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  1. Blueberry, Strawberry, and Mint Icings

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    Syrups made with fresh blueberries, strawberries, and mint make these pastel icings look as good as they taste. Simply stir confectioners' sugar into syrup to reach the consistency of honey. Then dip cupcake tops into icing, or pipe it onto sugar cookies.

    Make-Ahead Tips
    The icing can be prepared up to two days in advance; refrigerate it in an airtight container with a damp towel or plastic wrap on the surface. Cupcakes and cookies can be iced up to a day ahead.

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    Martha Stewart Living, May 2010
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  2. Cuban Influence

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    The Cuban sandwich -- the classic combination of roast pork, ham, and cheese -- was once the province of humble Cuban coffee shops. 

    Now, high-end chefs are getting into the act. One of the best new versions is by Tom Valenti of New York City's West Branch and Ouest. He uses ciabatta -- grilled so it's crunchy yet soft -- along with provolone cheese, peperoncini, pulled pork, and bread-and-butter pickles to create a perfect balance of hot, sour, spicy, and sweet. 

    Plus, it's a great way to use leftover Easter ham.

    Get the Recipe for the Cuban Panini

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2009
  3. Yogurt on a Stick

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    A container of yogurt transformed into an ice pop isn't just a yummy treat for kids -- its lid can catch messy drips. Open a 6-ounce container of fruit yogurt; drain excess liquid, and stir. Add a couple of teaspoons of berries and granola on top, pressing into yogurt a bit. Cut a slit in the lid, just large enough to insert a large craft stick. Put lid back on; insert stick halfway into yogurt. Freeze at least 5 hours. To unmold, dip cup into bowl of warm water.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, 2004
  4. Good Thing

    Slicing Bacon Strips

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    When a recipe calls for sliced or diced bacon, freeze the strips for easier cutting: This way, they won't slide under the knife.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2008
  5. Botanical Canapes

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    A minimalist motif gives these canapes maximum charm: Thinly sliced scallions and snipped chives make stems for salmon-caviar blooms. Spread plain or smoked-salmon cream cheese onto soft white sandwich bread. Trim to desired shape, and arrange the chives and roe into single stems or a field of flowers.

    Fishing for Caviar
    Salmon caviar, or roe, is a luminous bright orange and tastes of the sea. A relatively inexpensive type of caviar, it can be found at specialty-food stores or ordered from russanddaughters.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2010
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