[quote]Dinners include Barefoot Contessa Penne Pasta with 5 Cheeses, Sesame Chicken & Noodles, Beef Stew Bourguignon, Tequila Lime Chicken, Shrimp Scampi & Linguine, Creamy Chicken Stew, Pasta Carbonara with Pancetta, Garlic & Ginger Chicken, and Jambalaya. The dinners for two will retail for approximately $8.99. "Nothing tastes better than a freshly cooked dinner with great ingredients," says Ina. "Your family will think you're brilliant."
* fart *
Why would anyone pay $9 for the same old package of mostly pasta or rice, a handful of vegetables and a scant amount of meat? There's nothing to differentiate it from the stuff currently in grocery stores that costs less than half that.
You should see what she charges for her cake and brownie mixes. Greedy bastard.
Are there any decent tasting frozen dinners that are actually healthy? Applebees in Vegas has been pushing their takeout for those too tired/ill/working too many hours/ to cook, as an alternative to "artificial food."
[quote]Applebees in Vegas has been pushing their takeout for those too tired/ill/working too many hours/ to cook, as an alternative to "artificial food."
Oh, the irony.
All of her products are outrageously overpriced. She charges around $8 for her mediocre brownie mix, which tastes worse than the mass-marketed brands costing half that.
I love you, OP
There are people who spend that much for the horrid Bertucci's frozen food which tastes like every other frozen food.
I remember seeing hilariously overpriced BArefood Fat Lady's cupcake mix in a Williams Sonoma outlet. It made 6 cupcakes and was something like $12.
The funny thing is that in my experience her recipes are easy and always turn out great. Why pay for frozen shit or the mixes? I'm a little shocked she's doing this. Greedy bitch.
Ina Garten is about image. Upscale stuff for people who make six figures each year. I doubt that her food tastes all that good to justify her prices.
I bet the prices were outrageous at her old Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons. She probably charged $20 a lb. for basic chicken salad.
But it was really GOOD chicken salad.
R11, that's because she knew much of her customers were new money-types who associate taste with cost.
Her prices were outrageous, the food was not good, it was not refrigerated in summertime, there was no air conditioning and it had a creaky screen door that let insects in. There were flies all over the food and fly tape hanging from the ceiling that was literally black with all the flies it held. Totally disgusting.
Can you imagine buying chicken salad from a place like that?
I feel the same way about Citarella's in the Hamptons. Mundane food in not very hygienic surroundings for way too much money. And the same goes for Schmidts and Eli Zabar's "farmers market" in Amagansett.
Ina's chicken salad couldn't hold a drumstick to the chicken salad at the old Sagaponack Store. But the Sagaponack Store got greedy and opened a disgusting place on 27 east in Bridgehampton. The poor service, surly Irish girls and coffee mugs with seven different rings of old coffee inside of them didn't play well on the main thoroughfare.
For the money she wants, and generates, her food better be very impressive.
Why buy from the cow when you've already bought her recipes?
It looks like it's enough to feed two. In that case, it's not that expensive. It's the salt content that always put me off. I might give one of these a chance.
I agree with everyone who says her recipes are great. You can tell she owned a food business for a while, as opposed to worked as the figurehead of a television show or restaurant chain--she knows a recipe is only good if it works every time. People like Giada might have made what they make on television once before, and anyone else trying it needs to do a lot of adjusting for the fact that no one worked out the kinks.
All the saute dinners I have tried were shitty
[quote]I bet the prices were outrageous at her old Barefoot Contessa store in the Hamptons. She probably charged $20 a lb. for basic chicken salad.
She doesn't live in the real world. On one episode one of her gay friends made a small pavlova of sorts. He went to the local chi-chi store and picked up 3 minuscule meringue cases for $12!
And, oh hai Ina (R21). Your cooking is a disgrace.
I've disliked her ever since she trash talked a Make A Wish foundation kid who wanted to meet her.
Will these frozen meals cause flatulence?
Sorry, Takeout Queen at r23--I'm not Ina.
You sound fat, you piece of shit
Of course they will be ridiculously expensive - its Ina. However it would be nice to have a ready meal made with healthy, natural ingredients for those of us who care about our health and are too tired to cook.
That being said they're so basic I could made a superior version at home myself for half the price.
[quote]That being said they're so basic I could made a superior version at home myself for half the price.
How nice for you, gramps.
