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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living May 2016

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1 min.
martha’s month

“I grow several varieties of rhubarb, including juicy ‘Valentine’ and ‘MacDonald.’ Besides using the stalks in pies and tarts, I make them into a versatile simple syrup that’s delicious in Prosecco or over ice cream,” says Martha. RHUBARB SIMPLE SYRUP Active Time: 15 min. Total Time: 30 min. Makes: 2¼ cups 1 cup sugar ½ vanilla bean, pod split and seeds scraped 6 ounces rhubarb, finely chopped (about 1¼ cups) Combine sugar, 1 cup water, vanilla pod and seeds, and rhubarb in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer until rhubarb is tender, about 3 minutes. Let cool completely. Syrup (with vanilla pod) can be stored in refrigerator up to 1 week. Remove pod before serving.…

2 min.
out & about

@sundaysuppers INSTAGRAM FAVORITE “Simple is stunning” is the rule of thumb behind Karen Mordechai’s business. The founder of Sunday Suppers—a bustling Brooklyn kitchen and event space—gives her followers a taste of the delectably understated dishes she puts on the communal table. Feast your eyes, for instance, on this creative take on a caprese, with avocado and cured ham. Getting hungry? Shop her new line of provisions, too, like wildflower honey and black-lava sea salt, and cook up the same magic at home (ila-shop.co). @marthastewart ON THE ROAD: NEW ORLEANS Music lovers have long flocked to this vibrant city, but it’s also a foodie’s paradise—especially during the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience (May 26 to 29). Start your tour at one of the more than 24 restaurants offering dinners with wine pairings, then celebrate at…

2 min.
come what may

I’VE ALWAYS LOVED MAY, for the same reason I get most excited the day before a vacation. It’s a time that brims with all the hope and energy of what is to be, and then sun-drenched summer sets in right afterward for its three glorious months. But the older I get, the more I adore May for itself. My favorite flowers, peonies and lilies of the valley, come into bloom; the air feels crisp and clean; and seemingly everything— and everyone—springs a little more to life, eating lunch outside, lacing up running shoes, and cracking open every window. To help make the most of the month, and all the energy it brings, this issue is packed with ideas for you and your home—whether it’s picking new plants, enlivening your rooms,…

2 min.
climbing hydrangeas

Climbing the Walls Often growing 40 to 60 feet high, climbing hydrangeas cling well to walls, trellises, and even chimneys— I have inserted screw eyes and steel-wire trellising to help guide the vines up mine. Strong vertical growers with long lateral branches, they bloom prolifically over four to eight weeks, with five-inch white or pink lace-cap-like flowers FIRST IT SLEEPS, then it creeps, then it leaps.” This old gardeners’ saying fits the climbing hydrangea perfectly. And gardeners take heed, because this excellent vine, which can add tremendous beauty and lushness to your property, can become an addictive feature in the landscape. It should be used carefully— not overly lavishly—because once established (which takes two to three years), a single vine covers a very large area! I first saw climbing hydrangeas at Frank…

1 min.
grow them at home

Step 1 Dig a hole approximately two feet away from the base of the tree. Loosen the earth six inches deeper than the height of the pot. Mix in a scoop of organic time-release fertilizer with the loosened soil. Step 2 Remove the plant from its container, and score the roots with a sharp tool, like a hori hori or transplanting knife, to help the roots spread out in the ground. Step 3 Position the plant at a 45-to-60-degree angle, so the tops of the foliage are touching the trunk and the roots are pointing away. Fill in with a blend of compost and the soil that was dug from the hole. Tamp down lightly. Step 4 Give the plant a good, long soak with the hose for several minutes. Climbing hydrangeas are initially slow to take…

4 min.
good things

BRING MAY FLOWERS If you think you need to be a pastry chef to create these little beauties, think again. Simply top frosted cupcakes with a small garden’s worth of cut-up candies in an artful arrangement. Serve your blooms at parties, bake sales, brunches—even on Mother’s Day. Everyone will love eating them petal by petal before biting into the cake underneath. (For the how-tos, see page 120.) RECIPE REMIX Churro Champs Forgo the traditional frying— and mixing up the batter— for this Latin American treat. Instead, bake store-bought puff pastry for churros that are easier to make but full of the same spicy sweetness: ¡Muy delicioso! Preheat oven to 425°. On a lightly floured surface, roll out 14 ounces all-butter puff pastry into a 12-by-16-inch rectangle. Brush lightly with a beaten egg. Fold in half…