These stress-free recipes and techniques mean you can actually enjoy your party.
By Lynn Andriani
Photo: Erin Kunkel
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Make Your Sides Work
Grain-based salads such as couscous, farro, lentils and wheat berries are side-dish multitaskers, combining starches and vegetables (and sometimes fruit too). Make them the night before; just hold off on adding garnishes such as basil, mint or parsley until dinnertime—those ingredients will get soggy if they sit for more than 40 minutes or so. Wedges of pita or thick slices of baguette help sop up any extra dressing and round out the meal.