Maybe it is because as soon as the Barefoot Contessa music comes on the Food Network, my 3 year old screams, "it's INA!!" and runs to the couch to settle in for an episode. In her enviable kitchen in the Hamptons, she makes everything with her catch phrase, "how easy is that?"...and usually it is! She has her hubby, Jeffery, gay BFF's, and the locals over for fabulous meals. She never seems to fuss about what to do, in fact most meals are served in her kitchen.
Maybe it is because she doesn't say "BAM" every other word, or wax poetic about butter, sour cream, and mayonnaise. She doesn't have weird phrases like EVOO, stoup, or S&P.
Don't get me wrong, I have made many a Rachael Ray meal in my day and I want to hug Paula Deen every time I see her. It's just that Ina is what she is. When Ina is on, there is an informality about her. Like you are sitting in the kitchen cooking with her. Her hints are practical and her style is sublime. Everything that I have ever made comes out beautifully, Ina has never done me wrong.
Exhibit A: dinner a couple of weeks ago.
Chicken Ceasar Salad Sandwiches
Okay, maybe I do know why I was so excited....