This Jan. 11, 2016 photo shows a puff pastry Napoleon filled with smoked salmon and sour cream in Concord, N.H. This is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Puff pastry freezes beautifully when it is protected by plastic wrap and foil, so it’s a great choice to prep it ahead of the party. Cut it into quarters first, then sock it away. The day before the event put the pastry in the refrigerator to let it slowly defrost. On the day of the party, work with one piece at a time, keeping the remaining sections chilled until you need them.

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This Jan. 11, 2016 photo shows a plate of lamb and date kofta in a lettuce wrap in Concord, N.H., a delicious and easy party food for your Oscar party.  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

I nominate this lamb kofta to win in all those categories. The kofta is one of India’s most famous street foods, popular with everyone from office workers to Bollywood actors. Kofta are similar to meatballs; they’re made using ground lamb and mixed with spices such as cinnamon, chili and cumin. All those warm flavors then are charred over coals before being dunked into an eye-opening chutney and eaten with either flatbread or a salad.

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This Nov. 30, 2015 photo shows buttery yeast rolls in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

This recipe is pretty foolproof and doesn’t need very much attention or kneading. The real secret is patience, as you will have to go through four rises and lots of waiting to make these tender, flaky and delicate buttery yeast rolls. Just remember what your mother said: “Good things come to those who wait!”

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