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A Wonderous Feast


A regal celebration awaits as family and friends with hearts full of cheer gather to share a splendid Christmas Eve repast amid shimmering gold and luxurious ruby accents. Seasonal scents waft from clove-pierced citrus and naturally aromatic wreaths donning jovial scarlet bows. Festive Champagne flutes sit poised to toast this gleeful time of year at a majestic tabletop adorned with a centerpiece of flourishing roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas, anemones, and lush winter greenery. The air of Yuletide giving delights all as guests look toward unraveling tiny gold packages nestled atop radiant settings.

Roasted Red Pepper and Fennel Bisque


1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 cups chopped fennel bulb
1½ cups chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
4 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
2 (16-ounce) jars sliced roasted red peppers, drained
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon crushed red

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