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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. Jelly Curls

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    Roll out puff pastry into a rectangle, and spread a thin layer of homemade or store-bought jam on 1 half. Fold the other half over. Lightly brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle generously with sanding sugar. Slice dough into 1/2-inch strips; twist and curl each. Arrange on baking sheet, and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes. 

    Storage: Unbaked jelly curls can be frozen for up to 6 months.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  3. Dilly Beans and Spiced Nuts

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    Give a Bloody Mary lover a batch of delectable homemade dilly beans. The spicy, pickled green beans make a tasty, unexpected garnish (and are equally enjoyable on their own). 

    Add two types of flavored nuts -- spicy almonds and smoky cashews -- for serving alongside. Finish the gifts with simple paper toppers (round for the beans and wide bands for the nuts) secured with twine. 

    Download our clip-art label and a Bloody Mary recipe to complete the presentation.

  4. 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
  5. Apples Dipped in Honey

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    Perfect for Rosh Hashanah: kids will be bowled over by this idea for apples and honey. Trim the top and bottom of an apple and hollow it out with a spoon or melon baller. (McIntoshes are easy to scoop.) Brush the inside with lemon juice, and fill with honey. Slice more apples for dipping.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2010
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