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  1. 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
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  2. How-To

    Uncorking Wine

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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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  3. Asparagus

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    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.

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    Everyday Food, Volume 9 March/April 2003
  4. Good Thing

    Roasted Applesauce

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    A childhood favorite grows up in this sophisticated update on applesauce, which boasts an intense caramelized flavor, thanks to a base of roasted apples. It's also an excellent way to make use of fruit left over from fall apple picking. Simply roast the whole fruit with brown sugar and butter until softened, and then use a food mill to puree and separate out the skins and seeds. Stir in your favorite spices and enjoy the sweet harvest.

    Roasted Applesauce Recipe

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2007
  5. Apples Dipped in Honey

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    Perfect for Rosh Hashanah: kids will be bowled over by this idea for apples and honey. Trim the top and bottom of an apple and hollow it out with a spoon or melon baller. (McIntoshes are easy to scoop.) Brush the inside with lemon juice, and fill with honey. Slice more apples for dipping.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2010
  6. How to Keep Shrimp Cold

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    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.)

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
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