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. 

October 18, 2017

The Hudson River Park Friends Gala 2017

Nearly one-thousand dedicated supporters gathered together to celebrate the continued growth and revitalization of New York City’s Hudson River Park.

Last week, I attended the 19th annual Hudson River Park Friends Gala held at Chelsea Piers. The Hudson River Park is considered the largest open space project in Manhattan since Central Park. At four miles long, it is the longest waterfront park in the country and attracts millions of visitors each year. I am very proud to be on the Board of Hudson River Park Friends - an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to the completion, care, and enhancement of the space, and the designated fundraising partner of the Hudson River Park Trust.

If you’re ever in the New York City area, I hope you will stop to visit the Hudson River Park - you will see why it is so special. Here are some photos - enjoy.