April 22, 2017

Dale Chihuly Art Exhibition at The New York Botanical Garden

A striking garden exhibition of light and color is now on display at The New York Botanical Garden.

Set within NYBG’s meandering landscape and the historic Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, this extraordinary show features more than 20 glass installations by world-renowned Seattle-based artist and entrepreneur, Dale Chihuly. The exhibit, entitled “Chihuly”, includes new pieces as well as some earlier works, offering visitors a glimpse of his artistic development through the years. I previewed the exhibit earlier this week, and it is simply breathtaking - both day and night. The NYBG worked tirelessly to ensure Chihuly’s sculptures shimmered perfectly with the surrounding plant life. The Garden even replanted certain areas in order to best complement Chihuly’s stunning creations.

I strongly encourage you and your family to stop by for a visit if you're in the New York City area. “Chihuly” starts today and runs through October 29th. Enjoy my photos.

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April 21, 2017

Celebrating the New Season of "Cooking School" on Facebook

I am so excited - the fifth season of my television series, "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" premieres this weekend on PBS!

This show teaches the basics of cooking while offering a huge variety of recipes, techniques, and my favorite kitchen tips and tricks. This season is even more special because it features the wonderful foods of the Arabian Gulf. I'll share coastal favorites such as calamari with vermicelli, lemon and herbs, and fish with tamarind sauce. I'll make a variety of kababs for all your summer entertaining, such as pomegranate skirt steak kebabs, lamb kebabs with yogurt-mint sauce, and beef, mushroom, and millet kebabs. And, I'll show you how to make some of the most delectable sweets from the Gulf, such as beehive buns, semolina coconut cake, sesame caramels, and brûléed saffron custards.

I hope you caught yesterday's Facebook LIVE, when I shared my twist on two delicious dishes from the show - a savory flatbread and a spicy herb-packed fava bean dip. If you missed it, just click on this highlighted link to our Facebook page.

And please tune-in to "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" - you will love every show! A big thanks to this season's sponsors - Al Jazeera and Qatar Airways. Enjoy these photos.

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April 20, 2017

Planting Tree Peonies from Cricket Hill Garden

I simply adore tree peonies and have been collecting them for quite some time. As many of you know, I have a long tree peony border planted in a semi-shade of giant maples near my Summer House. Many of the specimens were transplanted from my Turkey Hill garden in Westport, Connecticut and continue to thrive here at my Bedford, New York farm.

Recently, I visited Cricket Hill Garden in Thomaston, Connecticut, where the Furman Family specializes in Chinese tree peonies, Paeonia suffruticosa - propagating cultivars, which are outstanding in hardiness, vigor, color, form and fragrance. I have known owner, Kasha Furman, for many years - in fact, she has been featured on my television show, and many of her tips are on my web site at marthastewart.com. I purchased several tree peonies from Cricket Hill to add to my collection. I am so excited to see how they grow.

Here are some photos - enjoy.

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