Don’t you just love this cover on the July/August issue of Martha Stewart Living? It is quite an amazing issue! I know one thing…if I don’t have time to cook anything else in this magazine; I plan to make that corn! I almost bought some the other day but wasn’t sure what else I might need and figured I would have to make another trip to the store anyway so I held off. As it turns out, I’ll need mayonnaise, fresh oregano, (I have a plant), parmesan and salt and pepper which I have all of except for the mayonnaise. We use Miracle Whip. Anyway, the corn looks good doesn’t it!
That’s not all that looks or sounds good and I speak of what is in the “What’s for Dinner, Food and Gathering” section. I looked at those recipes the other day and came to a conclusion. Normally, when I grocery shop I buy familiar items which don’t include tofu or bok choy, kale or even beets on a regular basis. But, when I see a recipe in a magazine, online or in a book that I want to try, I then go out and buy those items that I don’t normally buy. I guess what I’m saying is, thanks to the people who devise these recipes so some of us can try the different food items that we never tried before and therefore have an opportunity to decide if we like them. I’m one of those people who look at tofu and say I don’t like it. And why? Because I’ve heard things about the ‘stuff’ and as a result, I don’t want to try it. How stupid is that? So in this month’s issue there is a recipe called Tofu with Baby Bok Choy and Rice Noodles that looks and sounds inviting. It calls for fresh ginger, scallions, honey, soy sauce, peanut butter and rice-wine vinegar. What’s not to like? I’ve decided this is my chance to experience a trifecta - Tofu, Bok Choy and Rice Noodles, and that’s not all. No cooking involved! All I have to do is boil some water! There is also a Beet Garpacho with Shrimp, and okay I’ll tell you what the other two are. One is an Italian Pressed Sandwich and the other is a Kale and Lentil Bowl with Avocado Dressing. I find them all very enticing, and again, no cooking required!
One page over are 15 kinds of Egg plant. Did you know there were 15 different kinds of egg plant? Neither did I!
And now for a biggie – A pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw, and both recipes are included! The sandwich pictured is quite big and it makes you want to take a bite!
Who wants dessert? How about a Peach Pie Crumble Bar! Even I might make those because I was actually drooling as I read the recipe and looked at the results, okay, stared at the results on the page. They are golden squares, crumbled with gooey looking peaches oozing out here and there. I’m not a sweet eater but I’d eat one of those in a heartbeat! Before you get to the peach crumble bar, you will see the article called “From Martha” about Super Sundaes. Think Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, a real lip smacker for sure and that’s all I’m giving away!
Just one more thing and then you will have to go and get your own copy. For those of you who have never seen Martha’s home in Maine called Skylands, I’m sure you will love seeing the Terrace in the Treetops with all the plants in full bloom. It is quite stunning and if you want to see more of the inside of her home check out Architectural Digest online or you can purchase that particular issue. The inside is also beyond stunning.
Another great article is Island Idyll. Think crabbing and eating crabs and other good stuff. Yum!
Happy summer reading and eating I’m almost sure you too will be making some of these recipes. For those of you who don’t cook, remember there are those four recipes I mentioned that don’t require cooking so no excuses. Have you seen that commercial on TV where this guy finally tastes Almond Milk for the first time and decides he likes it and the animated almond says, “funny how that works!” So I’m going to try some things I think I don’t like but I just might like once I taste them. How about you?