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April
A woman looking to be a little more like Martha
Interests: baking, crafting, cooking, reading, writing, event planning
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Rating (1-10): 8 If you want your kids to eat fish, try putting it in tacos. It's such a fun way to eat fish - and a pretty delicious dish. My husband and I basically stopped eating fish when we lived in Brooklyn, because our little apartment would smell like fish for days. Even if we emptied the trash, did the dishes right after dinner, and scrubbed the counters, the rotting fish stink wouldn't go away. Now that we live in a beautiful house with lots of ventilation, windows, and fresh air, we can cook fish again without the smell... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8 I don't usually come across recipes that are truly unique. Something I've never tasted or seen before. When I saw the recipe for raspberry-lemon whoopie pies in the April 2010 edition of Everyday Food what stood out right away was how unique they looked. I knew I had to try to make them. They turned out as beautiful as the picture in the magazine and they tasted pretty darn good, too. The cake was moist with hint of lemon and the raspberry whipped cream filling was decadent. The only I complaint I have relates to how fast... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 9 Holy Moly Goodness. Pick up a issue of the May 2010 Everyday Food magazine and immediately flip to page 42 for the most delicious tuna melt you'll ever eat. It only takes about 15 minutes to make and is one of the best sandwiches I've ever had. If you don't like tuna fish, you're not going to like this recipe. Otherwise, get ready for something amazing. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
All of the recipes this month came from Everyday Food. This small magazine has become my go-to guide for amazing recipes that I truly enjoy cooking. Only making 13 recipes is kinda pathetic, but I've been sick a lot this past month. Hopefully, I'll start feeling better soon and be able to pick up the pace in May. Mediterranean Macaroni and Cheese Emeril’s Chicken Patty Pockets Fish with Mango Relish Cinnamon-Toasted Pound Cake Red Rice with Sausage and Bell Peppers New Orleans-Style Barbecued Shrimp Baked Eggs and Tortillas in Creamy Tomato Sauce Zucchini Pasta with Ricotta Tangy Chicken With Orzo... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8 I purposefully picked a recipe from the Martha Stewart website, because some readers have been asking for the recipes of food that I write about on this blog. I can't post the recipes, because that would be a big copyright no no. So, I decided to make something that I could easily link to in case readers want to join in on the fun and try out one of these delicious recipes. These fast chicken fajitas lived up to their name. They were fast and tasty. I made them on a weeknight and served them with an... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8 If you're on a diet and looking an indulgent, healthy dessert, you should seriously try the mango parfait from the April 2010 edition of Everyday Food. You only need mangoes, water, greek yogurt, sugar, and toasted coconut. It takes about 10 minutes to make. My husband and I agreed that we'd make this more often while mangoes are in season. Refreshing and yummy. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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If you're new to Obsessed with Martha Stewart, you may not have read my previous grocery bag posts in which I make the 5 meals listed in the grocery bag article of Everyday Food. Each month, it tests my abilities as a cook and my picky eater palette. I've tried many foods that I'd never eaten due to these recipes, and I've been pleasantly surprised by how cooking certain ingredients different ways changes their flavors. This month, I found two dishes two add to my regular rotation and a couple others that I'll definitely make again. Monday: Baked Eggs and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8.5 I'm a huge fan of New Orleans-style food. One of my best food memories comes from a trip that my husband and I made when we were still dating to New Orleans. We stayed with a friend of his and were treated to a crawfish boil. His parents went all out, boiling at least 20 pounds of crawfish for us. I'd never eating a crawfish and was a little put off by the looks of them. My husband showed me how to peel and eat them. After my first bite, I was in lust. I ate a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 9 This recipe is comparable to jambalaya, one of my all-time favorite dishes. It only takes 25 minutes to whip up and serves four people. Since it's just my husband and I in our house, we had enough to enjoy it for lunch the next day, and you know what we found out? It's even better the next day. You can't say that about too many dishes. I added red pepper flakes to the recipe, because we like our dinner spicy. If you like a little kick to your meals, I suggest you do the same. Note: This... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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For the past three and a half months I've been seriously focused on becoming more like Martha Stewart, especially in the kitchen. So much, in fact, that I've forgotten that it's okay to resort back to some of my simple favorites for a night off. Every time I feel like I need a night off, my husband grabs fast food on his way home, because for some reason, I've felt as if everything I make must be a Martha Stewart recipe. Yesterday, when I was making the grocery list, I said screw it. I was in the mood for a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Thanks to Amy at Art of Amy for giving Obsessed with Martha Stewart the Sunshine Award! The Sunshine Award is given to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blog world. The rules for accepting this award are: Put the logo on your blog or within your post. Pass the award on to 12 bloggers. Link the nominees within your post. Let the nominees know they have received this award by leaving a comment on their blog. Share the love and link to the person whom you have received this award. Here are my sunshine award nominees: Serious... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 7 This dessert can't compare to some of Martha's pies, cakes, and tarts, so I had to give it a 7. But, it was super simple and pretty darn tasty. I would recommend it if you're looking for a last minute, easy summer dessert. The recipe called for frozen strawberries, but I used fresh - I like fresh berries much better and they finally had some organic ones at our grocery store. My biggest complaint about this recipe was that the pound cake started to burn when we stuck in the broiler. We were only able to cook... