Finding quality time with your inner circle is next to impossible during the hectic holidays. Our solution: Invite your nearest and dearest over for one of these laid-back get-togethers.
Photo: Iain Bagwell
Consider this a special-occasion menu, minus the fuss. Be strategic: While the brisket braises into melting tenderness in a bath of red wine and onions, you'll have time to make the applesauce, brown the latkes...and take a bow.