December 8, 2016

Making Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup on Facebook

What is your favorite go-to comfort food on a cold and snowy day?

I hope you caught this week’s Facebook LIVE when I made two very popular cold weather comfort foods - grilled cheese and tomato soup! According to historians, the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became readily available. The similar French croque monsieur is a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich, which originated in European cafés and bars as a quick snack. Both are so delicious and both can take on so many variations - I shared several grilled cheese ideas during our broadcast.

I hosted our Facebook LIVE from our Martha Stewart Living Kitchen made exclusively at The Home Depot. I love our entire kitchen collection - it includes everything you need to create the perfect cooking space in your home. If you missed this Facebook LIVE, you can still watch it by clicking on this highlighted link! Enjoy these photos, and please share with me some of your favorite ways to enjoy grilled cheese.

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December 7, 2016

Wrapping My Outdoor Urns with Burlap

Our great "burlapping" project continues at the farm.

As many of you know, I've been covering shrubs and hedges with burlap for many years to protect the branches from splaying and even breaking from the weight of snow and ice. Every season, our wrapping methods become easier and more streamlined, giving me peace of mind during the cold weather months.

I feel it is equally important to protect my outdoor garden ornaments from the harsh winter elements. A winter freeze, alternating with thaws, could crack or crumble any kind of stone, or cement, especially if it is antique. During this time, all my outdoor containers, planters, and birdbaths, are drained, and covered in the same burlap used for my live specimens. Here are some photos of this process.

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December 6, 2016

Wrapping My Boxwood Hedges with Burlap

Here at my Bedford, New York farm, the outdoor grounds crew is busy "burlapping".

One of the first signs winter is just around the corner is the sight of burlap being wrapped around various shrubs and hedges. Burlap covers protect the tender branches from splaying and breaking from the weight of snow, while shielding the foliage from freezing windburn. It is a practice I've followed for many years, and I think it also provides a cozy and pretty look to the winter landscape. This season, we've been very fortunate - milder autumn temperatures allowed us to get a good start on this great "burlapping" project. Yesterday, however, we woke up to a coating of snow, so winter is fast approaching.

Here are some photos.

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