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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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
Leftover dessert doubles as guest favors when packaged in boxes that are as pretty as, well, pie. Photocopy template at 400 percent; trace onto card stock. Cut out the image with scallop scissors along scalloped edges and regular scissors on solid lines. With a straightedge and a bone folder, score paper along dotted lines. Fold along scored lines, and secure tabs with double-sided tape. Line box with parchment paper, place a slice inside, and tie on a tag.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2007
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
Once the lamb has finished cooking, let it rest for at least 10 minutes (this will allow the juices to redistribute).
1. Hold Two Rib Bones
To slice each rack into chops, hold the ends of two neighboring rib bones upright at one end of the rack.
2. Cut Between the Ribs
SourceMartha Stewart Living, December 2010
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