Posts Tagged ‘GOOP’

In praise of Ina Garten


You guys! I can’t believe how jealous I am of Gwyneth Paltrow today. Not because she is married to a rock star, is tall and blond and stunning, is best friends with fashion royalty and Tracey Anderson, has a widely read and informative blog and even not because she has her pick of any good movie role in Hollywood. I am jealous because she got to go over to Ina Garten’s house and cook with her!!!!!! Yes, Ina Garten better known as the Barefoot Contessa!

Gwyn and Ina

Photo courtesy of Barbara Liberman

All the details and recipes of the homemade ricotta with fresh herbs they made together over at GOOP. They cooked and ate a recipe from Ina’s new book How Easy is That? which just dropped on Tuesday. I’m going to pick up a copy to devour on my honeymoon. Yes that is correct, I read cookbooks, all the way through. Sarah and I highly recommend thoroughly reading Ina’s cookbooks, she has TONS of valuable cooking and entertaining advice hidden on the chapter headings and recipe introductions.

Top 3 entertaining rules I’ve learned form Ina’s books…

1. Organize your grocery list by department of the grocery store. List all the dairy you need together, then all the produce together, all the dry goods, meats and so on. Then when shopping you glance down at your list and grab all the items in that one area of the store and move onto the next section. No racing back and forth, forgetting items and loosing your mind and motivation to cook.

2. Have all of your meal prepped and ready before your guests come so you can visit with them. No one feels comfortable to relax and have a good time when the hostess is in the stressing out in the kitchen, just getting started on dinner. Prep in advance so you can enjoy the evening too.

3. Only make a few dishes but make them really good. Make 3 dishes perfectly and but buy the rest from the store or have a friend bring a dish. I often buy a spread of store bought appetizers, make 3 yummy dinner dishes and then have a guest bring dessert. This way you can enjoy the cooking process and put energy into making those cooked dishes spectacular instead of feeling overwhelmed by the 6 items you have to make in one afternoon.

Ina’s cookbooks make fantastic gifts as the recipes are simple and the instructions are very thorough. Her recipes are so well tested that literally every single recipe is delicious and you can execute it perfectly the first time making the dish (though Ina’ advises not to make a new recipe for important occasions with out doing a trail run first.) I so look forward to the day when Sarah and I are lounging in her squashy arm chairs, draped in cashmere blankets and nibbling on gougeres and toasting Veuve Clicquot with Jeffery and Ina in the Hamptons. Yes, Gwyneth can come over too. Sigh.

The Weekend Dish


by Lydia Ellison

Sarah and I are both attending a bridal shower this weekend for a friend and I’m doing some cooking for the event today. Should prove to be very beautiful, pics to follow next week. Teaser: it’s has a French theme and is being held at Kiki de Montparnasse. Oh la la.


Salads are sexy too, if you eat the leaves with your fingers. Brush up on salad making tips from The Master, Alice Waters.

Alice Waters from Green Kitchen on Vimeo.

If you want to be more like Alice and grow your own salad greens read this book or this GOOP newsletter.

herb pot

Remember my organic potted herb “garden” from last year? It has fallen into disrepair so Sunday will be devoted to potting the mint in one pot so it doesn’t vampire my other herbs! Then basil and parsley in another pot.

Happy Weekend!

Summer Reading List


By Sarah Lagrotteria

Sophie Dahl

I have a bone to pick with Gwyneth.

Goop has just released her summer reading cookbook recommendations and I have to admit they’re good ones.  She’s included fun reads and serious cook soon-to-be-classics like A Cook’s Journey to Japan.  I’ve already started Sophie Dahl’s Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights and I love her flowery prose and delightful take-no-prisoners attitude in the kitchen.  She’s exactly the kind of cook you hope to have in your coterie of pals– warm, witty and messy to boot.

And I really, really want a copy of The Flavour Thesaurus.  But flavour books aren’t readily available stateside.  At least not yet.

No fair, Gwyneth.  It’s cruel, really.

Maybe that cardamom cooler will help…



The Weekend Dish


by Lydia Ellison

Happy Holiday Weekend Y’all! Hope you have something fab in store for the following few days. Sarah has her darling sister and fabulous Aunt in town and they will be painting the town red all weekend. I am THRILLED to have almost no plans this weekend save for a mellow BBQ on Sunday.

These homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches were a big hit at last year’s July 4th BBQ, they offered the perfect retro chic Americana vibe.

ice cream sandwich

Definitely planning to go the Farmer’s Market on Saturday to get a supplies for my famous Watermelon Margaritas to bring to the festivities on Sunday. Wish I had a big drink dispenser like this one from Napa Style to serve them in…

drink dispenser

Snippet & Ink made a collage of a color combo that has me really jazzed lately… tomato and mint aka turquoise and red. Such a fresh palette for your summer entertaining.


Run a piece of turquoise fabric (any turquoise scarves lying around?) down your table and stud it with fresh ruby cherry tomatoes still on the vine or baskets of ripe strawberries and cherries. Edible, compostable table decor!

cherry tomatoes on the vine

Since the weather is getting hot it’s a good time to refresh your memory on ways to save and conserve energy this summer. GP posted a great resource yesterday with a list of the Top 10 Energy and Climate Savers.

Organic Green Smoothie


by Lydia Ellison

Organic Green Smoothie, Smoothie recipe, Green Smoothie

This is a recent creation of mine which immediately became a staple for Drew and I as a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack. It was inspired by the Avocado Smoothie at our favorite local vegan restaurant Flore, Gwyneth Paltrow’s body and our friend Will Greenberg (to you, The Food Dude) who makes healthy smoothies every morning for breakfast.

Organic Green Smoothie, Green Smoothie, Smoothie Recipe

Organic Green Smoothie-
Serves 2

1 cup cucumber, chopped (about half of an English cucumber with the skin on)

1 ripe avocado

2 cups chopped nectarines or peaches (can substitute organic frozen peach slices)

2 cups chopped kale, tightly packed (remove the stems and ribs first)

1 cup lemonade (or 1 cup fresh squeezed lemons and oranges)

1/2 cup of ice

Puree in a blender until very smooth and bright green. Make sure to blend well as chunks of kale are not so appealing.


PS- The bud vases are by Heath Ceramics and Jonathan Adler. Table by my brothers Wyatt and Bobby and my Dad.