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Our Favorite Martha Stewart Recipes

Aug 3 2013 - 4:25am

Believe it or not, today marks culinary guru and businesswoman extraordinaire Martha Stewart [1]'s 72nd birthday! In honor of the day, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite recipes that Martha's had a hand in, from Dutch babies to petit fours and everything in between. With these well-tested recipes in hand, you'll be set to toast to Martha from dawn to dusk. So cheers, Martha. We hope it's a good one!

Photos: Getty / Ray Tamarra [2], Nicole Perry, Anna Monette Roberts

Individual Blueberry Nectarine Dutch Babies

We practically plan our week around Saturday-morning dutch babies — especially this pillowy oven-baked pancake/soufflé hybrid [3]. While near-perfect in their classic iteration (doused liberally with lemon juice and powdered sugar), they're a superlative brunch treat when dotted with blueberries and topped with peak-season nectarines and zingy ginger syrup.

Bacon and Caramelized Leek Dip

Move over, Lipton onion dip: you've got competition. Robust in flavor with a hint of sweetness from the caramelization process, this cheesy dip [4] is an ideal starter to a low-key dinner party.

Irish Buck

A gingery Irish cocktail [5] packs a mighty punch, while only clocking in at three ingredients (four, if you include ice); color us impressed.

Cherry Petit Fours

Making petit fours [6] is admittedly a labor of love, but after one taste of these dainty tea-party treats and you'll be raring to make them again.

Berry French Toast Skewers

We're smitten with this charming presentation of a brunch favorite [7]. Comprising cubes of tender french toast, fresh Summer berries, and drizzled with a flavor-packed blueberry sauce, it's bound to cheer up your morning.

Limoncello

Like a ray of sunshine in liquid form, homemade limoncello [8] adds brightness to cocktails like a zesty bitter orange and gin concoction [9]. Or for the pure experience, sip it straight, just be sure to serve it icy cold.

Snake Cheesecake with Venom Glaze

Wow your friends at your next festive gathering (perhaps a Harry Potter-themed birthday party?) by presenting this impressive but surprisingly simple-to-prepare cheesecake [10]. Thanks to the use of a handy stencil, your guests will only think that you slaved over this creamy treat for hours.

Double-Lemon Cupcakes

Lace cream cheese pound cake with a lush lemon curd filling, and the result is the ultimate treat for citrus lovers [11].

Orangettes

Slivers of candied citrus peel [12] make for a sweet homemade gift, and are an excellent garnish for frosted cupcakes, ice-cream sundaes, and cocktails. Want to get really fancy? Dip the orangettes in melted dark chocolate.

Roasted Beet and Garlic Soup

Earthy and sweet beets are a polarizing food [13], to be sure. That said, we'd wager that this velvety soup dotted with tangy chèvre [14] could make a convert of all but the staunchest naysayers.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

This classic french vanilla bean ice cream [15] may seem plain Jane, but don't let it's "vanilla" reputation fool you; it's packing some serious flavor. We'll be devouring it in chocolate-dipped ice cream cones, atop Summer berry pies, and paired with Framboise in a decadent alcoholic float (think root beer float, but made with raspberry lambic [16] instead).

Peppermint Hard Candy

Up for a weekend-project worthy challenge? Try your hand at making peppermint hard candy [17].

Ginger Sidecar

We're big fans of sidecars, the classic brandy sour. This ginger-spiked version [18] ups the ante and is a refreshing treat anytime of year.

7-Layer Dip

Want to be the most popular person at the party? Bring a casserole dish loaded with 7-layer dip [19]. This classic, crowd-pleasing appetizer isn't messing around.

Pina Colada

If you like pina coladas . . . then ditch the cloyingly sweet premade mix, and blend up a frothy batch of this tropical tipple [20].


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