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Just Leave It Beef and Wine

Imagine opening up your home to guests for the holidays...that's a lot of cleaning and cooking! Although hosting a holiday party might take your stress level from 0 to 60 we have the solution that will calm your nerves. The Cooking Mom, Amy Hanten, shares tips and recipes to avoid stress.
Just Leave It Beef and Wine
3 to 4 pounds chuck roast or stew meat, cut in 2-inch cubes
1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of celery soup
1 can (10.75 ounces) cream of chicken soup
1 cup dry red wine
1 packet (1 ounce) dry onion soup mix
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Mix all ingredients together. Bake covered in a large casserole in a preheated 300 degree oven for 3 to 4 hours until beef is tender. Serve over warm noodles or mashed potatoes. You can also make this is a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until beef is tender.
Notes: You can add 8 ounces sliced or while button mushrooms the last half hour of baking or serve with the dish with sautéed mushrooms.
Pomegranate Orange Salad
2/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons honey
Salt and pepper
2 oranges, cut into supremes or 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
1 pkg. (5 to 6 ounces) arugula or spring mix lettuce
1/4 to 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cup goat or feta cheese, crumbled
Add first 3 ingredients to a glass jar with a lid. Add a little salt and pepper. Screw on lid and shake well. Shake dressing well before serving. Put arugula or lettuce in a large bowl. Drizzle a little of the dressing over the salad. Toss to coat. Place on one big platter or individual plates. Top with oranges, pomegranate seeds and cheese.
Notes: Extra dressing keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days. To cut an orange into supreme, slice off the top and bottom of the rind. Then remove the rest of the rind, slicing from top to bottom, making sure to remove all the pith but leaving as much fruit as possible. Next, slice through the fruit along either side of each membrane to remove only the fruit sections.
Tips on stress free entertaining:
1.) Make a game plan and try to get some of the food prep done ahead of time
2.) Keep your recipes simple but delicious. 
3.) You don’t have to make tons of different dishes.  Just make a few wonderful things.
4.) Don’t be afraid to pick up dessert or that holiday veggie and dip try.  You don’t have to do it all!  
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