Use a grapefruit knife to hull strawberries. The curved blade will cut away the stems smoothly while leaving most of the fruit intact.
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When scraps of dough get left behind after cookies hit the oven, turn them into a quick and tasty "streusel" topping for other baked goods, says pastry chef Chris Broberg.
Form the extra raw cookie dough into a ball and freeze. Then, simply grate the frozen dough with a box grater over muffins, coffee cakes, cobblers, or other sweet treats.
Here's another idea: Instead of freezing the dough, try baking the leftover dough strips then crushing them up to use as a crunchy topping for ice cream sundaes.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show
How to use a waiter's friend, in three simple steps:
1. With the corkscrew's blade, cut the foil under the second lip of the bottle (to prevent foil from falling in).
2. Center the point of the screw on the cork, and turn firmly to anchor the worm (the spiral).
3. Turn the screw gently and firmly without pressing down, until the worm is halfway down the cork. Place the lever on the lip of the bottle, and pull up until half the cork is exposed. Turn screw again, until the worm is through the cork, and then pull until the cork is free.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
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.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
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!
Text by Emeril Lagasse
SourceEveryday Food, January 2009
To get every last drop from an overly firm lemon or lime, zap it in the microwave for 10 seconds. The heat will soften the fruit, releasing its liquid. Slice it in two. Using one hand, squeeze half (cut side against your palm) over a bowl. The seeds will collect in your hand as the juice flows into the dish.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2006
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