This time of year, most of us are trying to find quick and easy foods for entertaining--whether it's for a party or for when people unexpectedly drop in.
The New York Times' Mark Bittman always seems to come up with some great templates for how to make delicious food (see some of the other items I've posted in the past using his articles).
This time, Bittman lays out a flow chart for creating great finger food with little prep time. Most of the ingredients he uses might just be in your pantry or fridge when you need them.
He divides good finger food into 3 parts: The Base--crackers, celery, etc that will hold other ingredients; The Spread--something to spread on The Base that will be flavorful and hold The Finishing Touch--something with flavor and texture.
Check out his chart here. Then just wait for guests to show up!