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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. How-To

    Potato Salad

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    Potatoes make satisfying side dishes in all seasons, summer included. What would a picnic be without potato salad? Opinions on which ingredients are essential to potato salad can vary (maybe your must-include is hard-cooked egg, or diced onion, or sweet pickle relish). Regardless, the starting point must be a basic recipe that promises a good outcome every time. My stripped-down method does just that -- all the salad needs are creative additions to make it your own.

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    Everyday Food, June 2007
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    Avoid Soggy Salads

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    Repeat after us: No more soggy salads for lunch. Here's how to pack healthful ingredients so they stay fresh, crisp, and cool. Arrange the heaviest items (we used chickpeas, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes) into a storage container first; then tuck in a small container of dressing and add lettuce on top. Place the whole thing in an insulated lunch sack with a cold pack. When hunger strikes, pour on the dressing, shake gently, and enjoy.

    Tellfresh Screw-Top Food Storage, 1 liter, $4, containerstore.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
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    Slicing Bacon Strips

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    When a recipe calls for sliced or diced bacon, freeze the strips for easier cutting: This way, they won't slide under the knife.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  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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    Extreme Cakeover

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    Pretty fabric butterflies transform a plain-Jane cake into a marvelous tiered wonder -- and there's nary a pastry tip in sight. Simply slide the wired section of each fluttery beauty into a fondant-covered cake, clustering the butterflies here and there for the most dramatic look. Tied around a cake knife, a ribbon in a matching hue completes this super-easy -- not to mention easy on the wallet -- makeover. 

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    Martha Stewart Weddings
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