Yesterday I got to be in the studio audience of The Martha Stewart Show!! Courtney and I went together and it was AMAZING. Martha looks so cute in real life and her set is unbelievable. I wish I could live in her set. Joan Rivers was the guest yesterday and they made personalized tea towels and no-knife pasta together while Joan promoted her new TV show “How’d You Get So Rich?” Martha also showed us how to make drawstring pants, cook a quick steak meal, and put together a gardening gift basket for Mothers’ Day. Then Martha went backstage to change for another segment they were pre-recording. Emma Thompson (one of my favorite actresses) was her guest and they made adorable little fruit tarts and talked about Emma’s upcoming movie, “Nanny McPhee Returns.” I had a fantastic time!
Check out more pictures from around the set after the jump!
Martha and Emma chatting on set. Continue reading
This is the first of what will hopefully become a series of posts. Since leaving college and living in New York and buying all my own food, I have come to gain a new appreciation for certain childhood foods. They appeal to me because they are simple, require only a few ingredients, and are delicious. However, because I am now 23 and not 7, I have also been looking for little updates to these childhood classics. I’m starting here with PB & J this week but send me an email with any ideas for other childhood faves! I’ve been deviating from the standard peanut butter and jelly in small ways: using pita bread, substituting cashew butter for peanut butter, etc. Below are some more adventurous ideas from around the internet for making over good old PB&J
1. Cashew Strawberry Crunch from Martha Stewart. This looks so delicious and refreshing! Much lighter than the original PB & J. It’s cashew butter on Ryvita Fruit Crunch, topped with fresh strawberries and drizzle of honey. Yum.
2. There are several recipes for peanut butter and jelly cupcakes around. The delicious cupcake pictured above was baked at Tee & Cakes in Boulder, CO and was featured in a post on the lovely cupcake blog Cupcakes Take The Cake. If you want to try making your own PB&J cupcakes, check out the recipes at Serious Eats, Food Network, and CD Kitchen.
3. This Raspberry Jam and Almond Crumble Tart takes the idea of PB&J to a whole new level. It originally appeared in the December 2000 issue of Gourmet and can now be found on Epicurious. It looks delicious and super sophisticated, but for me the appeal is definitely the reference (intentional or not) to the classic sandwich.
Do you have a favorite take on peanut butter and jelly? Leave it in the comments!
It was awesome, obviously, because it’s a Martha event. First of all, her office space is so cute. I only got glimpses behind the translucent white shades they had pulled down to partition the event space, but there were rows of desks alternating with rows of worktables. The worktables were covered in ribbons and fabrics and flowers and who knows what other crafty delights. There were also big boards with magazine spreads, swatches, and notes neatly tacked in rows. The event itself was structured around several different work stations and, of course, the bars. Each workstation offered a hand-on demo of a basic technique or project described in the book. The lines were insanely long and slow and I was more interested in Martha’s cocktails, so I didn’t actually participate. But among my favorite things there were the small stuffed animals made out of old sweaters and shirts, the prints made with fabric paint and seashells, and the heirloom tomato pincushions that I want to collect and put in a jar instead of actually using for pins.
The best part of the evening was probably the gift bag. It included the book itself, the current issues of all of Martha’s magazines, a stack of coupons, and all kinds of assorted sewing/fabric supplies. Of course, I can’t really sew, don’t own a sewing machine, and will never be as accomplished as Martha. And I know that I am going to go through her book and sticky-note all the projects I want to do and then I will never do any of them, but it’s nice to dream, right?
Sneak a peak at some of the projects in the book on Martha’s website.
Courtney, of Girl Loves Honey, and I are going to a Martha Stewart event tonight for her new book. I’m very excited about this and in the spirit of the event, I have been thinking about crafts a lot this morning. I have been holding on to this post from Design Crush for a while. I just think the flowers are so cute! The red paper in the white vase look very pretty for winter; they make me think that it’s snowing outside and there’s a stew simmering on the stove and I have a large mug of hot mulled cider. I want to try it with different pastel colors for spring that will make me think of blue skies, freshly mowed grass, bustling farmers’ markets, and outdoor Sunday brunches.
From Design Crush. Original post from Creature Comforts.
It occurs to me that I have not yet posted about food today, which seems rather blasphemous. So now I shall write about my longing for stuffed artichokes.
When I was a child, this was one of my favorite dinners. This might have been partially because it didn’t involve making a mess on the stove and therefore that I didn’t have to clean the stove after dinner, but that is an irrelevant detail. I also liked stuffed artichokes because they were extremely tasty and you could stuff them in your mouth with your hands (I am going to propose a theory that almost all truly delicious foods elicit a desire to be eaten with one’s hands). I loved peeling off the leaves one by one, sucking the stuffing off them, and depositing them in the brown paper lunch bags my mother provided. Yum.
Artichokes are back in season now and I keep seeing gorgeous ones at the grocery down the street from me. Today seems like a perfect day for them too; it’s chilly and damp and I’m longing for a dinner that comes out of an oven. I’m also apparently much more eager to spend my evening cooking food and eating it than going to the gym, which happens a lot. I’ve been looking up recipes in case I decide that rain means that I cannot, in fact, go to the gym (in my building) and need to spend the night puttering about my kitchen instead. See the Saveur recipe, Martha Stewart’s recipe, and the New York Times recipe.