1 This is a fun advertisement launching the Martha Stewart Collection newly designed Enameled Cast Iron Cookware.
2 Here I am standing by my beautiful Color Gear kitchen items from the Martha Stewart Collection at the Macy’s at Millenia Mall in Orlando, FL. I joined Lucinda Scala-Quinn as we judged a chili cook-off with four of Orlando’s finest Fire Stations competing for the ‘Best Chili in Orlando’ title hosted by Macy’s.
3 These retro enameled flour and coffee canisters are also from my collection with Macy’s.
4 This is the chili cook-off set up at the store. Each fire station used my new Enamel Cast Iron Cookware. I love this cookware and use it for everything from soups and stews to casseroles and pot roasts. It's an everyday essential for cooking and entertaining.
5 The print advertisement was the inspiration for this chili cook-off using real firemen! Look at the fashionable new colors for cookware on display: blueberry, buckwheat, and cranberry. Each with an elegant stainless steel handle.
6 Firehouse 12 led by Lieutenant Blaine Spurling and Firehouse 1 led by Engineer Pat Kelly are looking serious about the chili competition.
7 So is Firehouse 11, led by Firefighter Chris McKeon, with their 'Beast of the East Chili'. This chili is actually served at the local restaurant in Orlando, 'McKeons'.
8 Before we started the judging, I shared some of my cooking secrets using the Enamel Cast Iron Cookware. It offers superior heat distribution, resulting in flavorful and delicious food, like chili!
9 We also made chili and skillet cornbread in our new cookware for the audience using a recipe from my new book, Martha's American Food.
10 This cookware is available in a full range of sizes: 3-qt., 6-qt., and 8-qt. A soup for a small family would fit nicely in the 3-quart pot while the 6- and 8-quart sizes are perfect for a hearty roast or chili for a crowd.
11 Lucinda and I are tasting ‘Big House Chili’ from Firehouse 1. The head chef is chef Engineer Pat Kelly
12 Judging was not easy! Each Fire Station had a unique and delicious approach to chili. Lucinda chose the winning team based on the following criteria: taste, consistency, aroma, color, and bite.
13 We learned that Firehouse 3, ‘Rodney’s Chili’ with head chef firefighter Bradley Shanks, took first place in the February Orland Fire Department Chili Cook Off. They even had their trophy on display.
14 Tasting the 'Beast of the East' from Firehouse 11. They were the only team with a female member.
15 It wasn’t easy choosing a winner, but Firehouse 11 came in first with their 'Beast of the East' Chili.
16 Here I am posing with Firefighter Mike McGurk and Engineer Pat Kelly, the chef of ‘Big House Chili’.
17 Posing with Lucinda and all of the entrants
18 After the competition, I signed recipe cards from my new book, Martha’s American Food, available in bookstores on April 24th. We served the Skillet Cornbread and Texas Chili recipes from the book to guests at the cook-off.
19 I loved signing this back issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine a mother brought to give her daughter. It's actually the fourth issue from 1991!
21 This is the Macy’s event team at the Millenia Mall. They did an excellent job organizing the chili cook-off and competition.
22 And here I am posing with the Macy's management team.
23 My dinnerware beautifully displayed.
24 Macy’s Sales Associate, Brad, was very knowledgeable about the Martha Stewart Collection. Here we are posing with my Lily Pad Frog Bath Rug from my latest line at Macy's.
25 Brad in front of the Figural Fruit pitchers and drink dispensers – Perfect for summer entertaining!
26 Posing in front of the Figural Fruit display of Strawberries, Oranges, and Lemons
27 The pitchers were inspired by these antique pitchers that I have at my home in Maine, Skylands.