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People Holiday Special 2017

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The holidays are a time for family, friends, food and fun. In this special issue from the editors of People, stars and chefs share genius party ideas and delicious recipes to help you create lasting memories during the season. Whether you’re planning a cookie swap, throwing a cocktail party (see Clinton Kelly’s Big-Batch Punches, page 62) or cooking a festive feast, we provide all the tools to make your next gathering merry and bright. So get cozy on the couch, sip onsome eggnog (see page 9), and be ready to catch the spirit!…

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tips & trimmings

Make Your Own FROZEN-WHIPPED-CREAM TOPPERS Use different cookie-cutter shapes—snowflakes, stars, initial letters — to personalize your drinks for the occasion. 2 cups very cold heavy cream 1 tsp. vanilla extract ¼ cup powdered sugar ½ tbsp. instant nonfat dry- milk powder 1. Beat cream and vanilla with an electric mixer on low speed until foamy, about 1 minute; increase speed to medium high, and gradually add sugar and milk powder, beating until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. 2. Immediately transfer whipped cream to a parchment-paper-lined 9 x 12-inch rimmed baking sheet, and spread into an even layer, filling almost entire pan. Place baking sheet in the freezer until mixture hardens, at least 3 hours or up to overnight. 3. Using 1½-inch holiday cookie cutters, cut out frozen whipped cream shapes. Return cut outs to freezer…

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rachael ray’s no-fuss italian dinner party

RACHAEL & JOHN’S MENU CRANBERRY LAMBRUSCO COCKTAIL ANTIPASTO PLATTER PUMPKIN SOUP WITH BROWN BUTTER & SAGE ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & BROCCOLI GREEN BEANS WITH SHALLOTS SAUTEED GREENS WITH GARLIC WINE-BRINED TURKEY&GRAVY GARLICMASHED POTATOES OLIVE OIL CAKE WITH WARM LEMON CURD, ROASTED PEARS & MINT Maybe Rachael Ray is such a pro at hosting because she does it so often. “We use the holiday break to run kind of like an inn—a Holiday Inn,” jokes the culinary star, who spends the season with her husband, John Cusimano, at their Lake Luzerne, N.Y., cabin in the woods. “We invite people we don’t get to see a lot throughout the year, and we cook, do laundry and rotate the guests so we can try to get everybody in.” Their intimate gatherings always involve a fire, music from one of Cusimano’s “massive playlists” (he’s the front…

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rachael’s hosting tips

1. Ask For Help: “People always ask, ‘What do you want me to bring?’” says Ray. “You say, ‘Oh, nothing.’ That’s stupid; just be honest. Tell them.” 2. Keep the Table Simple: “I’m very basic. I don’t like a lot of junk on the table, because people don’t want it there,” she says. “They can’t see each other, and all they really want is the food.” 3. Find Your Peace: “The holidays are about giving, but you can’t give to other people unless you start with yourself. Pour a glass of wine, make a playlist. Do whatever you need to do to chill out.”…

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holiday cookie wonderland!

Deb Perelman’s COCONUT MELTAWAYS “When I replaced the butter with coconut oil in these cookies, they got even better,” says the food blogger and author of Smitten Kitchen Every Day 1½ cups all-purpose flour 3⁄4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut ½ tsp. kosher salt 6 tbsp. powdered sugar 3⁄4 cup solid virgin coconut oil (notmelted) ½ tsp. vanilla extract 1¼ cups sifted powdered sugar 1.Combine flour, coconut and salt in a food processor. Process until coconut is finely ground, about 20 seconds. Add 6 tablespoons powdered sugar; process until well-blended. Add coconut oil and vanilla; process until mixture clumps together, about 60 seconds. (If dough is too soft to scoop and hold a shape, chill 10 minutes.) 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Scoop dough into balls (1 tablespoon each), and place 1 inch apart on a…

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set a picture-perfect table

HYGGE FOR THE HOLIDAYS Embrace the Danish movement dedicated to all things warm and cozy ALL-OUT GLAMOUR Stage a sparkling scene using a little glitz and a lot of glitter ByMackenzie Schmidt and Megan Stein CLASSIC CHRISTMAS Transport guests to the North Pole— no sleigh required…