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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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
Stunning cookies like these are usually decorated with a piping bag, but in-house stylist Dani Fiori came up with a simpler way: plastic squeeze bottles.
Bottles with wide tips are best for outlining and "flooding" areas with icing; narrow ones are good for detail work.
SourceThe Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
Asparagus is best cooked the day it's purchased, but it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to five days in one of the following ways: Wrap the bottoms of the stalks in a damp paper towel, and place in a paper bag; store in crisper. Or stand the bundled stalks in a bowl with about an inch of water.
Although many people believe that thinner asparagus spears are more tender than thicker ones, thick spears are actually just as tender. If the asparagus stems are tough, remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.
SourceEveryday Food, Volume 9 March/April 2003
Surprise guests with sorbet masquerading as a favorite summer fruit. Mango sorbet has a particularly convincing color.
Scoop it into a dish, and top with a clove and lemon verbena leaves. Small mint or basil leaves also work well.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, July 2009
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