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  1. Heart-Shaped Appetizers

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    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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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
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  2. All-American Burger Topping Combinations

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    Tex-Mex
    - Pepper Jack cheese
    - Salsa
    - Guacamole or sliced avocado
    - Sliced white onion
    - Sliced pickled jalapenos

    West Coast
    - Soft goat cheese
    - Garlic mayonnaise
    - Flat-leaf spinach
    - Sprouts
    - Sliced cucumber
    - Sliced red onion

    Southern
    - Barbecue sauce
    - Coleslaw or shredded cabbage
    - Sweet pickles or pickle relish
    - Cooked bacon

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    Everyday Food, July/August 2007
  3. Peach-Shaped Sorbet

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    Surprise guests with sorbet masquerading as a favorite summer fruit. Mango sorbet has a particularly convincing color. 

    Scoop it into a dish, and top with a clove and lemon verbena leaves. Small mint or basil leaves also work well.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2009
  4. 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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