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Martha Stewart Living July/August 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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2 min.
salt-packed capers

Mediterranean cooks figured out the genius of these bright little bursts of piquancy centuries ago. They are a true power ingredient, elevating not just chicken piccata and salade Niçoise but simple dips, roasted vegetables, and more. 1 CAPER CREAM CHEESE Stir together 4 parts cream cheese and 1 part each sour cream and rinsed small salt-packed capers (chopped chives optional); season with pepper. Serve with crudités or on a bagel with lox, red onion, and a spritz of lemon. 2 FRIED CAPERS Heat ¼ inch olive oil in a skillet over mediumhigh heat. Fry rinsed, then dried salt-packed capers (preferably large) until buds open and shrivel, 30 seconds. Drain on paper towels; let cool. Sprinkle on salads and seafood; eat as a snack. 3 CAPER-RAISIN SAUCE Melt 2 tablespoons unsalted butter in a pan over medium-high…

4 min.
three’s the charm

Weeknight cooking is simple and quick when you build each meal around three components—protein, vegetable, herb—and then fill in the cracks with kitchen staples. You’ll fast-track the shopping and, best of all, discover that planning dinner can be both focused and freeing. Grilled Chicken With Summer Squashes and Parsley Pork Rib Chops With Sweet Peppers and Basil Broiled Striped Bass With Tomatoes and Fennel Seared Steak With Minted Green-Bean Slaw Pork Rib Chops With Sweet Peppers and Basil Active/Total Time: 30 min. Serves: 4 4 bone-in pork rib chops (each about 8 ounces and about ½ inch thick) Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided 1 pound sweet peppers (3 or 4), such as red and yellow bell peppers, stems and ribs discarded, sliced crosswise into ¼-inch-thick rings 1 medium red onion, sliced crosswise into ¼-inch-thick…

2 min.
red, white & blue all over

These four easy projects celebrate Fourth of July colors in all their glory. And their appeal lasts much longer than a sparkler. HOW-TO Add hints of classic Fourth colors by taking a favorite fouta towel or scarf and turning it into a bolster cover. Simply center the bolster along one edge, roll, and secure the ends with knotted rope. PATIO-CHAIR PLACE MATS These place mats are a playful homage to retro outdoor chairs—made from their replacement webbing. Supplies Scissors Patio-chair webbing Painters’ tape Double-sided tape HOW-TO 1. Cut seven 14-inch and five 18-inch strips of webbing. Using painters’ tape, stick 1 end of 14-inch strips to a paper-covered work surface as shown, left. 2. Weave 18-inch strips through taped-down pieces. 3. Secure weaving with short pieces of double-sided tape placed between overlapping pieces of webbing. Trim edges, if desired. STENCIL-STRIPED TOP Adorn…

2 min.
friends of the flowers

Step away from the insecticide. Unlike hornets and yellow jackets, most pollinators rarely sting, and they’re essential to food production. “Native bugs met North America’s pollination needs long before Europeans imported honeybees,” says Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home (Timber Press). To entice them, start by planting native species: Local flora attract local fauna. —Alex Sanidad 1. Common Eastern bumblebee Bombus impatiens Traits: Large, fuzzy, with yellow or orange and black bands. Females’ legs have pollen baskets. Noisy. Favorite flowers: Clover, rosemary, sunflower, willow. Trivia: It rests on leaves’ undersides. 2. Hummingbird moth Hemaris genus Traits: Hovers in place like its namesake; has a long tongue that collects nectar. Favorite flowers: Phlox, bee balm, honeysuckle, verbena. Trivia: Unlike most moths, Hemaris is active during daylight hours. 3. Native bee 4,000+ species Traits: Vary by species; the sweat bee…

2 min.
beautifully contained

When garden enthusiast Anna Clark ran out of planting beds at her L.A. home, she bought a few terra-cotta pots. One container led to another; she now has nearly 200 planters artfully arranged around her yard. “Container-gardening is a chance to experiment,” she says. “You can grow varieties beside others that might not grow together in the ground, and it’s easy to move pots around.” Here, her three favorite design approaches. 1 Create a Cohesive Cluster By using several pots in a similar color, material, or style, you can showcase a varied plant collection without getting unruly. A mix of succulents in different forms and colors fills Italian and English terra-cotta in a variety of sizes. Moroccan lanterns help anchor the space. 2 Provide a Focal Point For a dramatic gesture, place a substantial…

1 min.
imagine a world...

In our newest book, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids, you’ll find tons of projects—such as this cardboard dollhouse—to keep kids busy, building, and inspired. TO A CHILD, the notion of two weeks’ vacation (and maybe three personal days) simply does not compute. Vacation means summer—the happiest, freest two months of the year. It is a time to go barefoot. It is a time to “collect” frogs. It is a time to ride along wherever your imagination takes you. Fuel up for that journey with our newest book, Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids (Potter Craft). It’s just the thing—or 175 things—those gloriously unscheduled hours of summer call for, loaded with charming ideas for making puppets, games, gifts, and accessories; doing cool science experiments; and crafting their own little worlds, like this…