12 Undeniable Signs It's an Ina Garten Recipe

You've gotta love Ina Garten. After years of watching her demonstrate her expertise on Food Network and after making any number of her foolproof recipes, you start to notice a few things about the true goddess of the culinary world. Ina has established herself as someone who does not tolerate shortcuts (sometimes store-bought is fine), who uses only the best ingredients, and who finds joy in cooking for others, especially her husband — and we couldn't love her more for it. These are the telltale signs it's an Ina Garten recipe (and no one else's), and any true fan of the beloved food icon will nod in agreement at every single one.


Jeffrey is definitely gonna love it.

Is it even an Ina recipe if it doesn't end with "Jeffrey's gonna love this"?


It calls for "good" olive oil.

Ina doesn't tolerate just any olive oil: you'll notice that almost all of her recipes call for "good" olive oil, meaning real extra-virgin olive oil.


The tomatoes should be picked from the garden.

But if you don't have a garden, store-bought is fine.


A place setting will be part of the meal plan.

Have you ever seen Ina serve a meal without setting a gorgeous tablescape? Me either.


There will be enough to freeze for leftovers.

For Jeffrey, of course.


It definitely does not call for shortcuts.

But Ina won't know your secrets.


It's fit for a dinner party.

Ina Garten is queen of hosting dinner parties — her friends are probably on the way right now.


It calls for only the finest cheese from the cows in your backyard.

But if you don't have your own cows, store-bought is fine.


If it's a baked dessert, it calls for Nielsen-Massey Vanilla.

Ina is obsessed with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Extract because it's so high in quality.


You actually feel bad if you don't use the highest-quality ingredients.

It's like you're doing the recipe writer a disservice.


If it's an "easy" cake, it probably calls for homemade whipped cream.

But it's easy, remember?