There's no home cook who hasn't been through at least one holiday meal gone awry. Like the time one of us mixed up baking powder and cornstarch -- a disaster, to say the least.
We suppose we could stick to our tried-and-true standards -- but part of what we love about the holidays is the chance to try new things.
Not ones to give that up, we've come up with a different solution: make-ahead hors d'oeuvres we can rely on to impress our guests if the rest of the meal is in distress. Here are 8 of our favorites.