Christmas Cooking For Dummies
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This is an easy meal to through together around Christmas time when you time is short. After you’ve done your shopping for ingredients, gather these recipes and prepare to wow your holiday guests:

  • Duck Breasts with Dried Cherry Sauce

  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Brown Sugar (half a recipe)

  • Green Beans Balsamico (half the recipe)

  • Pears and Gorgonzola

To serve four people, you halve the recipes for Green Beans Balsamico and Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bourbon and Brown Sugar.

To make the meal, follow these steps:

  1. Get the sweet potatoes roasting in the oven; then make the rest of the meal.

    If you think you will be short of time, you can roast the sweet potatoes the day before.

  2. Make the green beans next; they can sit while you make the duck breasts.

    This menu flows best if everything is done and you focus on the duck last, right before you’re going to eat.

  3. While the duck rests for a few minutes, prepare the fruit and cheese for dessert.

Every part of this menu can be scaled up or down directly.

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Dede Wilson, CCP, contributes to Bon Appétit and Pastry and Design magazine and to NBC's Todayshow. She is also the Food and Entertaining expert for

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