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  1. How-To

    Carve Beef Tenderloin

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    Once the beef has finished cooking, let it rest on a cutting board for at least 10 minutes (this will allow the juices to redistribute). 

    Cut Across the Grain

    Holding meat steady with a carving fork, slice the tenderloin across the grain into 1/2-inch-thick pieces with a sawing motion, using a few long strokes of a carving knife.

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    Martha Stewart Living, December 2010
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  2. Heart-Shaped Eggs and Toast

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    Why settle for ordinary eggs and toast when you can show your love with this version? 

    Using a 3-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, remove the center of a thick slice of bread, and toast it. Melt 1 1/2 teaspoons butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Place bread slice in skillet, and cook until underside is lightly browned. Add another 1 1/2 teaspoons butter, and flip bread. Fit cookie cutter, coated with cooking spray, in bread's cutout heart, and crack an egg into cutter. Cover skillet, and cook until egg is set, 2 to 3 minutes. Use tongs to remove cutter. Serve with toasted heart for dipping into yolk.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Good Thing

    Perfectly Spiced, No Mess

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    The next time you need to season meat, poultry, or fish, use a fine sieve to do the job. Pour in the spice, hold the sieve over the food, and tap gently. The food will be evenly coated, and your hands will stay clean.

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    Martha Stewart Living, February 2008
  6. Cloth Napkin Bread Basket

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    Some holiday parties require every serving dish you own -- and then some. Improvise a bread basket with a large rectangular cloth napkin or dish towel, preferably starched linen (the stiffer the fabric, the better it will hold its shape). Lay the fabric horizontally on a table. Fold the longer side up, slightly more than halfway. Fold the top half down in the same way, so the two edges overlap by an inch. Turn it over, and fold the shorter sides in to meet. For extra security, pin in place. Flip over again, and place rolls or a sliced loaf into the opening.

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    Martha Stewart Living, November 2010
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