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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

    Uncorking Wine

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    How to use a waiter's friend, in three simple steps:

    1. With the corkscrew's blade, cut the foil under the second lip of the bottle (to prevent foil from falling in).

    2. Center the point of the screw on the cork, and turn firmly to anchor the worm (the spiral).

    3. Turn the screw gently and firmly without pressing down, until the worm is halfway down the cork. Place the lever on the lip of the bottle, and pull up until half the cork is exposed. Turn screw again, until the worm is through the cork, and then pull until the cork is free.

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    Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
  4. Dilly Beans and Spiced Nuts

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    Give a Bloody Mary lover a batch of delectable homemade dilly beans. The spicy, pickled green beans make a tasty, unexpected garnish (and are equally enjoyable on their own). 

    Add two types of flavored nuts -- spicy almonds and smoky cashews -- for serving alongside. Finish the gifts with simple paper toppers (round for the beans and wide bands for the nuts) secured with twine. 

    Download our clip-art label and a Bloody Mary recipe to complete the presentation.

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