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  1. Herb-Infused Cocktails

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    Mint-packed mojitos and juleps might be the most famous examples, but all kinds of cocktails will perk up when herbs are added to the mix. Muddling is the key to extracting the herbs' flavors and fragrant oils, done with a traditional bar tool similar to a mortar and pestle but gentler on delicate leaves, or the end of a wooden spoon. Here are four herbalicious drinks from our test kitchen.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2011
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  2. Parfait Breakfast

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    If you let them, your kids would eat ice-cream sundaes for breakfast. Offer them the next best thing: sundaes made with yogurt, cereal, granola, and fresh fruit layered in tall sundae glasses and eaten with long spoons. For special occasions, such as the morning after the big slumber party, lay out a parfait buffet and let kids make their own.

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    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 3 2002
  3. How-To

    Potato Salad

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    Potatoes make satisfying side dishes in all seasons, summer included. What would a picnic be without potato salad? Opinions on which ingredients are essential to potato salad can vary (maybe your must-include is hard-cooked egg, or diced onion, or sweet pickle relish). Regardless, the starting point must be a basic recipe that promises a good outcome every time. My stripped-down method does just that -- all the salad needs are creative additions to make it your own.

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    Everyday Food, June 2007
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    Avoid Soggy Salads

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    Repeat after us: No more soggy salads for lunch. Here's how to pack healthful ingredients so they stay fresh, crisp, and cool. Arrange the heaviest items (we used chickpeas, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, carrots, and tomatoes) into a storage container first; then tuck in a small container of dressing and add lettuce on top. Place the whole thing in an insulated lunch sack with a cold pack. When hunger strikes, pour on the dressing, shake gently, and enjoy.

    Tellfresh Screw-Top Food Storage, 1 liter, $4, containerstore.com.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2010
  5. Apples Dipped in Honey

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    Perfect for Rosh Hashanah: kids will be bowled over by this idea for apples and honey. Trim the top and bottom of an apple and hollow it out with a spoon or melon baller. (McIntoshes are easy to scoop.) Brush the inside with lemon juice, and fill with honey. Slice more apples for dipping.

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    Martha Stewart Living, September 2010
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