When Martha Stewart recently asked her Twitter followers whether she was "hip," she was deluged with responses to the affirmative. That led us to look up the definition of the word -- just to make sure we were all on the same page. It turns out that Websters defines it as, "aware of and interested in the latest trends." So if you consider that Stewart virtually created the "how to entertain, style, cook, bake, grow" genre that dominates both cable and network television, she actually is hip. Technically.
And as "The Martha Stewart Show" enters its seventh season (and airs weekdays on Hallmark Channel), Stewart is as focused as ever on teaching viewers how to ... well, fill in the blank.
"We are the original how-to show," Stewart says. "We continue with that theme, and this year is all about demystifying and uncomplicating."
To that end, she has a new rule this season: If youre an expert and want to be on her show, come with five secrets everyone should know regarding your specialty. So a gardener will have five secrets, chefs will have five secrets, etc.
"We will help the viewers a lot more," Stewart says. "I think it will be fascinating. And at the end of each show, using social media, well find out if people think the tips are useful." (Three days a week the show airs live.)
And immediately following the premiere comes the new season of "Martha Bakes" begins. But why would she take on another show when she has so many other projects going on?
"I love to bake and I love to cook and I dont get to do my thing as much because we are doing other peoples stuff on the (Martha Stewart) show," she says. "But by creating 'Martha Bakes, we can have three lessons per show: With 26 episodes per season, thats 78 segments. And they can be put out on the Internet to help people learn. Plus, we shoot it in my own kitchen, so that is a respite from coming into the studio."
What are you reading right now?
" 'The History of Botany. Its a textbook, because I really want to know more about botany. And I just got a book about bats because I have lot of bats on my property . Oh, and a cookbook on how to make your own pet food."
What did you have for dinner last night?
"I had a delicious dinner in Maine last night. I went mushrooming. I found a patch of chanterelles, and we had fresh artichokes and a beet soup served with local sour cream and pasta: a linguine over roasted tomato and basil. And for dessert, fresh blueberry pie."
What is your next project?
"A book tour for (her new book) 'Entertaining begins on Oct. 26."
What was your last trip (where and why)?
"A planning trip to Israel with the Israeli Tourist Bureau about how to be a tourist in Israel. And my nephews wedding in Jerusalem."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun