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Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Sausage Lasagna
Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Sausage Lasagna

The classic pasta recipe gets a new twist with spinach and goat cheese. You can prepare this dish a day ahead, then pop it in the oven an hour before you'd like to eat. [OPENWINDOW "/parenting/article/0,19840,1134169_2,00.html" "Warm garlic bread"] makes a great side dish.

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Winter Cabbage and Clementine Salad
Winter Cabbage and Clementine Salad

The pairing of crunchy cabbage and sweet citrus is the perfect accompaniment to rich lasagna. Prepare it a few hours ahead of time so the flavors have a chance to develop.

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Pasta Bar
Pasta Bar

Let guests choose from bowls of kid-friendly toppings to customize their own special pasta. Some ideas: grated parmesan, shredded cheddar, cubed mozzarella, chopped roasted red-pepper strips, oregano, chopped tomatoes, basil strips, and alfredo sauce.

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Sweet Treats
Sweet Treats

This trio of desserts adds the final touch to your menu. The walnut cookies are meltingly good and not too sweet, while the candy-cane cookies give classic Christmas flair. And who doesn't love a mug of hot chocolate to cap off the night?

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