The Barefoot Contessa deserves only the best on her birthday—and, if she accepts our invitation, we're fully prepared to host her for a home-cooked feast. Here's our proposed menu for Ina's 70th (on February 2!), complete with roast chicken and chocolate cake, of course.
Caramelized Onion Dip
It's been rumored that Ina's drink of choice is a whiskey sour, but on her birthday, we think she needs a bit of bubbly. Enter: The Irish 75, a mixture if Irish whiskey, lemon juice, and simple syrup, topped with sparkling wine and a lemon peel. Cheers to Ina!
Get the Recipe: Irish 75
Slow-Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken
Out of the hundreds of classic dishes Ina is famous for, her roast chicken may take the cake (but more on cake later). We'd prepare our slow-roasted chicken, seasoned with fresh herbs and lemon zest.
Get the Recipe: Slow-Roasted Lemon Herb Chicken
Ina and potatoes go hand-in-hand, so we have a feeling these crispy spuds will be right up her alley. She can serve any leftovers with eggs in the morning.
Get the Recipe: Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Classic Chocolate Layer Cake
It's not a birthday without Ina's chocolate cake, so it's only fair that she gets a slice on her birthday. There's no skimping on the chocolate in this beauty, either. Two layers of cake and a thick coating of chocolate frosting will have her going in for a second slice.
Get the Recipe: Classic Chocolate Layer Cake