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Jennifer Anderson

Name: Jennifer Anderson, Digital Food Editor
Hometown: San Jose, California
What Inspires Me: Talking to chefs, farmers, butchers, winemakers, brewers and other passionate people who make our food.
Dream Kitchen: A big, open space with no dividing wall between the kitchen and the living room, so I can cook and hang out with guests at the same time. Everyone ends up congregating in the kitchen anyway, so this layout would give us all more elbow room!
Best Occupational Perk: Spending every day with creative, talented people.
Biggest Occupational Hazard: We work on holiday stories months in advance, and once or twice I almost forgot to celebrate the actual holiday when it finally rolled around.
Work Uniform: Anything with polka dots.
My Go-To Dish Spanish-style Spaghetti Carbonara. I keep the eggs and Parmesan cheese, but replace pancetta with chorizo and add peas plus a pinch of saffron.
Favorite Living Recipe : Pate with Pomegranate Gelee. It's beautiful, but actually really easy to make. People go ga-ga for it.
Most Un-Martha Trait: I have a special talent for killing tomato plants, herbs and other so-called "easy-to-grow" items.

Cronut-Inspired Dessert Mashups

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Cupcakes are old news. The newest sugary sensation to sweep our fair city is the Cronut—the croissant-doughnut hybrid created by Dominque Ansel at his SoHo bakery last month, in which flaky, butter-impregnated laminated dough is cut into a doughnut shape, deep-fried, rolled in sugar, filled, then glazed. With a limited production of 300 a day [...]

So You Want to be a Mixologist?

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Have you ever dreamed of being the glamorous, smoothly proficient mixologist in command behind the bar of a high-end cocktail den? It takes more than an exquisite moustache and a love of bitters to do this job. I talked to three of the best bartenders in New York City to find out what it took [...]

Forget the Boiled Cabbage. Try some Authentic Irish Cooking for St. Patrick’s Day

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If you’re an enthusiastic observer of Saint Patrick’s Day, the holiday will most likely find you with a pint of Guinness in one hand and a plate of corned beef and cabbage in the other. While corned beef is a beloved American tradition, you’d be hard-pressed to find it in Ireland. Lucky for us, Ireland’s [...]

The Revelation of Chinese Home Cooking

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Fuchsia Dunlop is to Chinese cuisine in the Western world what Julia Child was to French cuisine in America. Born and raised in England, Dunlop was the first Westerner to attend the renowned Sichuan Institute of Higher Cuisine. She’s the award-winning author of three cookbooks, the most recent of which came out this week.   [...]

Chase Away Chills the Swedish Way

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For our January issue, New York cooking instructor Anna Harrington warmed friends with a feast based on her Swedish mother’s recipes. The only exception? Her friend (and cultural attache at the Swedish consulate) Nik Arnegren’s glögg recipe — which headlines “glöggfest,” his most popular party of the year. “Many people shy away from glögg because [...]

Our Favorite Food Discoveries of 2012

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In between photo shoots, recipe testing, and story scouting, our editors have to eat — and they’re always on the lookout for delicious new discoveries. Here, the ingredients, kitchen tools, and restaurants that sparked our obsession this year. photo courtesy of Might & Main “Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland, Maine: They just opened in July, and [...]

Very Merry (and Modern) Port Cocktails

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Jim Meehan’s Third Wheel cocktail 2 oz. Noval Black Port 2 oz. Brewed oolong tea (room temperature) 1 oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon Build over ice in a wine glass Garnish with a mint sprig Since talking Port with Jim, I’ve been emboldened to do plenty of experimenting myself, including substituting it for sweet vermouth in [...]

Shop the Farmers’ Market from Your Desk

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In theory, signing up for a CSA is glorious: your money goes to local farms and you get just-harvested, usually organic, truly ripe produce every week. Then that slightly manic feeling of lettuce overload sets in, and eventually you’re just. tired. of turnips. Launched this week in New York, LA, and San Francisco, new company Farmigo aims [...]

Turntable Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Playlist

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Festive, not cliche. Mellow, not sleepy. Creating the perfect Thanksgiving dinner soundtrack can be tough, so we sought the help of Matthew Hickey, co-founder of Turntable Kitchen – a website dedicated to developing fresh, innovative recipes with hand-selected “musical pairings.” Matthew created a special Thanksgiving playlist just for Martha Stewart readers (click play below). “I wanted the overall [...]

To Brine or Not to Brine?

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“I recommend different things for different times and different cooks. I am not firm about one way because if you are a less experienced cook, brining leaves room for some margin of error, keeping the bird moist if you’re shy about cooking accuracy. That’s why the turkey recipe in my “Mad Hungry” book calls for brining. “My [...]