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8 Usually, my husband and I go grocery shopping together on the weekend. In my opinion, it's much more enjoyable when you have someone to do it with, and somehow, we turn this chore into something fun. I've gotten spoiled by this, because my husband always pushes the cart, reaches things that I can't {I'm pretty short}, bags the groceries if there isn't a bagger, and loads the car. I carry the list, check it off as we find items, watch the cashier ring up our items to make sure we're not paying more than we're supposed to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 9.8 I choose to make Emeril's chicken patty pockets from the April 2010 edition of Everyday Food on craft night. When I skimmed the recipe, they seemed simple to make and the estimated total time to make them was 25 minutes. Just looking at the picture made my mouth water. This recipe lived up to my expectations. They were simple and so yummy that I could eat them twice a week for a year without getting tired of them. They were that good. The chicken patties were a cinch to make and while they baked, I cut the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an animal lover. She has three dogs - she just added a new chow puppy to her family. So it's not unusual that there is a column dedicated to pet care and health in Martha Stewart Living. In the April edition, the author, Amelia Glynn discusses pet obesity. I learned from my vet that you should be able to feel {not see} your dogs ribs. My husband and I adopted a lab mix when we moved to Virginia. We had no idea that she was pregnant and would have seven puppies the day before our wedding. When... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
I’m making an effort this month to start delving into my Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook. It’s an enormous book that will likely take me the entire year to get through, but I think it’s well worth trying to read it. This week I read the section on Cleaning Products 101. The basic information that I got from this section is that you need to read each cleaning product you buy carefully. You should take into account the type of cleaning product {all-purpose or specialty}, the specific directions for use, ingredients, safety information, storage guidelines, disposal guidelines. FYI, most cleaning products... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 9 Mediterranean macaroni and cheese has become one of my favorite dishes. My mother-in-law came over the other night to work on balsa wood postcards for swag bags at a craft show in Richmond, Virginia. My lovely husband offered to make us dinner, and he fixed this meal why we crafted. I can’t take credit for it, since I didn’t even help. But I can say that it was super delicious. He said that it was simple to make. Note: Recipe comes from the April 2010 edition of Everyday Food Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
If you glance at the list below, you’ll probably recognize a pattern. I’ve become obsessed with Everyday Food, and I want to cook every recipe in each magazine. This leaves me little time to cook other recipes from other books as you can see. My cooking style matches so nicely with Everyday Food that I hate to switch out one of those recipes for another recipe. I’m going to try to add a little more variety to things this month – but I can’t make any promises it after getting my copy of April’s Everyday Food. It’s jam packed with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8 I almost didn't include a picture with this post, because this one is terrible. The lighting was awful and I couldn't get a good shot. I promise that it tasted much better than it looks. This recipe is the from Everyday Food {March 2010} in the "Cook from Your Freezer" article. I made this swiss chard pie the night before we were going to eat it, because I wanted to have something prepared for "craft night." Every Thursday, my mother-in-law and I craft when she gets done with school. We keep going until Kris gets home from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 9 The evening I made these cookies, my husband came home and gravitated to them. The first question he asked me was, "Can I have one of these?" Of course, I said yes. He is one of the big reasons that I cook. It's fun cooking for someone besides yourself. But I was confused that he seemed to like them so much. I could have sworn that he had told me that he didn't like oatmeal-raisin cookies. When I asked him about it, he told me that oatmeal-raisin is one of his favorite kinds of cookie. I was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 6.5 Learning how to cook new foods does either one or two things for me: encourages me to eat WAY too much or completely diminishes my appetite. Unfortunately, this one diminished my appetite. It wasn't the shrimp in the spiced sauce - that was pretty tasty - it was the couscous that was recommended to go with it. I'd never eaten couscous, but my husband had and he was not thrilled about having it again. I only ate the shrimp and little bit of couscous before handing my plate to my husband to finish. In the middle of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
I wish I could tell you, Valerie...but I've never tried piping. I've been too scared. But, from I what I remember, the vanilla frosting will probably hold it's shape, so you can decorate with it.
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2010 on My Cupcake Challenge at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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My mother-in-law and I have been working really hard to stock our Etsy shop, Blacksburg Belle Boutique, and we're constantly adding products. Please take a minute and stop by to see our items ranging from lovely jewelry to handmade balsa wood postcards to romantic garlands. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Rating (1-10): 8.5 Last weekend I spent a few hours making all of the dishes from the "Cook from Your Freezer" article in Everyday Food (March 2010). During the week, it was so nice to just pull something out the freezer, heat it up, and make a side dish to go along with it. I paired the pork chops with the braised leeks as suggested by Everyday Food. It was a lovely combination that my husband I both enjoyed. A simple meal with lots of flavor. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart
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Holy cow. This dinner took me about 5 1/2 hours total to make - and everything but the salad was worth every minute. The menu included: radicchio, goat cheese, and hazelnut salad, beef bourguignon, almond torte with pears and whipped cream. Rating (1-10): 5 I'm only giving the radicchio, goat cheese, and hazelnut salad {I used walnuts which the recipe says you can substitute} a 5, because my husband and mother-in-law like it. My sister-in-law and I made the same squished up face when we tasted it. Too bitter for my liking. I could only muster a few bites before... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2010 at Obsessed with Martha Stewart