Who wouldn't want to shop, cook, and eat with Ina Garten for a week? The Food Network star and author of the best-selling Cooking for Jeffrey is known for her flawless entertaining, approachable recipes, and sophisticated—but not fussy—Hamptons style. Bon Appétit recently asked Garten to share her shopping and cooking habits for a week, and she graciously complied. Here are six surprising things we learned about Garten:
1. She Doesn't Cook for Herself
Garten revealed that she usually only cooks meals for Jeffrey on the weekends. When she's testing recipes for a new book, she can make a single recipe up to 25 times! And "after spending a whole day cooking something, I don't want to eat leftovers or ever see it again. I would never make a meal just for myself—I wouldn't even begin to think about it!" she explained in the article.
2. She's a Fan of Avocado Toast, Too
When she does need to cook for herself, instead of a full-on meal, she'll make something simple. "Avocado toast with a fried egg is about the most extravagant thing I'd make," she said. Clearly, the avocado toast craze isn't going away anytime soon.
3. She Sometimes Splurges on Two 'Forbidden' Foods at the Grocery Store
Garten explained that her assistant usually does the grocery shopping for her. But "If I go to the store myself, sometimes I end up impulsively getting the two forbidden things: Tate's chocolate chip cookies and vanilla Häagen-Dazs, if I'm being really bad," she admitted. We're right there with you, Ina!
4. She's Eaten the Same Thing for Breakfast Every Day for 10 Years
Talk about old habits dying hard. Garden always has these food items on hand in her home: lemons, butter, eggs, Parmesan, chocolate, and oatmeal. "I've had the same thing for breakfast every single day for ten years: coffee and McCann's quick-cooking Irish oatmeal with lots of salt," she revealed.
5. She Gets a Massage Every Sunday
Garten and her husband Jeffrey go for a walk on the beach every Sunday morning, and then see where the day takes them. There's one appointment always on her schedule, however: "I get a massage at 6:00 every Sunday, and then Jeffrey and I have a big bowl of hearty soup for dinner." A weekly massage—could we love this woman any more?
6. She Always Keeps Good Vodka in the Freezer
Like any great hostess, Garten keeps her freezer stocked with some essentials. "There are always four things in the freezer: soup, homemade stock, Grey Goose vodka, and vanilla Häagen-Dazs," she revealed in the article. Vodka and ice cream? When can we move in?
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