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Creating the perfect dinner menu is always a challenge so we picked some of our favorites here!  

Our favorite Celebrity Chef is Amanda Freitag! She's shared her recipes with you for years on Chopped and in her new book "The Chef Next Door".  

 

Don't have the book? You can order it on Amazon today! Click the link to the left to buy Amanda's best-seller and bring it as a hostess gift or get it for yourself and use it as a guide to some of the best dinner party recipes!

 

We added a few of our favorites below and hope you enjoy them. If you're like me and not the best cook in the world, take time to make a few of these and try them out weeks leading up to your party. Take notes on your "practice" dishes so you can cook them up to perfection by the time your holiday party arrives.

 

Snap a few pics on your phone and use them as a reference. Prepare as many ingredients as possible the day before so you have them handy and the prep work is done! 

This is perfect for pre-dinner party snacks. We love that it's sweet, salty, a little cheesy, plus all kinds of crunchy! 

Cheesy bacon holiday crack

Too much to plan the entire menu? Check this out from Healthy Nibbles. Everything you need to know is here!

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50 Easy and Healthy Friendsgiving Recipes

Charcuterie boards are one of those rustic but elegant appetizers that fit right into our pop culture craving!

What Is Charcuterie?

EXACTLY. When is a margarita (virgin or regular) ever a bad idea? It's not. Ever. and these are amazing! 

Smoky harvest apple cider margaritas

We love these spiked pomegranate orange punch cocktails! Grab the white acrylic stemless glasses in our shop for added glam!

POMEGRANATE ORANGE PUNCH

Sweet Autumn pears and zippy ginger join up in this spiced sangria that couldn’t be more perfect for the season.

GINGER PEAR WHITE SANGRIA

The perfect side dish for any dinner party! We love this Broccoli Gratin recipe because it combines good for you veggies and loads of cheese! YUM!

Broccoli

Gratin

From Chef Amanda's book, we love how healthy and great tasting this Cauliflower is and one of our favorite side dishes. 

Roasted 

Cauliflower

Easy potatoe recipe that makes a task side dish. Try these smashed gold potatoes as an option to mashed potatoes this year. 

Smashed Yukon Gold Potatoes

One of our favorites! You're not into cooking turkey? Try this crisp and juicy, roasted to perfection, chicken! This is an all-star, easy-to-follow recipe!  

Lacquered

Chicken

Delicious Honey Orange Glazed Ham perfect for any holiday or family celebration thanks to Miss in the Kitchen.

HONEY-ORANGE GLAZED HAM

Thanks to The Comfort of Cooking we found this easy to make roasted turkey! Check the recipe to see how simple this is to make for your guests. 

EASY ROASTED TURKEY

We love this easy apple pie from Chef Amanda that's sure to be a crowd pleaser!  Add a touch of vanilla bean ice cream as the perfect compliment. 

Apple Pie

If you're not into Pumpkin Pie, try these amazing sticky buns. They make a great dessert and you can make enough to have them for breakfast the next day! 

Sticky Buns

Brie-Filled Puff Pasty with Balsamic and Black Pepper Strawberries are not your typical pumpkin pie but the strawberries and pastries add great fall color!

Brie-Filled Puff Pastries

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