Lynn Andriani

Lynn is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com.
Leaving out a plate of cookies and a glass of milk for Santa on Christmas Eve is a much-loved and delicious tradition. It's also a great reminder of the pure joy cookies can bring.  Although we don't know exactly what Santa loves, we do know this: The treats you put out for him should be three- or four-bite cookies. Anything giant-sized would slow him down (he's got work to do, after all). Your treats shouldn't be too sticky, either, lest he leave fingerprints behind on the gifts. Last but not least, you shouldn't prepare anything that requires refrigeration, as the treats could sit out for a few hours before his arrival. Our collection gathers the best cookies—favorites old and new—to share with Father Christmas this year.
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From chili and chicken cutlets to spaghetti and meatballs and sheet-pan salmon, consider this your ultimate guide to making a fast weeknight dinner.
Giving your Thanksgiving bird a bath in salt water isn't complicated—simply follow our step-by-step guide, which also includes the ingredients and tools you need to get this pre-roast task done.
Consider these traditional and unorthodox recipes for the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving dinner.
Get out your measuring cups, mixing bowls, cookie cutters, and baking trays, because you'll want to make all of these Christmas cookies—they're Martha's favorites! These beloved recipes are both traditional and surprising. Of course, at the top of Martha's list are sugar cookies; her buttery recipe is the standard for these classics. Once you've made the dough, you can cut it into any shape you wish, like partridges-in-a-pear-trees, snowmen, reindeer, and Santas. Martha's go-to for decorating is royal icing, which goes on smoothly and then dries wherever you place it, ensuring your cookies will look fantastic (and taste delicious, too). Of course, our founder doesn't stop at sugar cookies: Her holiday baking adventures include gingerbread cookies, sandwich cookies, icebox cookies, and more—she has a trove of time-honored recipes that she turns to every year. And once you try her favorite cookies, you'll be making these recipes every Christmas, too.
We love a steak seasoned with simply salt and pepper, but sometimes a little creativity is welcome. That's why we're sharing this collection of dinner ideas with steak that feature a variety of cooking techniques, marinades, sauces, and compound butters. 
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Our sweet and savory loaf recipes make great snacks, treats, breakfast breads, and more.
From tried-and-true options like a wedge salad and garlic bread to less expected (but equally perfect) pairings like corn and avocado salad or Brussels sprouts with dill butter, these our all-time favorite sides to enjoy alongside a juicy steak.
We love a steak seasoned with simply salt and pepper, but sometimes a little creativity is welcome. That's why we're sharing this collection of dinner ideas with steak that feature a variety of cooking techniques, marinades, sauces, and compound butters. 
Our sweet and savory loaf recipes make great snacks, treats, breakfast breads, and more.
From tried-and-true options like a wedge salad and garlic bread to less expected (but equally perfect) pairings like corn and avocado salad or Brussels sprouts with dill butter, these our all-time favorite sides to enjoy alongside a juicy steak.
From baked cheese and vegetable-packed tarts to warm dips, soups, and more, these dishes are all crowd pleasers.
In this step-by-step guide, we explain the basics of canning, including an overview of the tools you'll need and important safety tips.
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It's a favorite quick breakfast or snack, but the hard-boiled egg is also the star ingredient in these recipes that range from clever apps for entertaining to easy lunches and stellar side dishes.
These 19 recipes are favorites for a reason: They're all one-pan meals that combine streamlined prep with superior taste. Cook one of these winning recipes for dinner tonight.
From sweet to savory, there are classics galore and a few big surprises in this collection of our greatest pie recipes.
There are days when we have no problem going all-in on dessert, rolling up our sleeves and spending hours making a complicated cake or batch of cookies. Then again, sometimes the best desserts are the ones that come together in a flash. These quick desserts are almost like a double gift: you get the sweet without the sweat. A few of the speedy treats we're sharing here will be familiar, but that doesn't mean they're boring. Our chocolate-covered strawberries get a little crunch from chopped pistachios. And if you keep a package of crispy, elegant waffle cookies around to pair with either ice cream and lemon curd or creamy mascarpone cheese, you've got dessert sandwiches in no time at all.  There are some more unexpected suggestions in this recipe collection, as well. Cereal plays a lead role in Chocolate-Cherry Clusters—which calls for cornflakes—and in Puffed-Rice Bars with Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Another fantastic secret weapon: frozen phyllo dough, which makes a delicious vessel in which to serve espresso whipped cream. All these quick dessert recipes prove that a speedy, sweet meal ender is well within reach, whenever the mood strikes.
From pizza to noodles to roasted game hen and steak, we've got you covered.
The best way to store garlic is surprisingly easy—plus tips on how to prolong the useful life of peeled garlic cloves and chopped garlic.
As the temperature climbs higher, we love to find comfort and refreshment in a classic soda-fountain treat. So grab a straw (or two) and indulge in a cool, creamy milk shake or float.
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If you're in a grilled chicken rut, may we suggest…pork? High heat and smoke wonderfully complement everything from pork chops or tenderloin to ribs and burgers. As these grilled pork recipes prove, perfectly charred, juicy meat is well within reach, whether you're looking for an easy weeknight supper or a slam dunk to serve guests. Pork might just be the most versatile meat you can cook, and grilling tops the list. There are a few good rules of thumb to follow, which will help guard against dried out, tough pork. First, if you're grilling pork chops, the thicker, the better. Most of the recipes in this gallery call for at least 1-inch-thick rib chops, as these yield excellent results when exposed to higher heat and are more forgiving than thinner cuts, which can go from just right to overdone in less than a minute. Thicker, heartier cuts of pork—such as chops, tenderloins, and racks of rib—lend themselves beautifully to a serious sear without overcooking, and their fat gives the meat great flavor. Second, cuts of bone-in pork also have more flavor, and the bone can insulate the meat itself while it cooks on the grill. Still wondering if you can pull off grilled pork? You absolutely can, try any of these recipes and we're sure you'll be smitten.
Embrace the marinade for your next chicken dinner—not only will it infuse the meat with flavor, but with leaner cuts, such as cutlets or breast, the best chicken marinades can help keep the meat tender and juicy.
This versatile bakeware item is useful for both savory and sweet recipes.
These easy recipes will make the midday meal something to look forward to.
We've got easy recipe options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert to get your kids having fun and feeling confident in the kitchen. 
Follow our step-by-step guide to trim, fill, crumb coat, frost, and then smooth the frosting for a gorgeous layer cake that makes any occasion special.
There are several ways to a delicious ravioli dinner: you can pair store-bought ravioli with a delectable sauce, whip up your own ravioli using pre-made wrappers, or make your own pasta dough and ravioli from scratch. Whatever option is right for you, we've got you covered with our best ravioli recipes.