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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living June 2014

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10 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
out & about

Where we’ve been, what we’ve seen, and where you’ll find us. ON THE ROAD On a recent trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, Martha discovered James Beard Award nominee Silvana Salcido Esparza’s restaurant Barrio Queen, an ode to Mexican street eats with a few inventive twists. If you visit, don’t miss the handpressed tortillas, the more than 300 tequilas, or the crowd favorite: guacamole prepared tableside and topped with pomegranate seeds or dried fruit. Barrio Queen, Scottsdale, Arizona barrioqueen.com COLLECTING When you’re not using vintage enamelware colanders to rinse berries or strain pasta, hang them on a kitchen wall to showcase their decorative punched-hole patterns. Made of metal coated with glossy enamel, the vessels are as handsome as they are hardworking. (Just avoid using them if they’re chipped.) Identify older ones—going back to the 1870s—by their riveted…

3 min.
editor’s letter

June is worth the wait. Now’s the time to get outdoors, light the barbecue, entertain in the most relaxed way, and revisit favorite summer recipes. This is also the time that our food editors hotly anticipate—as the Greenmarkets and farm stands fill up with the fresh, colorful, delicious offerings of the season—so we devote June to our annual food issue. Martha, for one, wanted to share a recipe for a summertime picnic favorite: fried chicken. Her secret is to soak the pieces overnight in salt water, then for another several hours (or overnight) in buttermilk marinade (“all hands-off time!” as she would insist I point out). Her process—and patience—yield the moistest, golden-crispiest chicken (see page 15). That is just one of many “secret recipes” shared in this issue. “Kitchen Wisdom: Our Guide…

4 min.
the finest fried chicken

It’s crisp, moist, and full of flavor—and the centerpiece of wonderful summer meals. Learn my secrets for making this down-home classic. FAVORITE FEAST Fresh, simple sides are all that’s needed with fried chicken: coleslaw, tomato salad, biscuits, and corn on the cob. For dessert, make some cookies—these are molasses. You’ll find these recipes at marthastewart.com/fried-chicken-menu. Imight think of them as “my” secrets for the best fried chicken, but in fact these excellent tips for crispy, golden, moist, tasty, incredibly delicious fried chicken were shared with me one night in Amarillo, Texas. It was a tradition in Amarillo on Tuesday nights that local cooks would gather together to prepare their personal-favorite recipes for one another, not just their respective bosses. One week everyone might make Texas barbecue; the next, fried fish; the next, chili.…

1 min.

Covering Pots With Moss or Fencing Glue sheet moss to the pot exteriors using construction adhesive (such as Liquid Nails). To wrap pots with fencing, you’ll need three tools: garden loppers, wire cutters, and pliers. Natural willow fencing, 3’ by 10’, $40, and inside-wired black bamboo fencing, 1’ by 6’, $20, jamaligarden.com. Preserved sheet moss, $4 for 172 cu. in., joann.com. WILLOW Wrap fencing around pot, then mark where to cut. Cut willow stalks with loppers to adjust height. With wire cutters, snip wire to trim excess length, and use pliers to bend exposed wire into a hook; slide hook behind wire on other side to secure. BAMBOO Look for 1-foot-tall edging that won’t need its height adjusted. Wrap it around the container; snip the wire with wire cutters to remove excess length. Use pliers to…

1 min.
limited editions

Dad will pore over this year’s gift: a wooden “book” with a secret drawer for keepsakes or knickknacks. To begin, stain the entire surface of a modern book box (available at crafts stores and online) with diluted paint; let dry. Then use undiluted paint to add designs like stripes (use painters’ tape for straight lines). Start Dad’s collection by dropping in a few shared mementos. Unfinished-pine book box with pull-out drawer, 8", $12, amazon.com. Liquid gilding, in Gold, $7 for 0.75 oz., and multisurface satin craft paint, $2 for 2 oz., by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com. TIP Once the box is dry, don’t forget to dress up the compartment where Dad will store special items like cuff links and lucky golf tees. Using craft glue, line the inside with velvet or decorative paper.…

1 min.
keys to their hearts

Wrapped in colorful cords and tapes, utilitarian hooks and carabiners (available at any hardware store) become stylish keychains—they even make great gifts for Dad. Watch crafts editor Erin Furey demonstrate the two techniques at marthastewart.com/cord-keychains. Trigger snaps with round swivel eye, by The Hillman Group, in Solid Brass, $32 for 10; carabiners, from $2.25 each, homedepot.com. Cord and tape, in Leather, Faux Leather, and Suede, from $1 a yd., mjtrim.com. BASIC WRAP With superglue, secure end of cord to carabiner just above opening; let dry. Wind cord around frame until you reach bottom of gate. Trim cord and glue to secure. KNOTTED With superglue, secure a double strand of cord to ring where it’s bolted to clasp; let dry. Make overhand knots around outside of ring, as shown. Secure cord ends with glue.…