Martha Stewart Living November 2021

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in this issue

2 min
in focus

I TRULY LOVE and enjoy all the cooking and decorating for the holidays—and I know you, as a Living reader, do too. But I always have to remind myself not to get overly ambitious about what I can actually achieve on Thanksgiving, especially this year, when I want to spend more time with family and less in the kitchen or fussing about. My goal is to experience the day in full, not in a race against time in a cooking contest of my own making. The whole point of this, after all, is being with your people, and the photo above is my sweet reminder. You can see my ecstatic son (top left), thrilled to be with his cousins on our last Thanksgiving together, two years ago. Fast-forward: That baby, Augie,…

2 min
out & about

| ON THE ROAD | SACRED SITES Feed your mind with facts about the people who made the first Thanksgiving happen. The National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, D.C., home to the Native American Veterans Memorial (shown), brims with artifacts, photos, and documents relating to Indigenous tribes from the Western Hemisphere. Here, three more places to learn about this land’s original residents. WARNER, N.H. Walk the Medicine Woods Nature Trail and view treasures like beaded gloves and a birchbark canoe at the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum, on 12.5 acres of Abenaki homeland. CHEROKEE, N.C. The Museum of the Cherokee Indian shares 15,000 years of tribal history through animation, dioramas, and artifacts, including thousands of documents in Cherokee. PHOENIX Along with traditional and contemporary art, the Heard Museum focuses on first-person stories, as in its “Away From…

2 min
living it up

| MEET & GREET | Tanya Graff Style director Home: New York City Years with Martha: 22 First position: Style assistant at Martha by Mail Where she’ll feast: “My mother-in-law’s in East Hampton, New York—I look forward to her acorn-squash soup all year.” Tabletop tip: “Don’t be afraid to mix and match what you have. I love playing with old pieces and modern items.” TANYA’S STYLE SOURCES 1 | Plain Goods “Great for serving sets, handmade taper candles, and splurge-worthy vases.” 2 | the Ark Elements “Former floral and event designer Kate Holt’s site is a dream. I want all of her flower plates!” 3 | RW Guild “I love its contemporary handmade ceramics and mouth-blown glassware.” 4 | H&M Home “You’ll find high-quality, 100 percent–linen tablecloths in pretty neutrals.” | FOLLOW THE LEADER | In this snapshot, Martha and her chow chow…

8 min
set your oven free

THANKSGIVING IS one of my family’s most cherished holidays. It’s one of the big ones, along with Halloween, Christmas, Easter, and the Fourth of July. Every year, we think carefully about the menu, combining old favorites with fresh discoveries, new ingredients with tried-and-true ones, and, of course, innovative techniques and equipment with tools we have had forever. This year, we decided to break out my brand-new outdoor grill: a custom-colored ceramic Grill Dome, which can be used for grilling, smoking, and even baking and roasting. I had never made a smoked turkey for the centerpiece of our Thanksgiving feast before, but the combination of a really great, organically raised bird and my new grill lured me to experiment. The delicious result is what you see here: a plump turkey that appears…

7 min
earthly delights

Botanical Clay Pots How-To STEP ONE Gather terra-cotta pots with simple, clean lines—smaller ones to hold votives, and larger vessels for flower arrangements. STEP TWO Press air-dry clay into the silicone molds, scraping off any excess with a plastic knife so the clay is flush with each mold. STEP THREE After a couple of minutes, while the clay is still wet, gently flex the mold and pull out the accent—use a toothpick to help wiggle out any stubborn edges. With the vase on its side, attach the embellishment with craft glue, curving it to the surface. Let harden completely overnight. If using the pot to hold flowers, line it with a vase or plastic bag to prevent leaks. | INSTANT UPGRADE | Bursts of Sun This month, the word roast is most often used to describe a certain gobbler.…

6 min
old meets new

1 BLUES TRAVELER WHAT’S OLD Inspired by blue-and-white Chinese porcelain that was imported to England in the 1700s, the toile-like landscapes on Wedgwood Blue Willow transferware were all the rage three centuries ago—and are still prized today. Don’t fret if you’ve dropped a few over the decades, Lorna says. You can find many old patterns at Replacements Ltd., Etsy, or eBay. WHAT’S NEW For a bold reboot, Lorna combined the iconic chinoiserie style with structured and loose patterns, including plaid napkins, a bohemian block-printed tablecloth, and splatterware chargers and salad plates. Patinated stainless steel flatware counterbalances the dishes’ luster, and cobalt glasses echo the saturated blues. 2 GARDEN VARIETY WHAT’S OLD Historically, the oak tree symbolizes strength, longevity, and hospitality—which makes the delicate garlands of acorns and oak leaves that grace Bernardaud’s Constance dinnerware a perfect fit…