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.