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What to Serve Before the Food Arrives
Even if you're having friends over and ordering in, making an appetizer can be a welcoming way to kick off an evening with friends. Here's a supereasy one from model and entertaining expert Molly Sims. In her new book, Everyday Chic, she calls it "no-fail nachos," and we'll attest to its simplicity. You just arrange tortilla chips on a baking sheet, sprinkle them with shredded cheese, spoon black beans on top and broil for a minute or two. Sims scatters diced tomato, avocado, red onion, sliced radishes, jalapeño and chopped cilantro over everything—and after her guests have dug in, she clears the table for takeout boxes.

Get the recipe: No-Fail Nachos