Instead of watering down your drink with ice cubes that are destined to melt, give the entire vessel its own ice bucket. Slip one glass container inside another (we found these multipurpose cylinders at a floral-supply shop, jamaligarden.com), and put the ice between them. The effect is dramatic and guarantees that your punch retains its punch.
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Three delicious cookies -- chocolate-almond spirals,
lemon-oatmeal lacies, and cowboy cookies (chock-full of nuts, coconut, and chocolate chunks) -- meet one clever wrapping idea: Line easy-to-make paper envelopes with waxed tissue, and seal with punched-paper labels.
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
When a recipe calls for sliced or diced bacon, freeze the strips for easier cutting: This way, they won't slide under the knife.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, November 2008
Whether you're hiking in the hills or to the office, this mix makes a delicious and convenient seasonal snack. Bursting with contrasting textures and flavors -- salty pumpkin seeds, spicy ginger, crunchy almonds, chewy cranberries, rich coconut -- the blend will dazzle your taste buds. It makes a great gift, too.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, October 2009
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.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, September 2010
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