Holiday Entertaining Ideas

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.

cocktail party for 50

bayley hazen blue-cheese dip with celery stalks

True decadence: a blue-cheese dip made from one of America's finest artisanal cheeses, with dramatically arranged celery stalks for dunking.

ORDER THIS: 1 1/2 lbs. Bayley Hazen Blue cheese, ARTISANALCHEESE.COM

MAKE THIS: Bayley Hazen Blue-Cheese Dip

2 1/2 cups sour cream
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
3 1/2 cups crumbled Bayley Hazen Blue cheese (from 1/2 lbs., rinds removed), divided
6 bunches celery stalks

In a large serving bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper and 2 1/2 cups of cheese. Stir well, then sprinkle with remaining cup of cheese. Serve with whole celery stalks

Generously topped with chunks of cheese, this dip highlights the handcrafted flavor of Bayley Hazen Blue.