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Casual Suppers for the Holidays

We spend a lot of time planning the perfect holiday dinner, but often forget about all our other meal responsibilities during the holiday season.  If you’re having a gathering at home with family or friends during the holidays, you’ll need to give some thought to what you want to serve. Something hearty and simple is a good place to start when planning your menu, including being able to prepare at least part of the recipe in advance.

This Country Italian Sausage Pie recipe is heartwarming and satisfying. The classic combination of sausage, peppers and onions is always a crowd pleaser. The filling may be prepared early and refrigerated or frozen for later use. To complete the recipe, heat the filling in a skillet and top it with the cornbread batter (if the filling is frozen, thaw in advance). This recipe goes well with a green salad topped with vinaigrette dressing.

Creamy Chicken ‘n Veggies with Black Pepper Biscuits recipe is comforting like those chicken pies your grandmother made. This filling may be made in advance.  Ensure the filling is hot before dropping the biscuits on top. A fruit salad or a green salad with fruit is a good accompaniment to this recipe. Maybe one made with pears or apples, blue cheese and toasted or glazed walnuts!

creamy chicken n' veggies with black pepper biscuits

Put a “convenience twist” on your meal by serving store-bought barbecue on homemade corncakes. Top the corncakes with a slaw of your choice and you’re ready to go! There’s no shame in adding baked beans for a traditional side to this delicious, convenient sandwich.

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