Daphne Oz of 'The Chew' Shares Her Secrets to Simple, Easy Entertaining

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Like most working moms, Daphne Oz has a lot on her plate. The healthy chef and cohost of The Chew is celebrating the launch of her newest cookbook, The Happy Cook, and dishing on some of the secrets for preparing healthy, home-cooked meals that keep the stress out of the kitchen. 

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CafeMom had a chance to catch up with the New York Times bestselling author who is mom to Philomena, 2, and John Jr., 1. The 30-year-old says she believes in keeping things simple and easy -- especially around the holidays. 

Oz, en route to join Pure Leaf in New York City, to celebrate the launch of its new bagged and loose teas, shared some of her strategies for entertaining that are perfect for families who want to create a wonderful and memorable celebration but don't have a ton of time. 

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With the holidays fast approaching, her three fail-safe suggestions are music to the ears of busy moms.

1. Stick with what you know. 

"First and foremost, keep it simple," says Oz, who adds that you should never try out a recipe for the first time on your guests.

"Stick with what's tried and tested and you know looks good."

2. Be a guest at your own party.

If you've gone to the trouble to invite friends and family for a meal, you want to enjoy it. Even more important: If you're stressed, your guests will sense it.

"Your guests take their cue from you," Oz says. "If you're running around like a chicken with its head cut off, they won't know what to do."

3. Don't feel like you need to make everything yourself.

(Spoiler alert: This might be our fave tip of all time!)

"I'm not opposed to buying and serving store-bought dessert," Oz says. "Baking is chemistry, so it's the easiest place to go wrong."

Wondering what to pick up that you can still make your own? The chef recommends buying a pound cake and then making your own fruit compote.

"That way it still feels homemade and gives that sense of warmth," she says. 

 
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