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  1. Pretzel Sparklers

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    Like most sparklers, these are extinguished after a short while -- with several large bites. To make two dozen, place 4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted; remove from heat. Using a pastry brush, coat the upper third of each pretzel rod in chocolate. Cover with sprinkles; stand pretzels upright in a glass. Place in the refrigerator until firm, about 5 minutes.

     

     

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 8 2003
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  2. How-To

    Avoid Soggy Salads

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    Repeat after us: No more soggy salads for lunch. Here's how to pack healthful ingredients so they stay fresh, crisp, and cool. Arrange the heaviest items (we used chickpeas, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes) into a storage container first; then tuck in a small container of dressing and add lettuce on top. Place the whole thing in an insulated lunch sack with a cold pack. When hunger strikes, pour on the dressing, shake gently, and enjoy.

    Tellfresh Screw-Top Food Storage, 1 liter, $4, containerstore.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  3. Peach-Shaped Sorbet

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    Surprise guests with sorbet masquerading as a favorite summer fruit. Mango sorbet has a particularly convincing color. 

    Scoop it into a dish, and top with a clove and lemon verbena leaves. Small mint or basil leaves also work well.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2009
  4. Good Thing

    Pink Mimosas

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    Classic mimosas get a fresh twist -- and a pretty, rosy hue -- when they're mixed with pink grapefruit juice instead of the usual orange juice. For each serving, pour equal parts of Champagne (or any other sparkling wine) and fruit juice (either store-bought or freshly squeezed). One bottle of Champagne will yield about eight cocktails.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  5. Botanical Canapes

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    A minimalist motif gives these canapes maximum charm: Thinly sliced scallions and snipped chives make stems for salmon-caviar blooms. Spread plain or smoked-salmon cream cheese onto soft white sandwich bread. Trim to desired shape, and arrange the chives and roe into single stems or a field of flowers.

    Fishing for Caviar
    Salmon caviar, or roe, is a luminous bright orange and tastes of the sea. A relatively inexpensive type of caviar, it can be found at specialty-food stores or ordered from russanddaughters.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
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