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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. Cheese Plate Presentation

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    Transform a basic white platter (this one's from cb2.com) into a cheese board for your next party.

    For the best balance and presentation, choose cheeses with a range of appearances, flavors, and textures. We added pistachios, fruit, and fig cake.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2009
  5. Honey Elixir

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    Long used in folk remedies for numerous ailments, honey can help quiet coughs. We mix it with cider vinegar, which some say also soothes throats.

    Mix 2 parts honey and 1 part cider vinegar (we like Bragg's Organic). Heat in microwave or on stove until warm. Sip it slowly, reheating as needed.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
  6. Chiffonade

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    Chiffonade are shredded or finely cut vegetables or herbs, often used as garnish.

    To make a chiffonade, wash and thoroughly dry leafy greens or fresh herbs, such as basil and sage. Then stack them, with the largest leaves on the bottom. Roll them up, and cut them crosswise into slivers using a sharp chefs knife. The resulting ribbons provide dishes with a potent burst of flavor. Try sprinkling a chiffonade of basil over pizza. Or prepare kale or collard greens this way (making slightly wider ribbons), and saute with olive oil.

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    Martha Stewart Living
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