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Watch out, world, because Ina Garten's new line of frozen dinners is about to hit grocery stores everywhere. According to a press release, the Food Network personality's Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners for Two are hitting grocery stores this spring. Retailing for $8.99, the line of dinners will include dishes such as five-cheese penne, sesame chicken & noodles, beef bourguignon, tequila lime chicken, shrimp scampi linguine, creamy chicken stew, jambalaya, garlic & ginger chicken, and pasta carbonara with pancetta. And, in case you're worried, yes Garten "has been closely involved in every step" of creating the dinners, which include the chef's serving suggestions.

Undercurrent News further reports that Garten has partnered with food processor Contessa Premium Foods on the meals, a partnership that stemmed out of litigation. But who will be selling the meals? Well, Contessa Premium Foods CEO Don Binotto explains that "Shaws, Wakefern, Price Chopper, WalMart, Safeway, Publix, Ahold, Meijer, Marsh Supermarket all will be shipped product between Feb and April." And apparently Garten told an audience in Delaware earlier this week that the dinners will be available "starting this weekend." Here's the press release:

Bestselling Cookbook Author and Food Network host Ina Garten launches
Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners for Two

(East Hampton, NY, February XX) Ina Garten is pleased to announce the launch of Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners for Two, available this Spring in the freezer section of grocery stores nationwide. Based on Ina's favorite recipes and using the best quality ingredients, the dinners can be prepared at home in a sauté pan in about 10 minutes.

"Sometimes even the Barefoot Contessa doesn't have time to cook," Ina says. "I've already grilled the chicken, grated the cheeses, simmered the sauce, and chopped the fresh herbs, so in minutes you can make a freshly prepared dinner for your family. How easy is that?"

Dinners include Barefoot Contessa Penne Pasta with 5 Cheeses, Sesame Chicken & Noodles, Beef Stew Bourguignon, Tequila Lime Chicken, Shrimp Scampi & Linguine, Creamy Chicken Stew, Pasta Carbonara with Pancetta, Garlic & Ginger Chicken, and Jambalaya. The dinners for two will retail for approximately $8.99.

Ina has been closely involved in every step of creating her Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners for Two, and she also includes serving suggestions to make each dinner taste "Even Better." The dinners are prepared by Contessa Premium Foods Inc in its LEED-Gold-Certified "green" plant.

"Nothing tastes better than a freshly cooked dinner with great ingredients," says Ina. "Your family will think you're brilliant."

About Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa
Ina Garten is the author of eight New York Times bestselling cookbooks, including the latest Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, which spent nine weeks at #1. Ina is the Emmy award-winning host of the Food Network Show Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics. She lives in East Hampton with her husband Jeffrey.

· Barefoot Contessa meal range launches in Walmart, Safeway, others [Undercurrent News via Food Network Gossip]
· Ina Garten at the Grand [Delaware Online]
· All Ina Garten Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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