Trent & Ina is the Barefoot Contessa version of Julie & Julia
In Julie & Julia, a blogger set out to cook every recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Now, there’s another home cook seeking to do the same with Ina Garten’s recipes, and he’s already tackled more than 1,000 of her dishes.
Trent Pheifer, a nonprofit worker who lives in New York, has been running his project “Store Bought Is Fine” since October 10, 2015. On his blog and an Instagram account with more than 31,000 followers, he documents his recreations of the Barefoot Contessa’s dishes, desserts, and drinks (along with the occasional Photoshop of himself next to Garten).
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QuarantINA: With all the stress and unknowns in the world right now, our saving grace is the cannabis garden we started last year! We're hoping it keeps us relaxed and laughing for however long social isolation lasts. Today, in honor of 4/20 we’re making Ina’s outrageous brownies with a little something special! And thank god we filled the freezer with Popeye's fried chicken when we went into quarantine - it's the only thing Jeffrey craves when the munchies hit! #quartantINA #inagarten #barefootcontessa #howeasyisthat #storeboughtisfine #cassandraskitchen
Pheifer gives credit to this project for sharpening his culinary and photography skills. He has also managed to catch the eye of Garten herself; as he told Town & Country last year, he once ran into the Contessa and her husband Jeffrey in Paris, and Garten already knew who he was.
At the rate that he’s cooking — four to five recipes a week — Pheifer will have worked his way through every single Garten creation by this time next year. “The end of this will be bittersweet. It’s been five years of my life. But I’m excited for the next chapter,” he tells Food52.
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1020. Crispy Chicken with Lemon Orzo - the first chicken recipe I’ve made from Modern Comfort Food and a dish I’m sure Jeffrey loves! The boneless, skin-on chicken breasts are lightly breaded then pan-fried in a skillet with canola oil and European-style butter leading to moist, tender chicken with supremely crispy skin! It was fried chicken-lite,without the vat of excess oil. Sliced and served over a bed of lemon, dill, feta orzo, and drizzled with the excess butter it made for one satisfying lunch! : #moderncomfortfood, page 111 #inagarten #barefootcontessa #moderncomfortfood #howeasyisthat #storeboughtisfine #cassandraskitchen
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