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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Prettily arranged ingredients, add flavor, and turn simple foods into edible works of art. We topped flatbread with sage leaves, sliced onion, tomatillo, and yellow tomato. (Another option is to use only an assortment of herbs.) One batch of dough yields 12 delicate slices, enough to present in a basket at the table. Save time the day of your party by making the bread a couple of days in advance and storing it in an airtight container.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2006
Transform a basic white platter (this one's from cb2.com) into a cheese board for your next party.
For the best balance and presentation, choose cheeses with a range of appearances, flavors, and textures. We added pistachios, fruit, and fig cake.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2009
Seafood needs to be kept well chilled until the moment you cook it.
If you're tight on fridge space or want to bring your fish or shrimp to the grill a few minutes in advance, here's how to keep it cool: Fill a shallow pan with ice. Cover with plastic wrap, place the seafood on top, and cover with more wrap.
(Give the idea a try when making our Spicy Grilled Shrimp.)
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
Some holiday parties require every serving dish you own -- and then some. Improvise a bread basket with a large rectangular cloth napkin or dish towel, preferably starched linen (the stiffer the fabric, the better it will hold its shape). Lay the fabric horizontally on a table. Fold the longer side up, slightly more than halfway. Fold the top half down in the same way, so the two edges overlap by an inch. Turn it over, and fold the shorter sides in to meet. For extra security, pin in place. Flip over again, and place rolls or a sliced loaf into the opening.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2010
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