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  1. Dessert Party Favors

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    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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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2007
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  2. Using Leftover Cookie Dough

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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.

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    The Martha Stewart Show
  3. The Aquarius

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    This is the dawning of the age of bourbon. The spirit is having its moment, thanks to the rise of small distilleries producing top-notch, well-aged bourbon. This month, instead of a cocktail, our birthday drink consists of one special ingredient: smooth, handcrafted Woodford Reserve. "I don't like to mix this with anything," says Jennifer Aaronson, Living's food editorial director. "You could -- it would make a killer Manhattan. But it's ideal for sipping."

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2010
  4. Citrus Trick

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    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.

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2006
  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
  6. Basil-Infused Olive Oil

    Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

    Garden-grown basil can pile up fast. Here's a good use for it: basil-flavored oil, delicious on salads or drizzled over baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese. To make it, blanch 1 cup of basil leaves and blend them in a food processor with 1/2 cup olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.

    Comments (1)

    • jshield 22 Aug, 2010

      I always look for easy ways to offer appetizers. The idea of infusing basil into olive oil is simple. I took the basil and let it sit as directed.What I found was that this delicious basil olive oil was fantastic with just a little red pepper flakes sprinkled in.Get great italian bread n cut it into chunks, pour your oil into a pretty saucer, and now you have the makings of a great dipping sauce.
      Everyone at my party loved it AND continued to eat it after the dinner was served.

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