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Ina Garten's new line of expensive frozen dinners

[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."

Frozen jambalaya???

* fart *

by Anonymousreply 9904/16/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 102/22/2013


by Anonymousreply 202/22/2013

You should see what she charges for her cake and brownie mixes. Greedy bastard.

by Anonymousreply 302/22/2013

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."

by Anonymousreply 402/22/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 502/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 602/22/2013

I love you, OP

by Anonymousreply 702/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 802/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 902/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1002/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1102/22/2013

But it was really GOOD chicken salad.

by Anonymousreply 1202/22/2013

R11, that's because she knew much of her customers were new money-types who associate taste with cost.

by Anonymousreply 1302/22/2013

R10 everything I've ever made of hers was great.

by Anonymousreply 1402/22/2013

Ina making frozen jambalaya.

*ffffart *

by Anonymousreply 1502/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1602/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 1702/22/2013


That's good.

For the money she wants, and generates, her food better be very impressive.

by Anonymousreply 1802/22/2013

Why buy from the cow when you've already bought her recipes?

by Anonymousreply 1902/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2002/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2102/22/2013

All the saute dinners I have tried were shitty

by Anonymousreply 2202/22/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2302/22/2013

I've disliked her ever since she trash talked a Make A Wish foundation kid who wanted to meet her.

by Anonymousreply 2402/22/2013

Will these frozen meals cause flatulence?

by Anonymousreply 2502/22/2013

Sorry, Takeout Queen at r23--I'm not Ina.

by Anonymousreply 2602/22/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 2702/22/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2802/22/2013

Dinner for two at $8.99 is expensive? In what universe, OP?

It is not easy to feed one person for $4.50.

by Anonymousreply 2902/22/2013

Yes,but because we are all fat two servings really means for one only.

by Anonymousreply 3002/22/2013

I wonder if all the queens she hangs out with in the Hamptons are mortified?

by Anonymousreply 3102/22/2013

R5, If you were too sick or injured to cook, what pre-pared or frozen meals would you have on hand?

by Anonymousreply 3202/22/2013

These meals will make you FART BIGTIME!

by Anonymousreply 3302/22/2013

Expensive food = regular food with fancy spices

by Anonymousreply 3402/22/2013

You can all be assured that Ina and her bicurious husband never eat this crap.


Liiiifts leg...

Raises custom-made mummu.....


by Anonymousreply 3502/22/2013

I bet the sodium content is thru the roof.

by Anonymousreply 3602/22/2013

Really, R24? That made me like her more.

by Anonymousreply 3702/22/2013

I'm more intrigued with the husband being bicurious. Care to elaborate r35?

by Anonymousreply 3802/22/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 3902/22/2013

Isn't obvious that Jeffrey is gay and Ina is a fag hag.

by Anonymousreply 4002/22/2013

It's just horrible what she did to cutie pie, T.R.

by Anonymousreply 4102/22/2013

$8.99 is the list price and most people won't pay that much.

by Anonymousreply 4203/29/2013

I'm waiting for Joan Crawford's frozen paella myself.

by Anonymousreply 4303/29/2013

Frozen jambalaya?

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.

by Anonymousreply 4403/29/2013

Ina worked for the White House.

by Anonymousreply 4503/29/2013

Are you on food stamps, OP? How in hell do you consider an $8.99 dinner for two "expensive"?

by Anonymousreply 4603/29/2013

Remind me: Why does DL hate her?

And where did this association with farting come from?

by Anonymousreply 4703/29/2013

R41 What did she do to TR?

by Anonymousreply 4803/29/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 4903/29/2013

R48 he was too butch for her so she turned him into a capon.

by Anonymousreply 5004/01/2013

If you buy five and send in the UPC codes, you get a free shent..

by Anonymousreply 5104/01/2013

And who doesn't need a new shent.

by Anonymousreply 5204/01/2013

I wouldn't put too much faith in America's Test Kitchen. Know my way around a home kitchen. That guy is a fruitcake.

by Anonymousreply 5304/01/2013

The guy on America's Test Kitchen has A LOT of bottled up rage. You can feel it through the screen.

by Anonymousreply 5404/01/2013

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

by Anonymousreply 5504/30/2013

[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.

by Anonymousreply 5604/30/2013

He ATK guy said he lost over 100 lbs. I think maybe he got Lapband?

by Anonymousreply 5704/30/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 5804/30/2013

Is Adam on ATK who does all the equipment testing gay?

by Anonymousreply 5904/30/2013

Zataran's is doing a whole line of Cajun and Creole frozen.

by Anonymousreply 6004/30/2013

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by Anonymousreply 6105/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6205/02/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6305/02/2013

More dish on that little spitfire, CK please!

by Anonymousreply 6405/03/2013

I'm gonna ... I'M GONNA .... ssshhhh-AAAARRRRT!

by Anonymousreply 6505/03/2013

R65 She sharts in her shent? Sounds like a line from Dr. Seuss.

by Anonymousreply 6605/03/2013

Ina attempts to sneak one out in the garden, but the tension in her right hand gives away her attempt at abdominal control.

by Anonymousreply 6705/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 6805/11/2013

Her recipes always give me horrible gas.

by Anonymousreply 6905/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7005/11/2013

Thank you all for making the Ina Garten-Fart Troll's weekend, everyone.

by Anonymousreply 7105/11/2013

Ina Garten is a SOCIOPATH.

by Anonymousreply 7205/11/2013

Was the Ina-farting connection based on something real, or was it just a total invention of somebody on DL?

by Anonymousreply 7305/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7405/11/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7505/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7607/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7707/03/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 7807/03/2013

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.


by Anonymousreply 7910/12/2013

R79 That picture must be the result of not using "really good vanilla."

by Anonymousreply 8010/12/2013

One of her gay friends is in a Cialis commercial.

by Anonymousreply 8110/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8210/12/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 8302/23/2014

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.

by Anonymousreply 8402/23/2014

"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."

by Anonymousreply 8507/19/2014

What r85 really means is her frozen adventure didn't sell, she gave it up. ITA with r24.

by Anonymousreply 8607/19/2014

***fffffffart*** bump for more Ina!

by Anonymousreply 8707/22/2014

I saw Ina's frozen food at 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.

by Anonymousreply 8801/05/2015

As the resident "Ina Garten is a CUNT troll" let me just state for the record that indeed:

Ina Garten IS a CUNT!

by Anonymousreply 8901/05/2015

Jambalaya was absolutely delicious. Wish I could find it in our grocery store again.

by Anonymousreply 9004/16/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9104/16/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9204/16/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9304/16/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9404/16/2015

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.

by Anonymousreply 9504/16/2015

Well, I hope it's all made of really GOOD chemically treated offal.

by Anonymousreply 9604/16/2015

WW for R96!

by Anonymousreply 9704/16/2015

I've always wanted to fart like Ina, now is my chance.

by Anonymousreply 9804/16/2015


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by Anonymousreply 9904/16/2015
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