Classic mimosas get a fresh twist -- and a pretty, rosy hue -- when they're mixed with pink grapefruit juice instead of the usual orange juice. For each serving, pour equal parts of Champagne (or any other sparkling wine) and fruit juice (either store-bought or freshly squeezed). One bottle of Champagne will yield about eight cocktails.
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You don't need special equipment to cook healthy veggies for dinner -- a heatproof sieve or colander is a perfectly good substitute for a steamer basket. Pick one that fits along the rim of a saucepan. Fill the pan with an inch of water, and bring to a gentle boil. Place cut-up vegetables in the sieve (don't overload it), and cover the pan. Cooking times will vary depending on what you're steaming. In general, when vegetables, such as broccoli and green beans, are crisp-tender and bright in color, or when potatoes can be easily pierced, they're done.
SourceEveryday Food, January 2009
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
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
Repeat after us: No more soggy salads for lunch. Here's how to pack healthful ingredients so they stay fresh, crisp, and cool. Arrange the heaviest items (we used chickpeas, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes) into a storage container first; then tuck in a small container of dressing and add lettuce on top. Place the whole thing in an insulated lunch sack with a cold pack. When hunger strikes, pour on the dressing, shake gently, and enjoy.
Tellfresh Screw-Top Food Storage, 1 liter, $4, containerstore.com.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, August 2010
The name of this caramel-like confection, from Argentina and Uruguay, loosely translates to "milk candy": In a traditional process, sugar and milk are cooked over low heat for hours, until the mixture becomes thick and golden. Make your own dulce de leche, or find it in the international aisle or a Latin-foods market. It's great spread on toast, drizzled over tropical fruit such as mango, used as a dip for apple slices, or whipped into butter and spread on cornbread.
SourceEveryday Food, November 2010
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