Believe it or not, today marks culinary guru and businesswoman extraordinaire Martha Stewart'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!
Check out her instructions (which are insanely easy — just cut to length and score an opening down the middle of the pipe) in her handy how-to.
It's been months since I made a pie, but with the bounty of ripe fruit at the market calling to me, I was inspired to try this chocolate raspberry pie. From the ultimate pie queens at Martha Stewart Living, this pie is divine. The dough is chocolate pate sucree and the filling is a layer of chocolate ganache covered with a luscious raspberry topping.
Although I ran into a little difficulty with the dough, it was rewarding to slice into the finished pie. Want to show off your pie-making skills with this decadent dessert? Check out the recipe.
The technique and ingredients are simple, but the resulting chicken is juicy, succulent, and intensely delicious. Now is the perfect time to make this chicken because oranges are in season, and they're the major flavoring agent. The zest seeps into the chicken and permeates it with orange essence. I served it with white beans, but it would pair nicely with potatoes or rice. Get the recipe, after the break.
This recipe also incorporates ground ginger, grated orange zest, and a fresh squeeze of orange juice for zing at the very end; all of these truly round out the typical wintry spice notes. I recommend using a good-quality spiced rum, like Cruzan's 9 Spiced Rum, to boost flavor even further. Cuddle up to a cup when you read on.
Even if you've never done it before, don't be intimidated by making gnocchi at home. If you don't want to roll out your own dough, start with the store-bought variety; otherwise, experiment with a simple, from-scratch version, which makes use of leftover mashed potatoes. Looking for a way to branch out with pasta? Get both recipes now.
Besides an assortment of savory bites and lots of meatballs, another thing I consumed in massive quantities at the Food Network New York City Wine and Food Festival was cookies. On Saturday morning, I gathered with eager kids and their attentive parents for an event entitled Milk and Cookies hosted by Martha Stewart. Over 15 of New York's top bakeries and pastry chefs set up tables with every type of cookie imaginable.Guests were invited to enjoy as many cookies as they wanted and the Manhattan Milk Company poured a never-ending supply of milk. Stewart debuted her new cookie iPad app and was followed around by a video crew documenting the event. The best part of the soiree were the crafting tables where children could decorate and package cookies using Martha Stewart's craft tools.
To get a better look at the cookies and crafting, browse the gallery of photos after the break.
For added flavor, I'd suggest brushing the fish with a basic marinade, such as this version with fresh cilantro leaves, lime juice, and olive oil. Don't fret if you aren't a cilantro fan; it'd work just as well with another aromatic leaf like basil or parsley. For the super-snappy recipe, read more.