Create an hors d'oeuvre centerpiece that recalls a vegetable patch. Buy a large, deep galvanized-metal planter from a garden-supply center, line the bottom with sprouts, and pour in enough water to moisten them. Arrange vegetables, such as cherry tomatoes, carrots, radishes, asparagus, and cauliflower, in sections inside the container, varying the colors. Serve immediately with herb dip, or cover with moist paper towels and refrigerate up to 2 hours.
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When a vessel is this distinctive, its form and color practically dictate what kinds of displays to create. Martha's blue-glazed ceramic shell evokes summer at the beach, a time and place indelibly associated with billowing hydrangeas. Luxuriant cuttings from three cultivars, along with some leaves, supply the structure of this design. Airy pink gomphrena and white Cimicifuga cap the sea foam with spray.
SourceMartha Stewart Living
Just as the coffee is being served, the dancing always seems to begin in earnest, leaving guests with cold coffee when they return to the table. At your reception, offer caramel wafers to rest across the top of the cup -- the coffee will stay warm and the caramel will soften, turning the wafer into a sweet gooey treat. To prevent premature nibbling, the wait staff should let guests know what the wafers are for when they first bring out the coffee.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, March/April Spring 2004
Your appetizer will feel right at home served in a seashell, at least if you're serving ceviche -- a dish made with marinated raw fish (we added pink grapefruit in this version; see the recipe). You'll feel secure knowing that these particular shells are oven- and food-safe. White Irish scallop shells, Conch King.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
These favors will soar, though perhaps not as high as your spirits on your wedding day. They are custom-made, with or without a 3-foot-long tail. Finish each with an initialed label printed on laser paper. Cut into 2 1/2-by-3-inch rectangles, and fold along short axis; attach using two pieces of double-sided tape.
SourceMartha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2001
Cool down a room-temperature bottle of wine in record time with this handy tip.
Wet and wring out a linen dish towel, wrap it around a bottle, and place the wine in the refrigerator for half an hour. Can't wait that long? Try the freezer for 15 minutes.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2011
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