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Foolproof Cooking:
A Food Blog

We are just 2 wine-loving sisters: one who loves to cook and one who really doesn't.

Join us as we cook our way through

Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook.

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Accidental Turkey

The Challenge: This week, we're making Accidental Turkey [Mary: Who knew the name would be so apropos?], found here or on page 120-121 of...

Fig & Fennel Caponata

The Challenge: Soooo, since we've fallen behind (Y'all missed us? We missed you, too.) [Lea: Tell me about it, the website didn't even...

Sweet Potato Puree

The Challenge This week’s challenge included 2 recipes: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and this one, Sweet Potato Puree, which you can find here...

Chicken with Wild Mushrooms

The Challenge: Two recipes this week. Today's is Chicken with Wild Mushrooms, which you can find here or on page 118 of Foolproof. Lea's...

Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes

The Challenge The second of our two recipes this week was Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes, which you can find here or on page 150 of...

Crusty Basmati Rice

The Challenge: 2 recipes this week: Salmon with Melting Cherry Tomatoes, and this one, Crusty Basmati Rice, which you can’t find online,...

Parmesan Crisps

The Challenge: The second recipe of the week was Parmesan Crisps, which you can find here or on page 41 of the Foolproof cookbook. Lea’s...

Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The Challenge: This week we had this side dish, found on page 196 of the cookbook or found here, and an appetizer. For those of you with...

Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken

The Challenge: Crispy Mustard-Roasted Chicken. You can find the recipe here and on page 117 of Foolproof. Lea’s Take: Well, I, once...


The Challenge: Hey, friends! Recipe number two, coming up! In addition to the Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta, last week’s challenge...

Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta

The Challenge: Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta, page 66, Foolproof. Or you can get the recipe here. Lea's Take: Doesn't "whipped feta"...

The Big Intro

Hello, friends! I am Mary, the sister that likes to cook, although calling me The Cook sounds pretentious and far more impressive than my...

52 Weeks to Go

Let me preface this blog with a blanket, “I don’t cook.” I don’t mean that I don’t ever cook. I make meals because the people in my...

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