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Our love for the Barefoot Contessa knows no bounds. With her mouthwatering recipes, envy-inducing kitchen, chambray button-downs and adorable husband Jeffrey, she’s basically living our dream life. While we can’t actually swap places with her (oh hello, gorgeous NYC pied-à-terre), we can get inspired by her words and hope to grow up to be like her one day. Here, ten Ina Garten quotes to use in your kitchen life.

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Quote 11

“Cooking is one of the great gifts you can give to those you love.” – Ina Garten

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“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face and great music in the background.” – Ina Garten

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“You can be miserable before you have a cookie, and you can be miserable after you eat a cookie, but you can’t be miserable while you are eating a cookie.” – Ina Garten

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“You don't have to do everything from scratch. Nobody wants to make puff pastry!” – Ina Garten

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“The most important thing for having a party is that the hostess is having fun.” – Ina Garten

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“Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable.” – Ina Garten

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“Never let ’em see you sweat. Guests feel guilty if they think you've worked too hard to make dinner for them—which of course you have!” – Ina Garten

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“People have more fun if they don't eat so much they have to be taken home in an ambulance.” – Ina Garten

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“Anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be arrested.” – Ina Garten

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“The thing about all my food is that everything is a remembered flavor. Maybe it's something I had as a child or maybe it's something I had in Milan, but I want it to taste better than you ever thought.” – Ina Garten

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