October 18, 2018

Repairing My Antique Lead Planters

I love urns filled with tropical plants. As many of you know, I have a rather sizable collection of tropical specimens at my Bedford, New York farm. I also have a growing collection of beautiful planters available on QVC - take a look at them by clicking anywhere on this highlighted link.

This season, as the outdoor grounds crew works hard to get all the potted plants indoors before the first true frost, I decided it was also a good time to take stock of all the planting vessels and repair those that had been dented over the years - among them, several of my antique lead planters. Lead garden ornaments are some the earliest ever made. Lead is a soft, very dense and heavy metal, which dents easily. Yesterday, my grounds crew foreman, Chhiring Sherpa, took on the task of fixing these very precious containers.

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October 17, 2018

Preparing My Agaves for Winter Storage

As cooler weather sets in, my outdoor grounds crew rushes to complete our long list of fall gardening tasks around my Bedford, New York farm.

This week, one of our main projects is to prepare all the tropical plants for winter storage, including my giant blue agaves. Agaves are succulent plants with long, thick fleshy leaves. Since they are native to the hot and arid regions of Mexico, the southwestern United States and tropical areas of South America, they are sensitive to the cold and cannot survive outdoors during the harsh Northeastern winters. Before moving them indoors, the crew removes those that are root bound, and carefully transplants them into larger pots.

Here are some photos.

October 16, 2018

USA Today Wine & Food Experience in Las Vegas

Our USA Today Network Wine & Food Experience series continues - click on this highlighted link to see where we will be next.

Last weekend, I appeared at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds, an open-air venue owned and operated by MGM Resorts International on the famous Las Vegas Strip in Winchester, Nevada. I lead a cooking demo and Facebook LIVE to promote my newest book, “Martha Stewart’s Pressure Cooker: 100+ Fabulous New Recipes for the Pressure Cooker, Multicooker, and Instant Pot”, participated in media interviews, and hosted an exclusive and informative discussion with my friend, Nathan Myhrvold, co-founder of Intellectual Ventures and the principal author of Modernist Cuisine and its successor books. We had such a wonderful time talking about the art and science of food. These events are a great way to visit various cities and to see, first hand, how area chefs, mixologists and entrepreneurs are changing the food scene and inspiring others to appreciate local, organic dishes. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed stepping into our Martha Stewart Experience Pavilion, seeing samples from all my retail collections, and joining in on the Martha Stewart Crafts project at the Michaels table. If I didn’t see you there, I hope you join me at the next stop - Chicago, Illinois, on November 17th!

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