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Monita Buchwald

Name: Monita Buchwald, Recipe Tester
Earliest Food Memory: Tuna and egg sandwiches that my mother made for me.
Favorite Ingredient: Any herb. ­It boosts the flavor of whatever you’re making.
Go-To Dish: Roast chicken. Just rub down chicken quarters with salt, pepper, paprika, and olive oil, place them on a bed of sliced onions, and roast uncovered for an hour at 350 degrees.
Biggest Kitchen Disaster: I dropped a pine nut-honey tart as I was taking it out of the oven. Luckily it landed on parchment paper so at least we were still able to taste it!
Secret Kitchen Trick: Being super organized.
Biggest Occupational Hazard: Getting burned when taking things out of
the oven.
Technique that still eludes me: French macaroons

Recipe Tester’s Favorites

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As the recipe tester for Martha Stewart Living I get to taste nearly every dish that appears in our magazine. Of course I think all our recipes are flavorful, interesting, and special but there are some that I love and cook at home all the time.  Now that summer’s in full swing, I’m making lots [...]

Gearing Up for Grilling Season

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  It’s almost Memorial Day weekend and we’re all getting excited to grill.  Now is a good time to check out your grilling equipment to make sure that you have what you need for  frustration-free cooking and delicious results. Here are a few of our favorite tools and tips to ensure the perfect burger, frank, [...]