Monday, December 16, 2013

Martha Stewart and Macy's - The Perfect Pairing for Holiday Brunch Tips

Miami sure loves Martha Stewart and that was pretty easy to see on Saturday, December 7th, when her fans packed the house at the Macy's Men's & Home Store in Aventura Mall to watch her prepare several of her favorite holiday brunch dishes.

Martha Stewart with Thomas Joseph

The popular American businesswoman and household name, along with Thomas Joseph, Director of Development at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO), used products from the Macy's Martha Stewart Collection in a culinary demonstration showcasing dishes featured in her December issue of Martha Stewart Living. The crowd was welcomed with a refreshing Mulled Blood-Orange Punch, made with blood-oranges and berries infused with zesty flavors. As she worked, she shared tips she learned from her Chinese housekeeper, such as how adding an orange peel in the blender took green tea to new heights. That's definitely one I want to try.

Mulled Blood-Orange Punch

Creamed Spinach with Poached
Eggs and Brioche Croutons
Cake Stands  Holding Delectable
Martha then went on to prepare one of my favorites of the afternoon: the Creamed Spinach with Poached Eggs and Brioche Croutons. It was decadent and rich with a variety of textures in each bite. She talked about how she enjoyed hosting crepe parties when she was a child and always liked to give "height" to her buffet, thus stacking everything on pedestals. She created a beautiful presentation of Buckwheat Crepes with Mushroom Filling, and we got to sample our very own.

Quick and Easy and Yet So Impressive

Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds
Lemon-Meringue Cookies
Other dishes prepared by the duo were Citrus Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Lemon-Meringue Cookies. The Citrus Salad was artfully put together and Martha explained her trick to cutting a pomegranate without bruising the seeds. Basically, she cut the fruit into quarters with a knife, then pulled it apart. This is where the fun part came in. She "whacked" the pomegranate, allowing all the seeds to fall out. Martha's humor took over here when she emphasized that she was "whacking" not "twerking" the pomegranate. (Can't you just get a visual?) She learned this technique from an Indian friend, and found that not only was it the perfect way to de-seed the fruit, but also an excellent way to release any bottled-up aggression. Funny, Martha.

The room was packed with fans
Everyone laughed and had a great time interacting with Martha Stewart and sampling her brunch favorites. Those who purchased $50 worth of Martha Stewart products received a copy of her newest book, Martha Stewart Cakes and a $10 Macy's Gift Card. They also got the opportunity to take a picture with her and have her autograph their book.

This is one brunch table I want to raid

Sounds like something you'd like to attend? Well, Macy's hosts these culinary demonstrations all the time, so be sure to keep on the lookout for the next one.

I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy's Culinary Council. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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