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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Martha Stewart's Dinner At Home; A Birthday Tribute

Matha Stewart's Dinner at Home ©2009

I might as well come clean, I haven't always been a Martha Stewart fan. There, I said it. However, as a cookbook collector, whenever I happened upon one of her cookbooks or even her magazines at a yard sale or thrift shop, I just had to buy them. I guess you can say that through the years I have grown accustomed to her attention to detail and her strategic approach to meal planning and home making in general. As a business woman myself, I also admire her diverse business persona.

My usual approach to a notable's birthday is to delve into their upbringing and personal achievements. Lucky for me, and you, there are a slew of websites that do just that when it comes to Martha Stewart. Without question Martha has lead a fascinating life and I couldn't begin to cover all the bases of her personal life or career. However, since today is the day the New Jersey native was born, I think it's only "proper" that I give you a few suggestions to follow so you too can discover the many facets of Martha Stewart. If you only have time for one visit, I would suggest the first one. If you're looking for something a bit lighter and friendlier, number three might be the one for you:)

1. Martha Stewart's biography at the American Academy of Achievement.
2. Top Business Entrepreneurs; Martha Stewart
3. Hosted by Andrew Ritchie, Martha Moments is a blog tastefully devoted to all things Martha.

Fun & Games

For today's Martha Stewart tribute, I've chosen one of my favorite cookbooks authored by the birthday "gal" Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home. Published in 2009, Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home is arranged seasonally which under normal circumstances would be just perfect. However, I'm going to mix things up a bit because, I have a plan:) You see, I've been wanting to refresh all of our memories to the many food celebrations that August has to offer. I've been twirling it in my brain for over a week now and this is the solution I've come up with. I decided since this is also a birthday celebration we may as well play a game. If you have been a regular visitor to this blog, you may have a slight advantage. If not, wing it!

Ready? Okay, here goes. What I'm going to do is share a few carefully chosen recipes from Martha's book and you tell me, in the comment section, what August food celebration it relates to. For instance, today is Watermelon Day. Yes, I know, we just celebrated National Watermelon Month in July but, I don't make these days up I just share them:) Anyway, since today is Watermelon Day, here is Martha's recipe for Watermelon-Raspberry Salad.

Watermelon-Raspberry Salad
Watermelon-Raspberry Salad
1 piece (4½ pounds) watermelon, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
1 pint fresh raspberries
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup sugar
Place watermelon in a large bowl, and add raspberries, lemon juice, and sugar; toss to combine. Let stand (at room temperature or in the refrigerator) 30 to 45 minutes, tossing occasionally. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired. Now it's your turn. For what monthly food celebration would we serve Catfish Po'boys?

What about Peaches in Honey Syrup? Regular visitors should know this one. Remember those Peach Puzzles I baked for Friendship Day a while back? Which reminds me, tomorrow is National Friendship Day!

Okay, just one more. I can't guarantee "it's good to the last drop" but, it sure has its perks! Here's another hint.

Now remember to bake some Chocolate Chip Cookies tomorrow because not only is it National Friendship Day, it's also National Chocolate Chip Day too:) I left a present for you for Friendship Day. The Original Recipe Toll House Chocolate Cookies! Enjoy!

Original Toll House Chocolate Cookies Recipe

Thanks for "playing." See ya next week with the answers, Louise.

52 comments:

  1. I love affogato -- that's the unmentioned name for ice cream with an expresso shot poured over it, as you depicted it. Perfect for coffee month! The google image page for affogato is amazing -- all those cups of ice cream and coffee plus a Kate Spade bag that has appropriated the name, I guess for that color. Is there a national affogato day during coffee month?

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  2. I love affogato too, Mae. In Martha's book she notes it is important to use expresso rather than instant coffee. Huge difference! There isn't a National Affogato Day as far as I know but, you are so right, August is National Coffee Month!

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  3. I'm like you, Louise. I'm not a fan of Martha Stewart too. At least you buy her books whereas I don't own a copy. More of because it's very expensive here and with that price, I'd rather get one that I'm a fan of. lol..wonderful wonderful food you have here and you are such a dear!! Have a great week ahead.

