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INA GARTEN COOKBOOK
On Wednesday, Jennifer Garner posted her first Facebook cooking video, a step-by-step tutorial she titled “Pretend Cooking Show.” Before jumping into making a honey white bread recipe from Ina Garten's 2006 cookbook Barefoot Contessa at Home, the actress had some sweet words for her cooking inspiration. “I’m not an expert but if you want to make your family happy over and over again this is one recipe that, if you get it down, you can do anything with it. And it’s by Ina. Love you, Ina!” said Garner before kissing her stickie note-tagged copy of the cookbook.
BUY IT: Barefoot Contessa at Home cookbook by Ina Garten, $35; amazon.com
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SILVER STAND MIXER
To start preparing her bread dough, Garner adds the ingredients to the bowl of her sleek, stainless steel KitchenAid stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment.
BUY IT: KitchenAid Artisan 5 qt. Stand Mixer in Contour Silver, $350; bedbathandbeyond.com
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GLASS MEASURING CUP
The actress uses her liquid measuring cup to portion out the precise amount of water and milk needed for the recipe. The advantage of using the glass measuring cup? It's safe to use with hot liquids, and can be put in the dishwasher, microwave and oven.
BUY IT: Anchor Hocking 3-Piece Measuring Cup Set, $18; walmart.com
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INSTANT READ THERMOMETER
Garten's recipe calls for warm milk heated to 110 degrees F, which activates the yeast without killing it. Garner takes no chances, and checks the temperature with her Thermapen instant-read thermometer. The waterproof gadget comes in 10 colors, but we're partial to Garner's bright purple pick.
BUY IT: Thermapen MK4 Thermometer, $99; thermoworks.com
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GLASS STORAGE CANISTERS
To keep the kitchen organized—and make measuring and leveling easier—Garner stores baking ingredients in large glass canisters with lids. Each jar is labeled with cute, handwritten ingredient names (in purple sharpie!) to quickly identify her bread flour, cake flour, all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, and granulated sugar.
BUY IT: Anchor Hocking Heritage Hill Storage Jars, $10 and up; bedbathandbeyond.com
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COPPER MEASURING CUPS
Bakers know that measuring ingredients is one of the most important steps in every bread recipe. To make sure her dry ingredients match the recipe exactly, Garner scoops and levels off the flour in her beautiful, copper-plated dry measuring cups.
BUY IT: Copper Measuring Cups, $40 for set of 4; williams-sonoma.com
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After letting her dough rise, Garner uses her pastry scraper to quickly cut and divide the soft dough into sections.
BUY IT: Stainless-Steel Pastry Scraper, $10; williams-sonoma.com
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SILICONE MATS + NON-STICK BAKING SHEETS
"My mom made bread men for my sisters and me when we were little and they were our favorite things ever,” said Garner, who baked her dough people on a baking sheet lined with a Silpat mat. The silicone mat creates an evenly-heated surface, and the non-stick material helps the food lift off easily from the baking sheet.
Silpat Baking Mat, $27; surlatable.com
OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Jelly Roll, $25; amazon.com
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A cross between a pinafore and an artist's smock, Garner's cross-back apron looks as functional as it does comfortable.
BUY IT: Denim Pinafore (similar style), $69; etsy.com
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MRS. MEYER'S DISH SOAP
Baking can get messy with all that kneading and measuring. So Garner keeps a bottle of Mrs. Meyer's Lemon Verbena Dish Soap by the sink to wash all her tools and gadgets.
BUY IT: Mrs. Meyer's Dish Soap in Lemon Verbena, $4; target.com
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While Garner didn't actually use this gadget during her bread tutorial, we couldn't help noticing the Zojirushi rice cooker sitting on the counter. The mini appliance has several cooking settings, to make everything from white and brown rice to steel cut oatmeal.
BUY IT: Zojirushi Stainless Rice Cooker, $99; amazon.com