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6 things every holiday host needs in the kitchen Add to ...

You never know who might walk through your front door during the holiday season: mother-in-law, boss, kids’ hockey coach, high-school ex, disgruntled neighbour, Brad Pitt … In December’s open-house atmosphere, anything is possible. Instead of relying on a supply of frozen pizzas and trying to cut them into different shapes for different functions (little squares for cocktails, big triangles for dinner, strips for snacks), why not invest in a few lovely, versatile ingredients that can get you through every entertaining pinch with panache? Here are six kitchen superstars with long shelf (or fridge) lives, short prep times and a big yum factor