While many of my brethren and sistren are doing January cleanse and clean-up routines, I find myself sinking into a comfort food vibe. It doesn’t seem like smoothie weather to me—I want deep hearty soups, fluffy pancakes and homemade bread. As for the ‘health’ part, I just make sure to eat lots of fruits, vegetables and healthy liquids (no soda) especially lots of water. On Sunday, my son and his girlfriend were over and someone started talking about fried chicken and that was IT! Only problem was that my husband has been preferring gluten-free eating of late, which throws a definite wrench in the works. To my utter surprise the GF fried chicken we made was better than any because of the GF flour, which is super dry. Mixed together with some cornmeal, cayenne and salt—you could not imagine a crispier-on–the -outside, juicier-on-the-inside piece of fried chicken. And, the mashed potatoes, biscuits and collards greens made for a delicious Sunday night supper.
Happy new year 2013! I enter it with a true optimism that new exciting changes are underfoot on many levels. The mad hungry guy gang at my house had the greatest Christmas. Whereas Calder commandeered the Thanksgiving turkey (attempting his own version of my tried and true recipe) to underwhelming results, the same can't be said of Christmas. Our Christmas dinner of choice, a standing rib roast, usually cooked in the oven got taken outside to the Big Green Egg but NOT without a proper mother-son consultation this time. The results were outstanding. Not only did the meat taste amazing, but the robust fire meant that an impromptu side dish was born. The carrot prepped for one dish and the brussel sprouts for another ended up together in a cast iron skillet with chopped bacon and shallots utilizing the last of the outdoor fire. This was the happiest accident ever resulting in a new recipe I will repeat. And, of course, the yorkshire pudding is an addictive necessity every Christmas too. Here's the thing--with all boys now well over 6 feet tall along with their 6'4" popalops--my gratitude for them and the food to feed them for an abundant holiday is the greatest gift of all. So much to come in the new year!
With the holiday season in full-swing, we're sharing our favorite Mad Hungry recipes to help make your holidays easy, merry and bright.
Fizzy drinks and flavorful appetizers (including, the always-favorite cheese balls 3 ways) to serve or bring to a party:
Holiday Cocktail Party
Fuss Free Entertaining
Karaoke Night Party Food
Fuss Free Party
and, what better way to gift than something homemade and delicious? Here's our ideas for the best recipes to gift + eat
Every year Martha Stewart Radio hosts its Thanksgiving Hotline that chefs, food editors, and culinary experts talk turkey and answer your questions live on-air. This year, Everday Food's Editor in Chief and Queen of Pies, Sarah Carey, is joining me in the Sirius Radio Studio from 4-5PM EST Tomorrow (TUESDAY 11/20).
We'll be discussing and sharing our favorite Thanksgiving recipes, stories of Thanksgivings past, giving tips and tricks to get you through the biggest cooking day of the year, and answering your questions! Tune in TOMORROW at 4PM EST for our full hour of all-things Thanksgiving on SiriusXM Channel 110. If you don't have Sirius, you can listen through Sirius' free trial, and if you've got questions, we encourage you to call us at: 866-675-6675.
If that's not enough, Martha Stewart Radio is offering our impressive FREE Thanksgiving Cookbook filled with all of the Hotline's radio hosts' go-to Thanksgiving recipes for all courses,including my Grilled Turkey and Sarah's Cheddar and Sage Biscuits.
Happiest Thanksgiving to all of the Mad Hungry fans out there- I hope to hear from a few of you tomorrow!
Hi Mad Hungry-ers,
As you can see above, I've been doing a little filming; not for the TV Show, but for another cause I'm very passionate about: helping others. I recently shot this video to raise awareness of a fundraiser I'm hosting with the rest of the Martha Stewart Family and I need your help! On Mad Hungry I focus on bringing back the family meal, but there are 50 million Americans that are underserved and have a difficult time putting food on their tables for themselves and their families every day, which is why we're hosting a fundraising initiative with CrowdRise called Martha Stewart’s Thanks for Giving.
Those of you not familiar with CrowdRise, it's a platform to help people and charities raise money for the causes they care about – and for us, we are passionate about food. In helping raise money, Crowdrise also host contests that challenge charities to compete to raise the most money for their cause. In our competition, the charity that raises the most money before Tuesday, November 27th is going to get a $25,000 cash prize from us here at Martha Stewart! The charity in second place, receives $15,000 and third place, $10,000.
As a food editor, author and most importantly, a mom of three, I know how important it is to make things accessible and easy – and CrowdRise does just that. All you have to do is go to our page on CrowdRise.com, find a charity that moves you, and make a donation – amount doesn’t matter, whatever is fitting for you, as every dollar counts!
Check out Martha's and Mad Hungry's Facebook and twitter accounts to find out about our sweepstakes that include great prizes from our Macy’s home goods line and some Mad Hungry swag. Most importantly-- and this what Mad Hungry fans do best-- SPREAD THE WORD! The more people that are in the know, the more donations charities can receive to help others! This is a wonderful initiative program that I'm so excited to be apart of. Help us make this holiday season a little brighter for others by donating to Martha Stewart’s Thanks for Giving.