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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living December 2014 - January 2015

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2 min.

Laura Kostyra Plimpton 1955–2014 Just the other day, on my way to the greenhouse, I stopped by the blogging studio to ask Laura some questions. It wasn’t until I began to open the door that I realized my dear sister Laura was not there and would never, ever, be there again. Laura died suddenly, very unexpectedly, on August 6. A massive brain aneurysm took her life at the age of 59, leaving behind her husband, Randy; three children, Christopher, Sophie, and Charlie; three brothers, Eric, Frank, and George; and two sisters, Kathy and me. Laura left a good life—a full life—too early, with much undone, unsaid, unfinished. Each of us, her family, has so much more to say to Laura that we wish we had already discussed. The other people at the…

1 min.
martha’s winter

DECEMBER JANUARY TIP Martha has several jade plants (Cras sula ovata) at her Bedford farm. Because these low-maintenance succulents are said to bring prosperity, they make lovely New Year’s gifts. MARTHA’S WORKOUT Calf Raises 1. Stand with the balls of both feet on the edge of an exercise step. Lower both heels toward the floor. 2. Raise your body by pushing up through the balls of your feet. Hold for one second; repeat. Work on your balance (no holding onto a wall or chair) as you do this exercise. For more of Martha’s workouts, pick up a copy of Living the Good Long Life (Clarkson Potter, 2013).…

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AMERICAN MADE MARKET For distinctive small-batch gifts, including Purl Soho’s felt Adventcalendar kit, visit our eBay market. ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB We fell in love with Alice Munro after reading Selected Stories, so we can’t wait to spend the holidays immersed in Family Furnishings (Knopf), featuring 24 powerful short stories by the 2013 Nobel Prize winner. marthastewart.com/book-club COLLECTING Menorahs come in a variety of materials: metal (think silver, brass, and bronze), ceramic, and even glass. For examples with a particularly rich history, check out the Lower East Side Restoration Project (judaicaantiques.com); you’ll find antique Judaica like this petite menorah, right, from 1910. eBay search terms: vintage or antique menorahs ON THE ROAD The Commons, a home-décor shop in historic Charleston, South Carolina, is chock-full of timeless household items with a modern sensibility. Every piece is handmade by American artisans. We…

2 min.
editor’s letter

I love every aspect of Christmas (starting with working on this, our holiday issue, many months in advance— in fact, we photographed “Holiday Hardware,” beginning on page 110, in the beautiful snowy town of Pittsfield, Vermont, last March!). But like most of you, I am always looking for ways to keep the season simple while also making it special. I hope this issue provides you with lots of ideas for how to do just that. This notion definitely extends to gift-giving—despite my best intentions, I’m as guilty as anyone of the lastminute mad dash through the stores. For “Partners in Craft,” on page 134, some of my very talented colleagues (okay, I’m in there too) got together to make presents. When we started working on the story, our goal was simply…

7 min.
one dough, five treats

Teach and Inspire Stollen Fruit Tart Sage Braid Herband-Cheese Rolls Sweet Morning Buns Almond Tart On a Roll A basket of sweet morning buns is the perfect thing to offer with coffee on Christmas Day—or for any breakfast during the holiday season. These are laced with cinnamon and orange zest and tossed in sugar while warm. EVERY TIME I SEE my six-volume edition of Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire on my library shelf, I think of yeast dough. I think that to “decline and fall,” something must also “rise.” And indeed, a well-made yeast dough must rise, must be punched down, and hopefully must rise again. You might think this is a silly analogy, but yeast doughs have a very long history, dating way back to ancient Egypt, through biblical…

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get giving

Best of Food & Drink 1. This Cuisinart electric knife cuts through meats, breads, and more with ease. $90, crateandbarrel.com. 2. Handcrafted peppermint bark from the Apothecary’s Kitchen. $12 for 5 oz., ebay.com/americanmade. 3. Wooden muddlers and reamers for all your cocktail needs. By Roost, from $12 each, sterlingplace.com. 4. The powerful Vitamix S30 comes with two containers, one perfect for single-serving smoothies. In Black, $409, vitamix.com. 5. Bullseye cheese boards’ colorful inlaid resins offer a pop of color. 7½” by 18”, in Red and Yellow, $120 each, noblegoods.com. 6. Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes is the latest from the team behind San Francisco’s beloved restaurant. By Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns (Chronicle), $40, barnesand noble.com. 7. Our classic nonstick Bundt pan turns out beautiful cakes. By Martha Stewart Collection, 9”,…