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Dave says there is a difference between cooking restaurant quality-food and food for a fun gathering. "One requires your attention all of the time and really intense focus, and the other is as much about you enjoying yourself as your friends," he says. Dave shares with Oprah Radio host Peter Walsh some tips to make your party fun for you and your guests:

  • Dave says that planning a menu and cooking for friends should not be taxing—cook something that you have made before.
  • Use fresh produce.
  • Prepare most of your food at least two hours ahead of time.
  • Serve food buffet style.
  • Less is more—don't serve more than four or five dishes.
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