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Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner parties.

The “Modern Comfort Food” author also showed how she leaves her everyday items out on the counter but arranged “in a neat way.”

“I’ve got all the utensils … I have silver spoons for tasting and stirring, and whatever ingredients can just sit out, and knives,” she said.

But her design genius doesn’t stop there: The former White House budget analyst also provided some know-how on putting together a stunning cheese board — with the ingredients she had on hand.

Ina Garten’s Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese by Ina Garten

“You can go into your pantry and see what you have,” Garten said. “I always like something right in the middle as a block, and then I put things around, colorful things like apricots. I’ve got two different cheeses, one creamy, one blue.”

“I think very often people put apricots everywhere and then they put figs everywhere, but you

‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten’s Kitchen Is Always Stocked With These 7 Gadgets

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten is releasing a new book of recipes this month titled Modern Comfort Food. It is the Food Network star’s 12th book, and Pure Wow describes the theme as “old-school dishes with a modern flair.” Garten has already given fans a sneak peek of her hot spiced apple cider recipe. She also shared her recipe for black and white cookies. Other anticipated recipes in the book include Smashed Hamburgers with Caramelized Onions. As well as Banana Rum Truffle and Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

‘Barefoot Contessa’ star Ina Garten | Mike Smith/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Garten’s mission is to help her fans Cook Like a Pro. But, that doesn’t happen with just her delicious recipes. Fans also need the appropriate kitchen tools. Here are seven gadgets that Ina Garten always has stocked in her kitchen.

1. Waring Commercial Blender

When it comes to Garten’s recipes, one of the most essential tools is a quality blender. The Food Network star recommends the Waring Commercial Blender to help make everything from butternut squash to frozen daiquiris. The high-quality two-speed blender features a glass container and a chrome-plated waterfall design. It is quite pricey, but it’s worth the investment.

2. Wüsthof Chef’s Knife

Garten has told her fans repeatedly that great home cooking begins with a “good knife.” Her recommendation is Wüsthof’s classic chef’s knife. This is another quality item with a hefty price tag. But, the Barefoot Contessa swears it’s worth the money.

3. Chef’s Choice Flexhone/Strop Pro Knife Sharpener

A quality knife requires a good sharpener. Garten’s recommendation is the Chef’s Choice Flexhone/Strop Pro Knife Sharpener. It is a heavy-duty two-stage electric model for both straight-edge and serrated blades. The result is “fast, foolproof, and highly durable edges.”

4. Salter