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Do you cook untried and untrue dishes for guests?

Call it bold, foolhearty or just plain nuts, but I find myself doing this more often than cooking dishes that have been tested in my kitchen several times, to very favorable reviews. I can't really explain why I have this fascination, but I must admit, I've had tremendous dumb luck. Maybe I just get so excited about food, that I put more emphasis on the creation than the appreciation. But I hope not. I have a couple of bread recipes that are the gold standard for dinner, so family has come to expect fresh French or Challah. Other than that, the rest of the meal can be an adventure.

Have you tried out a brand new recipe on guests that was "the" bomb? Or was it a real bomb?

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