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Crabby snacks and homemades are odd bedfellows, but happily they’re both quite flexible when it comes to timing. Crab-coated English muffins should be frozen for at least half an hour to make them more manageable before you cut them into canapés, but you can keep them in the freezer for even longer than that before you broil them. The pasta dough also needs about half an hour resting time before you roll it out, but after cutting the pasta, you can spread the strands on baking sheets (or twist them into bundles, as in the picture above) and let them dry at room temperature for up to a few hours. The longer you let them dry, the longer they’ll need to cook—but you’re looking at 10 minutes’ boiling time, tops. The flexibility of both recipes will leave you plenty of time to plan and execute the rest of your Oscar menu, including sauce for the homemades—if you don’t go the straight butter-and-Parmesan route, may I suggest vodka sauce or pesto?—as well as your Zero Dark Dirty Martinis and Life of Chocolate Pie.

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