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  1. Easy Goat Cheese Appetizer

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    Be ready when friends stop by -- or make a family dinner more special -- with this warm, hearty appetizer made from grocery store ingredients that keep for weeks. Break 8 to 12 ounces of marinated goat cheese or feta into large chunks, place in a small ovenproof dish, and bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove the dish from the oven, drizzle with olive oil, and garnish with fresh thyme (if desired) and 1/2 teaspoon whole pink peppercorns. Serve with sliced baguette or crackers.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2006
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  2. Emeril's Gumbo Z'Herbes

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    Folks enjoy this satisfying Louisiana gumbo during winter, particularly when they're trying to recover from months of rich holiday foods. Each cook has his or her preferred version. I like mine with a small amount of meat added for flavoring, and I love the combo of collards and mustard greens. The story goes that for each type of green in it, a new friend will be made in the coming year, so feel free to throw some of your favorite greens into the pot and make some more friends!

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    Text by Emeril Lagasse

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    Everyday Food, January 2009
  3. Cinco de Mayo Fruit Cup

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    Sweet meets heat in these colorful fruit cups inspired by a popular Mexican street-food snack. With a squeeze of lime juice and a dusting of chili powder, slices of papaya, cantaloupe, mango, watermelon, and pineapple take on a new depth of flavor. They're a cinch to make for any celebration.

    Individual portions of fruit are easy to serve and eat. Clear old-fashioned glasses (Crate & Barrel) show off the sherbet-y shades.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2010
  4. 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
  5. Fourth of July Cupcakes

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    They may not sparkle or explode, but these cupcakes are just the thing for your Fourth of July celebration. Bake cupcakes in foil cups, spread them generously with white frosting, and decorate with fresh blueberries and raspberries.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1996
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