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Ina Garten reveals how she really feels about Jennifer Garner's 'cooking' show

Legions of devoted food-lovers idolize Food Network star Ina Garten as the queen of the cooking world (we certainly do!), so it's not surprising that she also has her share of famous fans.

Take, for example, actress Jennifer Garner, who loves the Barefoot Contessa so much that she's been filming a series of cooking videos in the "Barefoot" style.

Now, in a tasty twist, it looks like Garner has won the admiration of her beloved idol!

“Isn’t she lovely?! I just think she’s so wonderful,” Garten recently told People Magazine of Garner's social media segments. “I love her videos so much. She is adorable and smart and not at all performing — that’s just who she is. I just think she’s really special.”

Much like Garten films her show in the Hamptons, Garner’s “pretend cooking show” is shot in her own home kitchen. Garner’s first episode was actually a Garten recipe for honey white bread. The actress posts the videos to Facebook and Instagram and has three "shows" fans can watch.

But this is much more than mutual fandom from afar. The two women are actually friends (yes, we're jealous!) and Garner has even appeared on an episode of "Barefoot Contessa." Lucky.

While Garner doesn’t pretend to be a chef (hence the "pretend" in her show's title), her food videos are beginning to score big with fans across social media. In addition to Garten's bread, Garner has also made bagels and English muffins.

Pretend Cooking Show, Episode 2: @huckcafe English Muffins by @zoenathanloeb. You can see the full episode, in all its floury glory, on my Facebook. #icrackmyselfup #pretendcookingshow #notaprettybaker ----- Huckleberry English Muffins recipe: 3 cups buttermilk 2 tbsp active dry yeast 3 tbsp unsalted butter (room temp) 3 tbsp honey 6 cups bread flour 1/4 cup sugar 4 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1 cup cornmeal ----- 1. Warm 1 1/2 cups (355ml) of the buttermilk in a small saucepan, but do not boil. Place the remaining 1 1/2 cups (355ml) cold buttermilk in the bowl of a stand mixer with the yeast and whisk by hand to combine. Add the warm buttermilk to the cold buttermilk mixture and whisk to blend. Add the butter, honey, bread flour, sugar, and salt and mix on low speed with the dough hook attachment for about 1 minute, until the dough comes together. Increase the speed to medium-high and work the dough for about 2 minutes until smooth. • 2. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 1 hour. • 3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup (80g) of the cornmeal on a clean work surface and dump the dough out onto it. Sprinkle another 1/4 cup (40g) of the cornmeal on top of the dough and flatten it into a disk with 1 inch (2.5cm) thickness. • 4. Sprinkle the last 1/4 cup (40g) of the cornmeal onto a sheet pan. With a 3 inch (7.5cm) round cutter, cut the English muffins from the dough. Cut them as closely as possible, minimizing the amount of scraps, as you cannot combine and reroll this dough. • 5. Arrange the English muffins, 1 inch (2.5cm) apart, on the sheet pan. Allow the dough to rise for 1 hour at room temperature. Or refrigerate overnight and allow to rise for 1 hour in the morning. • 6. As the English muffins near readiness, preheat your oven to 350F (180C) degrees. When the oven is hot, heat an ungreased griddle or large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. Jen tip: 275F (135C) for the temperature of your griddle! • 7. Drop the English muffins onto the griddle and cook for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. • 8. Return the English muffins to the sheet pan and immediately bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until they feel light.

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One of the most delightful parts of this cooking show is that the cook doesn't just showcase her successes; she's also not afraid to admit her kitchen failures. Let's just say it took the actress two tries to nail homemade bagels.

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Outside of her obvious love of carbs (we approve), Garner has also made kale chips, with kale from her very own garden. Not only would Garten approve, but we're pretty sure Martha Stewart would love that, too!

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