When you're looking for a cool, healthy treat, think granita. Then take a shortcut and enjoy this easy version. The refreshing dessert is typically made by freezing a mixture of sugar, water, and flavorings and scraping it often as ice crystals form. This variation calls for just one ingredient and no scraping. Freeze any juice -- we used grapefruit -- in an ice cube tray; pliable silicone ones are ideal. When solid, pulse 3 to 5 cubes per serving in a food processor until shards form. Serve the granita in a pretty glass. (Or freeze it in an airtight container for a day or two.)
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- Pepper Jack cheese
- Guacamole or sliced avocado
- Sliced white onion
- Sliced pickled jalapenos
- Soft goat cheese
- Garlic mayonnaise
- Flat-leaf spinach
- Sliced cucumber
- Sliced red onion
- Barbecue sauce
- Coleslaw or shredded cabbage
- Sweet pickles or pickle relish
- Cooked bacon
SourceEveryday Food, July/August 2007
How to use a waiter's friend, in three simple steps:
1. With the corkscrew's blade, cut the foil under the second lip of the bottle (to prevent foil from falling in).
2. Center the point of the screw on the cork, and turn firmly to anchor the worm (the spiral).
3. Turn the screw gently and firmly without pressing down, until the worm is halfway down the cork. Place the lever on the lip of the bottle, and pull up until half the cork is exposed. Turn screw again, until the worm is through the cork, and then pull until the cork is free.
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
Why settle for ordinary eggs and toast when you can show your love with this version?
Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the center of a thick slice of bread, and toast it. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place bread slice in skillet, and cook until underside is lightly browned. Add another 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, and flip bread. Fit cookie cutter, coated with cooking spray, in bread's cutout heart, and crack an egg into cutter. Cover skillet, and cook until egg is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove cutter. Serve with toasted heart for dipping into yolk.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2009
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