The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook

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Since Martha Stewart Living Magazine's debut more than a decade ago, readers have come to look to its holiday issues for the best seasonal entertaining and menu ideas. Each issue of Living has included Martha's favorite recipes, as well as the staff's. For the first time, more than six hundred of these holiday dishes are collected in one volume: The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook.

Throughout the ten chapters of recipes, every element of holiday entertaining—from hors ...

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Since Martha Stewart Living Magazine's debut more than a decade ago, readers have come to look to its holiday issues for the best seasonal entertaining and menu ideas. Each issue of Living has included Martha's favorite recipes, as well as the staff's. For the first time, more than six hundred of these holiday dishes are collected in one volume: The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook.

Throughout the ten chapters of recipes, every element of holiday entertaining—from hors d'oedvres and cocktails through main courses and desserts—is covered. Whether you're searching for an eggnog to sip on Christmas Eve, planning to serve a traditional roast goose for Christmas dinner, or putting together a festive brunch for overnight guests, The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook offers a comprehensive array of classics and new favorites to choose from. Guiding you are how-to photographs and illustrations, along with sixty-four pages of beautiful color photographs that will inspire even novices to get into the kitchen and start cooking. The book is filled with tips and techniques, and it also includes a special menu section to help you create the perfect meal.

This collection of recipes—ranging from simple to extravagant—makes an indispensable cookbook, not just for Christmas Day, but for the entire holiday season.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641591822
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.41 (d)

Meet the Author

MARTHA STEWART LIVING Magazine was first published in 1990. Over the years, more than two dozen books have been published by the magazine's editors.

MARTHA STEWART is the author of fourteen best-selling original books on food, entertaining, gardening, and home restoration. She is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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Serves 8 to 10

1 whole salmon (6 to 8 pounds), scaled and cleans, head and tail on Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
6 sprigs rosemary
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 1/4 cups clam juice Pinch of ground allspice Pinch of ground cloves Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot or 2 tablespoons cornstarch Sautéed Leeks and Potatoes (page 261)
10 lady apples, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Rinse salmon well. Using a sharp knife, trim 2 inches of flesh from each side of the fish belly; discard. Cut crisscross marks 2 1/2 inches apart on both sides of the salmon, deep enough to go through the skin.

2. Season salmon liberally inside and out with salt and pepper, and fill cavity with rosemary sprigs. Transfer salmon to a 16 1/2-by 12-inch roasting pan, standing it up on its belly and curving it to fit in the pan. Place pan in oven.

3. Heat sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring it several times, until melted and golden, about 5 minutes. Stir in vinegar and ginger; cook until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Add clam juice and spices, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer a few minutes. Combine arrowroot or cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl; mix to dissolve. Stir into glaze. Cook, stirring constantly, until the glaze is thick and syrupy, about 1 minute.

4. When the salmon begins to brown (after 20 to 25 minutes), reduce oven temperature to 375°F. Brush salmon liberally on all sides with glaze. Continue brushing every 5 minutes until fish is cooked through; salmn should feel firm when touched at its thickest point. Total cooking time should be about 35 to 45 minutes.

5. Remove salmon from oven; let rest 5 minutes. Arrange potatoes and leeks on a serving platter. Using 2 spatulas, place salmon on top of vegetables. Garnish platter with lady apples.



Serves 8

2 pounds (about 6) Yukon Gold potatoes
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 leeks, white and pale-green parts only, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds and washed well Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until just tender when pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, and set aside to cool.

2. Melt butter in a large sauté pan over low heat. Add leeks; cook, partially covered, until soft and translucent, about 20 minutes.

3. Slice potatoes into 1/3-inch rounds, and add to leeks. Season with salt and pepper; cook, covered, until potatoes are heated through, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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First Chapter

coq au vin
serves 6

Serve this stew over rice or barley.

6 large garlic cloves, smashed
4 whole black peppercorns
2 sprigs thyme, plus more for garnish
1 fresh bay leaf
7 sprigs flat-leaf parsley, stems and leaves separated
2 whole skinless and boneless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces pearl onions, peeled
12 ounces white button mushrooms, halved or quartered
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons Cognac
1 cup dry red wine
3 1/4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade (page 179), or low-sodium canned chicken broth
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon cornstarch

1. Make a bouquet garni: Using a small piece of cheesecloth, wrap 3 garlic cloves, the peppercorns, thyme, bay leaf, and parsley stems; tie in a bundle with kitchen twine. Set aside.

2. Cut chicken into strips about 2 inches long and 3/4 inches wide; set aside. In a large, deep skillet or a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and remaining 3 garlic cloves; cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook until golden, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a dish.

3. Add butter and remaining tablespoon oil to skillet. Season chicken strips with salt and pepper. Working in two batches, cook chicken until browned, about 1 minute per side. Return chicken to skillet. Add Cognac and wine; deglaze pan, stirring with a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Stir in chicken stock and tomato paste. Add bouquet garni. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, covered,15 minutes. Add reserved mushrooms, onions, and garlic; cook 5 minutes more.

4. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken and vegetables to a bowl. Discard bouquet garni. Over high heat, reduce stock by half, about 12 minutes. In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in 1 tablespoon water. Pour mixture into stock, and stir until incorporated. Cook 2 minutes. Return chicken and vegetables to pot, and cook over medium-low heat until warmed through. Chop parsley leaves, and stir into chicken mixture. Serve stew immediately, garnished with thyme.

Deglazing a pan is a technique using a liquid such as wine or stock to loosen the browned, caramelized bits of food or fat that remain in the pan after cooking. Once a pan has been deglazed, the remaining liquid can be used as a sauce to accompany the food you have cooked. To deglaze a pan, add wine, such as a Madeira, or homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock, skimmed of any fat. Stir with a wooden spoon until the liquid reduces and is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon.

Copyright© 2003 by editors of Martha Stewart Living
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2004

    great holiday ideas for yummy food

    I was very happy with this book, the red velvet cake was the best i have ever had a easy to make

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