October 21, 2017

A Visit to Longwood Gardens

I'll be back in West Chester, Pennsylvania, this weekend, at the QVC headquarters and studios, to share more of my new gourmet food collection. Be sure to tune-in tomorrow, October 22nd, between noon and 4:30pm ET, when I talk about my delicious pigs in a blanket hors d’oeuvres and my mouthwatering prime rib! I will post reminders on my Twitter page @MarthaStewart.

While I was at QVC earlier this week, I had the opportunity to visit the exquisite Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Longwood Gardens has a rich and varied history. For thousands of years, the native Lenni Lenape tribe fished its streams, hunted its forests, and planted its fields. In 1700, Quaker farmer, George Peirce, purchased 400-acres of the English-claimed land and began developing the property. His decedents eventually created an arboretum of some of the finest trees in the nation. Unfortunately, as years passed, heirs lost interest and the land suffered decades of neglect until 1906, when it was obtained by Pierre du Pont - entrepreneur, businessman, philanthropist and member of the prominent du Pont family. Pierre's passion and vision created the groundwork for what is now Longwood Gardens - home to many spectacular botanical collections spread across 1,083-acres - all wonderfully maintained by a staff of 1,300 employees, students and volunteers.

If you are in the area through November 19th, stop by and visit the Chrysanthemum Festival, where you’ll see thousands of colorful mums planted in orbs, spirals, and pagodas - you’ll love it. Here are photos from my recent visit to Longwood Gardens - enjoy.

October 20, 2017

Happy Sweet 16 to Dylan's Candy Bar

Happy Sweet 16 to Dylan’s Candy Bar!

This week, the world’s largest candy shop, founded by Dylan Lauren, celebrated its milestone birthday with the unveiling of more than 20 one-of-a-kind candy mosaics crafted by various celebrities and artists. The pieces were revealed during the “Sweet 16” party at Dylan’s flagship store in New York City. I was thrilled to participate! We were all asked to create mosaics using nothing but candy - just Jelly Beans, Gummy Bears, M&Ms and other tasty bonbons. These mosaics are being auctioned off with all proceeds from the sales going to various charities - mine is The Martha Stewart Center For Living at Mount Sinai. The auction runs now through November 10th, and you can bid on your favorite at dylanscandybar.com/sweet16 or Charitybuzz.com.

Here are some photos of my candy mosaic, how it was made, and some of the others on display at Dylan’s Candy Bar - enjoy.

October 19, 2017

Preserving Summer's Last Bounty of Tomatoes

How do you preserve the great taste of ripe summer homegrown tomatoes? 

Earlier this week, my housekeepers, Enma and Sanu, picked the last of the season's cherry tomatoes. We had trays and trays of colorful and delicious fruits! I decided to roast them and store them in airtight containers in the freezer - it's an easy way to preserve warm-weather produce, so it can be enjoyed year-round. And preparing cherry tomatoes for roasting is so easy to do - just clean them, drizzle them with olive oil, add salt, pepper, and my "secret" ingredient, and then let them cook in the oven at low heat for several hours. 

Enjoy these photos of the process. Be sure to scroll through every image, so you don't miss my helpful tip for using Pyrex bowls and the delicious turkey sandwiches I made using my QVC boneless turkey breast. If you didn't order my special holiday meal, just click on the highlighted link to the QVC web site.