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  1. Heart-Shaped Eggs and Toast

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
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  2. Pigs in a Blanket with Puff Pastry Dough

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    Wrap a hot dog with dough, and adhere seam with beaten egg. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Brush with egg. Slice into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes. Serve with mustard.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  3. Stew in a Pumpkin

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    Small sugar pumpkins make seasonally appropriate bowls for hearty servings of robust stew. The pumpkins are hollowed and baked before being filled. Intense heat concentrates the vegetable's sugars, bringing out its natural sweetness -- so you can enjoy its rich, dense flesh as you spoon out your stew. White beans, red pearl onions, baby peas, and turkey sausage make up the deep-flavored mix.

    White Bean and Sausage Stew in Pumpkin Bowls

     

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    Martha Stewart Living, October 2006
  4. Pumpkin-Pie Spice Blend

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    Give drinks, dessert, and breakfast a seasonal spin with this classic spice blend. Mix it yourself or use a store-bought version. To make spiced whipped cream for topping hot coffee, Irish coffee, pie, or cake, add 2 teaspoons of the mix to 1/2 cup heavy cream before whipping. The sweetened spice mix is good sprinkled on buttered toast or French toast.

    Making Your Own
    Even if you don't have pumpkin-pie spice in your pantry, you may well have everything that goes into it. Stir together 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg. Add 2 tablespoons sugar for a sweetened version.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2009
  5. Blueberry, Strawberry, and Mint Icings

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    Syrups made with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and mint make these pastel icings look as good as they taste. Simply stir confectioners' sugar into syrup to reach the consistency of honey. Then dip cupcake tops into icing, or pipe it onto sugar cookies.

    Make-Ahead Tips
    The icing can be prepared up to two days in advance; refrigerate it in an airtight container with a damp towel or plastic wrap on the surface. Cupcakes and cookies can be iced up to a day ahead.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2010
  6. Good Thing

    Extreme Cakeover

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    Pretty fabric butterflies transform a plain-Jane cake into a marvelous tiered wonder -- and there's nary a pastry tip in sight. Simply slide the wired section of each fluttery beauty into a fondant-covered cake, clustering the butterflies here and there for the most dramatic look. Tied around a cake knife, a ribbon in a matching hue completes this super-easy -- not to mention easy on the wallet -- makeover. 

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    Martha Stewart Weddings
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