The only 5 dishes you need for the holidays!
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It’s the most show-offiest time of the year for many of us cooks. We want to lavish our culinary love on the people we adore, and we want to impress. But here’s a little trick, or at least something to think aboutnot every dish has to be a showstopper. Make one or two attention-grabbers and fill in the rest with easier dishes, and you will have a table worth oohing and aahing over, and you (perhaps) won’t be standing in the corner of the kitchen sweating and panting and wanting to stick a meat thermometer into your family. I believe this is what's known as a win-win.

So pick one or two of these recipes, and then dial down the rest. A plain Roast Beef with Mustard Garlic Crust and Horseradish Sauce sidles up nicely to the hasselback potatoes, or conversely, plain roasted potatoes are a perfect mate to the Standing Rib Roast. And so on.

But then again, the Standing Rib Roast and the Hasselback potatoes would be quite a meal. But then give yourself a break with a very straightforward salad, and let your sister bring the dessert.

And then . . . are you thinking about a party? If so, maybe think about an Open House Party
one of the best ways to entertain during this crazy time of year. More people in, less dramathat’s math I like.
This is a stunner of a dish, and decadent holiday dinner-party fare. If you’re not comfortable carving it at the table (and no worries if that’s not your thing), you may still probably want to bring it out to show folks before slicing it up, because this is one sexy main course.

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Just when you thought baked potatoes couldn’t get any better, they do . . . and then just when you thought Hasselback potatoes couldn’t get any better, they do! These potato peacocks are layered with cheese, and you can serve them as-is or unleash the toppings.

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A slow-cooked leg of lamb is always a stunning centerpiece for a holiday meal. This one is infused with fabulous spices, but don't skip the easy harissa sauce on the side.

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Add a burst of color and flavor to any holiday spread with this salad. It is anything but an afterthought.

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My new favorite pie: Smooth and creamy, and it has a caramelized brown sugar salty-sweet thing that hits you in the back of the throat in the most pleasant way. Pile that whipped cream high, and drizzle each slice with a bit of chocolate sauce.

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