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Casual Open House

Casual Open House
In many households, inviting friends and family to drop by during the holidays is a much-loved custom. These gatherings needn't be a formal affair. We've designed an easy-to-prepare menu that's perfect for a casual open house.

Welcome guests with some simple appetizers, such as crostini topped with white bean puree and ham and cheese panini triangles. These tasty bites are quick to make using an electric panini press. Our cheddar-ale soup will satisfy hearty appetites on a cold winter day. For dessert, we suggest rich chocolate espresso bars and coconut cupcakes. You can do most of the work in advance—and what could be better for a relaxed holiday celebration?