Leave it to Ina G. to come up with an effortless menu for every single occasion. Case in point: She’s been casually dropping items from her Memorial Day lineup all week, and this spread is a real stunner.
The Contessa has been posting a few easy recipes each day on her Instagram, saying, “It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and I feel like having a party!! I’m going to share my menu throughout the week,” on Monday.
First up: smashed hamburgers with caramelized onions, from the Contessa’s most recent cookbook, Modern Comfort Food . Per Ina herself, “OMG they’re so good, and you don’t even need to light the grill!”
And it wouldn’t be a party without a plethora of side dishes, so Ms. Chambray is serving two. “I’m making maple baked beans and vegetable coleslaw,” she writes. “It doesn’t get more classic than that! The coleslaw can be made in advance and the beans simmer away in the oven while you go about your day. Done and done!!” You go, girl.
To end the evening on a sweet note, Garten is serving red berry shortcakes with honey yogurt, which she calls “the ultimate summer dessert.” She’s not wrong. “I took my flaky shortcakes and piled them high with strawberries, raspberries and Greek yogurt sweetened with a drizzle of honey. So delicious!!”
All that and she’s working on a 13th cookbook. We hope Ina takes a well-deserved summer vacay.