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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living February 2015

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in this issue

1 min.
martha’s month

TIP Martha makes her own stock and stores it in the freezer for up to two months. With it on hand, she can make quick batches of soups and stews all winter long. Find recipes at marthastewart.com/stock-recipes. HOW-TO Pruning Damaged Tree Branches 1. Wearing gloves, position a sharp saw 1 foot from trunk. Cut ⅓ of way into branch from underneath, as shown, to stop bark from tearing later.2. About 1 inch to right of first cut, carefully saw off branch to remove bulk of weight; stand back for safety.3. To left of first cut, saw off remainder of branch 1 inch from branch joint; stand clear for safety.…

2 min.

AMERICAN MADE MARKET Send some sweet nothings via whimsical recycled-paper cards by Love Luck Kisses & Cake, available at our eBay marketplace. (Check back regularly for new items!) ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB This month, we’re gearing up for Paula Hawkins’s mystery The Girl on the Train (Riverhead). Its three narrators keep readers guessing as they try to suss out who’s behind one character’s shocking disappearance. Can you figure out who did it before they do? marthastewart.com/book-club COLLECTING Dainty enameled copper and bronze dishes, like this shallow four-inch yellow-and-teal bowl crafted in Norway, center, make perfect landing spots for rings, delicate necklaces, and other small trinkets. With their bold hues and color-splattered designs, the vessels are decorative pieces in their own right. Keep an eye out for them at flea markets and tag sales. eBay search terms: Vintage enameled…

1 min.
editor’s letter

In my family, we’ve been known to say cheese and chocolate are two of our favorite food groups. I’m happy that we’ve got plenty of both in this issue. The dishes in “More Cheese (Please)” (page 68) are just what I crave: new-and-improved grilled cheese sandwiches, fondue, skillet pizza, and other meals starring the best melting cheese. And we celebrate Valentine’s Day with beautiful gifts of chocolate and other sweet treats (“Tokens of Confection,” page 76). These foods are wonderfully nostalgic for me. When I was growing up, we had a sit-down family lunch every Saturday. All eight of us would gather around the kitchen table for the same meal, week after week. And we wouldn’t have had it any other way! My father made Welsh rarebit and my mother baked…

1 min.
molten chocolate-espresso cakes

Active Time: 20 min. Total Time: 40 min. Makes: 6 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for tin ⅓ cup sugar, plus more for tin 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped ⅓ cup all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Ganache glaze (optional; for recipe, go to marthastewart.com/ganache-glaze) 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Brush 6 cups of a standard muffin tin with butter and dust with sugar; tap out excess. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a pan of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Let cool. 2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, espresso powder, and salt. With a mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until completely incorporated. Add flour mixture; beat…

5 min.
vietnamese pho

Coffee Talk Thomas Joseph, our director of food development, is a true pho expert—he wrote his thesis on it in graduate school. I enjoy cooking the soup with him and sharing it with others. And if we’re making pho, we’re making Vietnamese iced coffee, a strong brew that drips through a special metal filter, called a phin, into a glass with sweetened condensed milk in the bottom. It’s utterly delicious and habit-forming. I HAVE LONG BEEN an aficionado of Asian food —first Chinese, then Japanese, then Thai. And when Thomas Joseph came to work at The Martha Stewart Show, he talked very enthusiastically about his interest in Vietnamese cuisine. In fact, his master’s thesis had centered on an examination of the evolution of pho—the delicious, fragrant national main-course soup of Vietnam. Thomas learned…

6 min.
heartfelt dessert

Upgrades, Solutions, Inspirations FOOD HOME Candle Construction The wooden feet that support modern sofas tend to have simple, sculptural shapes, making them well worth elevating from floor to mantel. To customize them into holders for taper candles, look for streamlined versions in unfinished wood at the home-improvement store, then play around with height and color combinations. Supplies C clamp Scrap wood Drill and 1-inch flat boring bit Furniture feet Brass candle-cup inserts Pliers Craft paint and paintbrush Sources Furniture feet, by Foster Decorative Millwork, from $8 each, homedepot.com. Brass candlecup inserts, $2 for 10, craftparts.com. Multisurface craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $2 for 2 oz., michaels.com. HOW-TO 1. Use C clamp to secure a piece of scrap wood to your work surface. Make a pilot hole in wood. Turn a furniture foot upside down and screw into scrap wood (foot should come with a screw). 2.…