Ina Garten, creator of the Barefoot Contessa brand of TV shows, books and foods, is a world-renowned host of parties. So you'd think that for New Year's Eve, the biggest party night of the year, she'd pull out all the stops and invite hundreds of guests to her house in the Hamptons for champagne and the finest hors d'oeuvres imaginable.

But you'd be wrong. On Sunday, Garten told the Today Show's Erica Hill about her New Year's Eve traditions. She never throws a big party. Instead, every year, she cooks a "simple" dinner for two. Just she and her husband Jeffrey, who may well be the luckiest man in the world. Because when Garten says "simple dinner," she doesn't mean what the same thing that other people do.

First off, the dinner's in Paris, not New York. But the food also doesn't sound all that "simple" to us. As you can see in the clip embedded above, Garten says:

I always make something really simple. Like pasta with white truffles... or I have a lemon capellini with caviar in my first book that we make a lot. It takes 10 minutes to make, and you can make it at midnight. Have a little glass of champagne, salad and cheese.

Hey, maybe it really does take a seasoned kitchen veteran like Garten 10 minutes to make! At least if you don't count the time it takes to trek all the way to Petrossian to buy caviar.

Garten's celebration of the New Year doesn't end there. On New Year's Day, she and Jeffrey usually take a nice walk through Luxemboug Gardens and have "a nice lunch somewhere like Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower."

We have to admit it all sounds divine. We would like to say that we resolve to be more like Ina in 2013 -- except that in the Today Show clip above, she comes out against resolutions. Seems like we'll have to just envy her from afar.

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  • "If you're afraid of butter, use cream."

  • "Cooking is like love; it should be entered into with abandon or not at all."

  • "The best way to execute French cooking is to get good and loaded and whack the hell out of a chicken. Bon appetit."

  • "You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces -- just good food from fresh ingredients."

  • "I think every woman should have a blowtorch."

  • "Fat gives things flavor."

  • "Maybe the cat has fallen into the stew, or the lettuce has frozen, or the cake has collapsed. Eh bien, tant pis. Usually one's cooking is better than one thinks it is. And if the food is truly vile, then the cook must simply grit her teeth and bear it with a smile, and learn from her mistakes."

  • "I think careful cooking is love, don't you? The loveliest thing you can cook for someone who's close to you is about as nice a valentine as you can give."

  • "I think one of the terrible things today is that people have this deathly fear of food: fear of eggs, say, or fear of butter. Most doctors feel that you can have a little bit of everything."

  • "Learn how to cook -- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless and above all have fun."

  • "I always give my bird a generous butter massage before I put it in the oven. Why? Because I think the chicken likes it -- and, more important, I like to give it."

  • "Always remember: If you're alone in the kitchen and you drop the lamb, you can always just pick it up. Who's going to know?"