A Holiday Party Menu for Comfort and Joy

An intimate celebration is still a celebration. This menu adds a bit of seasonal sparkle.

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Light a few candles, set the stage with a pretty assortment of plates and glasses, then gather around the table and linger over a seasonal menu that’s as warm and inviting as an open fire on a cold winter evening.

Winter Warmer Cocktail

Winter Warmer

Ginger, honey, lemon, and rye whiskey come together in a spicy cocktail that can be served straight up or over ice.

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Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Apples and Hazelnuts

Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Apples

Caramelized apples turn cauliflower soup into a sensational appetizer.

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Cheese, Mushroom, and Swiss Chard Torta

Cheese Mushroom and Swiss Chard Torta

A torta is a free-form, double-crusted pie that requires no special pie dish. Serve with steamed carrots or roasted root vegetables. For more robust flavor, you can substitute kale or collard greens for the Swiss chard.

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Tricolor Salad with Rustic Croutons

Tricolor Salad with Rustic Croutons

This is a great party salad because the hearty greens won’t turn limp or mushy once they’re tossed with the dressing.

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