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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When scraps of dough get left behind after cookies hit the oven, turn them into a quick and tasty "streusel" topping for other baked goods, says pastry chef Chris Broberg.
Form the extra raw cookie dough into a ball and freeze. Then, simply grate the frozen dough with a box grater over muffins, coffee cakes, cobblers, or other sweet treats.
Here's another idea: Instead of freezing the dough, try baking the leftover dough strips then crushing them up to use as a crunchy topping for ice cream sundaes.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
Whether you're hiking in the hills or to the office, this mix makes a delicious and convenient seasonal snack. Bursting with contrasting textures and flavors -- salty pumpkin seeds, spicy ginger, crunchy almonds, chewy cranberries, rich coconut -- the blend will dazzle your taste buds. It makes a great gift, too.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2007
Some holiday parties require every serving dish you own -- and then some. Improvise a bread basket with a large rectangular cloth napkin or dish towel, preferably starched linen (the stiffer the fabric, the better it will hold its shape). Lay the fabric horizontally on a table. Fold the longer side up, slightly more than halfway. Fold the top half down in the same way, so the two edges overlap by an inch. Turn it over, and fold the shorter sides in to meet. For extra security, pin in place. Flip over again, and place rolls or a sliced loaf into the opening.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2010
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