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Holiday Entertaining Made Easy

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(NAPSI) - Creating a spectacular holiday meal doesn't have to mean spending time cooped up in the kitchen while your guests socialize without you. This year, choose an easy, yet elegant menu that allows you to join the fun and spend more time with family and friends.

Start with a festive centerpiece entre that combines favorite holiday flavors, such as cranberries and cherries, with versatile and lean pork tenderloin. Ready in just 30 minutes, Roast Pork Tenderloin with Cherry-Cranberry Glaze is an excellent choice for an easy and elegant holiday meal.

"Pork is a perfect addition to your holiday menu and dinner table," says Ceci Snyder, director of nutrition communications for the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). "Pork tenderloin is an extremely tender and elegant choice-your guests will no doubt be impressed. Plus, pork tenderloin can be prepared quickly and doesn't require you to be in the kitchen the entire day."

Snyder offers the following easy and time-saving tips for holiday entertaining.

Don't Do it All Alone

Instead of spending countless hours preparing multiple side dishes, ask family and friends to bring their specialty side dishes. They'll be honored to share their favorite recipes, and it will allow you more time to enjoy the festivities.

Plan Your Meal in Advance

By doing some prep work in advance, you can create side dishes or desserts prior to the busiest times of the season. Then just defrost them and put on the finishing touches the day of your gathering, instead of doing all the work that day.

Create a Festive Dining Setting

Try decorating your dining area with colorful gift-wrapped boxes, elegant bows, scented wreaths, beautiful poinsettias and pine boughs you already have on hand for the holidays.


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