BE PRE­PARED HOW TO THROW A SOIREE ON THE FLY, COUR­TESY OF GABI MOSKOWITZ AND MIRANDA BER­MAN, AUTHORS OF HOT MESS KITCHEN.

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What should we keep in the fridge at all times? “Fol­low the AHA rule: Al­ways have al­co­hol. And some sparkling wa­ter—flavoured San Pel­le­grino goes a long way in hos­pi­tal­ity, espe­cially for sober guests. Keep a bag of pitas and some un­opened dip, just in case some­one pops in. We also al­ways have trail mix or nuts out in a bowl. We eat them when we’re alone, and friends can have them if they stop by.” Do you have a min­imal­ef­fort crowd-pleas­ing recipe? “Make some­thing homey and com­fort­ing, like a big bub­bling pan of our Ma­nip­u­la­tion Mac and Cheese or our My Ex Is En­gaged En­chi­ladas. Dishes like this don’t re­quire much more than a salad or a cooked veg­etable to serve along­side, and since they’re on the rich side, a store-bought lemon sor­bet is the per­fect dessert.” As busy peo­ple who host other busy peo­ple, is there a ma­jor mis­take we’re mak­ing? “Stop try­ing to seem amaz­ing by do­ing ev­ery­thing on your own! It’s charm­ing if you fuck up a lit­tle in front of peo­ple. Also, don’t ex­pect to have things done by the time peo­ple ar­rive. It’s not go­ing to hap­pen, and that’s okay.” ...a board of nib­bles star­ring this full-bod­ied PC Aged 5 Years Cana­dian Ched­dar Cheese ($10, at Loblaws, loblaws.ca).

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