Hot Holiday Entertaining Trends with Food Network's Ted Allen


Holiday Entertaining with Ted Allen

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Holiday Entertaining with Ted Allen

You know him best as the food-and-wine expert from the Emmy-winningQueer Eye,as well as the fun-but-firm judge on acclaimed series likeIron Chef AmericaandTop Chef.Now, tastemaker and culinary expert Ted Allen, host of the new Food Network seriesFood Detectivesand Brand Ambassador for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines,wants to let you in on his secrets for throwing a fabulous holiday fête—minus the usual fuss and stress. Read on to learn his tips for planning a low-labor, high-style party, plus get a sample taste of recipes from his most recent cookbook,The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes.

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Plan ahead

"Every dinner party is stressful, and when you're cooking for the holidays, you're usually expecting more people than usual—making

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Get an early start

To make preparation as easy as possible, think about dishes you can assemble a day or two ahead of time. Lasagna, a roast or any other baked item that you

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Don't always run hot or cold

"Always feature some side dishes that don't have to be hot or cold—just room temperature," says Allen. That way, you won't have t

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Favor your oven

"I try my best to use my oven more than my stovetop," says Allen. An oven will do most of the work for you, freeing your hands for those last-minute details. To make prep super-easy, try to choose several baked dishes that require a simi

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Take inventory of your serving pieces

"Most people collect serving pieces—you first get them when you get married, and then you pick up pieces here and there," says Allen. "I know I tend to forget what I have, so before the holidays, I think it's always smart to take inven

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Get creative with servingware

One little entertaining trick that makes a big impact is to think creatively about food presentation. Do you have a pastry marble that you can use to serve the cheese course? Or some cool cutting boards where you can put some crudité or

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Raise the sophistication factor

One easy way to amp up the sophistication of your dishes? Think small. "I like to serve desserts and sides to my guests in their own little indi

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When in doubt, go white

Don't have enough matching china sets to serve the holiday crowd? Fret not. "When it comes to plates, I don't care about gilded edges or anything fancy—I want white," says Allen. "I think of plates like they're picture frames—there's

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Keep the flowers simple

"Not everyone is a floral designer, so if you're going to do a floral arrangement on your table, your best bet is to buy one kind of flower in one color," says Allen.





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