Even the most experienced of home cooks have produced a colossal kitchen flop or two, “like the time one of us mixed up baking powder and cornstarch,” write Rue Living Inspirers and Food52 founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs. The solution? Make-ahead hors d’oeuvres and starters, which are guaranteed to impress even if the main course has gone awry. Here, seven picks from The Foodies.
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