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Recipes for a perfect Christmas feast

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Lifestyle expert Donata Maggipinto's latest cookbook is “Christmas Family Gatherings,” which features holiday recipes, and ideas on how to make the holidays memorable for you and your family. Here's her suggestion for delicious Christmas day meal, plus her advice for handling the cooking on the big day. All of these recipes can be prepared in advance so you don't miss out on the fun.

Donata's Advice for Preparing Christmas Dinner…

Clean as you go! Sounds like extra work (why not leave everything for a broad sweep at the end?) but clutter gets in the way of efficiency and only slows you down. Wash bowls for reuse or put in the dishwasher, wipe cutting boards and knives for reuse, and wipe counters as you go along, You'll be a quicker, more efficient cook. You'll enjoy yourself more, too.

Set the table in the morning.  If it's the big day, this is a task perfect for delegating to an older child.

Plot out your dinner table.  Set out serving dishes and place a sticky-note in each one indicating the dish that will fill it.

Don't spend time in the kitchen alone! People love to congregate in this “most popular room in the house.” While they're there “keeping you company,” delegate!

Roast Prime Rib with Horseradish Whip Cream

Donata Maggipinto, "Christmas Family Gatherings" (Chronicle Books, 2003)

Individual Yorkshire Puddings

Donata Maggipinto, "Christmas Family Gatherings" (Chronicle Books, 2003)

Green Beans with Shallots and Lemon

Donata Maggipinto, "Christmas Family Gatherings" (Chronicle Books, 2003)

Wild Mushroom and Potato Gratin

Donata Maggipinto, "Christmas Family Gatherings" (Chronicle Books, 2003)

White Chocolate Peppermint Stick Ice Cream

Donata Maggipinto, "Christmas Family Gatherings" (Chronicle Books, 2003)

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