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Entertaining With No Excuses

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We've all been there: your guests are coming over in twenty minutes, and your much-anticipated main dish looks nothing like you imagined it. You panic, assuming that your guests will likely never return to your home because of a less-than-perfectly executed dish. Also, you're pretty sure the world is ending.


Resisting the urge to apologize for a dinner gone wrong isn't easy. However, in this New York Times article, Melissa Clark urges us to serve our flops with pride.  By renaming disappointing dishes, we can highlight flavor without having to make excuses. Your guests will never know that your brownies weren't meant to be molten, nor your carrots charred; they'll simply marvel at your hospitality.

Tell us: what are some of your biggest kitchen flops and cover-ups?

Renaming a Dish Gone Awry from the New York Times


Photos by Andrew Scrivani