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16 Tips From the Barefoot Contessa That You Won't Find on Her TV Show

Take a lesson from Ina Garten.
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As an avid Ina Garten fan, I'm always combing through her Instagram for a peek into the daily life of the Contessa herself. As one would expect, you can learn an awful lot about a person by stalking them on the Internet! Check out these 16 tips, tricks, and tidbits Ina hasn't shared on the show (yet).

How to make a chevron cake.

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Who knew the decadent design was so simple? Ina uses easy piped lines and a knife to make those snazzy swirls.

Jeffrey's new favorite dinner.

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It's no secret that Ina loves to cook for Jeffrey, but from the looks of her Instagram, there's a new favorite in the Garten house. Spoiler: it's Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken.

The secret to perfect pie piping.

Frozen Key Lime Pie.. Could be lunch?? #bcfamilystyle

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Turns out, it's turning! Give your plate a spin for easier maneuvering. Do so and your dollops should come out in perfect order.

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This simple trick for perfect centerpieces.


No need to spend hours pouring over the perfect arrangement! Use one type of flower for a dining table that's elegantly understated.

Her new favorite, chocolate-free dessert.


With cooking skills like hers, we imagine her favorite changes pretty frequently. For something on the lighter side, Ina suggests this springy dessert.

It pays to be an apprentice.

Congratulation to Lidey for her new blog on Hearst's Delish.com!! @lideylikes @delishdotcom #fun

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Lidey Heuck is Ina's resident recipe tester/ fangirl/friend. The two make amazing food together all day long and have a generally great time. In short: she's living the dream.

This super simple, three-ingredient appetizer.

Roasted figs with Roquefort and prosciutto! #whatsnottolike ?

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Anyone can feel like a master chef with these easy-but-elegant roasted figs with Roquefort and prosciutto. I'm officially dubbing this an Ina-stagram exclusive.

This genius way to enjoy kale.


Answer: put it in a cupcake! Obviously.

Corn on the cob is over.

Fresh corn sautéed for ten minutes with butter, salt, and pepper, until it's golden brown. #thebest!

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Here's a tip: for a new take on summer corn, give it a flash fry in the pan until golden and crispy. And just like that: corn becomes the food of the season! BOOM: Ina does it again.

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When in New York, eat at High Street on Hudson.

Lidey and I are on a food tour of NYC. Just another day at the office! First stop @highstnyc @lideylikes

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Because even the best chefs need to eat out every once in a while.

...and Shake Shack.

Summer in the city! @shakeshack #chicknshack #crazygood

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Ina recommends the burger and the chicken sandwich. We can vouch—both are delish.

Sometimes all you need are some lighted luminarias.

Down the proverbial garden path. #hotasapizzaoven

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Backyard feeling blah? Add some luminarias. Instant elegance. You're welcome.

There's really no need to trim your tulips.

Orange tulips on the long table in the barn always make me smile! #snowday

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"Honestly, they really do look better when they're just lounging there … How easy is that?!"

Peonies are the epitome of elegance.

Breakfast is served! #raspberrycornmuffins #sundaymorning

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"Aren't these just fabulous?"

A sparkly cake topper makes everything more festive.

Getting ready for the Fourth of July with chocolate ganache cupcakes! #couldnthelpmyself

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Not every dessert has to look like it jumped off the pages of a cookbook. Add a cute cupcake topper for a bit of personality.

Aperol spritzes are perfect for spring.

Oh no! Not more cocktails!! #aperolspritzers #cookingforjeffrey

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Two ounces Prosecco, 1 oz. Aperol, a splash of soda, and an orange peel.

Cheers to the good life, folks.

From: Delish

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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