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NYC and lunch with Ina- Part two 
Aug. 25, 2013 12:09 am 
Updated: Aug. 28, 2013 6:45 am

Wednesday morning dawned clear and bright with no threat of rain in NYC.  Google assured us that the rain had passed.  I had heard horror stories of the August heat and humidity - it seemed as if the weather gods were smiling on us.  

Today, was the day to meet Ina Garten at the Meredith offices.  The Meredith offices in midtown Manhattan  are very close to the hotel,  we had no more than a 2 minute walk.  Lunch was scheduled from Noon to 2.  "Fool Proof!"  There was no way we could get lost.  

We arrived at the Meredith office promptly at noon and were greeted by a Ladies Home Journal representative who gave us a tour of the Ladies Home Journal offices, the story boards displayed for future issues, the storage area full of clothes, makeup and other goodies.   

Then it was off for a tour of the test kitchens. 

 On the left is the Ladies Home Journal test kitchen.  

On the right is the Rachael Ray test kitchen. 

 The pantry and the washer and dryer.   

 Cupcakes they made for us to take home. 


 This is Tara Bench.  

The Food and Entertainment director for Ladies Home Journal. 

She explained that all the recipes are tested both on a gas oven / stove and electric as well. 

 This is Linda in the BHG kitchen.  We all felt at home in the kitchen. 


LHJ, Rachel Ray and BHG Test Kitchens. 



After visiting in the kitchen, which was sad to leave,  

we were escorted to the private dining room. 

The view from the dining room.  


These recipes can be found in Ina's latest cookbook. 

Ina Garten, barefoot contesssa  


Recipes you can trust

Salmon and Melting  Cherry Tomatoes

Balsamic Roasted Beet Salad. 


Couscous with Roasted Vegetables


Chicken and Mango Yogurt Marinated skewers



Salted Caramel Brownies and Raspberry Crumble Bars 





Ina Garten and Sally Lee, the Editor in Chief for LHJ 


Linda, Ina and Penny 




Our visit with Ina might appear to be just another photo op.  Nothing could be further from the truth. She arrived and greeted each of us and introduced herself, as if we didn't know her!  

We chatted as if we had known each other for years, shared cooking tips and funny stories.    I have been a fan of Ina's for years and it was wonderful to discover that she is as warm and genuine as I had hoped she would be.    

