‘Tis the season of celebrations…graduations, birthdays, communions, family time, etc. Whatever it is that brings you all together, you’ll be the hostess with the mostest with this go-to special occasion recipe. The goddess that is the Barefoot Contessa will never steer you wrong. Ever.

So who better to have by your (virtual) side than she when preparing for a special occasion? Hosting is a breeze with her divine ORANGE BAKED HAM recipe. Serve with a warmed baguette, and a simple butter lettuce salad with apples, craisins, and crumbled blue cheese, dressed with Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette.

PS. For the perfect party starter, channel your inner Mary Giuliani and serve those beloved “Tiny Hot Dogs”.

Now go celebrate!


Though I am hesitant to feature yet another chicken recipe (I will mix it up I promise), this roast chicken is too fabulous to put on hold, and it’s fresh on the mind for two reasons. First, I made it last week and it was SO good and devoured by all. AND you may have heard about a small wedding in Windsor over the weekend, well he supposedly popped the question over this dish. Full disclosure, the 1 to 1 1/2 hour cook time may take this off the table as a weeknight option – it was 1 hour for me – if you front load the emails, the put aways, and tomorrow’s to-do’s during the cooking time, it really was a breeze. I didn’t have the Thyme or red onions on hand so proceeded without, and I screwed up the gravy. And absolutely buy kitchen string next time you are at the store – you’ll have it forever, and feel like a rockstar every time you use it. I served it with steamed broccoli (the tea kettle hack for hot steam water is genius BTW) and my favorite risotto ever, it’s printed on the back of this jar. LOVED by ALL, and not one plate to scrape: Barefoot Contessa’s Perfect Roast Chicken.