Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Celebrity Cook-Along!

Hi everyone! Happy Foodie Friday! So, what's this all about? Each month I'll pick a different Celebrity to highlight and suggest a recipe that I'll be making from that person. On the 15th of the month, I'll show what I made and let you know what I think about it.

I'll set up a linky so that you can join in if you'd like. You can make the same recipe as me, or choose another one by the same person. You can use a cookbook, magazine, jot down the recipe from a TV show or find one on the net. Pretty easy, anything goes, cooking, baking or confections. I only ask that you pick recipes from the celebrity of the month.
Let's start with someone most of us admire, Ina Garten. 
I first saw her on Food Network and find her to be a very educational entertainer.
Her recipes are easy to follow and very tasty, and I'm sure someone out there has actually been to the Barefoot Contessa while she ran it (stories please if yes!).

Since March 15th is the day of Kathleen's St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl I'm choosing:
Oh Momma:@)
Photo from foodtv.com
Ok folks, hope this new monthly feature sounds good to you.
We all have to eat-right? Might as well make it fun!
I'm joining Favorite Things Saturday because eating cooking is truly one of my favorite things!
Have a happy day!
PS-Re-posts and links are welcome!

White Truffles
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 7 ounces good white chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur (recommended: Baileys)
  • 1/2 teaspoon good vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 6 ounces bittersweet or dark chocolate, chopped

Directions

Place the cream in a heat-proof bowl, and set the bowl over a pan of simmering water. Cook until heated through. Using a wire whisk, slowly stir the white chocolate into the warm cream until completely melted. Whisk in the liqueur and vanilla. Cover and chill for 1 hour or until pliable but firm enough to scoop.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
With 2 teaspoons or a 1 1/4-inch ice cream scoop, make dollops of the chocolate mixture and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for about 15 minutes, until firm enough to roll into rough spheres.
Place the chopped hazelnuts on a sheet pan and place them in the oven for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a heat-proof bowl, set over a pan of simmering water.
Drizzle the melted bittersweet chocolate over 10 of the truffles. Roll the remaining truffles in the chopped nuts. Chill until ready to serve.

40 comments:

  1. Everything Ina makes is delicious. Sometimes I cut fat and use a sugar substitute for her recipes, but they're always good.

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  2. I haven't been to the Barefoot Contessa but Ina is my muse! I love her style, her recipes and her relationship with her husband. I've not prepared one recipe that hasn't been delicious! Can't wait to see what you'll be cooking up.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. Sounds wonderful.

    I love your "event" idea. Will have to see if I can do something.

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  4. Lynn, that's a great idea! Those truffles sound fantastic. Ina is so cool.

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  5. That sounds brilliant! I would love to join in if time permits. What a delicious recipe to start with-great choice!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  6. This sounds like a lot of fun and I love Barefoot!

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  7. Great idea, Lynn! Let's get those cookbooks out:) The truffles sound fabulous.

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  8. Lynn this sounds like fun! I'm not much of a cook but I might even try a recipe or two!

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  9. I do like Ina. She is messy in the kitchen and I like that.

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  10. The whole idea sounds great, and those truffles look delicious. I laughed at Carmie's post above mine. Meet another messy cook.

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  11. SHE is my cooking hero...great choice.
    I'll swear, girlfriend, you do come up with the best ideas for fun. I love fun...which is the main reason I blog! :))
    I know I will LOVE this recipe. Can't wait to try it.
    Now, let me see if I have this right...we have until the 15th to make something SHE makes...then, we post it on the 15th?
    Okie Dokey....I'm going to start searching right now.
    How fun.....
    xoxo bj

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  12. You got it BJ, that's all there is to it-have fun:@)

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  13. This sounds like fun, Lynn..I LOVE Ina...don't you wish you had her voice?!

    I have Barefoot In Paris and have been wanting to make a recipe so I will be joining you. Fun!

    XO,
    Janie

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  14. Lynn,
    Great idea! I haven't made any of her recipes, but I have watched her. Her food always looks amazing.

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  15. I would love to join in. My problem is that I haven't figured out how to link to this sort of thing but, in the words of Ina "how hard can that be" (or something like that)! I'll get it figured out before the 15th.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  16. She is such a wonderful TV personality and really makes gorgeous, healthy food.

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  17. Sounds like a lot of fun! I have her cookbooks, love them! Count me in!

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  18. So many things in this recipe that I love -- except for the white chocolate. Do you think I could use dark chocolate?

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  19. They look so pretty and so yummy, Lynn...Christine

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  20. Sounds like fun. I'll see if my "chef" will share his kitchen. LOL
    ~ Sarah

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  21. I'm out of Irish cream, need to hit the store soon.

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  22. Great idea! I'd love to join in...I watch her everyday!

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  23. I'm in ... if I can remember! I do love Ina ... like her history ... and her husband is such a cutie!

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  24. What a great blogging event! I was looking for a new one to participate in! Perfect! I love Ina and these truffles, amazing! Thanks for hosting.

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  25. I have my food prepared, photographed and just about eaten "all up" so I am ready to go.:)))
    That's what's so great about this kind of meme..we can do it anytime we want and be ready for the linky.:))
    hugs, bj

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  26. Hi Lynn,
    You do have the best ideas!
    Count me in, too.
    I think I have all of Ina's cook books and use them often.

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  27. Those look wonderful! And thanks for mentioning my party.
    So your party is the same night as mine? I will have to find a recipe of Ina's to use that has something to do with St. Patrick's Day?

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  28. Great idea for a weekly event. Those look so good. I can't wait to hear how they turn out. Thanks for linking to Favorite Things. I'm afraid that most people who were stationed at BAFB didn't much like Blytheville. That is so funny that you were here. We might have run into each other when you lived here. laurie

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  29. Count me in, this sounds like so much fun!
    Truffles, just in time. I am having a High Tea for a friend next week, and I'm making these truffles~ YUMMY!

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  30. I love Ina Garten. I watch her cook(on cooking channel) for Jeffery most every day, they are the sweetest couple.
    And I have one of her cookbooks, she is wonderful, and this recipe,WOW!,let's just say anything with chocolate is my best friend.
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

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  31. Chocolate with Ina Garten, sounds like a good way to start off this cooking event!

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  32. I am a devoted Ina fan...I watch her shows over and over and have everyone of her cook books! What a great idea!!

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  33. I love Ina Garten as well . I shared my version of her Red Velvet Cupcakes in my very first post. I would love to join in ...Thank you for the great idea !

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  34. Ina is one of my favorites. I like almost everything she does. I say almost because I just made her grilled bread with prosciutto for my blog and, for the first time for one of Ina's recipes, I thought it was too rich and overpowering. However, I'm a big fan and have all of her cookbooks and will continue to buy any that she publishes.
    Sam

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  35. I great idea, I hope to join in too! Those white truffles look delicious!

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  36. Just found your blog through StoneGable... Love this idea and absolutely adore Ina Garten... I have all her books so will have to choose something and get it done this weekend.... So much fun!!!

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  37. What a great idea! Sounds like so much fun!

    Katherine

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  38. I own all of Ina's cookbooks, I have my recipe selected - will see you tomorrow! Headed to the grocery store.....

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  39. I just love Ina. Everything she makes is delicious. She makes me think I might be able to cook.

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