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Everyday Food recipes I use

The other week Carrie left a comment saying that Issue #1 of Everyday Food had gone on Ebay for $50. I have that issue, I have a full stack of Everyday Food magazines up to number 25. I stopped buying them, I think, because we bought this house and suddenly my world was filled with painting and not spending money.

Anyhow, after hearing about the Ebay thing I decided to look at whether I use the magazines. The answer is, not so much anymore. There are a handful of recipes we like and I refer to, but all of those are on and I have printed out ages ago since the Everyday Food magazine is nearly impossible to keep open on my kitchen counter. I also printed them because finding the recipes was always a chore, after spending way to look looking through table of contents for that one chicken thyme, maybe oregano?, recipe I took to bookmarking anything that looked promising:

Which resulted in me hunting through bookmarks to find recipes. Still frustrating. I started something like this very nice Everyday Food Magazine Index, but then came the moving and the painting. I’ve downloaded that index and it’s a-ok.

I’ve considered getting rid of them (or now, of course, selling them on Ebay) but then comes the holidays and there are a few issues promising a trouble-free Thanksgiving or with lots of cookies on the cover and I think they might be useful again. The magazines are cheerful looking enough, but still take up quite a lot of space.

I have no way of substantiating the Issue #1 Ebay fetching price other than watching the a current auction to see how it goes, or I could just call to see if I can purchase a back issue. If they still have it it might not be worth as much as I hope.

So, here for my own reference are the recipes I use, a lot of these have become more reference points, and some I only made once but liked. I use fewer recipes than I have issues, it might be time to sell ’em.


Roasted Pork Loin with Pearl Onions

Penne with Ricotta and Pine Nuts

Sauteed Pork Chops

Pan-Seared Steak

Grilled Pepper-Crusted Sirloin

Garlic-Roasted Chicken Breasts

Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Cream

Chicken Parmigiana with Easy Chunky Tomato Sauce

Sauteed Chicken in Mustard-Cream Sauce

Spinach Pie

Braised Chicken with Mushrooms

Quick Beef Stew with Cauliflower Puree

Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce

Hummus Vegetable Sandwich


Roasted Broccoli

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Italian Sauteed Kale

Mushroom Ragout


Frozen Mocha Toffee-Crunch Terrine

Cornmeal-Cherry Cookies

· comments [28] · 11-19-2007 · categories:food · recipes ·

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 martha in mobile // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:11 am

    if you are member of ebay, then you can do a “completed item” search which will tell you the selling price from recent auctions. It’s a very useful way to see how much you might get (or pay) for an item.

  • 2 mamacita // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:31 am

    That Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce is one of my favorites, too. Everyday Food just rocks.

  • 3 Marisa // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:32 am

    Wow, who knew that first issue could go for so much. I have them all, issues 1-48 (which I recognize is a bit compulsive). I’m actually currently using issues 1-34 to hold up the end of a breaking piece of furniture. Not particularly useful when it comes to accessing the recipes, but very helpful in terms of keeping my bar from falling apart.

  • 4 Lisa // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:42 am

    I went shopping this week to buy the ingredients for pretty much every recipe in the “5-day planner” section of the latest issue. I also have TWO YEARS worth sitting unopened on my bedroom floor. The tracker is over the top; but I plan to use it! I write the recipes I think will interest me on notecards based on subject (dinner, side, bake) with the issue number so that I can just look through those for something with fish. I have been thinking of getting rid of all my OTHER cook books and just sticking to FOOD. My husband told me last night that he “loves those little recipes”.

  • 5 ex.libris // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:42 am

    I started collecting these at #2 because I missed the first issue when it came out. Sometime during their first year I submitted a request to see if I could order a back copy of the first issue to complete the set.

    I got a reply that basically said they were *so sorry* but issue #1 is now *a collector’s item* and they couldn’t possibly send me one.


  • 6 chrispy // Nov 19, 2007 at 11:44 am

    Issue one has not been available from Martha Stewart since last fall. I called to do some stuff to my account and asked if they had back issues that could be purchased. They had every issue but #1. I had all the issues from #7 to the present and that time now I have #3 through the beginning.

    Supposedly they are printing an index from 2003 to current. It was included with my offer to renew.

  • 7 Sharon // Nov 19, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    I still use the issues I have (first year or two), although I have also stopped buying them – not enough space and too many cookbooks. I think the first year was actually the best because the recipes were simpler.

  • 8 Michelle // Nov 19, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Frozen Mocha Toffee Crunch Terrine? Uh, *Yum!* I just had to go and check after I saw that insane Ebay price, and I did the Completed Item search that Martha mentioned earlier in the comments. The highest price I found was $31. Not $50, but still, sheesh. Should we go take out some insurance on our first issues?

  • 9 Jaimie // Nov 19, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    I have some issues of Everyday Food too, maybe about 10 or so in total. I really like the format and the recipes, and have cooked quite a few things from them, but I just can’t justify buying and storing them every month. I have many cookbooks and haven’t even come close to exhausting the possibilities there (let’s not even begin to discuss the other recipes that I clip of of Martha Stewart, Real Simple, etc. etc.) It starts to get too overwhelming.

