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  1. Snow-Globe Cookies

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    Stunning cookies like these are usually decorated with a piping bag, but in-house stylist Dani Fiori came up with a simpler way: plastic squeeze bottles. 

    Bottles with wide tips are best for outlining and "flooding" areas with icing; narrow ones are good for detail work.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
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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. Steaming Artichokes

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    Once you've done a bit of trimming, these odd-looking vegetables are actually a cinch to steam. Serve them with one or more of our dipping sauces.

    Steaming Artichokes
    1. Prepare 4 artichokes, 10 to 12 ounces each. Place in a steamer basket set in a large pot, with water level just below basket.

    2. Cover; steam until stem is easily pierced with tip of a paring knife, adding more water to pot as needed, 25 to 35 minutes (depending on size).

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    Everyday Food, Volume 12 May 2004
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    Roasted Applesauce

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    A childhood favorite grows up in this sophisticated update on applesauce, which boasts an intense caramelized flavor, thanks to a base of roasted apples. It's also an excellent way to make use of fruit left over from fall apple picking. Simply roast the whole fruit with brown sugar and butter until softened, and then use a food mill to puree and separate out the skins and seeds. Stir in your favorite spices and enjoy the sweet harvest.

    Roasted Applesauce Recipe

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2007
  5. Herb Sachet for Cooking

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2009
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