Ina Garten’s Cauliflower Cutting Trick Is Beyond Brilliant

Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, is my everything.

I’ve been watching her cook beautiful spreads in her spotless—but not inaccessibly so—kitchen, and then throughout the pages of her books, for as long as I can remember. My best memories from middle school involve faking sick so I could stay home and lie in my parents bed, propped up on my elbows, mesmerized as she peeled potatoes effortlessly on the screen of their shoebox-sized television. As I was finding myself as a cook (and an opinionated eater) in high school, I’d make her coconut cupcakes once a month. I don’t dread New York winters, because when they come, I know it’s the season to curl up with a bowl of her roasted tomato and basil soup. When I became a full-time recipe developer, I sat my boyfriend Nate down and told him, “You know, this makes you my Jeffrey now.”