Aug. 25, 2013 5:00 am
Again - LOVED! Looked like a wonderful time!!! So happy to hear she was genuine! (Isn't Chelsey Market wonderful! My SIL use to work at A TV channel that had their offices their above! At the time Food Network was also there! She would ride the elevator up with Rachel Ray some days!!)
Aug. 25, 2013 5:36 am
What a fantastic trip! Ina is one of my favorites too. So glad you both enjoyed meeting her!
Aug. 25, 2013 6:13 am
How exciting, very happy you had a great time. Your photos are lovely. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip.
Aug. 25, 2013 9:07 am
The salmon looks delish, but that beet salad, not so much! Did you tell Ina that we saw her in Costa Mesa?
Aug. 25, 2013 10:34 am
Good morning Heather. Chelsea market is indeed wonderful. I loved every inch of that place. So much to see that we had to double back a couple of times to take it all in.
Aug. 25, 2013 10:35 am
Hi Cat. I am so glad that Ina was so easy to talk to. So down to earth and she has a great sense of humor!
Aug. 25, 2013 10:37 am
Thank you manella. Actually, I wish I had more pictures of the luncheon. There was a professional photographer there and LHJ sent us a few pictures. I am hoping that I can get them to send me all of them.
Aug. 25, 2013 10:40 am
Hi Marianne. That salmon was so good and I am not a salmon lover. Tara said they bought it at Whole Foods. Although the recipe itself is very good I am sure the quality of the salmon is what made the difference. I did tell Ina about standing in line with 12,000 other people for her book signing. She laughed and said that she remembered that book signing - I am sure it was a long long day for her.
Aug. 25, 2013 10:40 am
Oh, btw - that roast beet salad was fabulous!
Aug. 25, 2013 11:13 am
I am so Jealous! Ina is my favorite chef!! She would be the one person I would wish to have lunch with!! Looks like a good time was had :)
Aug. 25, 2013 11:22 am
Hi westcoastmom! Ina has been a favorite of mine for a long time. After meeting her in person I must say she is everything I had hoped for. A great sense of humor, humble and sincerely a nice person.
Aug. 25, 2013 11:34 am
Such a dream vaca! ! Soo happy Penny, Ina was Exactly who you hoped she'd be:):) Great looking women in an exciting new city. Oh lets not forget, unbelievably Yummy FOOD :):) Thanks for letting those of us, not tucked in your luggage, tag along! !
Aug. 25, 2013 11:37 am
BTW, I want Everyone of those pots!! lol
Aug. 25, 2013 11:49 am
Looks like you all had a great time. I always thought Ina's foodnetwork shows are very well done and you get the impression she is very genuine in what she is doing. Some others on foodnetwork seemed to get so wrapped up in being a celebrity they forget about the cooking. She makes dishes we would actually enjoy and I have used many of her recipes.
Aug. 25, 2013 11:54 am
What a "bucket list" opportunity for you both! Penny, You should send her the pix of her savory fig cheesecake that you made for K-Dub's bridal shower. Now that was a work of art and mighty tasty too!
Aug. 25, 2013 11:57 am
Oops! Hit the wrong key! I'm so happy that all went so well for you lovely ladies. Thanks for helping us travel vicariously with you to NYC throughyour blog. Well done, Sister!
Aug. 25, 2013 12:00 pm
I'm so glad that you liked Ina in person. It would have been such a disappointment if she'd been some arrogant snob! I had seen the salmon in one of your earlier posts and thought I would have been disappointed if I'd been there and that's what was served. I am not a salmon lover either but maybe I would have liked that if you did. But I was relieved to see the chicken kabobs were served as well. A million years ago my mother and I toured Universal Studios. We were on a tram thing and saw Rock Hudson get out of a car and head into a cottage on the lot. The tour guide said something about Rock Hudson waving us if we applauded and everyone did but he never even turned to acknowledged us! It's not like we could have mobbed him and delayed him - we were on a tram! Glad Ina was not a snob like that!
Aug. 25, 2013 12:00 pm
Wowzers!! An opportunity of a lifetime! So happy you got to experience all this. I admire Ina and feel she is a very talented chef. Thanks for sharing part 1 and part 2 with us.
Aug. 25, 2013 12:22 pm
That is fabulous! What a great adventure. I would love to have those dutch ovens in that kitchen - wow!
Aug. 25, 2013 12:35 pm
Thank you for sharing what the rest of us can only dream of. It is so nice that two beautiful and kind Buzzers were able to have this extraordinary experience. :)
Aug. 25, 2013 12:40 pm
OMG, what an adventure! I love Ina. So did my mom. Congrats to Linda on the win! I am so jealous you got to have such a wonderful lunch with the veep-peeps!
Aug. 25, 2013 12:57 pm
It was just wonderful. I haven't been on a vacation in more than a decade.. I don't count flying to see my mother as a vacation :P Mine and Penny's energy levels were pretty closely matched so we had no issues about walking... only issue was she got up and OMigod O'clock and I slept longer I enjoyed my sluginees immensely
Aug. 25, 2013 1:29 pm
Great blog Penny! What an amazing trip for both of you! I've loved Ina for years, and am glad that she is as genuine as she seems on TV. You and Linda took some great pictures. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.
Aug. 25, 2013 1:31 pm
BN: What an amazing experience for you and Linda! I now have a serious case of Le Creuset Envy. This may require professional help. Is there a doctor in the house?
Aug. 25, 2013 1:52 pm
What a wonderful experience you two had! I am so happy for you both! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Aug. 25, 2013 1:53 pm
So envious! The food looks fab and that collection of Le Creuset pots makes me drool. Hope both of you have come back down to earth now. So what's the next adventure? Try-outs for the next Food Network Star???
Aug. 25, 2013 4:06 pm
wow. just wow. ina looks great!!! so, so happy for you guys! so, so jealous!! it looks and sounds like a fabulous trip. thank you so much BN for sharing with us all!
Aug. 25, 2013 6:15 pm
Thank you for sharing. I can't think of two more deserving ladies to go on this trip.
Aug. 25, 2013 7:18 pm
Oh what fun! It sounds like a wonderful trip. And what a great opportunity to meet Ina and the folks at LHJ. I want that kitchen!
Aug. 26, 2013 2:56 am
Love, love, love--So happy for you and Linda!
Aug. 26, 2013 5:58 am
You lucky ones! I love Ina! I watch every cooking program I can, on TV (Food channel UK). So glad she is in reality as she comes across on TV! Food looks lovely!!
Aug. 26, 2013 6:44 am
That trip had to be such a thrill! To be able to go to their offices and test kitchens, and meet Ina. Wow! It looks like they were very gracious, especially Ina. Fabulous post. Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous experience.
Aug. 26, 2013 12:38 pm
You really did luck out with the weather. It had rained every day the previous week and again after you left. Your pictures are great and you can tell you were really enjoying yourselves. BTW, I have been making that roasted beet salad of Ina's since she did it on TV way back when. Great blog!
Aug. 27, 2013 8:52 am
What a great adventure. Food looks wonderful but you know me......I love the simple and elegant tablescape :)
Aug. 27, 2013 9:07 am
Oh Penny, what a very special treat you have had! A true blessing to get to have this opportunity of a lifetime. And, then to top it all off by having a meal with Ina Garten. How "Fabulous" as Ina would say! I am green with envy!
Aug. 28, 2013 6:45 am
Thank you everyone. Sorry, I got busy and fell behind staying up with this blog. It was a real adventure for sure. :)
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