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<i>Taste of Home</i> Hosts Katie Lee

Katie Lee shares her latest recipes and hints for effortless entertaining

Chicken Lettuce CupsVideo: Taste of Home Hosts Katie Lee
Taste of Home Editor in Chief Catherine Cassidy interviews cookbook author Katie Lee during her visit to Taste of Home for a photo shoot.

Katie Lee's Recipes

Chicken Lettuce CupsChicken Lettuce Cups
Adults and kids alike enjoy the make-it-yourself aspect of these festive appetizers. The mint and cilantro add so much flavor, and the lettuce cup provides a refreshing crunch.

Shrimp Pot Stickers with Ginger-Lemon SauceShrimp Pot Stickers with Ginger-Lemon Sauce
Making homemade pot stickers is much easier than it sounds, and the little extra effort is well worth it. These pot stickers can be refrigerated or frozen until you are ready to use them.

Smoked Salmon-Dijon Creme Fraiche CanapesSmoked Salmon-Dijon Creme Fraiche Canapes
These little smoked salmon canapes look so elegant, yet take no time at all to whip up. They are perfect for brunch, but also great with afternoon tea or cocktail hour.

Wild Mushroom Soup CappuccinoWild Mushroom Soup "Cappuccino"
Soup makes for a cheerful party hors d'oeuvre when served in a small vessel like an espresso cup. With a dollop of whipped cream, it looks like a frothy cappuccino.

Katie Lee's Spiced Nuts 'n Chex MixKatie Lee's Spiced Nuts 'n Chex Mix
Chili powder and red pepper spice up this party-perfect mix — it will disappear quickly.

Entertaining Tips from Katie Lee

Tips from Katie LeeSet the mood: Everyone looks better in candlelight! Always use unscented candles so everyone can enjoy the delicious aroma of food cooking in the kitchen.

Get creative with table décor: Traditional flowers are beautiful, but fruit, seashells, leaves, vines or gourds make festive centerpieces. Dress the table the night before, and set out all of your serving dishes and utensils.

Create an inviting atmosphere: Take some time to tidy up your guest bathroom. Put out fresh hand towels, soap, plenty of toilet tissue and a small flower arrangement.

Schedule "you time": Save an hour for yourself before guests arrive to get ready. Take time to put on your makeup and pick out the perfect party outfit. How you look truly affects how you feel.

Feelings matter: The most important ingredient to a successful party is not what's on the menu—it's how you make your guests feel.

Effortless elegance: Take your time. You don't want to appear frazzled, because that could make guests uncomfortable. Remember ... effortless elegance!

About Katie Lee

Raised in a close-knit, rural West Virginia family, celebrity cook Katie Lee learned her craft from her grandmother "who taught me that good eating is not just about what you serve, it's how you make your guests feel in your home." Now living in New York City, Katie Lee describes her cooking and entertaining style as "casual, comfortable, with a couture finish." She hosted Bravo's Top Chef Season 1, appeared as a judge on The Food Network's Iron Chef America and has authored two cookbooks, The Comfort Table and her newest, The Comfort Table: Everyday Occasions (available at