The queen of culinary Martha Stewart paid a visit to her home state Thursday night to sign copies of her newest cookbook, Martha Stewart’s Vegetables, at Williams-Sonoma in Short Hills. In the beautiful new book, the New Jersey native teaches us home cooks how to correctly select, store, prepare, and cook from the garden and the market. After meeting over 250 adoring fans, I had a chance to chat with Martha, who was wearing a stunning sweater from Mango (yes, that’s right Mango!). We talked about everything from how moms can get their kids to eat more veggies, to her favorite spot to grab a bite to eat in the Garden State, and what she has planned on the menu for Thanksgiving.
One of the first things I noticed about Martha, was how perfect her skin was. So of course I had to ask her immediately what her beauty secret was. She tells me to “use as many different serums as possible and keep your skin clean.” (ladies take note!) Martha, who was born in Jersey City and raised in Nutley, tells me that she doesn’t have a chance to come home too often, but is always driving through to get to Newark Airport. Whenever she does swing through, she tells me she loves to eat at Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, home of the deep-fried hotdog (as if our girl crush couldn’t get any bigger!).
When she isn’t chowing down on a ripper during her cheat day, Martha tells me she eats mainly vegetables. “I learned all about vegetables growing up here in the Garden State,” she says. Some of her favorites include cauliflower, cabbage, string beans, all kinds of peas, artichokes, and leeks. Just this past Sunday she tells me she made a vegetable soup using 17 different veggies from her garden, which is still producing in late November (talk about goals!).
Her newest book features 150 recipes, many of which are vegetarian, that highlight the flavors and textures from everyday favorites to uncommon varieties. “It introduces young cooks and inexperienced cooks to new vegetables that they may not have tried before,” she says.
Martha reveals to me that she wrote this book because “we should all be thinking about a more plant based diet.” Some of the yummy recipes include Roasted Carrots and Red Quinoa with Miso Dressing, Swiss Chard Lasagna, and Smoky Brussels Sprouts Gratin. Martha’s personal favorites from the book include the Salmon Chowder, and she says the pizzas are delicious.
The television host is passing down her love of veggies to her two adorable grandchildren: 5-year-old Jude and 4-year-old Truman. She says they eat vegetables every day and also enjoy fish. Her advice to moms with picky eaters is to start them early with eating their vegetables, “Never take them off the table, “she says. “And never put anything else on the table, and they will be hungry and they will eat their vegetables.”
At 75, the businesswoman is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. She recently debuted her brand new VH1 show with unlikely friend Snoop Dogg called Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party. The weekly series features the two stars teaming up together to throw a dinner party with celebrity friends like Seth Rogen, Ashley Graham, and Rick Ross. Martha tells me she and Snoop first met back in 2008 when he came on her talk show Martha. They then appeared together during last year’s Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, and after striking up a friendship, decided to do this new show together. Martha says she admires Snoop because “he’s a very fantastic musician, a huge talent, and he’s charming.”
When Martha isn’t busy hosting her new show, or writing her next cookbook (she couldn’t reveal any details yet), she tells me that she likes to horseback ride, cook, garden, and hike at her home in Bedford, New York. She also loves spending time with her family. She tells me they will be traveling up to her home in Maine for Thanksgiving (which she of course will be hosting). The entrepreneur tells me there will likely be only one small turkey on the menu this year because her entire family are vegetarians (one guest isn’t). Instead she will probably be cooking lobster and lots of vegetables (of course!).
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