Taking A Wee Break

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted anything, I know. I am taking a little 'reprieve' from technology to see what sort of things happen when I'm not bound to a gadget of some kind. (I think it's good to do that from time to time: hitting the reset button, as it were.) Rest assured, I have several blogs planned and, to quote Martha as she stood on the courthouse steps in 2004, "I'll be back. I WILL be back." In the meantime, enjoy Martha's blog or join the Martha Moments Facebook Community to chat and connect with other Martha fans. I hope you are all well! See you soon!


One Pot: Out Today!

The newest book from the editors of Martha Stewart Living is out today, sold in book stores everywhere and online. One Pot aims to provide simple cooking solutions for the busy family by upping the convenience level without sacrificing an ounce of the delicious and nutritious benefits of a home-cooked meal. The chapters in the book are divided by type of cooking vessel with recipes to match: Dutch oven, skillet & saute pan, slow cooker, etc. Want to try a recipe from the book? Cick here for a recipe for Chicken with Creamy Corn and Bacon. Click here for a recipe for Linguine with Tomato and Basil. Read more about the book below!

At the end of a busy day, you want to serve a delicious home-cooked dinner, a complete, all-in-one meal that can be prepared with little effort and few pans to wash. The editors of Martha Stewart Living present a brand-new collection of 120 recipes—organized by vessel—to help you do just that, all while adding savory new dishes to your weekly rotation.

One Pot is an exciting new way to approach everyday cooking: Imagine perfect pasta dishes for which everything goes in the pot at once (yes, that’s pasta, tomato, garlic, basil, and water all cooked together), dinner-party ready roasts with tender vegetables, and down-home casseroles, along with wholesome fish, chicken, and vegetarian dishes. You’ll get incredible flavor payoff from dishes such as comforting Chicken and Dumplings, easy Baked Risotto with Carrots and Squash, healthy Broiled Striped Bass with Tomatoes, hearty Pork Chops with Bacon and Cabbage, and the delectable Skillet Chocolate-Chip Cookie—each of which takes less than an hour from start to finish. Here, too, are a dozen outstanding recipes for surprising and simple desserts that can be ready when you are.


Bill's Martha Moment in Chicago

Martha Stewart has begun to make appearances to promote her upcoming book, One Pot, which is all about what the title suggests: cooking meals in just one vessel. It is a simple, quick, economical and delicious way to cook - especially for families. The book is officially released on September 23 in book stores everywhere.
Martha Moments reader and longtime Martha Stewart fan, Bill Makela, attended Martha's cooking demo and book signing at the Macy's in Chicago, located in the historic Marshall Field store on State Street, this past weekend. He bought a copy of the new book and had it signed by Martha. He wanted to share these photos of his experience and I'm happy to showcase them on the blog. Read more about Bill's day below. (I got to meet Bill last year when he attended the Delicious Food Show in Toronto, which you can read about here.)
Assisting Martha during the demonstration were MSL food editors Sarah Carey and Thomas Joseph. Martha answered questions from the audience as she cooked. She proudly told the crowd that Alexis, her daughter, cooks every meal of the day for her family from scratch.
Bill was lucky enough to snag a seat in the fourth row. Audience members who were seated received a copy of the October issue of Martha Stewart Living, a cooking timer shaped like a stewing pot and recipe cards. Bill also got to enjoy samples of Martha's cooking during the demonstration: Arroz Con Pollo, then Linguine with Tomato and Basil, and finally, Corn and Shrimp Chowder.
 Martha thoughtfully answers a question from the audience.
 Martha says she is very happy with this book and its collection of recipes.
 After the demonstration, Martha took some time to sign copies of her new book.
 Martha looked elegant in navy blue.


"Shriek or Chic" Preview!

Martha's new Halloween web series, Shriek or Chic: Martha's Haute Halloween Challenge, begins on October 7th. The six-episode program will follow three young designers as they compete to design Martha's Halloween costume this year. Martha hand-picked each contestant based on their design portfolios and will choose one winning design, which will be revealed at the end of the series. The designers had only Martha's hair and make-up (shown below and on the reverse cover of the October issue of Martha Stewart Living) to use as a guide for their costume. Click here to watch a preview of the new show!


