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  1. Punch Bowl Ice Bath

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    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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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
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  2. Puff Pastry with Berry Filling

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    Make a berry filling. Cut out 2 circles of puff pastry (any size); freeze for 15 minutes. Cut slits across surface of 1 piece. Spread berry filling onto remaining dough, leaving 1/2-inch border. 

    Place slit dough on top of filling; adhere to bottom piece of dough with beaten egg. Brush top with egg, and sprinkle with sanding sugar. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet, and freeze for 15 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  3. Kitchen Tip: DIY Steamer

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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.

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    Everyday Food, January 2009
  4. Honey Elixir

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    Long used in folk remedies for numerous ailments, honey can help quiet coughs. We mix it with cider vinegar, which some say also soothes throats.

    Mix 2 parts honey and 1 part cider vinegar (we like Bragg's Organic). Heat in microwave or on stove until warm. Sip it slowly, reheating as needed.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2010
  5. Good Thing

    Edible Cherry Blossoms

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    Professional-looking wedding cakes are a snap, no matter where you are, thanks to these delightful edible cherry blossoms in a box.

    Handcrafted from sugar paste and royal icing, these blooms provide a beautiful, budget-friendly way to bring a plain-white tiered cake -- frosted with either buttercream or fondant -- to new heights.

    Resources

    Cherry Blossom Kit, Wendy Kromer Confections.

     

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Issue 2009
  6. How-To

    Carve a Rack of Lamb

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    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 

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
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