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It’s that magical time of year when friends and family come together to break bread, tell stories, and cherish each other’s company. To celebrate, we’ve created a list of six sure-fire ways to wow your holiday guests, featuring some of our favorite festive recipes and two local restaurants open for holiday dining. Enjoy, and happy holidays from our family to yours!

Apple Pie on the Rocks

This beverage offers a delightful, boozy twist on the classic American dessert. It’s served on ice, but don’t let that fool you: spicy cinnamon whiskey gives this cocktail a kick that will warm you all the way to your toes. Find the recipe here.

Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate

You’ve heard of pairing wine with chocolate, but what about mixing wine with chocolate? Not for the faint of heart, this velvety, rich drink will fill you up with holiday cheer and cozy, fireside feelings. Indulge yourself with this decadent recipe.

Peking Duck Breast with Clementine and Spices

Tired of holiday hams and trussed-up turkeys? Give this delicious, sweet-and-savory duck recipe a try. Crispy, citrusy, and full of flavor, there’s a lot to love about this Chinese-inspired dish. Learn how to make it here.

Cheese Fondue

Nothing brings people together quite like a pot of gooey melted cheese. Dip crusty bread, raw veggies, roasted potato, apple slices, and more—the possibilities are virtually endless. Follow this link for a tried-and-true way to make cheese fondue.

Don’t feel like dining in this year? Here are our recommendations for dining out:

Chinook Tavern

Each year on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the Chinook Tavern offers a special holiday menu of their fabulous European-style food. Choose from a variety of appetizers, sides, and entrées, such as lobster bisque, rotisserie duck, onion and gruyere ravioli, and more. Tables fill up quickly, so make your reservation today.

Il Fornaio

Award-winning Italian restaurant Il Fornaio invites you to join them for Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve this year. Begin your festivities in style with fine wine and authentic Italian dishes like pollo Toscano and pasta al Pomodoro. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

Any one of these mouth-watering options is sure to make this holiday season great, whether you’re celebrating at home or going out on the town.

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