Overwhelmed hosts, rejoice! Jennifer Rubell offers easy recipes for three quintessential holiday-entertaining schemes: a cocktail party for 50, an iconic wintry dinner for 12 and a hearty breakfast for 10.

hearty breakfast for 10


Niman Ranch's Dry-Cured Applewood-Smoked Bacon, hand-rubbed with spices and slowly smoked over wood chips, is definitely worth the splurge. $7.95/12-OZ. PACKAGE, NIMANRANCH.COM

sliced citrus

Cut off rinds, then slice crosswise for a quick, enticing presentation of in-season oranges and grapefruit.

peanut butter and jelly yogurt

It actually works: When you have children make their own food, they're much more likely to eat it.


2 containers (32 oz. each) plain yogurt
1 jar (12 oz.) peanut butter
3 jars (12 oz. each) grape jelly

Place ingredients on a low table with a big bowl and mixing spoons, and let the kids mix them together.

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