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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. Making Wontons

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    1. Work with one wrapper at a time, and keep the rest covered with a damp towel. Spoon one rounded teaspoon of filling in center.

    2. With dampened fingers, wet the four edges. To make a triangle, fold wrapper in half over filling, making sure the ends meet and filling is centered; press edges down firmly to seal.

    3. Moisten one tip on long side of triangle. Then bring together both tips on long side, overlapping them slightly; press tips together to seal.

    4. Fold remaining top corner back. Transfer to an oiled plate; cover with a damp towel to keep moist. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling.


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    Everyday Food, Volume 31 April 2006
  3. The Aquarius

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    This is the dawning of the age of bourbon. The spirit is having its moment, thanks to the rise of small distilleries producing top-notch, well-aged bourbon. This month, instead of a cocktail, our birthday drink consists of one special ingredient: smooth, handcrafted Woodford Reserve. "I don't like to mix this with anything," says Jennifer Aaronson, Living's food editorial director. "You could -- it would make a killer Manhattan. But it's ideal for sipping."

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2010
  4. Emeril's Turkey Bolognese

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    Here's my take on the classic Italian meat sauce: I've lightened it up a bit by using turkey instead of the usual pork and beef. The flavor still shouts "Italy!" and it will delight everyone, from Italian-food traditionalists to those who are monitoring what they eat. I began making this sauce years ago, when one of my daughters swore off red meat. Now, even I'm a convert to this healthier alternative.

    Get the Recipe for Turkey Bolognese

    Text by Emeril Lagasse

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    Everyday Food, March 2009
  5. Chiffonade

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    Chiffonade are shredded or finely cut vegetables or herbs, often used as garnish.

    To make a chiffonade, wash and thoroughly dry leafy greens or fresh herbs, such as basil and sage. Then stack them, with the largest leaves on the bottom. Roll them up, and cut them crosswise into slivers using a sharp chefs knife. The resulting ribbons provide dishes with a potent burst of flavor. Try sprinkling a chiffonade of basil over pizza. Or prepare kale or collard greens this way (making slightly wider ribbons), and saute with olive oil.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  6. Good Thing

    How to Protect Cookbooks from Food Splatters

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    Cooking can be messy business, but your cookbooks don't have to show it. To keep one pristine -- and open to the page you're using -- just place it inside a plastic envelope from an office-supply store.

    Clear horizontal envelope, 18 inches by 12 inches, $3.50, paperpresentation.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
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