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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. Pigs in a Blanket with Puff Pastry Dough

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    Wrap a hot dog with dough, and adhere seam with beaten egg. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Brush with egg. Slice into bite-size pieces. Transfer to a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees until golden, about 15 minutes. Serve with mustard.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  3. 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
  4. Sundae Social

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    Here's a sweet idea: Use leftover candy to create a make-it-yourself ice cream sundae party. Simply chop the treats into bits, and set them out in small bowls so everyone can choose a favorite topping. Our assortment includes candy sticks, toffee bars, and chocolate-covered almonds, but any candies or nuts will work well.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January
  5. Peach-Shaped Sorbet

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    Surprise guests with sorbet masquerading as a favorite summer fruit. Mango sorbet has a particularly convincing color. 

    Scoop it into a dish, and top with a clove and lemon verbena leaves. Small mint or basil leaves also work well.

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    Martha Stewart Living, July 2009
  6. Basil-Infused Olive Oil

    Martha Stewart Living, June 2006

    Garden-grown basil can pile up fast. Here's a good use for it: basil-flavored oil, delicious on salads or drizzled over baguette slices topped with ricotta cheese. To make it, blanch 1 cup of basil leaves and blend them in a food processor with 1/2 cup olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week.

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    • 22 Aug, 2010

      I always look for easy ways to offer appetizers. The idea of infusing basil into olive oil is simple. I took the basil and let it sit as directed.What I found was that this delicious basil olive oil was fantastic with just a little red pepper flakes sprinkled in.Get great italian bread n cut it into chunks, pour your oil into a pretty saucer, and now you have the makings of a great dipping sauce.
      Everyone at my party loved it AND continued to eat it after the dinner was served.

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