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Ketchup Bottle as Dessert Decorator

A clever way to repurpose an everyday item.

Ketchup squeeze bottle decorating desert platesRick LewRealSimple.com

Run an empty plastic ketchup bottle through the dishwasher, then fill it with your favorite sauce or condiment. Drizzle some rosemary-scented olive oil across a bowl of white bean soup, a squiggle of fudge or raspberry sauce around the rim of a dessert plate. (If calligraphy is not your strong suit, practice on a paper plate or stick to abstract designs.) You'll have a five-star-chef presentation in less than five minutes.

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