Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living November 2019

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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Meredith Corporation


farm to tabletop

1 FRINGED SKIRTS Snip a yard of fringe trim from the crafts store into seven-inch pieces, poke a hole at each end with an awl, wrap them around rolled-up napkins, and secure with screw-back brass clasps. 2 SHELL CELLARS Gather small sticks that lie flat, and hot-glue two walnut halves onto each. Fill them with salt and pepper, and place them around your table—one for every two people. 3 STARRING ROLLS Forgo the usual communal basket, and treat all your VIPs to personal bread boards. Add a ramekin of butter, so they can lay it on as thick as they like. 4 CHIC CIRCLES A leather washer used in bike repairs is the thing of beauty here. Just attach a leather cord to the ring using a lanyard hitch, and knot the loose ends around a napkin. DIY…

ready to revel

Kit Out Cabinets To double your storage in deep cabinets, add pull-out drawers. “We installed four, and they changed our lives,” says Living home editor Lorna Aragon. “You can reach things in back without having to take everything out.” At the holidays, that means grabbing the stockpot or turkey platter won’t feel like a spelunking expedition. Available in wood or metal, the sliding drawers come in a range of sizes to fit standard cabinets. Measure and mark the sides, factoring in the height of the items you’ll store; use a drill to attach the glides; and pop in your new space savers. Reach for the Top There’s a time and a place for plastic wrap, but let’s be real: In the heat of the moment, it’s more likely to stick to itself (and…

the curator

Amanda Brooks Owner of Cutter Brooks, Chipping Norton, England After carving a chic swath through New York City’s style world—she was creative director for Tuleh and consulted for Chanel and Tory Burch before rising to the role of Barneys fashion director—Brooks jumped across the pond for more pastoral pursuits, choosing to settle into a quiet and charming English farmhouse. Since then, she’s penned two books, including Farm From Home (Blue Rider Press), and enchanted Instagram followers with shots of her bucolic life: a newborn lamb, a favorite mare, and perfectly imperfectly set tables. Last year she opened Cutter Brooks (her maiden and married names), a shop in Stow-on-the-Wold, so that we, too, can have a piece of the dream. “I want to support people who have the courage to start businesses…

feeling hormonal?

LET’S GIVE IT UP FOR OUR HORMONES. These chemicals are like molecular orchestra conductors: After being pumped out by our endocrine glands (thyroid, pituitary, ovaries, pancreas, adrenal), they travel through the body, directing nearly all our biological processes, from how fast we think to how happy we feel. When they’re in harmony, our brain, muscles, reproductive system, metabolism, and mood flow like Beethoven’s Ninth. But when even one is out of sync, it can throw off the whole concert. Consider these four common cases of hormonal dissonance, and the lifestyle and medical tips you need to fine-tune them, and feel better. 1 NONE OF MY CLOTHES FIT Sure, you’re eating and exercising as usual. But because your metabolism starts to slow down in your 30s, you may see an uptick on the…

standing tall

IN GRADE-SCHOOL science class, we learned that trees produce the air we breathe. But the estimated three trillion of them currently living on Earth do far more than that. They filter out pollutants, prevent erosion, and redirect stormwater from overtaxed sewers. They cool air temperatures; offer shelter from UV rays; yield fruits, nuts, and medicinal ingredients; and, according to the UN, provide homes for more than 80 percent of the planet’s land-based animals, plants, and insects. And that’s just a warm-up. More than half of the drinking water in the United States is filtered through their roots. In cities, trees reduce the prevalence of asthma (per a 2008 Columbia University study) and crime (from research analyzed by Vibrant Cities Lab), while encouraging people to socialize more and increasing real-estate values.…

ask martha

Do I Really Need a Roasting Rack to Cook My Turkey? —Angie Eisenson, Newcastle, Wash. What you actually need is elevation, to create a channel that allows hot air to circulate underneath your bird, ensuring even roasting all around. A rack offers that, and keeps your turkey from sitting in its drippings (which prevents the skin from crisping up). But if you don’t have a rack, a few thick slices of any bread will do: Just place them snugly between turkey and pan, tucking inthe edges to avoid burning. (As the bird cooks, its drippings will make the bread toasty, not soggy.) Or put down a bed of halved onions and oranges, and the turkey’s juices will take on a subtle citrus flavor—a tasty base for homemade gravy. A BETTER BIRD Click here to…