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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Martha –

 

Martha Stewart is home from her jail stint stemming from the bogus insider trading/lying to prosecutor charges. She opened her blog up to questions. First question

“Kathyrn_NYC: Can you tell us about the poncho you wore when you flew home Thursday night [March 3, 2005]?”

“Martha: A friend at Alderson made it for me. It is soft and thick and made from Lion Brand Yarn [www.lionbrand.com]. The yarn company has posted the free poncho pattern on their website. It looked very chic and everyone was surprised at how graceful it appeared. I was grateful to have something soft and warm to wear.”

Here is the now appropriately named “Crochet ‘Coming Home’ Poncho.” But I do not knit. So what can a lowly free market Martha fan do in support.

I baked some delectable treats from page 511 of my favorite cookbook, the “The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook.” (delectable is Martha’s favorite adjective)

Classic Oatmeal Cookies -

3 cups of rolled oats; 1 cup + 2 teaspoons of flour; 1 teaspoon of baking soda; and 1 tea spoon of baking powder. Mix together in first bowl.

Separate bowl - mix 2 sticks of warm butter (unsalted),1 cup of reg sugar and 1 cup of light brown sugar. Whip till light. I did it by hand but she calls for a mixer. I live in Manhattan and thus do not have room for a mixer but the cookies came out great anyway.

Mix 2 eggs and a teaspoon of vanilla extract and put into butter mix. Mix again until consistent.

Put the oat mix (bowl one) into the butter mix (bowl two) and incorporate. Add some flavor: dried cranberries, chocolate, or raisins. I use chocolate covered cranberries. Mix again and make 36-40 small cookies. Big table spoon should work. Bake at 350 on parchment paper for about 15 minutes until light brown on top. (You can also do 15 large cookies for 20 minutes with the same amount of batter).

I added cinnamon and left out the wheat germ for my own tastes.

There you have it - Martha has officially done more for me than the government. I know have some kick ass cookies. Glad they feds used the tax money wisely to put a professional homemaker in jail rather than opening up any useful investigations into murderers or serial killers.

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