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  1. Jelly Curls

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    Roll out puff pastry into a rectangle, and spread a thin layer of homemade or store-bought jam on 1 half. Fold the other half over. Lightly brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle generously with sanding sugar. Slice dough into 1/2-inch strips; twist and curl each. Arrange on baking sheet, and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes. 

    Storage: Unbaked jelly curls can be frozen for up to 6 months.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
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  2. Parfait Breakfast

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    If you let them, your kids would eat ice-cream sundaes for breakfast. Offer them the next best thing: sundaes made with yogurt, cereal, granola, and fresh fruit layered in tall sundae glasses and eaten with long spoons. For special occasions, such as the morning after the big slumber party, lay out a parfait buffet and let kids make their own.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 3 2002
  3. Pigs in a Blanket with Puff Pastry Dough

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    Wrap a hot dog with dough, and adhere seam with beaten egg. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Brush with egg. Slice into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes. Serve with mustard.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  4. 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
  5. Dessert? It's an Illusion

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    What appear to be cracked eggs are something better, or at least sweeter -- scoops of mango sorbet in chocolate shells.

    How-To
    Use a sharp paring knife to split hollow chocolate eggs, available at specialty-food stores, in half, using the seam as a guide. Use a melon baller to scoop sorbet into each shell. Serve immediately, or freeze up to 2 hours.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  6. Good Thing

    Perfectly Spiced, No Mess

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    The next time you need to season meat, poultry, or fish, use a fine sieve to do the job. Pour in the spice, hold the sieve over the food, and tap gently. The food will be evenly coated, and your hands will stay clean.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
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