Cybill slights

Martha Stewart and Christine Baranski turn their least favorite blond into Christmas cookies.

By Rebecca Traister

Published December 5, 2005 6:39PM (EST)

Working from home this morning I happened to catch Martha Stewart teaching actress Christine Baranski how to make some sort of elaborate, paper-thin, red-striped cookies that you have to bake in small batches and roll up into little cookie cigars by hand when they've cooled a bit but not cooled too much because they might get hard and wouldn't roll up. Or something.

In the midst of the rolling or the striping or something, Stewart started commending herself for being so laid-back. "I am actually a very calm, patient teacher in the kitchen," she said as Baranski tried to paint straight red lines on the cookies. "About other things, maybe [I'm] not [so calm]. Well, you can just ask Cybill!"

By Cybill, Stewart meant Cybill Shepherd, the actress who has played her, unflatteringly, in two mini-movies, and with whom Baranski costarred, and famously did not get along, for three years on the CBS series "Cybill."

Stewart then smiled big and leaned over her cookies, muttering something about "we'll get back at her one way or another" while Baranski snorted happily.

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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