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Barefoot Contessa packaged cake/cooke mixes

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Barefoot Contessa packaged cake/cooke mixes

Roland Parker | Jul 18, 2007 05:22 AM

Two local supermarkets in Baltimore are now stocking the Barefoot Contessa packaged mixes for cakes and cookies, using recipes featured in her cookbooks.

One would think, just another celebrity chef coming out with a new line of food. Shrugs, life goes on.

But the lady Contessa is charging a range of $9.99 to $17.99 for her mixes. Yep, you heard this correct.

Like most regular cooks, I know packaged mixes are nothing more than flour and sugar. And as someone who is bakes cakes and pies on a frequent basis, I also know how easy it is for an experienced, hell, even non-experienced, cook to throw together a good pound cake. But I can't help but be intrigued for Ina Garten is indeed a very good cook with appealing food. Has anyone splurged and bought a box? How do the mixes stand up compared to much cheaper Pillsbury cake mixes? Is it worth the money?

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