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Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home: 52 Quick Meals to Cook for Family and Friends Hardcover – October 13, 2009
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- 4 skin-on bone-in chicken thighs (about 1 1/4 pounds)
- 4 chicken drumsticks (about 1 pound)
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 red onions, peeled and quartered through the stem
- 2 plum tomatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 sprigs thyme
- 3/4 cup Marsala (sweet Italian fortified wine)
- 1 1/4 cups chicken stock, homemade (see page 260) or low-sodium store-bought
- Sage Polenta
Preheat oven to 400 F. Rinse chicken, pat dry with paper towels, and season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, high-sided sauté pan over medium-high. Working in batches, brown chicken on both sides, turning once, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter; tent loosely with parchment paper, then foil, to keep warm. After all chicken is browned, pour off excess fat.
Add onions, tomatoes, and thyme to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Pour in Marsala; cook until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Return chicken to pan and pour in stock; bring to a simmer. Transfer to oven; cook until chicken is cooked through and tender, about 35 minutes. Transfer chicken to a platter, and cover to keep warm.
Skim off excess fat from liquid in pan; simmer liquid over medium-high until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. To serve, divide polenta among shallow bowls and arrange chicken on top; spoon pan sauce over each.
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Top Customer Reviews
For each season, there is a set of meals (52 in all, one for each week).
Spring: Here is an example (and one that I aim to try out in the near future--except for the rhubarb!). Baby lamb chops with lemon strips; asparagus with aioli; Quinoa, pea, and mint salad; vanilla-poached rhubarb. The lamb chops are very simply made. The asparagus dish is also quite doable. I have never used quinoa before, but have seen a number of recipes that use it, so this dish intrigues me (again, looks pretty straightforward to make). The rhubarb? I'll let that go, since I'm not a fan!
Summer: "The markets are overflowing with local fruits and vegetables at their peak, yet the long, sunny days cut short any thoughts of spending hours in the kitchen (Page 73)." One example. Avocado and lemon on toasted rustic bread; Seared tuna in tomato-basil sauce; green beans with lemon butter; Peaches in honey syrup. The tuna dish uses readily available ingredients, so would be pretty easy to make for the home cook.
Fall: As Stewart puts it, a season with plentiful produce lending itself to heartier preparations. The example?Read more ›
Long review: One of the problems in preparing meals is what to make and how to pair things; what goes with what; how do you keep things fresh and not boring. This latest book from Martha and crew pretty much takes care of all those questions. Her dedication page was short, simple, and perfect, "To all homemakers in America, pressed for time yet caring for their families" and that summed up the purpose of this latest Martha offering.
The book is large, has excellent print on quality paper, is beautifully photographed and gives you the details, explanations, and sidebars for each meal along with the preparation schedule. And each and every dish has a close-up, detailed, delicious and accompanying photograph. The menu's are showcased according to season which helps to break down what would be easy to find in the markets at those times. For example, on page 121, there is an exquisite photograph of a fresh, ripe peach in honey syrup; while that would be great to serve anytime, the "summer" menu is perfect for it, while you would be more apt to find, enjoy and impress with blood oranges and pomegranates in winter.
At the same time, these aren't your standard all-American recipes of meatloaf and mashed potatoes. They are a bit beyond the normal fare and are fresh and different; but not so much that they seem foreign.
The ingredients are simple and easy to find; the food not too fussy, and the prep fairly easy even for busy folks with busy schedules. And with 52 menu suggestions, you can pick and choose what makes life easier for you regardless of the season, as well as mixing and matching those recipes your taste buds gravitate towards.Read more ›
If you are a master chef, don't bother..... If you want to have meals the family raves about, without killing yourself in the kitchen, do yourself a favor. Buy this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
these recipes might be ok, if i ever made any of them. the ingredients are too complex for my small kitchen. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kat Facepunch
I am kind of a Martha Stewart Fan and I love adding to my collection by buying her books. . Yes I cook from them and my famly loves it.Published 15 months ago by Countess Yvette