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  1. Good Thing

    From Tree to Table

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    Shake things up with a dish that's distinctive but doesn't abandon traditional flavors: fall-foliage lasagna. The secret? Pasta colored with beet and carrot puree, and shaped with cookie cutters.

    Your caterer can incorporate these tricks into her recipe; we layered fresh ricotta cheese between beet and carrot pastas, which were cooked, then sauteed in -- and drizzled with -- a brown-butter and sage sauce. The combination is hard to, ahem, beet.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2009
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  2. A Year of Flowers: June

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    At this time of year, it's tempting to create an everything-in-the-vase display that rivals perennial borders at their June peak. But indoors, simpler can be better. Consider combining just a couple of fine specimens: the amazing varieties of one flower, such as alliums, and the gorgeous foliage of another, such as hosta. We used a fluted white vase to focus attention on subtle color harmonies and contrasting silhouettes. On a practical note, alliums need frequent water changes, so refill the vase daily.

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    Martha Stewart Living
  3. Passover Plates

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    If you're expecting numerous guests for the holiday dinner and have only one seder plate, create one or two extras so everyone around the table can participate. Arrange five elegant saucers or small bowls on a large plate that matches them, and then use the small dishes to display each of the symbolic foods.

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    Martha Stewart Living, April 2008
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    How to Coat the Edge of a Cocktail Glass

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    1. Melt about 3 ounces of semisweet or white chocolate in a microwave. (It takes about 1 minute to melt.)

    2. Holding a glass at an angle, dip a small portion of the rim into chocolate. Lift slightly, and rotate about 1 1/2 inches. Repeat around entire rim, making sure chocolate swags are the same size. Refrigerate glasses until ready to serve.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
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    Stacked Favor Centerpiece

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    This display is a centerpiece, a stack of party favors, and a table-number indicator all in one.

    Fill small cardboard boxes with cookies or candies, wrap them with bands of paper and slender ribbon, and stack them on a silver compote in the shape of a pyramid. Attach a table number to the topmost box.

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    Martha Stewart Weddings, 2004
  6. Quick-Chill Wine

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    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.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2011
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