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A Healthy Jump-Start to the New Year!

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Dr. Jana Klauer recently joined Martha on her show, Mostly Martha, to talk about getting back into shape.
Below are Dr. Klauer's six top tips to help you shed those pesky holiday pounds. A “Get it done!” attitude will serve you well.

1. Clean out your kitchen. Get rid of the gift tins of cookies, chocolates, candies, and cakes. Toss (or give away) anything that will tempt you from reaching your weight-loss goal. This is important!

2. Fill your refrigerator with fresh vegetables, fruits, water, yogurt and low-fat cheeses. These foods are the core of your diet. When you open the door of the refrigerator, the first thing you should see is a large glass bowl filled with beautiful crisp vegetables in ice-water to prevent oxidation. Include carrots, red and green peppers, cauliflower, jicama, and celery and broccoli flowerets. Vegetables are low in calories and are loaded with phytochemicals and anti-oxidants that repair your cells. These should be your new daily snack.

3. Schedule meals four hours apart. It takes your body approximately 4 hours to digest a meal; after that you’re running on empty. Hunger is not your friend so get yourself on schedule. Never skip meals. Breakfast is extremely important. A high protein breakfast is more efficient for weight loss: yogurt and fresh fruit or 2 eggs with a piece of fruit or smoked salmon and melon are my recommendations. Lunch should be a big salad with lean protein (fish, shellfish, chicken, low fat cottage cheese, or tofu are examples). You need to have a snack in the afternoon; I suggest a piece of fruit like an apple, pear or orange with 1 oz. of cheese or a handful of nuts. By including protein with a piece of fruit you will be satisfied until dinner.

4. Drink 2-3 liters of water daily. No soda. Water is essential for every cell to function properly. When you are losing weight, the breakdown products of fat metabolism – ketone bodies – circulate thoughout the body and cause further fat breakdown to slow. The ketone bodies are eliminated through the kidney. You must drink water throughout the day to insure that ketone elimination.

5. Keep your dinner on the light side: a piece of grilled fish or chicken and a salad works great! Eating a large meal later in the day causes triglycerides to rise and have been associated with metabolic syndrome. After dinner, stop eating. Herbal tea in the evening after dinner can be relaxing.

6. Exercise daily for one hour. Our lives have become far too sedentary. If you do not exercise you will become fat and flabby, it’s as simple as that. An aerobic walk is ideal. How about getting a pedometer to count how many steps you are taking? Aim for 10,000 steps daily.

For more information on Dr. Klauer, her services and how to reach her office, go to www.janaklauermd.com

20 Years at the Top: Five Questions for Daniel Boulud

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What does Daniel Boulud, one of the most respected and successful chefs around, eat for breakfast? And what is his new book about? Read on to find out more about this true top chef.

Daniel Boulud's signature restaurant, Daniel, has three Michelin stars and is considered among the world's top tables. Martha has eaten there many times. The excellence extends to his other restaurants in New York City and beyond where diners savor dishes ranging from striped bass "en paupiette" to the famous db burger.

We caught up with him after he was a guest on Martha’s Sirius XM radio show. Read the full interview on Marthastewart.com

Exploring the North Fork

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Hey there, I'm Cait! I'm the other radio intern, and I had my own Martha Day adventures this past Friday.

While I commend Jill for baking a delicious chocolate cake (trust me, she brought me the leftovers), I decided to go a different route to channel Martha. Literally!

Everyone knows how much Martha Stewart loves her East Hampton home on Long Island. It's a beautiful estate with lush gardens and a big porch. The South Shore of Long Island is well-documented as a place where anybody would love to visit for a weekend or the whole summer. I'm from Long Island myself, so I know its charms well. But I also know that LI has a lot more to offer. So I took some of Martha's own advice to try a different route every day--I went north!

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Charlotte Voisey's Cocktails!

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In case you missed it: Anthony Luscia, Special Projects Editor for Weddings at MSLO, had his inaugural radio show last Friday. Going forward, the hour will be all about entertaining, weddings, and special signature cocktails of the week. So it was fitting that his first guest was Charlotte Voisey, award-winning mixologist at William Grant & Sons USA. In addition to providing Anthony with some great tips on how to match a drink with the season and how to create a perfect cocktail menu for his upcoming wedding, Charlotte instructed Anthony on how to make four drinks: the Clover Club, a Bellini, a French 75, and Tiki Time. We were lucky enough to sample the drinks she made in-studio, which were all delicious and delectable. Big thanks to Charlotte and cheers to Anthony's new show!

L to R: Tiki Time, Clover Club, Bellini, French 75

Clover Club
6 fresh raspberries
1 1/2 oz Hendrick's Gin
3/4 oz Lillet Rose
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
Optional egg white
Muddle raspberries, add other ingredients and shake well
Strain into a martini glass
Garnish with fresh raspberries

Bellini
2 oz white peach puree
3oz sparkling wine
Combine ingredients over ice and stir well
Strain into a flute
No garnish

French 75
1 oz Hendrick's Gin
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2oz fresh lemon
3 oz sparkling wine
Combine first three ingredients and shake
Strain into a flute
Top with Sparkling wine
Garnish with a large slice of English Cucumber

Tiki Time
1 1/2 oz Sailor Jerry
3/4  oz Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
3/4 oz or great
3/4 oz fresh lime
Combine ingredients and shake well
Garnish with a lime wheel and freshly grated nutmeg

Enjoy!

Baking my very first cake from scratch

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Hi everyone!

My name is Jill and I am one of the radio interns at Martha Stewart Living this summer.  My fellow intern, Cait, and I had our very own Martha days last week and wanted to share what we did with you.  Enjoy!

On August 2, I had my very own Martha day at home.  I had so many options to do anything related to living.  I could have reorganized a closet.  I could have gone on a hike.  I also could have spent the day weeding in the garden.

Naturally, I chose the most difficult option (for me, anyway):  I baked a cake.

I understand that for most, baking a cake is easy and fun.  You follow a recipe, put your creation in the oven, and you have a deliciously moist treat.  However, my personality inherently makes me an awful baker.  I am incredibly impatient.  The idea of precisely measuring every ingredient that goes into a mixing bowl makes me very, very tense.  I also hate to fail, and if you mix up a teaspoon and a tablespoon while baking, you’re not going to get the result you want.

Since I decided to bake something, I wanted the recipe to be one I would love.  I am a chocolate addict, so I chose to make Martha’s Ultimate Chocolate cake (http://www.marthastewart.com/337711/ultimate-chocolate-cake?czone=food/cake-center/favorite-cake-recipes) and the corresponding frosting (http://www.marthastewart.com/318413/ultimate-chocolate-frosting).  While I wasn’t able to use Valrhona cocoa, I used the best ingredients I could find and was very pleased with the result.

Another note about my cake: the recipe calls for two round cakes with a layer of the ultimate chocolate frosting in between.  I didn’t have two round cake pans of the same size in the kitchen, so I made a single sheet cake.  The recipe works just as well, but you will most likely have leftover frosting.  I saved mine by putting it in the freezer.

I have included a photo gallery that shows each step of the cake-making process.  Hopefully your cake will be just as delicious and wonderful as mine.  Happy baking!