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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. 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. 3 Ways to Use Caramelized Onions

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    In Sandwiches
    Instead of mayonnaise, spread a spoonful of caramelized onions on your favorite sandwich, or use it to top burgers.

    In Salad Dressings
    For a richer flavor, whisk roughly chopped caramelized onions into vinaigrettes.

    In Side Dishes
    Stir caramelized onions into cooked lentils or rice pilaf, or toss with vegetables.

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    Everyday Food, December 2009
  4. Chiffonade

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    Chiffonade are shredded or finely cut vegetables or herbs, often used as garnish.

    To make a chiffonade, wash and thoroughly dry leafy greens or fresh herbs, such as basil and sage. Then stack them, with the largest leaves on the bottom. Roll them up, and cut them crosswise into slivers using a sharp chefs knife. The resulting ribbons provide dishes with a potent burst of flavor. Try sprinkling a chiffonade of basil over pizza. Or prepare kale or collard greens this way (making slightly wider ribbons), and saute with olive oil.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  5. Botanical Canapes

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    A minimalist motif gives these canapes maximum charm: Thinly sliced scallions and snipped chives make stems for salmon-caviar blooms. Spread plain or smoked-salmon cream cheese onto soft white sandwich bread. Trim to desired shape, and arrange the chives and roe into single stems or a field of flowers.

    Fishing for Caviar
    Salmon caviar, or roe, is a luminous bright orange and tastes of the sea. A relatively inexpensive type of caviar, it can be found at specialty-food stores or ordered from russanddaughters.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
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