Haylie Duff: My 5, 10 and 15-Minute (Stress-Free!) Entertaining Tips
We’ve all been there. You get word that an unexpected guest is coming to your home, and then panic because there is nothing to serve.
Haylie Duff feels your pain, which is why the host of Cooking Channel’s Real Girl’s Kitchen (the second season premieres on Saturday, April 25), is here to help. The mom-to-be reveals her speedy entertaining tips with PEOPLE — so even if you’re feeling a little frazzled, you can be sure your guests will never know it!
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If You Have 5 Minutes …
“If a friend is just stopping by, semi un-announced, and you find yourself with only 5 minutes to set up, set the scene! Quickly clear any clutter in the area you plan to hang out in, turn on some music and light a nice candle or two,” says Duff.
“I have this great etched glass water pitcher that I love to make spa water in. I just slice a couple lemons from my lemon tree and add few sprigs of mint. It is always acceptable to make a drink or small appetizer while someone is already over, but at least they will have a nice environment to sit in while they watch you pull the rest together!”
If You Have 10 Minutes …
“Cute kitchen props go a long way in making it look like you spent lots of time getting ready for your guests! I have a fantastic vintage champagne bucket and as soon as I know someone is heading over, I pop a bottle of sparkling water, white wine or rose into my ice bucket so it can start to chill. Place a cute hand towel or runner under the ice bucket and set glasses out. Then, assemble a small snack. I always have a couple of nice cheeses, cornichons and crackers in my house so i can throw together a quick cheese plate at the drop of a hat.”
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If You Have 15 Minutes. ..
“A 15 minute window gives a ton more time, so I would aim to make something. [premium title=”My proscuitto and asparagus crescent rolls” url=”https://www.people.com/people/premium/celebfood/recipe/0,,20771265,00.html”] are always a hit. Crescent rolls are great because you can fill them with whatever you happen to have on hand like ham and cheese, spinach and feta, or for a sweet treat you could do cherry and cream cheese. People always love to walk in to someone’s home and smell something cooking!”
Make Haylie’s Cherry & Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls:
“Roll open crescent rolls, paint a thin layer of cream cheese and place 1 tsp. of cherry pie filling in to the center of each crescent roll. Roll them up and bake for about 12 minutes (or according to the package directions). When they come out of the oven, sprinkle some powdered sugar across the top and you have an instant, delicious, homemade snack!”