Tell Me Something Tuesday #18
|April 24, 2012||Posted by Cambria under Tell me something Tuesday|
Tell Me something Tuesday
Welcome to my weekly meme Tell Me Something Tuesday where I ask you something and you tell me the answer!! It’s as simple as that and I thought it would be a great way for all of us bloggers to get to know one another! So this is how it works: I post a question here on my blog and then i give my answer. I invite all the bloggers to take the question and post it on their blog with their answer and we can hop around and see what everyone says! If you are a blogger don’t forget to leave your link at the bottom of this post! If you aren’t a blogger – that’s okay too!! Leave your answer in the comments section!
Tell Me Something:
If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?
This is a really hard question! I mean of course there are a lot of people that I think it would be cool to meet but no one that I am like “Oh my gosh!!” To be honest, I don’t get caught up in the whole celebrity thing… I mean, I like celebrities, I read People magazine because I’m nosy and I love to watch TV and movies. But really, aren’t celebs just like you and me? Except for them having a ton more money and cool jobs (course I think my job is pretty cool, too. LOL) So would I freak out if I saw a celebrity on the street? Probably not. I might stare a little (if it was someone like Ian Somerhalder, lol) but then I would move on. If given the chance to talk with someone famous I probably would take the chance but really what would I say? How’s the weather?? Ha ha ha ha.
I’m not into politics and if I met a politician I’d probably ask them why they couldn’t take a cut in their own salary to help out the rest of the struggling Americans… but I am not here to talk about that.
So… I guess that is why I think this question is hard.
But there is one person I really think would be cool to meet. I guess she is kind of a celebrity but that isn’t why I would want to meet her.
So why would I want to meet her?
I watch her show, Barefoot Contessa, on TV whenever I can and the show films at her home in East Hampton, NY. It’s a beautiful home with gorgeous gardens and sprawling green grass. Her kitchen is calm and homey and she seems so happy there that it makes me want to sit there with a cup of coffee and watch her cook.
I am they type of person that is kind of high strung – I don’t relax easily at all – and I can honestly say that her show relaxes me. The sound of her voice is always calm she just appears to be a genuinely calm and happy person. She loves to entertain and if forever having people by on the show to cook for and they always show her at the table with her guests and its always casual and relaxed feeling and they are always laughing.
Plus, the food she makes always looks so mouth watering and simple. And who doesn’t like to eat? I do.
So, I guess the real question is why wouldn’t I want to meet her?
In case you aren’t familiar with Ina Garten AKA Barefoot Contessa here is some brief info about her AND following that is a recipe of hers for brownies!!!
Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) Bio:
In 1978, Ina Garten found herself working in the White House on nuclear energy policy and thinking, “There’s got to be more to life than this!” She saw an ad for a small food store for sale in a place she’d never been: the Hamptons at the end of Long Island. She and her husband drove up to investigate and made the owner an offer on the spot. Two months later she found herself the owner of Barefoot Contessa, a 400-sq. ft. specialty food store.
Twenty years later, Barefoot Contessa grew to a 3,000-square-foot food emporium where twenty cooks and bakers prepared the food. Twenty-five more employees worked in the store helping thousands of customers to choose breads, salads, dinners and baked goods to take home. In 1996, Ina sold the store to her employees. In 2003, the new owners of Barefoot Contessa decided to close their doors and go on to new adventures.
(bio provided by http://www.foodnetwork.com/chefs/ina-garten/index.html)
Ina’s recipe for Outrageous Brownies
- 1 pound unsalted butter
- 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
- 6 extra-large eggs
- 3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1-inch baking sheet.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.
DELISH!!! So that is who I want to meet. How about you – who would you like to meet??
Before we go check out Next Week’s TMST question:
Where would you go on your dream vacation and what would you do?