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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.