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    1. I was fortunate to find this book at a yard sale, Jenn. it probably didn't cost more than $2.00.

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  4. The po boy us calling me! I was not drawn to Martha until a year ago. I received a gift subscription to Living magazine and absolutely loved it.

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    1. I know, Tina. I sure wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into one right now! I enjoy the magazine too. Marion is a subscriber:)

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  5. hi louise, how are you? just came back from a trip few days ago and always happy to see your comment. that peach ..is it for national peach month? well..i cant remember but i went to that link and aug22 is eat a peach day!! so it's friendship day today? thx for sharing the choc chips cookies recipes, oh..i dont know what to send you..maybe a cyber hug across here?? Happy Friendship day !!

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    1. Hi Lena,

      I hope you had a nice trip. YES! You are so right, it is National Peach Month and August 22, is Eat a Peach Day! Friendship Day is tomorrow, August 4th which it probably is by you already. so Happy Friendship Day! Sending cyber hugs right back at you!!!

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  6. Catfish Po'boys sound like a terrific idea for August! At least I think that's when National Catfish Month is - that one is stuck in my mind for some reason, because most of the foodie days or months I don't know. Is there a National Huspuppy month? That should be August, too. ;-) Anyway, I've never been a Martha Stewart fan, although I admit every time I've come across one of her recipes and made it, it's always at least good. I should pay more attention to her. Fun post - thanks.

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    1. That's right, John! August is National Catfish Month!!! I don't think there is a National Hushpuppy Month. But if there were, August would be the month! The only Martha Stewart recipe I've ever made was her Candy Cane Cookies. They did not disappoint:)

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  7. Coffee month, ice cream day (oh wait... that was last month?) Chocolate chips and friendship...

    What else was I supposed to be answering? Ummm...

    I'm not a Martha fan either. I think I'm just not good at being a celebrity fan.

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    1. I'm not much of a "groupie" either Channon. Never have been. I like what I like no matter who cooks it up!

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  8. Years ago, YEARS, Martha Stewart came to St. Louis for a book signing. My mother and I went and took my two boys, then ages about 8 and 12. It was a LONG wait in a line that coiled around the upper level of the store. (The store, The Library, Ltd., now sadly gone, was fabulous, with a fireplace, reading room, aquariums built into the walls, wonderful children's area, etc.). The boys occupied themselves while mother and I stood, waiting. While we were there, we were served food on silver trays by white-gloved waiters, recipes from the latest book. Martha greeted each person, and spoke kindly to every one, ending with, "Thank you for coming." She could have bought and sold the lot of us, but we were treated with kindness, value, and respect. I will never forget that, and will always be a Martha fan.

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    1. What a lovely story Pattie. It's so nice to be appreciated isn't it? Did she also sign the book for you? Which book was it?

      Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful story with us:)

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  9. I tried a few of Martha Stewards recipes ... they all turned out tasty . So many recipes come to mind when I look at these and you have made me 'OH' so hungry . It's 'Friendship Day' , so dear friend here's a big bear hug . What a wonderful post and thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Louise I love Martha Stewarts récipes, especially I love how she garnish cupcakes and tarts, this is a lovely post I love these peaches look delicious!!
    xo

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    1. For some reason I thought you would be a Martha fan, Gloria.

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  11. Happy Friendship Day, Louise! Say what you will about Martha, the recipes always turn out perfect - can't say I've every had a failure from Martha. I was crushed when Everyday Food downsized - it is my hands on favorite, and a good example of Martha creating something for everyone and every skill level.

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    1. Thank you T.W. I do hope you had a wonderful Friendship Day too:) I totally agree. Thanks for visiting...

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  12. Happy Friendship & Chocolate Chip Day, Louise!! I too am not a super great fan of Martha Stewart but I do enjoy visiting her website. I've not really tried her recipes but I bet they taste as good as they look.

