Ina Garten Joined Jennifer Garner’s ‘Pretend Cooking Show’

One of the things we love most about Jennifer Garner’s “Pretend Cooking Show” on IGTV is how relatable the whole thing is. Like, yes, she’s a movie star cooking in our dream kitchen, but she keeps it real with messes and mistakes and we love her for it. But this week she let fans know that she was extra organized and on top of things because she had a very special guest coming…Ina Garten (virtually!) appeared in her kitchen.


Modern Comfort Food: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook

Clarkson Potter Publishers

Jennifer said that she had recently received Ina’s new Modern Comfort Food cookbook and that she would be making Ina’s Crispy Chicken with Lemon Orzo with the creator of the recipe herself! Ina watched as Jennifer made the chicken part of the recipe and explained why she mixes together canola oil and butter to get the chicken perfectly delicious.

“You know the canola oil and butter are good together because you get the flavor of the butter and the high burning temperature of canola,” she said. GENIUS.

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The rest of the recipe includes delicious and light ingredients like lemon, dill, and feta. In fact, you can see the whole thing in the caption of Jennifer’s Instagram post, along with her sweet tribute to Ina, who she calls her “actual, true life friend.”

Ina zoomed in to cook with me and didn’t even laugh at how harried I was, how I over browned my chicken breast (it was delectable), how unskilled I am at making things pretty—you are the best, Ina, thank you for Pretend Cooking with me!” Jennifer wrote.

If you’re wondering what else Jen loves from the cookbook, she’s apparently read the whole thing like a novel and has already made Oreo ice cream and frozen palomas from it. If the names of all these recipes don’t prompt you to buy this book immediately…who are you???

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