Peggy Kieran

Peggy is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com.
This meaty guide covers everything from budget-friendly cuts to luxurious, splurge-worthy choices.
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Handmade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they're edible. They're so much more personal, and no one can resist a homemade jam or truffle, especially when these gourmet goodies are prettily packaged. The recipes and ideas here are all easy to make and are thoughtful, delicious gifts.
From chocolate layer cake to blueberry crisp, these vegan dessert options are totally delightful.
Keep the festive mood going with these innovative recipes that take your holiday leftovers from boring to brilliant.
From po' boy sandwiches to gumbo and red beans and rice, we're sharing our favorite recipes for Mardi Gras. Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Some call it liquid gold; we say this one-ingredient wonder is a secret weapon for cooking and baking, and it's the ultimate fall flavor.
Fall is here and farmers' markets are filled with inspiring fruits. We've rounded up our favorite fall desserts, including pies, cakes, tarts, and cookies.
There's always the one utensil you're looking for that you can't find. How can you get through Turkey Day prep without it?
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It's officially fall! We're making dinner with plenty of seasonal produce (cue the butternut squash!) and whipping up soups, burgers, noodle bowls, and our favorite pastas for quick weeknight dinners.
These Halloween appetizers, snacks, cocktails, and main courses may not be the spookiest out there—but they'll definitely satisfy hungry party guests. Serve festively scary foods that aren't cheesy but are delicious thanks to our selection of Halloween recipes.
We're all about embracing summer for as long as possible. Here you'll find light salads alongside grilled chicken, pasta with fresh vegetables, and meat-free dishes. These are family-friendly weeknight dinner recipes that you can get on the table in less than one hour.
Enjoy a fabulous vegetarian cookout with smoky grilled vegetables, hearty grain burgers, grilled pizza, tofu kebabs, and lots more.
One of our favorite things about summer is the abundance of fresh berries, peaches, and plums to be found at farmers' markets, roadside stands, pick-your-own orchards, or just the local grocery store. Make the most of the season with one of these irresistible summer fruit pies or tarts.
There's no need to turn on the stove, oven, or grill to prepare these delicious dishes.
Explore the many ways to prepare this dinnertime favorite on the grill, including moist, buttermilk-marinated chicken pieces, whole chickens basted in homemade barbecue sauce, and so much more.
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Don't just grill your main courses! Preparing appetizers on the grill helps keep the party outside and simplifies cleanup. Our recipe collection of starters includes grilled shrimp, bruschetta, pancetta-wrapped asparagus, sausages, and more.
Featuring fresh produce and loads of flavor, these seasonal salads are simply delicious.
Whether you want to get Dad an inspired edible gift (chosen by Martha) or the proper kitchen tool for the job, we've got you covered.
Finish off your Easter feast with a lightened-up treat starring all kinds of better-for-you ingredients.
These sweet and not-so-sweet treats are easy to bake.
Two wise words from our food editors: spoon and sweep!
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Best of all, their favorite recipe just happens to be a one-pot dish.
It's Fat Tuesday! What should you eat for dessert? You need a special New Orleans recipe like bread pudding with whiskey sauce, bananas Foster, or some sugar-coated beignets.
Here's a healthy PSA and time-saving tip.