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    1. Thank you Jocelyn! it looks like most agree her recipes are dependable. We'll just have to try a few, lol...Thanks for popping by!!!

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  13. What a delicious post!! I am a fan of Martha's - I just admire her shear determination and drive!!! the dishes look incredible - LOVE the watermelon and raspberry one!!
    mary x

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    1. I do too, Mary. And she's GREAT at it too!

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  14. That melon berry salad looks so very refreshing!

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    1. It's been calling my name for days, Natalie!

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  15. Actually, Martha's recipes are numerous in my file! Always good results for me! I have subscribed to her magazines for a number of years. I even have tapes of her programs from a number of years ago.:-)

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    1. I'd say you're a Martha fan nellie, through and through, lol...

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  16. Happy Catfish month and Peach month. I hate to be a downer but I don't eat catfish, my mom absolutely loved it. It tastes like mud to me. Now, peaches that's another story. That perfect peach with the honey syrup...heaven.
    Blessings,

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    1. I must admit, Ginger, I'm a huge Catfish & Peach fan. As a matter of fact as I write this I'm thinking Catfish % Peaches just might make a good combination!

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  17. I have not baked or cooked anything using Martha Stewart's recipes would you believe it? I did watch a few of her tv programmes and surf her blog a few times but somehow never found anything that I wanted to try. Maybe I should give it a try since there are so many fans here:)

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    1. She does seem to have a bit of following, Jeannie. I think I should try a few of her recipes too!

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  18. Hi Louise,
    I was not a fan of Martha Stewart until recently! LOL! I have tried several of her recipes and they turned out great. Have one of her pies and tarts books and have already done a few yummy recipes from it.
    Friendship day has already passed, but then friendship remains throughout! Sending friendship hugs over!

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    1. Thanks for the friendship hug, Joyce. I needed that, lol...

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  19. I don't own any of her books! But I don't mind cooking from the website...

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    1. I think many of us do that, Mich. Thanks for popping by...

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  20. Lovely food. I think that I have only tried one Martha Stewart recipe so far...

    Ceers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thank you, Rosa. So glad you enjoyed your visit:)

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  21. I love the Tollhouse wrapper! I actually own Ruth Wakefield's cookbook, it was my grandmother's and has her penciled - not comments alas, but little check marks and the odd "very good" - still, it is one of my treasures :)

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    1. That wrapper is so cool isn't it, Lidian? I once had Ruth Wakefield's cookbook but I'll be darned if I can find it anywhere. it seems to be one of many books I "lost" during the move. Very cool that you have your grandmother's with notations!

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  22. YUM! but that watermelon salad has my name alll over it!

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  23. I do not have any of Martha Stewart's books, although I looked at her recipes online once in a while...
    I like the watermelon and raspberries...somehow sounds and looks delicious.
    Thanks for this fun post Louise and have a lovely week ahead :D

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    1. I think the watermelon and raspberries would be quite nice together too, Juliana. I haven't gotten around to trying it yet but I hope to soon. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your weekend:)

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  24. I love Martha!!
    Always have...
    Always will...
    I have a big fat bundle of her paint color-chips...
    I wouldn't use any other color!!!
    But...I won't pay the price for HER paint!!! ha!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Another Martha fan! I have a stack of Martha's paint chips too, Linda. I just haven't decided what I want to do with them, lol...

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  25. This Watermelon-Raspberry Salad sounds delicious. Thanks for the recipe Louise!

    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

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    1. You are more than welcome, Anne, enjoy!

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  26. Hi Louise, nice sharing and excellent pictures. I love the watermelon salad,, so refreshing and inviting. The peach look awesome... thanks for the chocolate chips recipe.

    Have a wonderful week ahead,regards.

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  27. Louise, those recipes are excellent! My favourite is the watermelon one. It is very refreshing, colourful and inviting expecially when it is very hot. One of the best treats of summer!

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    1. Watermelon is such a refreshing summer treat, Alida. I'm so glad you enjoyed this post...

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Through this wide opened gate,
none came too early,
none returned too late.

Thanks for dropping in...Louise