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  1. Honey Elixir

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    Long used in folk remedies for numerous ailments, honey can help quiet coughs. We mix it with cider vinegar, which some say also soothes throats.

    Mix 2 parts honey and 1 part cider vinegar (we like Bragg's Organic). Heat in microwave or on stove until warm. Sip it slowly, reheating as needed.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
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  2. Parfait Breakfast

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    If you let them, your kids would eat ice-cream sundaes for breakfast. Offer them the next best thing: sundaes made with yogurt, cereal, granola, and fresh fruit layered in tall sundae glasses and eaten with long spoons. For special occasions, such as the morning after the big slumber party, lay out a parfait buffet and let kids make their own.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 3 2002
  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. Emeril's Gumbo Z'Herbes

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    Folks enjoy this satisfying Louisiana gumbo during winter, particularly when they're trying to recover from months of rich holiday foods. Each cook has his or her preferred version. I like mine with a small amount of meat added for flavoring, and I love the combo of collards and mustard greens. The story goes that for each type of green in it, a new friend will be made in the coming year, so feel free to throw some of your favorite greens into the pot and make some more friends!

    Get the Recipe for Gumbo Z'Herbes

    Text by Emeril Lagasse

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    Everyday Food, January 2009
  6. 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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