Summertime is even sweeter with cool and creamy treats that you can prepare in advance.
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Stunning cookies like these are usually decorated with a piping bag, but in-house stylist Dani Fiori came up with a simpler way: plastic squeeze bottles.
Bottles with wide tips are best for outlining and "flooding" areas with icing; narrow ones are good for detail work.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
Instead of mayonnaise, spread a spoonful of caramelized onions on your favorite sandwich, or use it to top burgers.
In Salad Dressings
For a richer flavor, whisk roughly chopped caramelized onions into vinaigrettes.
In Side Dishes
Stir caramelized onions into cooked lentils or rice pilaf, or toss with vegetables.
SourceEveryday Food, December 2009
Give drinks, dessert, and breakfast a seasonal spin with this classic spice blend. Mix it yourself or use a store-bought version. To make spiced whipped cream for topping hot coffee, Irish coffee, pie, or cake, add 2 teaspoons of the mix to 1/2 cup heavy cream before whipping. The sweetened spice mix is good sprinkled on buttered toast or French toast.
Making Your Own
Even if you don't have pumpkin-pie spice in your pantry, you may well have everything that goes into it. Stir together 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Add 2 tablespoons sugar for a sweetened version.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2009
For fluffier mashed potatoes, try this: After boiling and draining the spuds, return them to the pot. Stir over low heat for several minutes, until all the moisture has evaporated, and then mash as usual.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2007
Refresh your guests with layer after colorful layer of icy treats. Creating this stacked confection is simpler than making a sundae -- just spoon the slightly softened ice cream into a loaf pan (line the pan with plastic wrap first, and freeze one layer before adding the next). Our stripes, from top, are cantaloupe sorbet, peach frozen yogurt, strawberry ice cream, and raspberry sorbet.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
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