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The most overrated tool: a pasta maker. Why make it when you can buy it? It's a lot of work!
I don't like sitting at a table that's too large, where everyone is too far apart. That's a party killer.
I use other cookbooks for inspiration. I must say I tend to cook from my own cookbooks for parties.
People have more fun if they don't eat so much they have to be taken home in an ambulance.
I always have music. I love it to be very upbeat. When you're having drinks, I like something like Cesaria Evora. During dinner, I like the much more traditional - old Frank Sinatra and things like that.
I'm really a scientist. I follow recipes exactly - until I decide not to. And then I'll follow something else exactly. I may decide I could turn this peach tart into a plum tart, but if I'm following a recipe, I follow it exactly.
I measure everything, because I always think that if I've spent so much time making sure this recipe was exactly the way I want it, why would I want to throw things into a pot?
My favorite fall or winter lunch is big steaming bowls of soup. I usually invite people for around 12:30 and have two hearty soups like shrimp corn chowder and lentil sausage soup, which can be made a day or two ahead.
There's something really wonderful about a party where you help yourself. Of course, first you get what you really want. But 'family style' service also really encourages people to connect with one another.
I've lived in the Hamptons since 1978, when I first bought my store Barefoot Contessa.
I time everything. I'm a scientist at heart.
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