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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living July - August 2014

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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10 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
out & about

Where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, and where you’ll find us. ON THE ROAD Designer Jenni Kayne is much loved by Living’s editors for her effortlessly elegant womens-wear line. She recently opened her first home shop in Montecito, California, conveniently located a few steps from her eponymous clothing boutique. Pop in to stock up on wheel-thrown pottery, all-natural laundry detergents, and solidbronze tableware—and don’t miss the charming children’s nook upstairs. Jenni Kayne Home, Montecito, California jennikayne.com AMERICAN MADE MARKET Shop for bright home accents, like this Liz Pulver Design portable planter, at our American Made eBay Market. Visit monthly for new picks. ebay.com/americanmade LIVING BOOK CLUB This summer, we plan to delve into eight page-turners, including Elizabeth Little’s new mystery, Dear Daughter; Cathleen Schine’s novel Fin & Lady; and B. J. Novak’s collection of short stories, One More…

3 min.
editor’s letter

In 1914, the Smithsonian hired a team of 11 “needlewomen” to repair and preserve the damaged Star-Spangled Banner Flag. The Fourth of July is a time for family cookouts, fireworks, and celebrating the simple joys of summer, like frosty ice pops, garden flowers, even sitting in a lawn chair set up along a parade route, waving a flag to the beat of a patriotic song. The flag that I’ve been captivated by lately is the mammoth Star-Spangled Banner, above, since the song is celebrating its 200th anniversary. At 30 by 42 feet—a single star is 24 inches across—its sheer size is amazing. It was used as a garrison flag over Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812. But the backstory is even more impressive, considering it’s the very symbol…

4 min.
cocktails for a crowd

With these recipes for fresh, fruity drinks, it’s a breeze to kick off a summer party. Stir up the cocktails in pitchers, or make them assembly-line-style. Cheers! Would you like to know a secret for entertaining? Here it is: a really good cocktail, carefully made with fresh ingredients and the highest-quality alcohol, served in a beautiful glass. This can set the mood for any party and get an evening off on the very right foot. I learned this years ago when I catered many events a week. I always encouraged the host or hostess to allow us to concoct freshfruit drinks in large quantities to serve at the beginning of the party. A mojito fragrant with fresh herbs, a vibrant daiquiri, a caipirinha with a thick slice of lime in a heavy…

1 min.

“Spinner” Piecrust Try this method with any latticetop fruit pie, like our sour cherry. (For the recipe, go to marthastewart.com/sour-cherry-pie.) 1. Using a pastry wheel, cut rolled-out dough into ½-inchwide strips. Gently lift one strip from each end, twisting in opposite directions to twirl. 2. Starting at center of pie, place dough over filling in a spiral, connecting new strips as you go (gently pinch adjoining ends together). Brush outer edges of bottom crust with egg wash, top with twirled strips, and pinch to adhere. 3. Brush dough with egg wash. Bake pie according to recipe. HOW-TO Print desired number templates from martha stewart.com/numbertemplate; cut out. Trace onto screen with chalk. Thread a few feet of twine into a size 18 tapestry needle, testing to ensure it fits through the screen (it will fit through most);…

1 min.

Classic bandannas are an easy, affordable way to bring all-American colors to a table for the Fourth of July (and all summer long). Try découpaging glass votive holders or hurricane lanterns with them. Or fold them, tuck utensils inside, and tie with colored twine. HOW-TO Trim bandanna to fit height and circumference of glass votive or hurricane. Brush découpage finish onto glass. Wrap bandanna around it, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles with your fingers. Let dry. Recoat fabric with découpage finish. Let dry completely before using. Durable découpage finish, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Matte, $10 for 8 oz., michaels.com.…

1 min.
melon ice

Icy melon milk granita is an easy make-ahead treat for a hot summer day. (No need to scrape our sherbetlike mixture every 30 minutes, as with most granitas—just rake it once at the end for the right consistency.) In a food processor or blender, combine 6 cups cubed melon with 1/3 cup condensed milk, 1/4 cup fresh lime or lemon juice, and teaspoon coarse salt. Puree until smooth. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish; freeze until firm. Before serving, scrape with a fork until it has the texture of shaved ice. For more great chilled desserts, see page 110. TIP Any melon will taste delicious in this recipe. For more varieties to try, see our glossary on page 42.…