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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. Pretzel Sparklers

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    Like most sparklers, these are extinguished after a short while -- with several large bites. To make two dozen, place 4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until melted; remove from heat. Using a pastry brush, coat the upper third of each pretzel rod in chocolate. Cover with sprinkles; stand pretzels upright in a glass. Place in the refrigerator until firm, about 5 minutes.

     

     

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 8 2003
  3. Cricut Cake Decorations

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    Martha likes to decorate sweet treats for special occasions with edible designs made with the Cricut Cake machine.

    The easy-to-use machine uses stainless steel blades to create professional-looking embellishments in minutes. Just choose a design and a size, and press "cut."

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    For more information, visit hsn.com.

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    The Martha Stewart Show, September 2010
  4. Good Thing

    Slicing Bacon Strips

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    When a recipe calls for sliced or diced bacon, freeze the strips for easier cutting: This way, they won't slide under the knife.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  5. Herb Sachet for Cooking

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    Sachets of aromatic herbs, such as the classic bouquet garni of thyme, parsley, and bay leaves, add flavor to simmering soups, stews, stocks, and braises. But fishing these cheesecloth bundles out of the pot can be difficult. The next time you use one of the herb packets, tie a length of butcher's twine to the sachet, and then tie the loose end to one of the pot's handles. (Be sure the twine stays clear of the burner.) When the time comes, the bouquet garni will be easy to retrieve and remove.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2009
  6. 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
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