. Her fans gave her presents and I was amazed to see how much they adore her.

What were my top four take-aways from this event that I feel like I can apply to my life?

  • Ina’s wonderful philosophy on careers: Don’t choose a profession to make money – Do what you love and do it well – the money will follow.
  • Ina's fearless ability to avoid stagnation in her career by shifting gears slightly or drastically when she feels that she’s stuck or not moving forward.
  • Ina's recipe-testing style - she will test recipes until she feels they are perfect - sometimes up to 20-25 times!

Ina’s recipes mentioned during that show that I’m going to try:

  1. Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding
  2. Accidental Turkey
  3. Homemade Gravy
  4. Outrageous Brownies

Are you an Ina Garten fan? What are you favorite Ina recipes?