Up until last week, my kids and the guns going off (apparently from duck season), were the only two things that could get me out of bed at 6 o’clock in the morning on the weekends.
But then I got invited to go meet Martha Stewart. And when you get invited to meet Martha Stewart, you go. You go any which way you can. Morning, night time, a 2-hour car ride, with the flu, bad hair day, big pimple on your nose, through a blizzard, about to give birth…you go.
She was at Macy’s talking about her new cookware line, exclusively with them – I’ve got my eye on that square ladle! – and signing her latest book Martha’s Entertaining, A Year Of Celebrations. I’m telling you, this woman never sleeps.
The book is loaded. And fat. And beautiful, showcasing an entire year of tablescapes, gorgeous scenery, and amazing menus. Ah, to be in Martha’s inner circle. One can dream…
It is not her usual every day food, however. This is more for the ambitious cook, people who entertain large crowds…or somebody who wants an eye-catching item on their coffee table. If you’ve got the cash, it’s worth it. A wonderful addition to her already impressive catalog.
She cooked for us…
…talked, answered questions (confirming that she prefers pie over cake – booya!), and even joked about her “home confinement” days. All this hubbub about Martha Stewart being uptight and unfriendly? Totally untrue. She was warm and charming, and funny! Very real.
I have many pictures like this…
And more like this…
…telling stories and laughing with Everyday Food Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Carey (and hey, pssst, Sarah – if you’re ever looking for a replacement…)
I loved all of it. (Well, except the 4 year old year sitting behind me who was dressed to the nines and wearing lipstick. That was just wrong.)
Braised Chicken with Dates is one of the dishes she made for us (recipe and printable below.) Absolutely delicious! Of course.
And check out some of my other favorite Martha Stewart recipes, in regular rotation over here.
Thank you to Britton at Be Everywhere Media for inviting me, Megan and Macy’s Culinary Council for hosting yet another top notch cooking demo, Krysta from Evil Chef Mom for being the best date, and thank you Martha for humoring us. We’re in awe.
Braised Chicken with Dates
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
• 10 chicken pieces, skin on (I used thighs and legs), about 3 pounds total
• Coarse salt and ground pepper
• 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 large onion, diced small
• 2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
• 3/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
• 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
• 2 cups chicken broth
• 1 cup chopped pitted dates (4 ounces)
• 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
• 2 lemons, halved, for serving
Season chicken with salt and pepper. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Cook chicken, skin side down, until browned and crisp, about 6 minutes. Flip chicken and cook until browned, about 6 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate.
Add onions to pot and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ginger, paprika, and coriander; cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Arrange chicken evenly over onion mixture, add 2 cups chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer, cover, and cook until chicken is cooked through, 40 to 45 minutes.
Transfer chicken to a serving dish and increase heat to high. Boil cooking liquid until reduced by half, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in dates and parsley; season with salt and pepper. Pour sauce over chicken and serve with couscous and lemon halves.
(adapted from Martha Stewart)