Wednesday, July 14, 2004

The newlyweds' tips for novices

Rob and Sarah Schroeder offer these tips for couples who want to host dinner parties and other events with food at home:

• Recognize your abilities and try to stay within them without limiting your potential.

• Don't be afraid to try new ingredients and new recipes, but it's best to experiment at least the day before your guests arrive. Don't try to make all new dishes for a meal - try one or two.

• Remember who you are cooking for: Most people will be forgiving, especially if you prepare something they'll enjoy.

• Realize your time constraints. Don't wear yourself out so much you can't enjoy the meal or sit down with your guests.

• Do as much as you can beforehand: Clean, decorate, set the table and prepare food as far in advance as possible.

Chuck Martin

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