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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living April 2013

We've expanded our magazine to bring you more of the ideas you want for organizing, entertaining, cooking, and decorating- all in one place. Plus, our special Gardening issue, Entertaining Issue, Decorating Issue and Holiday issue are all yours to enjoy as a subscriber.

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in this issue

2 min.
on our radar

coming soon We’ve been waiting for the U.S. debut of H&M’s home-goods collection since it launched in Europe in 2009, and it’s finally arriving this spring. Our editors got a sneak peek of what’s coming: Expect graphic modern prints, bright colors, cozy knits, and metallics similar to those in the European collection, left. We’re planning to stock up on throw pillows, linens (including bedding for kids), towels, and other accessories. The best part? Changing up your look won’t break the bank. Small items, such as tea towels and pillowcases, will start at $4. Go to hm.com for a list of stores. taste test Simple & Crisp’s dried apple, orange, and pear slices are handmade in Seattle and have just two main ingredients: dehydrated organic fruit—picked when perfectly ripe—and citric acid. Think of the…

2 min.
common grounds

WHEN OUR GARDENING EDITOR Stephen Orr first suggested photographing a series of front yards in Berkeley, California, I was a little skeptical that these wildly disparate gardens would come together into a unified story. Stephen is a seasoned pro, though (not to mention an art director in a former life), so I knew he must be seeing something I wasn’t right away. Suffice it to say, if you turn to “Front-Yard Utopia” (page 128), I guarantee that you will rethink the primacy of a manicured lawn. As a UC Berkeley grad who lived off-campus in the very same neighborhood we feature, I know these loose, lush gardens firsthand. They say as much about the residents as do the area’s proliferation of independent bookstores, and its proximity to the “Gourmet Ghetto,” anchored…

1 min.

master class Check out our new cake-baking-and-decorating video hub, launched to celebrate Living’ latest special issue, The Best of Martha Stewart Living: Cakes & Cupcakes. Martha’s step-by-step instructions in these short videos will have you baking like a pro, helping you brush up on basics (how to make buttercream) and demystifying decorating techniques (how to pipe a pansy, below). See them all at marthastewart.com/cake-decorating-videos. ramping up Come April, we begin counting the days until we get our yearly ramp hookup from executive editor Yolanda Edwards, who forages for them in western New York and brings them to the office in bundles. Ramps, also known as wild leeks, have a strong, garlicky flavor that works well in omelets and pastas. We’ve even been known to pickle a few—they’re great in a martini. Find recipes…

3 min.
spring-cleaning cheat sheet

1 INSIDE THE OVEN . . . A chemical-free alternative to commercial oven cleaners is already in your pantry: BAKING SODA. Combine a box with water to form a paste, then spread a thick layer on the grimy parts of the oven; let it sit overnight. The next day, remove the substance with a plastic spatula or squeegee. Rinse the oven with water. 2 windows . . . Choose a cloudy day to work on them—cleaning windows in bright sunlight can leave you with streaky glass, since the cleaner is likely to dry before you have a chance to wipe it off. You should also brush the sills and frames while the glass is still dirty, so you won’t have to rewash it later. To clean the glass, apply a solution of equal…

5 min.
the chicken and the egg

PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON raised Silkie bantams. Prince Charles raised Welsummers and light Sussexes, among others. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Robert Frost, President Thomas Jefferson, and Barbra Streisand all raised chickens. What is it about chickens that appeals to so many of us so intensely that we want to bring them into our backyards, build them a comfortable and safe coop, and worry about their welfare in all types of weather? Is it their beauty? Is it their clucking and crowing? Is it their eggs, which enhance our daily meals and enrich our baking? And what is it about hens, their roosters, and their eggs that has contributed so much to our everyday sayings and remains such a significant part of our folklore? Is it the common conundrum that puzzles all…

1 min.
louesa roebuck

FLORAL ARTIST | San Francisco Louesa Roebuck doesn’t call herself a florist. That’s because she is so much more: forager, event designer, organic devotee, and, most recently, keeper of a tiny shop-within-a-shop, at In Bed with H. D. Buttercup in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. “I love when customers walk in and aren’t quite sure what it is,” she says. “A flower shop? A home-goods store?” Her main offering is, indeed, freshly gathered flora from local farmers and growers—and her arrangements are coveted for their unbridled nature. “I find beauty in imperfection,” she says. The shop also sells pottery, jewelry, and, on Thursdays, even a bento-box lunch from Peko Peko, a renowned local catering company. Roebuck’s showroom changes with the seasons: twisted branches in winter, cherry blossoms in spring. It’s a philosophy she…