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"Martha's Classic Thanksgiving The Holiday Collection"

A perfect DVD to get you in the festivities of Thanksgiving.

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You can never go wrong with Martha Stewart and all the cooking advice she has shared over the years. That all included interior decorating and table design which meshes nicely with any upcoming holiday or event. I'll go as far as to say this: We are very fortunate to have and know all about her, as I don't think many people realize the creativity and the artistry she brought to us is truly one-of-a-kind. Martha is a rare woman, as I don't think any other woman will ever come close to the knowledge she has. In this case, the beautiful holiday of Thanksgiving is no exception.

This is one of those DVDs that small shops play and loop on their TVs over and over again, due to the comforting nature of the presentation. On this DVD is a compilation of video clips straight from Martha's TV series Martha Stewart Living. Along with cooking tips from her show, you get to watch and learn some arts and crafting presented later in the DVD. You learn every technique when preparing a turkey, and all the side dishes that often go with the famous holiday dinner. Majority of the segments feature a second guest along with Martha, and they are as follows: Phoebe and Sam Allen, John Barricelli, Todd English, Jane Heller, Rina Prentice, Judy Morris, Tamara Bodar, John Carloff and Sara Foster. Although the clips were featured from her TV series, it looks like a presentation that holds up today, as her TV series ran from 1993 to 2004. (Every now and then, Martha's show Martha Stewart's Cooking School often gets aired on public TV.)

Martha Stewart and Judy Morris
Rina Prentice and Martha Stewart
Jane Heller and Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart and Todd English
Martha Stewart and John Barricelli
John Carloff and Martha Stewart
Sara Foster and Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart and Tamara Bodar
Phoebe and Sam Allen and Martha Stewart

The feature presentation is everything you need to prepare for Thanksgiving, from food to the decors. Like any other festive holiday, these are things you can start and prepare ahead of time as I don't think this is something you can pull off at the last minute (i.e. brining the turkey). However, even if you are a complete beginner, Martha's teaching style is easy to grasp so there's no excuse not to jump in and decorate/cook for the holidays.

Along with the main feature, titled Classic Thanksgiving, is the Bonus Idea section. These are short clips of tips in addition to your Thanksgiving preparation—carving a turkey, platter presentation, and my personal favorite, Martha visiting a cranberry bog. These are designed as quick refreshers (think Top 10 series on So Yummy!, or clips shared on BuzzFeed and Instagram) and are easy to pick up on. Yes, the clip of Martha visiting a cranberry bog was my favorite because it's a sole reminder how Martha made 'field pieces' popular. A field piece is when the host ventures and travels outside their kitchens to local shops, markets and exclusive farms and crops interviewing owners and experts on [food] production. In other words, it dissolves the illusion away from being just another cooking tutorial from inside the kitchen and nowhere else. Besides that, cranberry juice is one of my favorite beverages of all time, along with orange juice.

Another DVD bonus is the Tips and Techniques section. These are tips demonstrated to properly prepare your dishes before and/or during your Thanksgiving feast, such as how to carve a turkey, how to store your china sets and many more. These clips are worthy of being circulated around the internet for folks who need a fast refresher (I'm sure it could be re-done and remade by today's standards). Heck, I'd say these techniques still work today! We can't thank Martha enough.

Last but not least, the Printouts section features full tips that may be beneficial to your Thanksgiving preparation. However, accessing these brings up this screen:

DVD drive or internet requiring to view this material

Given how old this DVD is, this isn't surprising. However, this disc also works as a DVD-ROM and can access the files from your computer. Sadly, nowadays, a DVD drive isn't as common with computers as they were years ago, let alone its compatibility with today's operating systems (you may still have an older [desktop] computer lying around that may be able to run this DVD, or you can purchase an inexpensive refurbished one online). Having checked, unfortunately, the URL www.marthastewart.com/dvd does not work anymore. If such content and tips are crucial to you or to anyone you know, it shouldn't be too difficult, nor expensive, to find and purchase this DVD. The warmth, comfort and excellent tips and techniques taught by Martha takes me back to a time when things were normal, and everyone was happy. I hope we get back to a time like that...soon.

This DVD was encoded with MPEG-1/2 (mpgv) at a frame rate of 29.97 interlaced. The audio is in stereo compressed with A52 Audio (AC3) going at a sample rate of 48000 Hz and 32 bits per sample. Closed captions are under the EIA-608 (c608) codec.

A very simple DVD that presents itself quite well. Besides all the legal trouble that Martha has gone through, I still think she's truly a gift to us all. Given the times we are living in currently, I think it's time to pay back our respects to fellow elders on how to live and survive, and cooking should be number one on that list. Here at KCUN, we feel that there's no excuse not to cook. It's sad living in a time witnessing how people didn't know who Paul McCartney is, and how trees *should* give off Wi-Fi instead of oxygen to help us breathe. All this "adult-ing" complaints need to stop: Be an adult, and live like one. Learn to cook, and Martha has you covered. Being the social "outlier" is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! HUGE thank you to Martha Stewart, her family and her entire crew!





