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When you have guests...How do you get the food to the table warm if not indeed hot...without cooking in front of them? You certainly must have the figured out.

From Cathy Henning - Petaluma, CA

make a game plan for the dinner before I finalize the menu, and I tend to make one thing in the oven, one thing on top of the stove, and one thing at room temp that I can make in advance. I either make the main course earlier in the day and reheat it, or I have the dish assembled and it goes into the oven before guests arrive. I try not to do any cooking while the guests are there. It takes a lot of planning, but I am so much more relaxed when everyone arrives. I hope that helps!