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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Roll out puff pastry into a rectangle, and spread a thin layer of homemade or store-bought jam on 1 half. Fold the other half over. Lightly brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle generously with sanding sugar. Slice dough into 1/2-inch strips; twist and curl each. Arrange on baking sheet, and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.
Storage: Unbaked jelly curls can be frozen for up to 6 months.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010
Potatoes make satisfying side dishes in all seasons, summer included. What would a picnic be without potato salad? Opinions on which ingredients are essential to potato salad can vary (maybe your must-include is hard-cooked egg, or diced onion, or sweet pickle relish). Regardless, the starting point must be a basic recipe that promises a good outcome every time. My stripped-down method does just that -- all the salad needs are creative additions to make it your own.
SourceEveryday Food, June 2007
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, February 2008
Sweet meets heat in these colorful fruit cups inspired by a popular Mexican street-food snack. With a squeeze of lime juice and a dusting of chili powder, slices of papaya, cantaloupe, mango, watermelon, and pineapple take on a new depth of flavor. They're a cinch to make for any celebration.
Individual portions of fruit are easy to serve and eat. Clear old-fashioned glasses (Crate & Barrel) show off the sherbet-y shades.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, May 2010
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