Leftover dessert doubles as guest favors when packaged in boxes that are as pretty as, well, pie. Photocopy template at 400 percent; trace onto card stock. Cut out the image with scallop scissors along scalloped edges and regular scissors on solid lines. With a straightedge and a bone folder, score paper along dotted lines. Fold along scored lines, and secure tabs with double-sided tape. Line box with parchment paper, place a slice inside, and tie on a tag.
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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.
SourceEveryday Food, January 2009
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.
SourceEveryday Food, December 2009
Martha answers Joan Cusack's questions about making gravy with a smooth consistency for Thanksgiving.
For complete step-by-step instructions, see our how-to: Making Perfect Turkey Gravy
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, November 2009
When a recipe calls for sliced or diced bacon, freeze the strips for easier cutting: This way, they won't slide under the knife.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, March 2009
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