Celebrating with Friends: Enjoy this fabulous holiday menu

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Many folks on the Seacoast crown the holidays with a fabulous feast shared with family and friends. For us, the incredibly busy time of fourth quarter in the retail world comes to a screeching halt. We can finally take a breath, sit back, and enjoy all that is really important about the holidays . . . sharing time with the people you care about.

 

For a change, in this issue we want to do less with words and simply share our favorite menu for very special celebrations. We include lots of recipes, wonderful images and a few tips on how to host an extraordinary evening filled with good food, good friends, and wonderful memories. Enjoy!

Tips

Plan well and ahead of time

Order the roast early, invite your guests in advance,

and give yourself plenty of time to prepare on the day of the party. You’ll be more relaxed knowing everything is taken care of, and everyone will have a better time.

Keep it simple

Even though these recipes create an incredible complete menu, you don’t need to do them all. Perhaps you make the roast, potatoes, and green beans but substitute a simple salad and a crusty loaf and beautiful dessert from the local bakery for the other recipes.

Solicit help

Ask a friend or family member to greet your guests, make them a cocktail, and make sure everyone is comfortable. Even though it is a festive affair, people love to help and it makes them feel welcomed.

Lastly, relax and enjoy

Any time spent with family and close friends is special, no matter what the menu.

Menu

• Oysters Baked with Spinach and Parmesan

• Standing Rib Roast with Garlic

• Green Beans with Brown Butter and Roasted Chestnuts

• Fennel and Potato Gratin

• Pecan Pie with Caramel Sauce

Tags: jim stott, jonathan king, recipes, holiday, cooking, tips and tricks, holiday menu, stonewall kitchen

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