  • 10 Miss Sassy // Nov 19, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    I, too, quit my Everyday Food subscription as I wasn’t using the recipes. I don’t reference them, either, so perhaps I should sell them! I think that I started on issue #2, too.

    Now you have me thinking about selling them. I need the space! I have so many Martha Stewart Living back issues that I have filled 12 IKEA magazine holders!

    I gave up Blueprint but the they sent me some ridiculous deal (2 for $12 or something) that I’m willing to try another year.

    Hmmm… may head to eBay here!

  • 11 robin // Nov 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    I have subscribed to Everyday Food for a couple of years. I love the recipes, and so does my husband. I have been using the recipes from the magazines less and less though, since I bought the Great Food Fast cookbook. Also since almost all the recipes are online, I am considering getting rid of the magazines. But you are right about the cheerfulness. I think that’s whats kept me from recycling them, to tell the truth.

  • 12 megan // Nov 19, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Michelle – Thanks! $30? I might try it, though mine isn’t in as good a condition as that one.

  • 13 cindy // Nov 19, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I have 2 issues – last year’s Cookie and this year’s Baking. I made the Cornmeal-Cherry Cookies from last year’s issue and was put off by the graininess of the cornmeal. But the Giant Ginger Cookies are superb if you like a little kick. I can’t wait to try all of the cakes and pies in this Holiday issue.

  • 14 Joyce // Nov 19, 2007 at 6:12 pm

    You are the best! Thanks!

  • 15 Daphne // Nov 19, 2007 at 8:47 pm

    I have the same problem with getting rid of anything; the initial trigger of why I kept it in the first place is usually not far from the surface. If I can get past it then I have very quickly diminishing returns–recycle 10 quickly then spend an hour waffling over getting rid of the next 5. Luckily I don’t seem to go back on the already-tossed stuff usually.

  • 16 Ev // Nov 20, 2007 at 2:39 pm

    I took a look at eBay’s complete items. Here’s a rundown of some recent auctions:
    Issue #1: $31.00
    Issue #1: 39.99
    The whole set of all except #2: 61.00 And a set of the first 4 issues: 43.52

    My complaint is that you can’t lay the magazine flat on the counter.

  • 17 seattlejo // Nov 23, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    Magazines are a tough one for me. Everyday food included in the bunch. I love the ideas and inspiration that they provide. Yet, I hate the paper waste and I hate the cost. $5-$25 a month if bought individually., or $45-60 if I decide to buy subscriptions. I’d really like to buy them in e format.

  • 18 beth maher // Nov 28, 2007 at 3:02 pm

    Sell off the magazines, and buy the Everyday Food: Great Food Fast cookbook. It’s really good, lots of simple recipes, and I bet many of your favorites are in there.

  • 19 Da Moms Wiss // Apr 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I’m shocked. Shocked and dismayed to find out that people are clearing their shelves and I should,too. I love Everyday Food so much! But, yes, I worry about the use of paper, and I’m getting sooo old. I will will my 50 issues to my two offspring. I went on line looking for a general index and I find all this upheaval. Shocking!

  • 20 Angie // Apr 26, 2008 at 5:25 am

    I too find myself buying these books. I did have a subscription, but cancelled it because I could never find the recipe I was looking for. But every issue that comes out, I still buy it. Dumb! Martha should really do something about this and offer an index. Who wants to look through 30 or 50 books to find what your looking for? That’s it…I’m done with these books!

  • 21 Rachel // May 31, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    I am looking for the complete set I know crazy. If anyone is willling to part with them let me know

  • 22 jocelyn // Jun 19, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I pull out the recipes I want and put them in an appropriately-sized art portfolio (each page is a thin plastic sleeve); those lay open great. Look for them at art supply shops or university book stores. Best of all, I can take the whole (tiny) portfolio with me to do my grocery shopping. That might not work for everyone though -my apartment is so small I only shop for one day’s dinner at a time.

  • 23 Judy // Jul 9, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I hope you can help me. I took my Thanksgiving food book to the grocery store to by ingredients for onion soup with cheese points. I think it was ll/07 but could even have been 11/06. It calls for Marsala wine. I bought all the ingredients and left the book in the basket. Do you happen to have the recipe? It would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 25 Kelli Rocherolle // Nov 6, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Just taking a chance that you might be willing to send me a copy of the Everyday Food Index you downloaded. The link you referenced has expired and I am having a terrible time finding it. Many thanks for your time! -Kelli

  • 26 megan // Nov 10, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Kelli – I no longer have the index, it was on a long-gone computer. Best of luck!

  • 27 Kelli Rocherolle // Nov 13, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Thank you for replying! :)

  • 28 Sally // Nov 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I, too, have issues full of floppy post-it notes. The website for the index that you posted a link to is down permanently. Is there anyway you could possibly post the index? I would find it incredibly useful.


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