We were lucky enough to get our hands on a press copy of the queen of all things domestic’s new book, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School; Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook a couple of weeks ago and are delighted to report that it is incredible. New cook or old, this book is the new resource on all things in the kitchen! From reminding us the proper way to braise meat (see page 183) to teaching us how to sharpen your knives (page 13) this essential kitchen book is designed to teach you how to cook, not what to cook. Organized by technique with over 200 recipes and 500 color photos, it’s not only good reading, but meant to get dirty in the kitchen as you reference it regularly!
So add it to your cookbook wish list or run out and buy it now. Either way, once it’s in your kitchen, we think you’ll be referencing it as regularly as you pull out a kitchen knife!
Today’s tip of the day comes from Martha Stewart’s Cooking School – her newest book, on shelves now!
To infuse oil with tender herbs, combine 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. Blanch one bunch of fresh leafy herbs, about 5 seconds. Immediately transfer to an icebath to stop the cooking and preserve the color. Drain and squeeze out excess liquid, then process herbs in a blender with 1/2 the oil until smooth. Add the rest of the oil and process until herbs are very fine – about one minute. Refrigerate in an airtight container overnight. Return to room temperature, then strain oil several times through a fine sieve. Discard the solids. Store in an airtight container, refrigerated, up to one month.
For visual effect, add a couple of sprigs of woody herbs to the bottle.
5. – The Washington Post Toward Greater Whirled Peas The Post has has tested my favorite kitchen gadget to find the best of the best… the immersion blender! If you’ve never used one, I highly recommend running right over to your local Williams-Sonoma as it is something you can live without no longer!
4. – NY Times The Dairies are Half-Pint, but the Flavor Isn’t Small dairy farmers unable to stay afloat selling to the large producers are turning to making small batches of butter, cheese and creme fraiche.
3. – Chicago Tribune Food Movies that Deserve an Oscar “Tinseltown is abuzz. Top designers are working overtime dressing the actresses, and ballots marked with X’s are pouring into the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, all for Sunday’s Academy Awards. Among the categories, Best Picture … Best Original Screenplay … Best Use of Food in a Film …
Oops. They’ve forgotten that last category — again!”
2. – LA Times Who’s Got Pop? Newpaper food sections are winning my attention this week, first immersion blenders, then from farm to table dairy products and now, my favorite snack in the whole world…. POPCORN! The LA Times tested 5 different popcorn testers and compared all the others to my favorite popper – THE WHIRLEY-POP!
1. – The Seattle Times Martha Pays $50 Million to Add Emeril to Empire And last, but not least, my favorite (this really was a week of favorites) Martha Stewart – is adding to her empire by buying Emeril’s line of cookbooks and kitchen products!
Today on the Martha Stewart Show, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of Entertaining, Martha’s first book. I have an original copy of this book and consider it one of my favorites! Filled with great ideas like the frozen vodka bottles above, the book has been re-released with a new cover and all the same great ideas on the inside. You can purchase it here.
Click below for the directions for making these beautiful and functional chillers for your bottles of spirits during the holiday season. Continue reading
Though this isn’t super food or cooking related, I have to share as I find it fascinating and we all strive for healthy living through our cooking!
While in New York City the last couple of days, my friend Rachel and I attended the live taping of The Martha Stewart Show. In case you haven’t already figured it out, I love all things Martha and think she is brilliant.
We had a great time at the show and learned a good amount about healthy living. The most fascinating aspect of the show today, was the introduction of The Living to 100 Life Expectancy Calculator, which was developed by Dr. Thomas Perls, founder of the New England Centenarian Study, the largest study of centenarians and their families in the world.
Basically, the calculator asks you 40 quick questions to evaluate how long you will live based on your lifestyle. After receiving your score (I supposedly will live to be a wopping 103!) Dr. Perls provides you with feedback on how to live longer and healthier.
Interested? Check it out here.
Martha after the show
Click below for a couple more pictures from the studio…