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Spread the Warmth

Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

Entertaining for groups is fun, but serving large numbers of guests means food starts to cool down before everyone digs in.

To keep dinner hot longer, borrow this restaurant trick: Preheat the plates.

Turn the oven to the "warm," or lowest, setting, and let plates (ovenproof ones only) heat up for 10 to 15 minutes before serving the meal.

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