The 10 Best Dishes Ina Garten Has Ever Cooked for Her Husband Jeffrey

03/17/2016 at 03:31 PM ET

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Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, share a bond most of us only dream of one day finding. I’ll handle the sole meuniere and apple tart tatin if you pick up a chardonnay to pair, we picture ourselves saying in a naturally sultry voice as we sip on homemade cucumber agua fresca from our garden in East Hampton.

And while the culinary queen is used to showing affection for her soulmate in the form of food, she is finally cementing their love by way of the written word in her upcoming cookbook, Cooking for Jeffreywhich hits shelves on October 25.

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“I started cooking for Jeffrey when we were married 48 years ago, and it was preparing comforting, delicious meals for him that really became the basis for my career in food,” Ina writes on her website.

In honor of this momentous occasion for fans of the couple/champions of love everywhere, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite recipes that Ina has ever cooked for Jeffrey. Feel free to laugh and cry when appropriate as you read along, but please hold your applause until the end.

1. Classic Roast Chicken
What’s there to say? This is Ina’s “Freebird,” no pun intended. Legend has it she makes it every Friday night, and Garten herself says she can do it in her sleep. Get the recipe here.

2. Filet of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce
Forget cake: For Jeffrey’s birthday, she slathered a prime cut of beef with butter and roasted it in a scorching hot oven to medium-rare, then topped it off with a cheesy sauce. Get the recipe here.

3. Brownie Pudding
If you go for the gooey middle of the brownie pan every time, this dessert — which she whipped up for their 40th wedding anniversary — is calling your name. Get the recipe here.

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4. Cranberry-Orange Scones
“Ina is going to be away for the night so she’s cooking Jeffrey a great supper and breakfast to keep him well-fed in her absence,” reads the description for this episode of Barefoot Contessa. A single tear runs down the cheek of every man, woman and child in America. Get the recipe here.

5. Pastitsio
If you’ve never tried this Greek twist on lasagna, let the version Ina cooked up for Jeffrey for a surprise date night be your starting point. In fact, that’s a good rule of thumb for any dish you’re cooking for the first time. Get the recipe here.

6. Grown-Up Mac and Cheese
When Jeffrey comes home from a long trip, Ina treats him to a special dinner — not due to demand or expectation, but out of genuine love. And nothing says “I love you” like homemade mac and cheese with cheddar, gruyere, gorgonzola and just the slightest hint of nutmeg to keep him guessing. Get the recipe here.

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7. New York Egg Cream
The power couple takes Brooklyn where they learn to whip up this retro diner fave consisting of the perfect ratio of chocolate syrup, milk and club soda. Get the recipe here.

8. Chicken Piccatta
Another Friday night fave of the pair is this classic Italian poultry dish with capers and a lemon-white wine sauce. Get the recipe here.

9. Challah French Toast
Jeffrey loves breakfast, and so the world was gifted with these pillowy slices of just-sweet-enough perfection. Get the recipe here.

10. English Bacon Sandwich
Ina describes this late-night snack she made for Jeffrey as a BLT without the L and the T, which we appreciate for getting straight to the point. Basically it’s just two pieces of buttered toast with bacon in between. How easy is that? Get the recipe here.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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K.B. on

I haven’t tried the egg cream, and wouldn’t eat buttered toast and bacon as a “snack”, but her Pastitsio, French Toast, and Brownie Pudding are all heavenly . I highly recommend them.

guest on

It all sounds so delicious but it seems like everything she cooks is loaded with either sugar, salt, or unhealthy fats. I realize if you eat her recipes in moderation, then you would be fine but when I see her show on TV, I also never really see her cook or speak of cooking in healthy ways with healthy ingredients (or just lesser amounts of unhealthy ingredients) as alternatives. She always loads things up with salt, sugar, or butter. :o(
Good luck, Jeffery. I hope you get your cholesterol and blood sugar levels checked from time to time!

