Recipe: Best-Ever Brownies
These are super fudgy. For a more cake-like brownie, bake 5 to 7 minutes longer. Then glam them up with edible gold leaf ($26; surlatable.com).
In the role of playing gracious host, Atlanta native Alex Hitz, author of My Beverly Hills Kitchen, is a mega-star. Use his do-ahead menu and tips for your own award-winning performance.