June 4, 2016
A Busy Week on Facebook LIVE
If you’re looking for something fun to bake for your family and friends this weekend, rhubarb is in season, so why not make a strawberry rhubarb pie?
I made one with actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson earlier this week during one of my two Facebook LIVE chats. Jesse is best known for his role on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. Currently, he is also performing in the Broadway play "Fully Committed". I hosted the Facebook chat from the Martha Stewart Living "Turkey Hill Kitchen" at my New York City office. It was so much fun baking with Jesse and answering all your questions - if you missed it, click here.
Remember, there are lots of great baking tips and ideas on my PBS show, “Martha Bakes” - on today's show, I’m making a delicious pizza, so be sure to check local listings and tune-in.
If you’re planning to do chores this weekend, such as washing the laundry or ironing next week’s work clothes, and didn’t catch my other Facebook LIVE chat on ironing, you can still watch it - just click here. Enjoy these photos.
1 Ironing is very easy - I have been ironing since I was a little girl. When ironing a shirt, always start with the inside of the cuffs and sleeves.
2 My new Rowenta iron is excellent. It is a "Steamforce" with 400-holes and a pump injection technology that pushes 30-percent more steam into the fabrics for perfect ironing results.
3 I have used many different Rowenta irons over the years, and have always been very pleased with their performance. The irons have a great shape and a nice tip for reaching narrow areas.
4 If a shirt doesn't open the entire way, after ironing each side, iron the front and back together by laying it completely flat and steaming out the wrinkles with the iron.
5 If it is a new shirt, always launder it first before ironing and steaming. I like to use a combination of steam and spray only on cotton shirts - be sure to follow the instructions on the tag.
6 We shot this Facebook LIVE ironing show from our Starrett Lehigh offices in New York.
7 Video web producer, Sam Schutz, captures all the details right on this iPhone. Thank you, Facebook, for making this broadcasting process so easy and fun to do.
8 Marci Greenfield is always nearby during my Facebook LIVE appearances. She is our director of content marketing, and handles a lot of our social media details during these chats, including monitoring the comments that come through and all the questions that I answer during the show.
9 One of our viewers asked if I use scented water - I prefer to use all unscented products and plain water for ironing. To moisten a shirt, I fold it and then spray it so it is semi-damp, and then roll it up in a towel so it becomes equally damp.
10 Unroll the damp shirt, and then starting with the sleeve, iron it flat - the moisture really helps to flatten all the wrinkles and creases.
11 I also like to iron on a towel to add more padding - it makes a big difference.
16 Our special projects producer, Judy Morris, takes photos with her smart phone. Everyone enjoys contributing photos to my blog.
19 The lattice top was made by weaving strips of dough across the pie and pinching the ends to the edge of the pie plate with a spoon. It is topped with an egg wash, which can be made from just an egg, egg and water, egg and cream, yolk and water, yolk and cream, or egg white and water depending on the type of crust desired.