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Ina Garten is taking ova in '08

HOW DID INA GARTEN SPEND HER NEW YEARS?


With svelte socialite and cookbook author Patricia Wells in France! 

From Patty's blog:
We spent it at our farmhouse in Provence, with Ina and Jeffrey Garten, who arrived on the TGV from Paris with plenty of champagne and chocolates. For the feasts, my husband, Walter, made his spectacular scrambled eggs with fresh black truffles, a remarkable oyster casserole prepared with gigantic fresh oysters from Brittany, and a wedding-cake sort of cheese course: the fat creamy Chaource cheese from Champagne which he cut into three layers and spread with truffle butter and truffles. I dried grapes from our vineyard and prepared a "Vintage 2007 Old Vines" raisin bread, and offered a golden sponge cake made with lemons from our trees, fresh local olive oil, and almonds, and prepared a mixed berry sauce from summer fruit we froze for the occasion. We both have new books coming out  this year--Ina's is Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, out with Clarkson Potter in October, and Walter and I have written our memoirs, We've Always Had Paris... which will be out with Harper Collins in May.


Also, thousands of you might be wondering why Ina is smoking in her New Year's portrait... INA IS A CIGARETTE SMOKER.  A post over at TWoP reveals that she was spotted smoking outside one of her book signings!  This makes me love her even more, TBH.

Also, I've taken some initiative and found an interview which includes some recipes from her new book Back To Basics (I wonder if Gaguilera is going to be pissed).  From the East Hampton Star (I know I know, they're a sketchy source, but they're not always wrong):

In just one week last month Ms. Garten and her assistant, Barbara Libath, had cooked up lobster corn stew, risotto cakes with Italian fontina, Parmesan roasted broccoli with pignoli nuts, Indonesian grilled swordfish, Niman Ranch burgers with caramelized onions, French apple tarts, and fresh lemon mousse.


This post is dedicated to mattchew03 who's been hospitalized due to exhaustion from the Britney updates.  Get well soon!

(sources linked throughout the post)
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