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Martha Stewart Living

September 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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bake night

THE SECRET TO a good routine—one that feels anything but routine—is to mix it up. And that’s exactly what my family began doing on a random Tuesday evening about a year ago. It was a school/work night that was feeling like a beginning-of-the-week slog, and retreating to different rooms (or screens) postdinner seemed imminent. But on a lark, I pulled Martha’s Cookies book off the shelf and said, “Let’s bake something!” My son James was excited by the declaration alone—probably because it sounded vaguely like a science experiment to his then four-year old self. We settled on Snickerdoodles, and somewhere between measuring flour, the whir of the KitchenAid, the magic of the oven, and tasting our soft, chewy treat; family Bake Night was born. Since then, we’ve whipped up so many…

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out & about

ON THE ROAD EPIC READS Bibliophiles and screen-scrollers alike will get a back-to-school buzz when they step into one of these soaring libraries. At the 19th-century George Peabody Library, in Baltimore, five stories of cast-iron balconies guide your eyes toward a skylight that hovers 61 feet above the ground (peabodyevents.library.jhu.edu). Here, three more book meccas that are stunning beyond words. ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN A study haven for University of Michigan law students, the neo-Gothic William W. Cook Legal Research Library draws visitors to marvel at its cathedral ceilings and intricate stained glass. law.umich.edu SAN MARINO, CALIFORNIA Celebrate the centennial of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens at an exhibit honoring the year 1919, including suffragist pamphlets and one of the first photos of Halley’s Comet. huntington.org NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT Inspect ancient Egyptian artifacts at the Beinecke…

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martha stewart living

FOUNDER AND CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER MARTHA STEWART EDITOR IN CHIEF ELIZABETH GRAVES Editorial General Manager Meesha Diaz Haddad Creative Director Abbey Kuster-Prokell Executive Editor Jennifer Tung EDITORIAL Copy Chief/Articles Editor Myles McDonnell Features & Garden Editor Melissa Ozawa Home Editor Lorna Aragon Senior Editor Elyse Moody Research Director Ann Sackrider Associate Editor Claire Sullivan Editorial Assistant Erica Sloan FOOD & ENTERTAINING Editorial Director Sarah Carey Deputy Editor Greg Lofts Editor at Large Shira Bocar Senior Editor Lauryn Tyrell Assistant Editor Riley Wofford DIGITAL Executive Editor Jennifer Cress Deputy Editor Gabriella Rello Senior Food Editor Victoria Spencer Senior Home & Style Editor Tina Chadha Editor Alexandra Churchill Associate Food Editor Kelly Vaughan Associate Editor Zee Krstic Social Media Manager Christina Park ART Art Director James Maikowski Senior Associate Art Director Laura Lutz Design Production Manager Judy Glasser Art/Photo Assistant Madeline Warshaw STYLE Director Tanya Graff Editor at Large Naomi deMañana Editorial Assistant Jaclyn DeNardi PHOTO Director Dawn Sinkowski Editor Joanna T. Garcia CONTRIBUTORS Eleni N. Gage, Melañio Gomez, Thomas Joseph, Fritz…

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pick of the patch

CABBAGE, OR KAPUSTA, as we called it growing up, played a memorable role in our family meals in Nutley, New Jersey. My grandmothers, who both emigrated from Poland in the early 20th century, brought their cherished recipes with them, and Mom added her own as she became a better and better cook. The six of us Kostyra children devoured these eastern European dishes, like Mom’s cabbage pierogi (our favorite!), cabbage soup, buckwheat-stuffed gołąbki (aka cabbage rolls), homemade sauerkraut, sautéed or braised cabbage (made from both red and green varieties), and of course, the creamy, vinegary slaws she made for our big family picnics. Our vegetable plot in Nutley always had large, hard white cabbages—Mom’s pick for pierogi—and the plain green ones she used for her gołąbki. When I started my own…

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class act

CUSTOM CABINET HOW-TO 1- MAKE IT YOURS Our entryway console is built from two unfinished wood cabinets, which we painted a soft green. We added wooden legs to elevate the pieces and make room underneath for more storage; you can also mount the cabinets on the wall or stack them. 2- OPTIMIZE SPACE Stick self-adhesive metal hooks inside the doors, and adjust the shelves (each cabinet comes with two). 3- ASSIGN THEM Designate a cubby for everyone in your household—even your pets. Reserve one for mail and general use. PROVISIONS Bento Beauties The Instagram sensation that is candy sushi may be a kid’s dream snack, but those sashimi stand-ins pack a lot of sugar. Our healthier take swaps in coconut-rice “nigiri” for the crispy-rice-cereal-bar base, and gets topped with apricot jam, sliced fruit, and toasted coconut rather than gummy…

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photo finishes

IDEA NO. 1 Split a horizontal photograph of a landscape into three panels, a format called a triptych, to turn a big, blank wall into a sweeping panorama. Shutter Smarts You don’t need fancy equipment or a class to take display-worthy pictures. Just follow your instincts, says Los Angeles photographer Max Wanger, who works with clients like Target, Gap Kids, and Nike. “If you trust your eye, you’re going to get a cool shot.” Follow these guidelines to capture some keepers. SHOOT SHARP Set your phone or camera to take (and export) photos at full resolution. On an iPhone, for example, go to Settings, Camera, and Formats, and select the Camera Capture mode “Most Compatible”; when sharing photos by email or text, always send them at actual size. For crystal-clear prints, photo files should be…