Judy on

Actually, I think they are really sweet together. I love watching her show even though I would never cook half the things she does.

Awww on

They are so cute together. I hope that I’m still the apple of my husband’s eye in 48 years. Shoot, I’ll take half of that… 24 years. lol

Slawtah on

Every time I see her, all I can think about is how she refused a wish from a child through Make a Wish. I have not been able to watch her cooking show since.

sasa on

He looks and acts like a wimp. Can’t stand watching him or them together. She’s so phony around him. Other than that, I like her show…just not when he’s in the picture. Anyone agree?

jane on

Can’t stand this snobby, fat slob and her meak husband.

Lauren on

You just have to laugh at the stupidity of some of the commenters. Jeffrey not only served in the Army for 4 years, he rose to the rank of Lt in the 82nd airborne division. He is Dean Emeritus from Yale, and probably worth more money than most here can count. As for the “guest” post…..even though Ina’s show is on daily, they film in bunches, so certainly her husband, who works and lives mostly in NYC while she’s in CT, likely doesn’t eat too much of that food. And honestly, unless you’re eating that richly every day…’ll be fine. Most people I work with (healthcare), eat “clean” Sunday through Thursday, then eat whatever on the weekends. It’s a very sensible way of life, no calorie counting, no denials, no obesity.

Meena on

@Lauren, I was with you until you threw in the money comment. What does how much money a person has have to do with the conversation? You were deep until you got a little shallow.

Christina on

Slawtah, same here. She was a complete B to the poor kid.

Mrs. B on

She’s such a snob. She gets on my nerves with her “good vanilla” comments. She could just as easily tell the viewers to use 100% vanilla extract as opposed to just vanilla flavoring.

Rachel on

So many bitter, jealous people on here. Really no need for all the hate. She has a nice personality and both her and her husband have had very distinguished careers.

Don Silvester on

Now you know why she’s a fat slob.

mary on

Ina cooks with real ingredients. She makes classic recipes. Her recipes are foolproof. Her recipes are some of my family’s favorites. Her tequila lime chicken, engagement chicken, chinese chicken salad, challah french toast, apple crisp and brownies are phenomenal.

Claudia Watts on

I find her very condescending to Jeffry in many of the episodes. She treats him like he is a child and incapable even of the most simple task. I know she loves the guy but why the not so subtle put-downs? Unhealthy competition in their relationship.

Ally1 on

Looking forward to this book! I didn’t come from a family of cooks, and relied on tv and cookbooks to learn. Ina’s recipes have always worked out extremely well! You sure can’t eat like that every day, but what a treat 🙂

sandra on

I love her. Her recipes are simple, unintimidating and delicious!!!

If you’ve never cooked anything and want to try something, her recipes should be your go to.

Her Beatty’s chocolate cake is the best!!!!

jan on

I love these people.

Krista on

@ Claudira, they’ve been married for 48 years so obviously they are doing something right. My fav episode is when she makes guacamole then Jeffery has to do the grilling and he lights the bag of charcoal on fire. Hilarious!!!

pasteno on

Although I think Ina is a great cook and had followed her for a long time, I don’t turn her show on anymore. I feel exactly as another reviewer who wrote, “Every time I see her, all I can think about is how she refused a wish from a child through Make a Wish. I have not been able to watch her cooking show since.”

Rod on

I am put off by her snooty attitude, but I do like some of the dishes she makes so I muster through her show sometimes.

Julian Winterhalter on

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Lynne on

I have been following Ina and cooking/baking her recipes for years! My family and friends beg for a dinner invitation! Some of our favorites include Stilton Cheese Sauce, Weeknight Bolognese, Fingerling Potatoes with Dill, and of course the many, always delicious, Friday Night Chicken recipes!
Congrats to Ina and Jeffrey for having the guts to put their life’s journey out there, and thank you so much to Ina for writing another cookbook! Can’t wait!

Ike Pywell on

j on

what a cruel joke, the link to brownie pudding recipe goes to arugula salad!

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