The October Issue + A New Halloween Web Series!

Many of you, I'm sure, are happily browsing through the pages of the October issue of Martha Stewart Living, which is on newsstands today. The issue features two covers, front and reverse: on the front, an adorable owl nestles with a trio of pumpkins that have been stenciled using a lace-stocking overlay. (For the craft how-to, see the Good Things section on page 23.) Flip the magazine over and we see Martha with piercing blue eyes and a stark white wig, cloaked in black satin. I saw several newsstands today that had the magazine displayed with the Martha cover facing out - a clever move to entice those of us who may still be hopefully searching for that elusive Halloween special issue. It will be a futile search, however, since there will not be special Halloween issue published this year. But...the October issue hints at a very intriguing, six-episode Halloween web series that will document the making of Martha's costume! Details below!
This is not, in fact, Martha's full costume. She is cloaked in black satin for a reason. The big costume reveal will happen in October at MarthaStewart.com as part of a new web series called "Shriek or Chic" that will document Martha's Haute Halloween Challenge in which three contestants will compete to design Martha's costume. Here are some of the details about the program:

For the first time ever, three fashion design hopefuls compete to create Martha's Halloween costume - and win the honour of dressing Martha for her favourite holiday of the year. Go behind the scenes at Martha Stewart headquarters where the contestants work around the clock, with surprise visits from renowned fashion designers! And don't miss the dramatic season finale where Martha selects the winner, and appears in her costume of choice. Click here to watch for updates about the series until its premier episode on October 7th.

Gabrielle Ruffino, 24, New York
A 2014 graduate  of Merchandising & Management-Fashion Design, FIT, Gabrielle comes from a family of seamstresses and looks forward to impressing Martha with her skills in dress construction.

Joelle Samaha, 24, New Jersey
A 2-14 graduate of Fashion Design at FIT, Joelle's attention to detail  and award-winning  evening wear line separates her from the competition.

Taylor Ormond, 19, New York
A sophomore studying Fashion Design at FIT, Taylor is a big fan of Martha. If she has her way, Martha will wear something completely different this year.


Candy Aisle Crafts

This book has been out for a few weeks now, but I only just found out about it. It's called Candy Aisle Crafts and was created by Jodi Levine, who has been a longtime crafts editor at Martha Stewart Living.  Jodi was actually the former editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Kids magazine but has worked in various departments at the company for well over a decade. (Martha Stewart writes the foreword to the book.) I've always loved Jodi's imaginative approach to crafting. She sees potential and artistic possibility in the most unusual and unexpected things. In this book, Jodi re-imagines all kinds of colourful confections and uses them in creative crafts. Be sure to visit Jodi's blog, Super Make It, to learn more about the book. You can order it here.

"Gumdrops, licorice, candy canes, cookies, cereal, and more become a crafter's toolkit for 59 adorable food craft ideas. Lifelong crafter Jodi Levine turned her creative eye to everyday edible items found in any grocery and convenience store--or even just around the home--and dreamed up easy projects. Learn how to transform familiar treats into gorgeous and whimsical party favors, decorations, wearable accessories, and more. Lushly illustrated with 100 color photographs, the book boasts lots of step-by-step photos to accompany the clear instructions. Candy Aisle Crafts will be an exceptionally useful and fun guide to crafting the extraordinary from the ordinary."


Season 4 of "Cooking School" Premiers in October!

Martha Stewart's Cooking School is the number-one, most-watched cooking show on PBS and, earlier this year, won the 2014 James Beard Foundation Award for best cooking show in a studio or fixed location. It should come as little surprise, then, that season four will soon be underway! The new series of episodes will air beginning in October. Be sure to check your local PBS listings for showtimes and click here to learn more about the program, watch previews and find the recipes.
I am frequently asked where this program is filmed. It is filmed at the Starrett-Lehigh building in Manhattan, which is where MSLO is headquartered. When The Martha Stewart Show ended, the studio was dismantled and reassembled in this new location. The decision was made to keep all MSLO production under one roof, including all television and video recording.