June 18, 2010
Dear Martha: I'd like to hang an antique print in my bathroom. Is there a way to safeguard it against moisture damage? A: With fluctuations in humidity and temperature, a bathroom is no place for your finest art. Moisture causes paper to swell, which can lead to buckling or wrinkling. It also increases the risk of mold and foxing, a term for spots caused by a type of chemical degradation. If the print is rare or of sentimental value, forgo the bathroom and hang it in a stable environment, such as a hallway or a powder room.
June 11, 2010
to burn off any food. Then turn off the heat and immediately scrub the grates again. Check drip pans. Empty and clean the large one that catches food monthly if you grill often (wear rubber gloves and wash with a scrubbing sponge and dishwashing liquid). The smaller, disposable one below it catches grease. Replace it with a new aluminum pan when it is half full. Just before grilling season, do a more thorough cleaning. Turn the burners on high, close the lid and let the grill run for 20 to 40 minutes, depending on how dirty it is. Turn the burners off when the residue has burned down to a white-gray ash that can be brushed away easily.
June 4, 2010
IT USED TO be that almost every house, whether in the suburbs or the country, had a patch of grass large enough for a family to put up a net and play a game of badminton. I have included information on croquet and badminton here; further information on horseshoes and bocce can be found at horseshoepitching.com and www.bocce.com . One can be a gentle amateur or an aggressive, competitive player at any of these sports. All that really matters is that one gets outside and enjoys nature and friendship at its best.
May 28, 2010
Dear Martha: When should I use a blender, and when is a food processor better? A: In general, a blender is for tackling liquids and a food processor is the go-to gadget for solid foods. Given the processor's different attachments - the S-curve blade is the basic one - the appliance can slice and grate vegetables, cut butter into pastry dough and chop nuts. It's great for whipping up hummus and pesto, and the shallow bowl makes scooping easy. Although you can puree with a food processor, the blade cuts through the mixture instead of blending it, so the result sometimes falls short of the desired silky texture.
May 21, 2010
MANY conventional cleaning products don't just remove dirt. They also leave behind chemicals that can be dangerous to breathe or touch, and which can contaminate soil and water once washed down the drain. For a less-toxic alternative, take an old-fashioned approach to cleaning: Use gentle soaps and basic kitchen staples, such as baking soda and white vinegar. You'll have a fresh, clean house - and save money while you're at it. DIY cleaners Consider your idea of what "clean" means.
May 14, 2010
Dear Martha: My daughter doesn't eat meat. What should she include in her diet to ensure she gets enough iron? A: Iron plays a key role in transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and helps keep the immune system in working order. The recommended dietary allowance for 19- to 50-year-old women is 18 milligrams. This daily intake is especially important because iron is lost during menstruation. There are plenty of iron-rich foods outside the animal kingdom, and a well-planned vegetarian diet can provide an ample amount.
November 20, 2009 |
Martha Stewart, clearly superior A Martha Stewart-Rachael Ray mud wrestle? Yes, please! Martha started it, oh, she did. Last night on ABC's Nightline, she smacked Rachael's skillet skills. She told host Cynthia McFadden that the pert, feisty, spunky, perky Rachael shtick's "not good enough for me. . . . She's more of an entertainer . . . with her bubbly personality, than she is a teacher, like me. " Downtrodden Rachael kept her composure while (we're sure) grinding her molars to powder.
August 30, 2009
Can't compare Stewart to Vick Re: "Vick's second chance isn't up to Stewart standard," Thursday: George Curry's attempt to compare Martha Stewart to Michael Vick is misguided. Stewart's crime was essentially victimless, a momentary lapse in judgment that caused no physical harm to anyone else (and only minimal damage as it relates to the financial markets). Michael Vick is a murderer. He admitted to electrocuting, beating, drowning, hanging, and shooting dogs after they didn't perform to his standards in a bloody cage fight.
January 23, 2009
Dear Martha: I'd like to buy a food processor to make piecrust. Which size should I buy? A: A medium-size food processor with a 7-cup capacity should be sufficient for most home-cooking needs. The trick to making great piecrust is to work in small batches, using no more than 2 1/2 cups of flour per recipe, so a larger processor won't really help you. Also, be sure to use icy-cold ingredients; I even chill the flour. Remember: Make it cold; bake it hot. A: The best way to clean and freshen your wooden blinds is to remove them from the windows and clean the slats individually.
April 20, 2007 |
Craft has been stealthily nudging its way into fine art since the dawn of surrealism, if not earlier, but the last decade's proliferation of silhouetting, crocheting, needlepointing, quilting and furniture-making techniques may represent the most visible alteration of art since installation. Think of any offbeat craft (those are all that remain, by the way), and it is probably already in the process of being subsumed by a young, ambitious contemporary artist, if not Martha Stewart. The current explosion of craft-referential art boasts almost as many male as female practitioners, too, making it a more mainstream phenomenon than the 1970s feminist one of Judy Chicago, Ree Morton and others.