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Saturday, May 30

Ina Garten's Finger-Lickin' Beach BBQ

Things got a little freaky on today's Beach BBQ episode of Barefoot Contessa. Doesn't everyone get blindfolded before going to a beach cookout?








Haha! Just don't be spinning Ina or Michael around and giving them a bat.

And even though Ina made certain to remind us she's anything but upper class by grilling clams and grass-fed beef burgers with caramelized onions and putting them on English muffins (No ketchup? No cheese?), I still love her.

Go out and grill this weekend, just leave the blindfolds behind.

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19 Comments:

At 5/30/2009 8:19 PM , Anonymous nadolph said...

Hilarious. This episode was way over the top. the food was Ina's typical rant of "really good" ingredients which I'm sure were bought at "really expensive" hampton's specialty shoppes. I couldn't get over the beach setup??? WTF. Michael apparently thought this was an audition for "Semi-homemade" with the pillows and plants.

 
At 5/30/2009 9:00 PM , Blogger Angie said...

It sounds pretty entertaining. I hope my DVR remembered to catch it!

 
At 5/30/2009 11:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love her too. But I laugh every time I see the new shows are called," back to basics" ...lol! when has she ever left them?...her style has always been somehow both upper crust and basic.

 
At 5/31/2009 12:10 PM , Blogger Charles said...

The beach set up by Michael was pretty awesome, but damn the wind looked really fierce that day LOL..on a side note, I think Ina covers up more than anyone I know when they go to the beach. Long sleeve shirts, wraps, sweaters...maybe they have to tape in the off season when the beach isn't crowded though.

 
At 5/31/2009 1:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do I get the feeling that this episode was difficult to film. The wind was ridiculous and everybody looked uncomfortable, especially Ina. She's NOT the beachy type. Her nervous laugh was all over the place. No more beach shows. All we needed is Jeffrey lighting up the grill. Now that would be hilarious.

 
At 5/31/2009 4:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

this show was stupid.
it was way too windy to be at the beach for anything much less EATING and Ina did what most cooks do on TV which i lie which makes me nuts.

she says use TWp TABLESPOONS of......whatever, then proceeds to pour at least a quarter cup of.....whatever into the bowl.

she says the onions are caramelized and they are NOT. they are flaccid and limp......and NOT brown

when cooks tell you to use measurements then proceed to use way more than they say it makes me crazy. just a pet peeve.

i see it all the time. stupid i now but still.....

 
At 5/31/2009 8:30 PM , Blogger Kimmi said...

Ina Garten is amazing! I adore her. But Food Network seems to be failing pretty hard lately. If you agree:

http://worthytv.blogspot.com/

 
At 6/01/2009 10:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yum. No ketchup or cheese needed.

 
At 6/01/2009 10:28 AM , Blogger Lord of Light AZ said...

Not much to eat at that beach party. Burgers, clams, smores. Do they have Jack in the Box in the Hamptons, cause I would be stopping there afterward. Maybe they filled up on wine.

 
At 6/01/2009 11:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lifestyles of the rich and porkulent.

I agree with the person who said she always looks uncomfortable when they film on the beach. fat girls and lawn chairs don't mix. i should know.

 
At 6/01/2009 6:45 PM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I think that is Stuart Smalley hanging out with Ina. When did he change his name to Michael?

 
At 6/02/2009 1:58 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so sick if Ina reminding us she lives in a gated community. You are the greatest fag hag since Cinderella honey. Those two ols queens almost died form the wind gusts on the beach thanks to you. The female guests were not happy either especially the one in her 80's who only showed her chin. Ina get real and do more with your husband and stick the Hamptoins where the sund do shine. There are other chic places besides the Hamptons you know!

 
At 6/02/2009 10:24 PM , Blogger Luke said...

She could have just as easily titled this episode "Backyard Barbecue" or something and had it right outside her "barn," with the garden in the background. It would've been ten times better.

That said, I think dijon mustard in the burgers is something I'm going to have to try.

 
At 6/03/2009 9:47 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

I don't care how much money you have or which Swiss finishing school you went to, but where I come from, licking your fingers is something only people like the Neelys do.

And the sweater around the neck on Stuart is so gay.

 
At 6/07/2009 11:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that was one silly, stupid show. Dragging all that stuff to the beach, palm tree, glass container full of fresh flowers, give me a break. The hamburgers lookes raw when she took them off the grill. Clams and breadcrumbs, yummo. People looked bored. Especially Jim, they might as well have not been there. This show should have been called the "Ina & Michael Beach BBQ show". Stick to what you know Ina, and grilling isn't it.

 
At 6/17/2009 10:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 11:42....yummo?? you should stick to rachael ray and leave ina to people who appreciate her

 
At 7/27/2009 11:14 AM , Blogger Cheri O said...

Ina is sooo boring! How can anyone watch this show? She puts me to sleep! She probably makes some amazing recipes, but I will never know because as soon as she starts talking, I'm in a coma!

 
At 8/08/2009 11:51 AM , Blogger lensmanct said...

I love Ina and her recipes, but vave to admit that this episode was really over the top.

To Alec Smart, who said above that the sweater around Michael's neck is so gay, DUH!!!

 
At 6/24/2010 1:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just happened to stumble upon this blog post, and it has given me the best belly laugh I've had all day! I really am an Ina fan, and yet I can't help but laugh at her sometimes. The first picture posted here of Michael leading the blindfolded Ina onto the beach and the accompanying commentary completely hit me right in the funny bone. I saw that episode and kept saying through the entire thing, "WHAT the hell are they doing?" The plants/trees stuck in the sand were utterly ridiculous, but good ol' Ina just laughed nervously through everything. I think her constant nervous laughter is one of the most endearing things about her. We all do that at some time or other, she just happens to do it all the time! Thanks for the great blog post and pictures...it really is funny.

 

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