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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. Festive Flatbread

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    Prettily arranged ingredients, add flavor, and turn simple foods into edible works of art. We topped flatbread with sage leaves, sliced onion, tomatillo, and yellow tomato. (Another option is to use only an assortment of herbs.) One batch of dough yields 12 delicate slices, enough to present in a basket at the table. Save time the day of your party by making the bread a couple of days in advance and storing it in an airtight container.

    Festive Flatbread

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2006
  3. Dilly Beans and Spiced Nuts

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    Give a Bloody Mary lover a batch of delectable homemade dilly beans. The spicy, pickled green beans make a tasty, unexpected garnish (and are equally enjoyable on their own). 

    Add two types of flavored nuts -- spicy almonds and smoky cashews -- for serving alongside. Finish the gifts with simple paper toppers (round for the beans and wide bands for the nuts) secured with twine. 

    Download our clip-art label and a Bloody Mary recipe to complete the presentation.

  4. 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
  5. Gravy Tips with Joan Cusack

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    Martha answers Joan Cusack's questions about making gravy with a smooth consistency for Thanksgiving.

    Resources
    For complete step-by-step instructions, see our how-to: Making Perfect Turkey Gravy

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    The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009
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