Dinner for two at $8.99 is expensive? In what universe, OP?
It is not easy to feed one person for $4.50.
Yes,but because we are all fat two servings really means for one only.
I wonder if all the queens she hangs out with in the Hamptons are mortified?
R5, If you were too sick or injured to cook, what pre-pared or frozen meals would you have on hand?
These meals will make you FART BIGTIME!
Ina, feeling gaseous
Expensive food = regular food with fancy spices
You can all be assured that Ina and her bicurious husband never eat this crap.
Raises custom-made mummu.....
I bet the sodium content is thru the roof.
Really, R24? That made me like her more.
I'm more intrigued with the husband being bicurious. Care to elaborate r35?
[quote]Why would anyone pay $9 for the same old package of mostly pasta or rice, a handful of vegetables and a scant amount of meat? There's nothing to differentiate it from the stuff currently in grocery stores that costs less than half that.
That's actually the standard price for those prepackaged dinners in a bag . Bertolli is $6.99 to $8.99 a bag, depending on the entree and store. Her name and its "gourmet" appeal are going to distinguish her from the competitors.
Isn't obvious that Jeffrey is gay and Ina is a fag hag.
It's just horrible what she did to cutie pie, T.R.
$8.99 is the list price and most people won't pay that much.
I'm waiting for Joan Crawford's frozen paella myself.
I can see myself buying that, someday. I live in a smallish town without a Cajun restaurant, and it's far too much trouble to cook. Ina's version will probably be better than Popeye's.
Ina worked for the White House.
Are you on food stamps, OP? How in hell do you consider an $8.99 dinner for two "expensive"?
Remind me: Why does DL hate her?
And where did this association with farting come from?
R41 What did she do to TR?
America's Test Kitchen found Ina's pancake mix the worst one out there, worse than even Bisquick. Best was Hungry Jack.
Funny but when I cook from scratch with just a few real ingredients in what I make and freeze it and then defrost and reheat even months later it still tastes like real food, cooked from scratch, as good as when I first made it. How come I have never tasted commercial frozen food that tasted anything like real food and it has a thousand ingredients mostly ones never found in nature.
I'll bet Ina's frozen meals read like a lab experiment, same as a Swanson TV Dinner.
R48 he was too butch for her so she turned him into a capon.
If you buy five and send in the UPC codes, you get a free shent..
And who doesn't need a new shent.
I wouldn't put too much faith in America's Test Kitchen. Know my way around a home kitchen. That guy is a fruitcake.
The guy on America's Test Kitchen has A LOT of bottled up rage. You can feel it through the screen.
What I find most interesting is that all of the comments posted here are all extremely negative (and personal attacks) and are all posted on the same date within 2 hours of each other. I am a huge fan of Ina's and find all of her recipes really good and not the boring everyday boring food I see on other cooking shows.
Anonymous and Devoted Fan
[quote]The guy on America's Test Kitchen has A LOT of bottled up rage. You can feel it through the screen.
I've noticed that too. He seems like a real bitch.
He ATK guy said he lost over 100 lbs. I think maybe he got Lapband?
Assume the ATK guy you refer to is Christopher Kimball, who may well be a fruitcake full of bottled up rage. But the blind taste tests are done by other staff members & their consensus was that Ina Garten's pancake mix was the worst of those tested.
Is Adam on ATK who does all the equipment testing gay?
Zataran's is doing a whole line of Cajun and Creole frozen.
* p p p pf pf pffff ffffFFFART *
ATK does at least three blind taste tests: The first is a test panel composed of their kitchen staff and paid outsiders; the second is the studio audience; and the third is Christopher Kimball.
I don't know that CK is angry, but he can be quite acerbic. He got complaints recently from Julia, Bridget and some others because they felt he was being too caustic. To his credit, he didn't blame them. He accepted the criticism and cleaned up his act.
Christopher Kimball is a total ass. He also thinks that the internet is a flash in the pan and ATK/Kimball have sued bloggers who have dared to repost their recipes.
Have you seen their audiences for the taste tests? There's not a single person under 60 in the audience.
I tried one or two of Ina's mixes and they were ok. I didn't feel they were worth the price though.
More dish on that little spitfire, CK please!
I'm gonna ... I'M GONNA .... ssshhhh-AAAARRRRT!
Ina, working down some jambalaya
R65 She sharts in her shent? Sounds like a line from Dr. Seuss.
