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Martha Stewart Living

Martha Stewart Living May 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
shake it up

“Start with high-quality 100 percent–agave tequila for a great margarita. Our top-shelf pick is Casamigos. We also love Espolòn, which you can find at about half the price.”—deputy food editor Greg Lofts 1. The Original Classic Margarita Double this recipe to make two drinks; they’ll fit in a standard cocktail shaker. Run a wedge of lime around one side of the rim of a chilled rocks glass; dip rim in coarsely ground pink salt (or sea salt) to coat. Partially fill glass with ice (we prefer 1 large sphere for minimal melting and dilution). Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add 2 ounces blanco tequila and 1 ounce each orange liqueur, such as Cointreau, and fresh lime juice. Shake vigorously until outside of shaker is cold and frosty, about 10 seconds; strain into…

5 min
going boldly

LESSON NO. 1 FORAGE FOR COLORS To home in on a palette for a project, I like to go on a walk and collect items based on their color. Pick up a full rainbow, or a few hues that capture a feeling. Back at your place, arrange everything on a solid-colored surface, and remove any pieces that stand out in a bad way. Then look for themes. Do any hues look particularly good together? Add some metallics—a brass bangle, a copper dish—to see which finishes work well. Once your mood board is complete, take a photo, and use it as a guide when picking out paint or shopping for rugs, furniture, or that perfect duvet cover. When I started Jungalow over a decade ago, I had just moved into a 1920s bungalow court…

16 min
simply the breast

1 Wield One Pan What’s not to love about a whole roasted chicken? Well, it does take more than an hour in the oven. But we’ve adapted the fall favorite for the warmer months by using bone-in breasts to cut the cook time in half, and placed them on a bed of leeks, carrots, and bread cubes to soak up the meat’s flavorful juices. While the chicken rests—key to keeping it moist—toss some mint in with the vegetables and return the pan to the oven. The result is a deconstructed stuffing that turns this single-skillet meal into a special occasion. 2 Pick up Sticks Chicken tenders grill quickly—almost too quickly (blink and they’re suddenly dry and chewy). Not on these skewers, which benefit from a buttermilk brine and a blanket of bacon. Serve…

2 min
out & about

ON THE ROAD SADDLE UP Find fresh perspective atop a horse while taking in the gorgeous scenery. At Tanque Verde Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona (shown), you can amble past soaring saguaro and prickly-pear cacti, or catch some western spirit in the Harmony With Horses workshop, which teaches classic wrangling techniques (tanqueverderanch.com). Here, three more spots to grab the reins. BENTON CITY, WASH. Saunter through the sun-dappled vineyards of this quiet wine region with Red Mountain Trails. Opt for the tasting tour, and you’ll dismount midway through for sips and snacks. redmountaintrails.com AMELIA ISLAND, FLA. On a jaunt with Amelia Island Horseback Riding, you’ll ride high (and dry) above the ocean’s edge—a prime vantage point for spotting dolphins, which are known to catch air close to shore. ameliaislandhorsebackriding.com LEXINGTON, KY. Trot over grassy knolls on a guided tour at…

3 min
full house

THERE IS NO DOUBT in my mind that pets make any household more homey, friendly, and fun. To wake up to birds chirping, cats meowing, dogs whining to be let outdoors, and hamsters running around their enclosure waiting for breakfast is to experience life happening everywhere. I would find my home too quiet and empty if there were no cats, dogs, and birds in it. My first pets were a pair of yellow budgies, or parakeets, who lived with my then-husband and me in our tiny New York City apartment. Next, we adopted a cat from a county fair and called her Chigi-Toto. I fell totally in love with her, and vowed to always have a cat in my life. Then came my first dog, Little Bear, an adorable keeshond, who…

6 min
ask martha

Do You Have Any Advice for Pressure-washing My Home? —Shay Goldberg, Evanston, Ill. Few household tasks are as satisfying as brandishing a powerful spray nozzle to quickly blast away dirt and deep-clean your exterior walls, deck, and driveway. Start by considering the project at hand, says Brian Manke, product manager at Stihl, the power-tool company. If there’s minimal buildup—or you’re washing wood, which can get etched by a jet that’s too strong—choose an electric model with a PSI (pounds per square inch) of around 2,000. To remove more set-in stains or mold, or tackle an entire house, go with a gas-fueled type with a PSI of 2,500 to 3,000. Then follow Manke’s lead: GEAR UP Wear nonslip work boots and safety goggles (debris can ricochet), and if your machine is gas-powered, pop in…