  • Martha Stewart.
  • Feature presentation are all clips take from Martha's show "Martha Stewart Living."
  • Easy-to-follow steps, from cooking to artistry and crafts.
  • Entire DVD itself could be the best supplement to providing a full-course meal and decors in time for Thanksgiving festivities with family and friends.
  • Its recipes and techniques still hold up today.
  • The URL to access the recipes and tips from this DVD is no longer working (will be updated if fixed).
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Title MARTHA STEWART LIVING OMNIMEDIA presents Martha's Classic Thanksgiving The Holiday Collection
Description In my family, everyone still
wants the classic menu of turkey
and cranberry sauce. Here
you'll find ways to make these
favorites even more special.

Martha Stewart

Here are the good things you'll find inside:

TURKEY FIVE WAYS Turkey, Stuffing, and Gravy 101 • Deep-Fried Turkey
Rotisserie Turkey • Black-Lacquered Turkey • Boned, Rolled, and Tied Turkey
BEST STUFFINGS Cornbread, Challah, and Fruit Stuffing • Fruit and Nut Stuffing
Low-Country Stuffing • Sweet & Savory Stuffing • Stuffing 101

FAVORITE SIDE DISHES Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Vinaigrette
Cauliflower with Brown BUtter and Roasted Hazelnuts • Mom's Creamed Spinach
Garlic Horseradish Mashed Potatoes • Native American Succotash
SPECIAL DESSERTS Alexis' Sweet Potato Pie • Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti
Pumpkin Soufflé • Individual Rustic Apple Tarts • Perfect Pecan Pie
TABLE SETTINGS AND DECORATING Gourd Candles • Leaf-Print Tablecloth
Cornucopia Table Setting • Branch Napkin Rings • 6 Napkin-Folding Ideas
Harvest Mantel • Thanksgiving Table Setting • Edible Centerpieces • and more...
KIDS' THANKSGIVING CRAFTS Cornhusk Dolls • Paper Place Mats
Pinecone Turkeys • Silhouette Kids' Table
SPECIAL FEATURES How to Carve a Turkey • Classic Turkey Platter Presentation
Cranberry Bog Field Trip • 10 Helpful How-To Demonstrations • Thanksgiving Planner
Printable Recipes & Instructions • Raffia Cornucopia • 6 Gravy Tips • Turkey Trivia Place
Card • Thanksgiving Clip-Art Place Cards • and more...
Subtitles: English, Français & Español (Program Only).
ISBN / Bar Code number 1-4198-1626-8 / 7 94051 30012 6
Video Format 1.33:1 (4:3) / Full screen
Audio Format Stereo
Disc Count One (1)
Language(s) English
Genre Lifestyle / Cooking / Arts and Crafts
Subtitles English, Français & Español (Program Only).
Rated Not Rated
Region Region 1 - NTSC
Specification Color
Features [MAIN MENU]: (1. Classic Thanksgiving, 2. Subtitles, 3. Special Features), [CLASSIC THANKSGIVING]: (Turkey Five Ways, Best Stuffings, Favorite Side Dishes, Special Desserts, Table Settings and Decorating, Kids Thanksgiving Crafts), [SUBTITLES]: (Español Subtitles, Français Subtitles, Subtitles Off), [SPECIAL FEATURES]: (Bonus Ideas, Tip and Techniques, Printouts); [BONUS IDEAS]: (1. How to Carve a Turkey, 2. Classic Turkey Platter Presentation, 3. Visit a Classic Cranberry Bog), [TIP AND TECHNIQUES]: (1. How to Take a Turkey's Temperature, 2. How to Blanch Vegetables, 3. How to Keep Mashed Potatoes Hot, 4. How to Peel a Pearl Onion, 5. How to Make Cinnamon Stick Candles, 6. How to Store Tapers, 7. How to Use Sand to Repair China, 8. How to Stack and Store China, 9. How to Wash Your Delicate China, 10. How to Water Plants Over a Weekend), [PRINTOUTS]: (Shopping Lists, Recipes and Instructions; Raffia Cornucopia, Thanksgiving Planner, Gravy Tips, Turkey Tips, Kids' Turkey Trivia Place Card, Thanksgiving Clipart Place Card, How To Carve a Turkey Illustrations)
Production Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Item / Product Number S3001
Closed Captioning Yes
DVD Release October 11, 2005
Run Time 201 minutes (FBI WARNING - 00:11, WB Splash Screen & Martha's Introduction - 00:57, Main Menu - 01:59, "Classic Thanksgiving" - 3:03:15, "Bonus Ideas" - 13:09, "Tips and Techniques" - 04:49. Total DVD time: 3:24:20)
Copyright Program Content © 1993-2005 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Program Compilation, Special Features and Package Design © 2005 Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Distributed by Warner Home Video Inc., 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522. All rights reserved. *DVD-ROM Minimum System Requirements: InterActual Player (included on disc), Microsoft® Windows® 98SE, Microsoft® IE 5.5, Macromedia Flash Player 6.0, an Internet connection, a DVD-ROM drive and a DirectShow-compatible DVD decoder. This DVD will not work in a CD-ROM drive and the DVD-ROM features are not available on Apple® Mac® OS. Windows is either a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. **InterActual, PCFriendly 2.0 logo are either trademarks or registered trademarks of InterActual Technologies, Inc. Software © 1996-2005 InterActual Technologies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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