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  1. How-To

    Crisp Muffin Wrappers

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    These crisp parchment paper wrappers give muffins and cupcakes a festive air -- and they keep the baked goods from sticking to the pan, too.

    Muffin Wrappers How-To 

    1. Cut 5-inch square pieces of parchment. 

    2. Spray a muffin tin with vegetable oil cooking spray to hold parchment in place. 

    3. Place 1 piece of parchment into 1 cup of the tin, pressing along folds to crease. Repeat with other cups and parchment pieces. 

    4. Scoop batter into cups, and bake.

    Source
    Martha Stewart Living, June 2009
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  2. Snow-Globe Cookies

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    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.

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    Source
    The Martha Stewart Show, December 2009
  3. Emeril's Gumbo Z'Herbes

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    Folks enjoy this satisfying Louisiana gumbo during winter, particularly when they're trying to recover from months of rich holiday foods. Each cook has his or her preferred version. I like mine with a small amount of meat added for flavoring, and I love the combo of collards and mustard greens. The story goes that for each type of green in it, a new friend will be made in the coming year, so feel free to throw some of your favorite greens into the pot and make some more friends!

    Get the Recipe for Gumbo Z'Herbes

    Text by Emeril Lagasse

    Source
    Everyday Food, January 2009
  4. Heart-Shaped Eggs and Toast

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    Why settle for ordinary eggs and toast when you can show your love with this version? 

    Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the center of a thick slice of bread, and toast it. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place bread slice in skillet, and cook until underside is lightly browned. Add another 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, and flip bread. Fit cookie cutter, coated with cooking spray, in bread's cutout heart, and crack an egg into cutter. Cover skillet, and cook until egg is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove cutter. Serve with toasted heart for dipping into yolk.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
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