Embrace India’s favorite street food

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)

Hollywood’s biggest night also is one of the best excuses to get your friends together and get glamorous in the kitchen. But glamorous doesn’t have to be onerous. The best party food is something that will get your guests talking, something that is a crowd pleaser, something that can be eaten as a finger food but — vitally — also is really easy to assemble.

Want elegance for an Oscars party? Go with crostini

This Jan. 18, 2016 photo shows a goat cheese and pear crostini sprinkled with crumbled bacon in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

They sound simple. Crostini, that is. Slices of bread that have been brushed with olive oil and toasted, then topped with something that need be no more complex than a sprinkle of salt and a generous rub with a fresh garlic clove. Of course, something more complex is nice, too. I’m talking to you, tomato and Parmesan and anchovy.

Decorators’ tips for a cozy winter bedroom

This undated photo shows a calming and cozy bedroom designed by Young Huh that features walls upholstered with panels of wool sateen. These panels absorb sound and give a sense of warmth and softness to the entire room, perfect for warming up a space in winter. (John Hall/Young Huh via AP)

For some people, “cozy” requires the physical warmth of thick flannel sheets and soft quilts, says California-based designer Kathryn Bechen. For others, filling a bedroom with sentimental items can make the space feel warmer and more welcoming. Still others find that the golden glow of soft light bulbs and the flicker of candles (real or fake) can elevate a bedroom from merely comfortable to truly cozy on winter nights.

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