Ina attempts to sneak one out in the garden, but the tension in her right hand gives away her attempt at abdominal control.
Why some of these replies are crass and vulgar is beyond me. I would never pay for her frozen foods, but making fun of her weight just shows what a boor the person who made such a comment is.
Her recipes always give me horrible gas.
Sounds like a complete rip. Part of Ina's charm was that her food was made from fresh, high-quality ingredients. Not frozen shit. She's so fucking mercenary.
Thank you all for making the Ina Garten-Fart Troll's weekend, everyone.
Ina Garten is a SOCIOPATH.
Was the Ina-farting connection based on something real, or was it just a total invention of somebody on DL?
I bought 3 of these at the Pavillions in Weho. They are priced at $7.99 but are on special at $5.99.
I tried the shrimp one so far. It's pretty good but you could use about half the sauce packet. I added extra pasta, shrimp, some scallops and bacon.
Will let you all know about the beef bourg and mac and cheese later.
According to her website, the only places in the San Francisco Bay Area that carry this stuff are Safeway & Walmart. I haven't seen them at Safeway & I don't shop at Walmart except when I need the Yves brand of soy bologna, which is no longer carried anywhere else here.
So the next time I have to go to Walmart for fake bologna, I'll try to remember to look for Ina Garten's frozen dinners. I doubt that I'll buy one (even at Walmart prices), but I am curious to see what they look like in real life.
I am a huge fan of Ina's. I have most of her cookbooks, and find that the recipes are easy to prepare (clear and concise directions), and always turn out as anticipated. I learned to cook via Julia Child, and now rely on Ina for simpler, more healthy recipes. However, since I live alone, it is sometimes difficult to cook for one person. I recently tried her sesame chicken and noodles, and after adding a little soy sauce, I thought it was okay (certainly better than any other frozen entree I've tried). As to portions, I can easily get three meals (or two meals and one for the dogs)from a package. I really don't think I could buy the ingredients for $8 or $9. If you don't like the entrees (or the idea), don't buy them. But, why shouldn't Ina make convenient frozen entrees for those of us who, for whatever reason, don't want to cook every night? And, really, I don't think she is doing this for the money--as a couple of reviewers suggested.
Margaret, honey, this ain't a review site. If you bothered to read the rest of the thread in between bites of that frozen swill, you would have noticed many more posts on Ina's flatulence, mediocrity, and elder-priss gay friends. Now fuck off back to iVillage, cunt.
My grocery store had Ina's frozen meals on sale, buy one get one free. I bought two different flavors (shrimp scampi, beef Bourguignon). They were HORRIBLE. There is no way each package was enough food for two people either.
I just picked up "From Scratch: Inside the Food Network" from the library and flipped excitedly to the index. There was an entry for "Garten, Ina" -- but no "Garten, Ina, farting of" or "Garten, Ina, gastrointestinal problems." Very disappointing!
Nevertheless, the author had a bit of juice about the taping of Ina's first pilot. They taped it on location at her and Jeffrey's East Hampton manse and Ina quickly grew tired of crew members tromping in and out of her house. The taping did not go well, and at the end Ina gave each member of the crew an autographed copy of her cookbook, popped a bottle of champagne and said "Now get out of my house" ("She was not joking," the author adds).
Weeks later, Ina sent the production crew bills for the autographed cookbooks.
R79 That picture must be the result of not using "really good vanilla."
One of her gay friends is in a Cialis commercial.
I like Ina. I've always referred to her as the cute chunky monkey. I know it's all rehearsed and manipulated for us in TV land, but she pleases me while doing her schtick.
Who cares what her TV dinners cost? I don't buy TV dinners.
I live alone and when I saw Ina Garten's meals for 2 I was happy. The packaging drew me in. I watch Ina's cooking show and she makes it look so easy and appetizing. So, why not try them. Well I chose hers over the others for the portion size, but when I read that one of them had 1,350 mgs of sodium I put them back. I am sure that Ina knows that much sodium in a dinner for 2 is unaccepatable. More than likely one person is going to eat the whole bag. I have read other threads about people complaining about the price. Ladies, if the meal is delicious, easy to prepare and delivers on nutrition, you cant beat it. Sorry Ina, it didnt even make it to the checkout. Too much salt. Can you reconfigure and lower the salt content?? Then I might reconsider.
