Break out the corkscrew and follow this advice from Jennifer Desmond, NYC wine writer and educator.
1. Before the meal offer your guests cava, a bright, bubbly white wine from Spain. It will remind everyone of champagne, but it's easier on the wallet.2. Have one type of white and one type of red on hand for the feast. Look for inexpensive dry Rieslings and pinot noirs, which are versatile and pair well with different flavors.3. Plan on one bottle of wine for every two drinkers. If you end up with extra, it won't go to waste.
How to Blanch:
Bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil. Throw in your vegetables and cook until just tender, about 4 minutes for green beans. Drain and run under cold water.
Once this creamy potato dish is assembled, cover it with foil and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Have the kids create these cute "gobblers" for a light lunch while you prepare the dinner.
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Originally published in the November 2014 issue of Parents magazine.