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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 11/23/2010

Ina Garten takes over Google

By Melissa Bell


Google is prepping for Thanksgiving early today with Ina Garten recipes. The famous Google Doodle is not a doodle today -- it's a photograph of Thanksgiving ingredients handpicked by the Barefoot Contessa herself. At first, I was a bit dismayed by the doodle forgoing a drawing, but Garten makes up for any slight with her recipe offerings. Especially her popover recipe. It's sort of a Bell family mainstay, and although you really should have them for breakfast, smothered in butter and hot syrup, I can't really get mad at anyone who loves popovers.

The Post's Liz Seymour wrote of the famous chef in 2008:

She is an icon because her message is universal and empowering. Don't cook all the food; buy some. Keep the table settings simple. Do most of the work the day before the party. All good rules to follow at this most stressful entertaining time of the year. It is hard, she said, but you can do it.

If Garten doesn't cut it for you, though, mosey on over to our fine holiday guide here for a selection of recipes. They're delicious (even if they don't include popovers!).

By Melissa Bell  | November 23, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Ina is like that turtle meandering to the finish line and getting all google glory. She is America's Thanksgiving chef because she's not too fussy, she's approachable and she can raise your food game. I thought I was the only one who watched her whispered show and used her cookbooks and then I went to a book signing.

Posted by: sherri4real | November 23, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

If it is an Ina recipe, you can take it to the bank!!
I don't know that I have ever made an Ina recipe that wasn't high quality.
Her style is straightforward and easy to follow and elegant without being fussy.

This Thanksgiving I am making Ina's gravy recipe which is wonderful!
And I love that she says for Thanksgiving you should have potato chips and olives for appetizers and I do try to make everything the days before Thanksgiving (save the turkey and the mashed potatoes).
We cooks need to have fun, too!!!
Thanks Ina.

Posted by: canaldoc | November 23, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I've never had a bad recipe from her, and I've never had to kill myself to make them. The recipes are especially nice when you don't have an ingredient and have to substitute something.

Posted by: padre1957 | November 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

I have to say that out of all the Food Network chefs/celebrities, Ina's recipes are just spot on. I have not been disappointed with any of her recipes. Here's my (probably impossible) bucket list item: An invitation to dinner at Ina's.

Posted by: edeliz | November 23, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

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