We didn’t think it would be possible to be more jealous of Taylor Swift, but now that the country singer got a private cooking lesson from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa herself, in the TV chef’s Hamptons home, we’re officially green with envy.
As part of the Food Network Magazine’s first music issue, Swift and Garten spent the afternoon making a few of the singer’s all-time favorite recipes. They bonded over a shared love of food, and a mutual frustration with friends who don’t like to eat.
“I’ll cook for these boys, and they’ll be like, ‘I’m on a diet,'” Swift says. “I’m like, ‘I can’t hang out with you.'”
Swift is no kitchen novice. She’s shared the stove with other celebrity friends, including Kelly Osbourne, whom she hosted for a girls’ night in where they made mouth-watering chocolate peppermint cookies.
But this cooking lesson had a special significance for Swift, who calls Garten her “hero.” She owns the complete Barefoot Contessa cookbook collection. (The admiration is mutual, Garten owns all of Swift’s albums.)
Now the real question: What was on the menu? The two prepared mustard-roasted fish and a Pavlova topped with berries for dessert. Once Swift revealed she had never tried a whiskey sour — Garten’s favorite cocktail — the fun really started. Thankfully, Garten had all the ingredients to whip up a batch of the cocktails in her fridge.
The cooking lesson quickly turned into an impromptu lunch, where they were joined by the pop star’s mother, Andrea, and brother, Austin. Everyone devoured the Pavlova without bothering to wait for plates. It might not be how things are normally done in the Barefoot Contessa kitchen, but there was nothing ordinary about the day to be sure.
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