Ina Garten Amazes ‘Today Show’ Hosts with Her Dazzling Plans for the Holidays

There’s something about turning to chef Ina Garten at this time of year.

Injecting a little of the know-how from the celebrity chef known as ‘The Barefoot Contessa’ here and a little there seems to make the holidays brighter, cheerier, jollier, and just a tad more indulgent.

Ina Garten on 'Today'
Ina Garten on ‘Today’ | Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC Newswire/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Garten shared with the ladies in the 3rd Hour of Today about her plans for the upcoming holidays.

Find out what she’s up to – including what she might be making for husband Jeffrey – for the holiday season.

Garten was hanging with Hoda and Jenna on ‘Today’

The 71-year-old appeared on the 3rd Hour of Today to share her expertise with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager in making latkes and applesauce just in time for Chanukah.

After sampling and savoring the incredibly popular chef’s latkes (which turned out brilliantly golden, if you were wondering), Bush Hager asked her, “What are y’all, you and Jeffrey, doing for the holidays?”

Ina and Jeffrey Garten
Ina and Jeffrey Garten | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney

Garten replied, almost a bit sheepishly, perhaps knowing the unbridled good wishes – and tinge of envy – that was about to pour down on her, “We might be going to Paris.”

After the ladies appropriately gushed over Garten’s answer, she exclaimed, “Want to come? I’ll cook Christmas dinner for you.”

When Bush Hager asked what the couple does while in Paris, the Barefoot Contessa star said, “I like to go off by myself and read books and go for long walks and go to the market and buy ingredients and come home and cook. That’s not bad for a holiday, right?”

Bush Hager inquired about Jeffrey’s favorite food. Garten said, of course, “Roast chicken!”

The Gartens call Paris their second home

The couple owns an apartment in the City of Light and stay there from time to time when the whim strikes them.

The Gartens in Paris

She told Fodor in 2012 about their love for Paris. “I live on the border of the 6th and 7th arrondissement, between three things that I think are the best things in Paris: the bread bakery Poilâne, the cheese shop Fromagerie Barthélemy, and Bon Marché, a huge specialty food store that’s amazing.”

“I’m also near Marianne Robic, a great flower shop. It’s great because there’s everything you could possibly want for giving a dinner party within a few blocks, and I love to give dinner parties in Paris.”

Jeffrey’s favorite roast chicken

As Garten told Today this week, roast chicken is Jeffrey’s favorite. She includes an easy-to-do recipe for this classic recipe in her cookbook, Barefoot in Paris.

She said in the book, “I don’t know how authentically French this is, but a friend made it for us in Provence and to me it’s the essence of French country cooking.”

“A simple roast chicken is sliced onto a bed of warm croutons so they soak up all those delicious juices. How good is that? In Paris, I use Poilâne bread for the croutons, but you can use any flavorful French bread.”

Even if you can’t make it to Paris for your holiday, let it be a happy and joyous one!

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