SMALL TALK

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1. What Royal Baby the Sec­ond will be named. Chal­lenge: Make a con­vinc­ing

ar­gu­ment for “Jaxxxon.” The Po­lar Vor­tex 2.0. Re­lated: the trop­i­cal is­land on which you’ve ap­plied for refugee sta­tus. 3. The Jay-Z and Bey­oncé split sit­u­a­tion. But not in front

of Blue, okay? h

What to talk about on the cock­tail cir­cuit:

Prob­lem The souf­flé has col­lapsed, the rice is boil­ing over and your guests’ ar­rival is im­mi­nent. So­lu­tion “Make a sched­ule for the en­tire menu. Say I’m do­ing filet of beef and roasted vegetables...I fig­ure out what time I should turn on the oven, when the filet of beef has to go in, when the vegetables go in and when the filet comes out. I also fac­tor in how many ovens and pots I have be­cause some­times a menu sounds won­der­ful, but you need three ovens and only have one.” Prob­lem You’re ter­ri­fied of carv­ing a turkey in front of your mother-in-law. So­lu­tion “Roast the turkey ahead be­fore any­one gets there, and slice it in the pri­vacy of your own kitchen. I pour gravy in the bot­tom of an oven­proof serv­ing dish and put the turkey on top. Just be­fore I serve it, I put the whole dish back in the oven to re­heat it. The gravy ac­tu­ally keeps ev­ery­thing so moist!” Prob­lem You’re han­dling dessert for a potluck you’re host­ing, but you have no time to prep any­thing im­me­di­ately be­fore (#mall­park­ing lot­grid­lock). So­lu­tion “Make the dough for my Salty Oat­meal Choco­late Chunk Cook­ies ahead of time and freeze it. Then, just scoop it out onto a bak­ing tray and have fresh cook­ies bak­ing any­time guests ar­rive.” For a mouth-wa­ter­ing make-ahead recipe from Garten’s new book, hop to “Are you still do­ing that whole gluten-free thing?” Un­less my small in­tes­tine has sud­denly over­come its life­long al­lergy to de­li­cious, gluti­nous

carbs and for­got­ten to tell me, then, yes, it’s still on. 2. “Can you eat around it?” If you can show me how to suc­cess­fully eat around a pizza crust/chicken wing/Tim­bit, I will gladly oblige.

3. “Do you want bread with that?” No. Just no. ■

Hav­ing a gluten-free guest over? ELLE’s res­i­dent in­tol­er­ant, Ava Bac­cari, sounds off on the ques­tions that, for the love of carbs, you must never ask.

wun­derkind de­signer Zac Posen rose to rapid fash­ion fame with his la­dy­like de­signs, which are favoured by ev­ery­one from Coco Rocha to Ri­hanna. Now, the 34-year-old de­signer is be­com­ing as beloved for his In­sta­gram ac­count, which re­veals his en­ter­tain­ing ob­ses­sion, as he is for his role on Project Run­way. (#cook­ing­with­zac has be­come a mini In­ter­net phe­nom­e­non, and he is friends with Martha Ste­wart.) We sat down with Posen—over a steam­ing bowl of Mo­mo­fuku ra­men, natch—to get the scoop on how to en­ter­tain like fash­ion elite.

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