Girlfriends and Gazpacho

I love gazpacho.

My very favorite – better than any I’ve had at any restaurant – is that made using the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe.

Ina Garten

Don’t you just love Ina Garten?

Her soothing voice and calm reassurances make us at home think we can do anything.

As a side note, isn’t it interesting that The Barefoot Contessa seems to have avoided the backlash that Martha Stewart has endured over the years?

At first everyone loved Martha and hungrily gobbled up her “easy entertaining” tips. But Martha’s popularity reached a tipping point at which some of her fans (and the writers at Saturday Night Live) began to bristle at the notion that her decorating/craft/entertaining ideas were simple and perfect for everyday people. Some even cheered when she went to prison.


But when one suggests creating a S’mores Kit for your Hamptons neighbor including hand whittled sticks, freshly baked graham crackers, HOMEMADE marshmallows and gourmet chocolate you might expect a little bit of a backlash.

Seriously. I thought that marshmallows were an ingredient, not a recipe. Where did I think marshmallows came from? A tree? A vine? A plastic bag on the grocery store shelf?

Shall I make my own brown sugar, too?

Anyway, back to Ina, sweet Ina.

A former nuclear policy advisor for the White House and a brilliant, accomplished business woman who has built quite the little Barefoot Contessa empire, Ina still seems to be able to pull off an air of “just a regular gal”.

When Ina says, “Jeffrey is joining me in the Hamptons for the weekend and I’m making his very favorite blueberry compote.”  We think, “I don’t have a house in the Hamptons and my husband is not a Yale professor but doggone it I can make blueberry compote because Ina will guide me through it!”

And when Ina says, “Some of my pals are coming for a picnic in my garden so I’m putting together a meal that celebrates my heirloom tomatoes.” We want to be Ina’s pals! We want to celebrate tomatoes!

Well, friends, you can celebrate tomatoes with this incredible recipe for Gazpacho. It makes a big batch which is perfect for a Girls’ Night In.

Barefoot Contessa's Gazpacho


1 hothouse cucumber, halved and seeded but not peeled

2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded

4 plum tomatoes

1 red onion

3 garlic cloves, minced

23 ounces tomato juice (3 cups)

¼ cup white wine vinegar

¼ cup good olive oil

½ tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Roughly chop the cucumbers, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes into 1-inch cubes. Put each vegetable separately into a food processor with a steel blade and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not over process!

After each vegetable is processed, put them in a large bowl and add the garlic, tomato juice, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and chill before serving. The longer the gazpacho sits, the more the tastes develop.

(Note, I serve the gazpacho with a little dollop of sour cream on top for garnish.)

Make this for your friends; make this for your family.  I just have one tiny request.

Invite me over when you are serving Ina’s gazpacho. I’ll bring the wine!

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  1. I love Ina!!! She does kinda feel like “one of us”, doesn’t she?? Thanks for the recipe…I will try it!! Enjoy the rest of your week, Mo! xoxo

  2. My schedule used to let me watch Ina every afternoon. Then things changed and now she’s only an occasional treat.
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  3. You made me laugh with the description of the smores kit 🙂
    Marshmallows fresh from the bag are just fine for me.
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  4. Don’t you just love Ina? My daughter used to give me her books for birthday gifts/Christmas gifts/Mother’s Day – and I always smile at an inscription she wrote in one, “Momma, I love you more than Ina loves butter.” Now that’s a lot!
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  5. Mmm, Gazpacho is one of my favorite summertime dishes! I still have yet to have any this summer.
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  6. Extra sour cream for me! This looks so good!

  7. I’ve never had gazpacho – I will make some for you if you promise to bring wine!!
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  8. I love Ina! Her Food Network show is one of my favorites to watch. Her food always seems sophisticated, but still approachable. I’m still hopeful I’ll be invited one of her garden parties one of these days 😉
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  9. Yum! When we start to get lots of tomatoes from our CSA I will definitely make this recipe. I have two of Ina’s cookbooks, which don’t get nearly as much use as I’d like. But that’s not her fault – I’m a lazy cook.
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  10. MO!!!! I never knew Ina worked at the White House or that her hubby is a professor at Yale!! I learn something every day I read your blog. I love Ina but I love her house more. What I would do to have that gorgeous home. I would even think about learning to cook! Have a wonderful week, good buddy!

  11. I love, love, love Ina Garten too! I love watching her prepare for simple gatherings and imagine myself doing the same. Her books are beautiful, her table settings are to dream about and just good food!

    Mo I must complement you on your table setting. Beautiful photo that makes me want to try making gazpacho!
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  12. Yes Ina! Love her and Jeffrey. Who needs blood pressure pills when you can hang out with them. Her soothing voice and her easy manner are just the best. I get a sense that a backyard get together with Ina would be so very different from a backyard get together with Martha. Mind you, I certainly would accept an invitation to both!
    And yes, pass the marshmallow BAG …
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  13. Yes, I’d probably accept an invitation from either Martha or Ina but I’d be way less nervous going to Ina’s. Her kitchen just feels like a “no Judgement zone”.
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  14. Personally, I never felt like Martha’s tips were very do-able for me. But I don’t really watch tv so I never catch any of these shows. I have to say Ina’s recipe looks quite delicious though, and I adore heirloom tomatoes. I haven’t seen any yet at the farmer’s market or our CSA though. 🙁 Pinning!
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    • I’d love to join you for Foodie Fridays sometimes! Can I link this post even though it has already been published or should it be brand new material?

  15. Ina is one of my favorite TV cooks. She is consistent and her flavor profiles are great. What I like most about her is that she is she isn’t all about putting random fads or odd ingredients just to be different.
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