Inside these pages, Martha shares all her best good things—the original life hacks for the home—to make your life easier, more fun, more delicious, and more efficient.
These practical tricks cover all areas of Martha’s domestic expertise, including decorating, organizing, home-keeping, cooking, entertaining, and celebrating. From clever ways to solve common problems (use file folder dividers to organize cutting boards and sheet pans in your cabinets) to time-saving tricks (keep a pail stocked with cleaning supplies for easy access and portability to stress reducers (colour-code kids’ bathroom gear to make mornings less hectic), every one of these ideas will make you wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?”
Also included are ways to use what you have (a Parmesan cheese rind will add great flavour to soup), streamline your stuff (use certain kitchen tools for many different purposes), or just make life a little more luxurious (add elegance to your table with DIY place cards).
Whether functional, delightful, or a little bit of both, these are the details that enliven and inspire every day—that’s a good thing!
Rimmed baking sheets are ideal for making weeknight meals with minimal fuss and cleanup. A standard 13-by-18-inch aluminum “half sheet” is roomy enough and gets piping hot fast, while the low rim speeds up browning.
- BUILD A SOLID BASE: Roots and tubers (beets, parsnips, carrots, potatoes), crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cabbage), winter squashes, and sturdy greens (kale, chard, collards) are all tailor-made for this technique, which will leave them tender and caramelized. Cut vegetables into uniform pieces for even cooking.
- LAYER IN PROTEIN: Fish fillets, chicken breasts and thighs, pork chops, and sausages are your best bets. Chickpeas and other beans or sliced tofu (the firm or extra-firm variety works best) are vegetarian options.
- FINISH WITH TOPPINGS: Fresh herbs, capers or olives, citrus zest and juice, grated cheese, seasoned breadcrumbs, pesto, and/or a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt will all boost flavour and eye appeal.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.