These newlyweds toast friends with a casual gathering.
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Their First Christmas
If you're newly married, deciding where to spend Christmas
dinner can be a challenge. Tim and Elizabeth Griffin solved the
matter by starting their own tradition and inviting over a few
couples for a laid-back get-together at their home in Little Rock,
Arkansas. "These recipes are perfect for folks preparing Christmas
dinner for the first time; they look special but are really easy to
make," explains Elizabeth. In fact, she recommends preparing the
Roast With Gravy the day before. "Once the roast cools, I cut
it into slices and then pour the gravy over the meat," she says. "I
cover it with foil and refrigerate it overnight. The next day, I
pop it in the oven for about 45 minutes to reheat." The Griffins
encourage each couple to bring a bottle or two of wine for an
informal predinner tasting. Whether you're new to wine or a true
aficionado, there are loads of serving tips and pairing suggestions
and Wine Resource Guide.
This mouthwatering plate of holiday favorites may look fancy, but it's easy enough for even the novice cook to pull together with success.
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Sauted Brussels Sprouts With Apples
Sautéed Brussels Sprouts With Apples elevates this often overlooked veggie to new and delicious heights. Even the skeptics on our Foods staff agreed that Brussels sprouts never looked or tasted so good.
1. Using a clean paintbrush, gently brush ¾ cup corn syrup onto the top side of dried cranberries and mint sprigs. 2. Sprinkle sugar over cranberries and mint. Let stand 5 minutes; sprinkle remaining sugar over cranberries and mint, gently shaking of excess.
"Their First Christmas" is from the November 2007 issue of Southern Living.