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Martha Stewart Living April 2021

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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United States
Meredith Corporation
10 Issues

in this issue

3 min
ask martha

Does my dog need a raincoat? —Gary Kosterman, Baton Rouge, La. That depends on your furry friend. Large working breeds like rottweilers and Siberian huskies usually don’t mind a good soaking, says Whitney Miller, director of veterinary medicine for Petco. But there are a few situations when a slicker with mini sleeves comes in handy: IT’S COLD OUT THERE Combined with very chilly temps, precipitation can cause a pup’s core temperature to drop. On bitter days, “outfit your dog with a layer of waterproof insulation, especially for lengthier walks,” says Michelle Logan, director of national shelter embed programming at Best Friends Animal Society. HER HAIR IS LONG OR WIRY This kind of coat can get knotted or matted when drenched, Miller says—often the case with border terriers, Scottish terriers, and Jack Russells—which can make…

2 min
eau naturel

A New Caliber of Clean Here are three ways scent-makers are stepping up. Smarter Sourcing This means harvesting ingredients sustainably, being mindful of the scarcity or abundance of particular ingredients, and considering workers’ rights. “We want to respect nature and the communities workers come from,” says Givaudan perfumer Adriana Medina. Synthetic elements can play a part, too: Some are much less depleting than natural alternatives. Better Bases Alcohol suspends fragrance oils for an even spritz with every pump. But not all kinds are created equal. Some contain a sugarcane base; the plant is more efficient to grow than corn, another common ingredient (the former can yield more per acre). You can also now find highly concentrated formats, like oils and balms, according to Medina. They fade faster but smell just as amazing. Greener Goods “Glass is the…

2 min
looking buff

1. Remove Polish Swipe it off with an essential-oil-rich solution, like Sundays Pr 01 Soy polish remover ($28, dearsundays.com). It’ll take a few more passes to do the job than an acetone formula would, but the oils will leave your nails nourished, says Shelagh Wong, general manager at Smith & Cult. Instead of cotton balls, enlist hand-washable Base Coat Take Off reusable nail-polish-remover pads ($14 for 6, basecoatnailsalon.com). 2. Slough & Shape Our experts agree: You should skip the soak. “Water depletes natural fats in the nail keratin,” says Suzanne Shade, founder of nail-care brand Bare Hands. Smooth foot calluses with a rasp, and massage L’Occitane Shea Butter One-Minute hand scrub on dry digits ($24, loccitane.com). Trim your nails, then even the ends with a 180-grit emery board, says celebrity nail artist Tom…

4 min
quite a catch

Wild-Salmon Kedgeree 4 large eggs2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil1 small onion, finely chopped (1¼ cups)2 cloves garlic, minced (1 tablespoon)1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained1½ teaspoons curry powderKosher salt and freshly ground pepper1 pound skinless wild-salmon fillets (3 to 4), preferably Alaskan¼ cup chopped fresh parsley leavesLemon wedges and smoked hot paprika, for serving 1. Prepare an ice-water bath. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil. Reduce to a simmer; add eggs and cook 8 minutes. Transfer to ice bath; let stand until cool enough to handle. Peel and halve. 2. Heat oil in a large straight-sided skillet over medium. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add rice, curry powder, and ¾ teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in 2 cups water. Bring to…

7 min
breathe easy

INHALE, EXHALE. You repeat this process over and over, about 25,000 times a day, mostly without even realizing it. Yet how you breathe affects practically everything you do. Research shows that taking shallow sips of air rather than deep ones can make you feel more stressed and less focused, and crank up your allergies. It can even cause junk-food cravings. That’s because your respiratory system touches all 10 of your body’s other systems. It brings them the oxygen they need to function, and expels the carbon dioxide they produce. To start this cycle, your brain sends a signal to the diaphragm, an umbrella-shaped muscle under your lungs, telling it to pull downward. That sucks air into your nose and through your trachea and the two bronchial tubes of the lungs, which…

4 min
ice capades

CHEF ASHLEY CHRISTENSEN and food writer Kaitlyn Goalen warmed up to their freezer big-time after collaborating on a cookbook for Poole’s, Christensen’s beloved Raleigh, North Carolina, diner. The couple ended up with a gold mine of extra goodies from recipe testing—think béchamel, compound butters, and meat and vegetable stocks. “We froze a lot of those leftovers and spent the next year using them up, which turned into a fun way to make our home cooking much more delicious,” says Goalen. In It’s Always Freezer Season (Ten Speed Press) they share their expertise, and the contents of their shelves. “It’s not all waffles and pints of ice cream,” says Christensen (though they do offer a mean sage-and-sausage-waffle recipe). One section of the book is devoted to savvy storage tips—we highlight a…