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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. 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
  3. Heart-Shaped Eggs and Toast

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    Why settle for ordinary eggs and toast when you can show your love with this version? 

    Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the center of a thick slice of bread, and toast it. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place bread slice in skillet, and cook until underside is lightly browned. Add another 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, and flip bread. Fit cookie cutter, coated with cooking spray, in bread's cutout heart, and crack an egg into cutter. Cover skillet, and cook until egg is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove cutter. Serve with toasted heart for dipping into yolk.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
  4. Sundae Social

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    Here's a sweet idea: Use leftover candy to create a make-it-yourself ice cream sundae party. Simply chop the treats into bits, and set them out in small bowls so everyone can choose a favorite topping. Our assortment includes candy sticks, toffee bars, and chocolate-covered almonds, but any candies or nuts will work well.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  5. What Is Dulce de Leche?

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    The name of this caramel-like confection, from Argentina and Uruguay, loosely translates to "milk candy": In a traditional process, sugar and milk are cooked over low heat for hours, until the mixture becomes thick and golden. Make your own dulce de leche, or find it in the international aisle or a Latin-foods market. It's great spread on toast, drizzled over tropical fruit such as mango, used as a dip for apple slices, or whipped into butter and spread on cornbread.

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    Everyday Food, November 2010
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