Ina Garten may be a Food Network legend who loves cooking for Jeffrey and hosting dinner parties at her Hamptons home, but she's also a lot like you and me than you'd think. In fact, in a recent interview with Time, the Food Network star confessed to four foods she will never touch. But she also revealed her favorite boozy drink and the one recipe that's been tripping her up. Yes, even the Barefoot Contessa has trouble in the kitchen sometimes.
But she's also not a fan of dishes that include anatomical ingredients. "I'm not big on things with eyeballs," she said. We're assuming this means stuff like whole roasted pigs and fish that haven't been butchered beforehand. That's OK, Ina, you can stick to your classic roast chicken.
More surprisingly, she also noted "foam" as a faux-pas for her palate. Does this mean you never indulge in a latte or cappuccino, Ina?! Our caffeine-pumping hearts break for you.
Her fourth and final culinary gripe? Store-bought grated Parmesan cheese. That's right, the woman who declares that "store-bought is fine" just can't justify the pre-packaged treatment to that salty Italian cheese. And who can blame her? Freshly grated from the block is a thousand times better.
Ina also revealed her drink of choice in the interview. "Whiskey sours, every summer," she told the news magazine. "But they have to be homemade, with fresh juice and good bourbon—Knob Creek." We can't blame her for loving a good glass of brown spirits. And whiskey
What about when she doesn't have any bourbon on hand? "The other thing is a Sinskey Vineyards rosé." But it also looks like she enjoys the occasional Aperol
And even though Ina is our favorite culinary pro, even she struggles with a certain dessert. "I've been working on Boston cream pie for about three books, and I haven't gotten the balance and flavors and textures quite right," she said. Maybe she should just test these Boston cream pancakes for Jeffrey one weekend instead?
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.