Ina Garten Shares Her Top Secrets to a Perfect Thanksgiving Affair


If you could pick anyone’s brain for their Thanksgiving secrets, who would it be? For us, it has to be Ina Garten. It seems the self-taught home cook has every culinary technique mastered, which is no surprise, considering she has been entertaining for decades and that all her cookbooks land on the best-selling list. And now that we are approaching the most food-centric holiday of the year, we made a visit to Garten’s barn where she films her hit TV show, Barefoot Contessa, to ask her a few questions that we knew only she could answer.

“For everybody’s favorite meal of the year, which is Thanksgiving, these are some of my easy secrets,” says Garten, before revealing the special ingredient you need for the fluffiest mashed potatoes, her two-step process for a juicy turkey, how she keeps the hectic holiday stress-free, and more.

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Watch the video above to get some of the best Turkey day advice ever.


[MUSIC] Hi. I'm Athena Calderone, and today I'm gonna make a Super summery cocktail which is a chamomile gin sour. What I really love about this particular cocktail is that it's so summery. It's really fragrant. We're using dried chamomile flours and we're also gonna garnish with some fresh chamomile. I also was a little bit of a hater on gin for a really long time. Time and now I am completely in love with it, it's super herbaceous and it's really bright and refreshing for summer. [MUSIC] We're going to begin by making a really quick honey simple syrup. So I just have some hot water here and I'm crushing some of the chamomile flowers. It'll really infuse the cocktail with this beautiful chamomile flavour. This has been steeping for about two minutes and I'm going to strain it, and then add all of our other ingredients. Honey, just make sure your water is boiling or just close to boiling so that you are able to make a simple syrup that actually kind of melts the honey. So I think we can begin to put it all together. Begin with the honey-chamomile simple syrup, 1 oz of gin. This is some freshly squeezed lemon juice. Here's the egg white which will make it really, really frothy. And finally we're going to just give a couple of dashes of citrus bitters And we're ready to go. We are gonna shake shake shake. [SOUND] [MUSIC] Create a beautiful finish. [MUSIC] Put a couple of crushed chamomile leaves. And my absolute favorite is picking these really dainty and super summery, fresh, camomile flowers. Just to make it look beautiful. And they actually are edible as well. [MUSIC] It is so good. Super summery. Has that beautiful herbaceous quality, and I might say its spoon worthy. Cheers to summer. [MUSIC]
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