7 Tips for Holiday Entertaining!

Keep extra beverages and snacks on hand so you can welcome an unexpected guest or be spontane ous and invite friends by for a drink on short notice. This means keeping a bottle of prosecco or spar kling wine in the refrigerator and salted nuts in the pant ry. Or a box of favorite tea, fresh lemons, and shortbread cookies.

Tip One: STOCK UP!

Easy and quick hors d’oeuvres can be made from the pantry -- that is, if you’ve stocked it right. A jar of red pepper jelly, a block of cream cheese and a box of crackers make a classic favorite canape. Or bake your own cheese sticks from a package of puff pastry kept in the freezer (Dufour and Pepperidge Farm are both good) and a block of Parmesan cheese: Unfold a sheet of defrosted pastry (it defrosts in about 30 minutes) and sprinkle about a 1/2-cup of grated Parmesan on top. Use a rolling pin to press the cheese into the pastry at the same time rolling the dough to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into 1-inch strips, give each a twist, and lay on a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 F oven until puffed, golden, and crisp, about 15 minutes.

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Pressed for time? Buy dessert instead of making it. Add a scoop of coffee ice cream to bakerybought brownies, or serve a slice of angel food cake with defrosted frozen berries and a dollop of freshly made sweetened whipped cream.

TIP SEVEN: Get your copy of The City Cook by Kate McDonough!

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