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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.

     

     

    Source
    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 8 2003
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  2. Cuban Influence

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    The Cuban sandwich -- the classic combination of roast pork, ham, and cheese -- was once the province of humble Cuban coffee shops. 

    Now, high-end chefs are getting into the act. One of the best new versions is by Tom Valenti of New York City's West Branch and Ouest. He uses ciabatta -- grilled so it's crunchy yet soft -- along with provolone cheese, peperoncini, pulled pork, and bread-and-butter pickles to create a perfect balance of hot, sour, spicy, and sweet. 

    Plus, it's a great way to use leftover Easter ham.

    Get the Recipe for the Cuban Panini

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2009
  3. Stew in a Pumpkin

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    Small sugar pumpkins make seasonally appropriate bowls for hearty servings of robust stew. The pumpkins are hollowed and baked before being filled. Intense heat concentrates the vegetable's sugars, bringing out its natural sweetness -- so you can enjoy its rich, dense flesh as you spoon out your stew. White beans, red pearl onions, baby peas, and turkey sausage make up the deep-flavored mix.

    White Bean and Sausage Stew in Pumpkin Bowls

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  4. Steaming Artichokes

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    Once you've done a bit of trimming, these odd-looking vegetables are actually a cinch to steam. Serve them with one or more of our dipping sauces.

    Steaming Artichokes
    1. Prepare 4 artichokes, 10 to 12 ounces each. Place in a steamer basket set in a large pot, with water level just below basket.

    2. Cover; steam until stem is easily pierced with tip of a paring knife, adding more water to pot as needed, 25 to 35 minutes (depending on size).

    Source
    Everyday Food, Volume 12 May 2004
  5. Good Thing

    Slicing Bacon Strips

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    When a recipe calls for sliced or diced bacon, freeze the strips for easier cutting: This way, they won't slide under the knife.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  6. Basil-Infused Olive Oil

    Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

    Garden-grown basil can pile up fast. Here's a good use for it: basil-flavored oil, delicious on salads or drizzled over baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese. To make it, blanch 1 cup of basil leaves and blend them in a food processor with 1/2 cup olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.

    Comments (1)

    • jshield 22 Aug, 2010

      I always look for easy ways to offer appetizers. The idea of infusing basil into olive oil is simple. I took the basil and let it sit as directed.What I found was that this delicious basil olive oil was fantastic with just a little red pepper flakes sprinkled in.Get great italian bread n cut it into chunks, pour your oil into a pretty saucer, and now you have the makings of a great dipping sauce.
      Everyone at my party loved it AND continued to eat it after the dinner was served.

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