Ina Garten (the "Barefoot Contessa") is one of my favorite sources of recipes. All of her recipes feed a crowd and always work every time. I am also envious of her amazing house in the Hamptons :) I bought myself the "Barefoot Contessa at Home" cookbook and wanted to make an entire meal out of it.
California BLTs with Honey White Bread
I thought the bread was lacking a little something - maybe salt. It wasn't as light and airy as I was hoping, and I didn't taste the sweetness from the honey at all. It was serviceable, but nothing more.
I don't like avocados, but wanted to give them another try. After making these sandwiches, I have confirmed I don't like them. Texture issues :) I prepared both regular and turkey bacon -- I wasn't a fan of the turkey bacon that night, but the next day I made some more and cooked the strips to be crispier and it was much better. Turkey bacon lesson learned -- make sure it is REALLY done.
Pea Soup (served cold)
I used frozen peas because where in the world do you find fresh peas to buy? I actually ended up preferring this soup warm instead of cold. I thought it was ok, others seemed to like it more than I did.
Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
This was a pretty poor excuse for frozen yogurt -- a very chalky texture. Maybe it's the brand of yogurt I used?