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  1. Puff Pastry with Berry Filling

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    Make a berry filling. Cut out 2 circles of puff pastry (any size); freeze for 15 minutes. Cut slits across surface of 1 piece. Spread berry filling onto remaining dough, leaving 1/2-inch border. 

    Place slit dough on top of filling; adhere to bottom piece of dough with beaten egg. Brush top with egg, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze for 15 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
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  2. Kitchen Tip: DIY Steamer

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    You don't need special equipment to cook healthy veggies for dinner -- a heatproof sieve or colander is a perfectly good substitute for a steamer basket. Pick one that fits along the rim of a saucepan. Fill the pan with an inch of water, and bring to a gentle boil. Place cut-up vegetables in the sieve (don't overload it), and cover the pan. Cooking times will vary depending on what you're steaming. In general, when vegetables, such as broccoli and green beans, are crisp-tender and bright in color, or when potatoes can be easily pierced, they're done.

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    Everyday Food, January 2009
  3. Snow-Globe Cookies

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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.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
  4. Herb Sachet for Cooking

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    Sachets of aromatic herbs, such as the classic bouquet garni of thyme, parsley, and bay leaves, add flavor to simmering soups, stews, stocks, and braises. But fishing these cheesecloth bundles out of the pot can be difficult. The next time you use one of the herb packets, tie a length of butcher's twine to the sachet, and then tie the loose end to one of the pot's handles. (Be sure the twine stays clear of the burner.) When the time comes, the bouquet garni will be easy to retrieve and remove.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2009
  5. Lighter Than Air Mashed Potatoes

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2007
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