Can't you just picture slaving away in the lab perfecting her frozen concoctions? I'm sure she had the shrimps purchased one at a time at a stylish seafood shanty in Sagaponack.
"Several of you have asked about my Barefoot Contessa Sauté Dinners. After an amazingly positive reception in thousands of stores across America, the company that prepared my dinners has been sold to a much larger food company. I believe in being very involved and hands-on to ensure the quality of my dinners and the smaller company allowed me to do that. So, I’ve decided to hit the pause button and go back to what I love doing most – writing cookbooks. Thank you so much for your extraordinary support, and I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my cookbooks and television shows."
What r85 really means is her frozen adventure didn't sell, she gave it up. ITA with r24.
***fffffffart*** bump for more Ina!
I saw Ina's frozen food at Marketdistrict.com and I didn't buy them because they were 8 dollars. I enjoy her show on the Food Network. I just won't pay 8 dollars for Chicken and Noodles.
As the resident "Ina Garten is a CUNT troll" let me just state for the record that indeed:
Ina Garten IS a CUNT!
Jambalaya was absolutely delicious. Wish I could find it in our grocery store again.
The price doesn't scare me off, but the fact that I've never had a frozen dinner that didn't taste like muck does.
Chilled -not frozen- ready meals in the UK are in another league altogether, far superior on whole and with some tasty options. It's not the greatest food ever, but for a quick, easy option there are great choices. Americans have a long way to go to catch up in the ready meals, but frozen foods are just nasty - at any price.
I've never seen Ina's line in any store around here (Kroger/Publix/Whole Foods mainly). Is it a flop? Back in the 90s, right before she died, Grocery Outlet had Linda McCartney's vegetarian line in their freezers deeply discounted. I ate that crap for months. Tasted awful - I still cringe at the thought of the one called "American Barbecue", but I was broke and it filled me up.
I've never seen them. Where they a failure? Besides, I'll bet they were not enough for 2 adults and really were just a 9 buck TV dinner. I also bet they were very high in sodium. I've never seen any frozen food other than frozen plain vegetables that were not extremely high in sodium.
Most foods, including rice, pasta and especially potatoes do not freeze well at all. They never taste the same. Even when I freeze homemade stew I never put in potatoes. I make fresh potatoes when I reheat or make noodles or polenta or something.
Just from my perspective as a chef, and one who is considering doing a line of refrigerated (and possibly a few frozen) entrees, soups, etc... $9 isn't much. The problem is that few foods freeze well when done in a factory in massive quantities for national distribution. I've been crunching the numbers, and they are really sobering. You have two choices-- either make your money via huge volume and distribution, or sell to a far more limited audience and raise prices. I'd rather stir the pot myself and make less.
My goal is to use local and seasonal ingredients as much as possible, and then charge for them fairly. If you come home tired at the end of the day and want a meal with decent ingredients-- for instance a chicken pot pie made with non-factory farmed chicken, real chicken stock (rather than high-sodium paste mixed with water), fresh veggies, a homemade crust made with butter instead of weird homogenized Frankenfat-- what would you consider a fair price? It's fully cooked, all you'd have to do is heat it up, maybe add a salad. What about a quart of minestrone made with vegetables from the farmer's market, and imported parmesan rather than the Kraft crap? A quiche made with farm eggs? What is that worth? This is all REAL food, not a bunch of chemicals. But I worry that people are so used to eating cheap chemical disguised as food, they've forgotten what the real thing is. And perhaps people don't understand that you're paying for quality ingredients, the skill and labor it takes to make something really good out of them, and convenience frankly.
Okay, back to Ina, who I like personally... but man, her frozen entrees are really blah.
R94, you should first try to get into some small gourmet markets where well to do people shop, perhaps food coops and such. If things work out for you go bigger and try to get into someplace like Whole Foods.
If you want to every go really big, national in supermarkets all across the country I think you are going to have to give up your dream of your product being made with the kind of ingredients you mentioned. I don't think it's possible to go really big and still stay good quality. If you get big enough you will be bought out buy some large company like Kraft and while you will be rich, the food with your name on it will be just as full of crap as a Swanson TV Dinner.
Stay small and stay local and I think you can have a nice little business, enough to live on and have it your way.
Well, I hope it's all made of really GOOD chemically treated offal.
WW for R96!
I've always wanted to fart like Ina, now is my chance.