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Oct 13, 2012 06:44 PM

Martha Stewart is back

I just came across this listing on the PBS website. She has a new show, 13 half-hour episodes on cooking fundamentals.
It looks like three episodes have aired in the New York Tristate area already – eggs, sauces and vegetables, with the sauces episode scheduled to be aired again tomorrow @4 pm.

Has anyone caught this yet?

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  1. I saw it at 2:30 Saturday in the Boston area, after catching it being promoed a few days ago. I did not know how long it had been on and am glad to know that this was the first weekend. She made stovetop and blender hollandaise, bechamel, beurre blanc, and marinara. With the caveat that I've been cooking for decades, I can't say that I learned anything new except that she said she thinks an all-metal double boiler/bain marie is too hot for hollandaise. She prefers that thw bowl part be glass or ceramic. The show was clear, thorough, and well-presented. One thing that struck me as odd. She finished the marinara, announcing that she wasn't making pasta or pizza with it. No, she had decided that as a change, dinner would be a giant meatball, whereupon she produced a soup plate containing nothing but a baseball-sized meatball, over which she ladled marinara, then took a bite, complete with her trademark exaggerated hand motions with the fork after tasting a morsel.

    I am glad to see her back on TV, since I do not have cable. I much preferred the format of her original syndicated show, Martha Stewart Living, to Martha, the more celebriguest-driven post-incarceration
    incarnation. Though she can rub people the wrong way, there's no denying that she is knowledgeable
    and has excellent taste (with the possible exception of her own wardrobe).

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      1. re: greygarious

        I completely agree, I'm not a fan of live audience cooking shows with celeb guests that are forced to cook or do a craft while they tout their latest project.

        I like her Martha Bakes show.

        1. re: greygarious

          Thanks Grey. I missed it again this weekend. I expected it would be basic techniques but, as you say, she is knowledgeable, and her recipes are pretty reliable. And like you, I preferred her pre-incarceration show. Hallmark was airing episodes of it when she switched over to their network a while back. As for the big meatball – maybe she’s gone low-carb?

          1. re: greygarious

            The woman doesn't even know how to pronounce "blanc" so where did she learn how to make beurre blanc - you can't just follow directions on a page and expect it to come out right. That might explain why what she made was no beurre blanc - it was thin and watery.

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            1. I like it. it's the same format as her Martha Bakes show that she had on Hallmark once a week. Very controlled, very informative, no hokieness and no Joey ;o)

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              1. re: Manassas64

                I liked Martha Bakes, the couple of times I caught it. This kind of format is what she does best.

              2. Ahhh Martha! I'm so glad she is back on TV. My "Martha Stewart Eggnog" countdown for Christmas has already started! Best eggnog recipe in the world! Thank ya Martha!

                1. I caught this for the first time this weekend; it was the show about sauces.

                  I must say I liked it very much. A basic how-to, not a lot of silliness or contrived plot lines ("I've volunteered to feed the library board so I'm making xxx"--looking at you, Ina!).

                  She does like to make sure you know she picked her own asparagus and the eggs are from her own organic free range chickens, but that's Martha

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                  1. re: coney with everything

                    "("I've volunteered to feed the library board so I'm making xxx"--looking at you, Ina!). "

                    Oh, how I wish Ina would ditch all of that nonsense with her friends and husband and neighbors and just cook! The new MS show is very good because that's exactly what she does: cook. I never liked her live audience show so it's refreshing to see her back at what she does best.

                    1. re: ttoommyy

                      I blame FN, it's common on almost all of their cooking shows.

                      1. re: rasputina

                        You are right that many of the FN shows follow that format, but Ina's show has been around longer than many of the current shows and ultimately she does have a say in the matter. So I put the blame on both FN and Ina.

                        1. re: ttoommyy

                          I actually find it sort of charming.

                      2. re: ttoommyy

                        I actually enjoy the "friend" involvement sometimes. I actually really liked Sara Moulton's Cooking Live Primetime because of the interaction with her guests. With Ina, though, it always seems to incredibly over the top contrived. It's painful.

                        1. re: debbiel

                          Sara Moulton Live was the best show ever on Food Network. She is such a professional. Glad she got out before the channel consumed her. I like her current show on PBS.

                          1. re: ttoommyy

                            Oh my. Didn't know she has a PBS show!

                            1. re: ttoommyy

                              Of the Live show was awesome. She had this old Italian grandmother on once and I was sitting on my couch howling. She would follow behind her and remind viewers to "now at home you want to wash you hands after you touch the chicken" and stuff like that.

                              I need to see if that's on youtube. Best episode ever.

                              1. re: ttoommyy

                                Stellar show! Wish something like that was still on FN. Sara was so talented to run that show as well as she did!

                                1. re: Snorkelvik

                                  "Sara was so talented to run that show as well as she did!"

                                  Yes she was; it was amazing. And if she did not finish something or something went wrong, it was great because it showed the viewer that these things happen to even the most seasoned of cooks. She is such a gracious and professional person; I wish all the current TV chefs would take a page out of her book.

                                  1. re: ttoommyy

                                    + 1000. I will never, ever get over the demise of "Cooking Live". I consider that the beginning of the end of worthwhile cooking TV.

                                    1. re: splatgirl

                                      Her new show on PBS is quite good & pretty much in the exact same format as the old original one.

                          2. re: coney with everything

                            Ha! According to Ina's blog, her new season starts in January and she's on the road in California doing wine country and has guests including Tyler Florence (I think she said TF).