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Baking Cocoa Garnish

I love to garnish coffee drinks, desserts and cakes with a few sprinkles of baking cocoa or instant chocolate drink mix for a pretty look. So I keep it in a small shaker—like the ones that hold…

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Chocolate Hearts

In a microwave-safe bowl or heavy saucepan, melt 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1/4 teaspoon shortening; stir until smooth. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; fill…

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Chocolate Leaves

You can turn mint, lemon or rose leaves into chocolate leaves and use them as a garnish on any dessert. First, wash the leaves and pat dry. Melt 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon…

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Dress Up Your Drink

A festive garnish can add pizzazz to any beverage, says Michelle Krzmarzick of Redondo Beach, California. "To decorate a spritzer, pierce a maraschino cherry and an orange slice with a…

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Fun Fruit Garnish

To add a special finishing touch to a variety of desserts, make sugared cranberries and orange peel. Combine several orange peel strips, 1/3 cup fresh cranberries and 1/2 cup sugar. Stir gently to…

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Garnish with Ingredients

INSTEAD of discarding the unused leaves when chopping celery, save them to use as an inexpensive garnish. Other garnish ideas include a sprig of parsley or additional chopped stuffed olives or…

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Garnishes for Soups

Dress up a soup with a sprinkle of nuts, chopped fresh herbs, sliced green onions, slivers of fresh vegetables, croutons, shredded cheese or crumbled bacon.

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Garnishing with Orange Spirals

Orange spirals make an attractive and fragrant garnish for any type of dessert. To make them, use a citrus stripper to remove the peel of an orange in one continuous motion, working from end to…

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Leftover Whipped Cream

Leftover whipped cream can be dolloped or piped onto waxed or parchment paper and frozen. Use to garnish the tops of cobblers and crisps or on hot chocolate. —Terri Bukowski, Greenfield,…

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Making an Orange Rose

TO ADD COLOR to any dessert platter, try your hand at an easy yet impressive orange rose. Just follow these steps:

Cut a very thin slice from bottom of orange and discard. Starting at the…

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Simple Soup Garnishes

ADDING A GARNISH to soup before serving gives color and adds to the flavor and texture. Easy ideas include: finely chopped green onions or chives, minced fresh parsley, shredded cheddar cheese,…

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Sliced Strawberry Garnish

Instead of quartering strawberries to garnish the top of your pie, slice them widthwise into disks to add a pretty decorative twist! —Theresa S., Newington, Connecticut

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Success with Sauces

While sauces are fairly simple to prepare, keep these tips in mind to ensure perfection every time.

Unless the recipe states otherwise, cook the sauce over low to medium heat only for the time…

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Writing in Chocolate

Dress up a dessert plate with a seasonal sentiment handwritten on the rim of the serving platter. Melt about 2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Transfer to a pastry…

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