Dining at home this February 14? For a romantic prelude or finale to the meal, serve dried Calimyrna figs. When cut lengthwise, they look like little hearts. They're a sweet complement to cheeses, crusty breads, and salads. An added benefit: Figs are packed with nutrients, such as iron and potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.
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Make a berry filling. Cut out 2 circles of puff pastry (any size); freeze for 15 minutes. Cut slits across surface of 1 piece. Spread berry filling onto remaining dough, leaving 1/2-inch border.
Place slit dough on top of filling; adhere to bottom piece of dough with beaten egg. Brush top with egg, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze for 15 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
Once you've done a bit of trimming, these odd-looking vegetables are actually a cinch to steam. Serve them with one or more of our dipping sauces.
1. Prepare 4 artichokes, 10 to 12 ounces each. Place in a steamer basket set in a large pot, with water level just below basket.
2. Cover; steam until stem is easily pierced with tip of a paring knife, adding more water to pot as needed, 25 to 35 minutes (depending on size).
SourceEveryday Food, Volume 12 May 2004
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
A minimalist motif gives these canapes maximum charm: Thinly sliced scallions and snipped chives make stems for salmon-caviar blooms. Spread plain or smoked-salmon cream cheese onto soft white sandwich bread. Trim to desired shape, and arrange the chives and roe into single stems or a field of flowers.
Fishing for Caviar
Salmon caviar, or roe, is a luminous bright orange and tastes of the sea. A relatively inexpensive type of caviar, it can be found at specialty-food stores or ordered from russanddaughters.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, April 2010
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