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(Family Features) Despite a busy holiday schedule, you can avoid the stress of entertaining and cooking by planning ahead and simplifying your menu.

Use these tips from the entertainment experts at Sunkist and food blogger, podcaster and TV host Brandi Milloy to give your festivities a new twist.

Start with awesome recipes

When hosting for the holidays, visual dishes that look as good as they taste lend themselves to seasonal celebrations. Try shareable creations like this baked camembert wreath with navel orange and cranberry for a fun way to spruce up your table. Or give an edible gift like candied orange peels dipped in chocolate – simply place it in a clear glass jar adorned with a seasonal ribbon.

Serve seasonal ingredients

For added flavor in your favorite dishes, look for easy-to-find, seasonal ingredients like Sunkist Navel oranges, which are at their peak and deliciously sweet. Perfect for snacking or adding to dessert cocktails, they support your immune system by providing 90% of your daily vitamin C.

Relax with a movie night

A final touch of family celebration can be found in an evening spent watching a vacation classic like Elf. Gather your loved ones, whip up your favorite snacks and treats, then watch on the big screen to relax in a fun way and enjoy the joy of the season.

For more recipe ideas and ways to celebrate the holidays, visit Sunkist.com.

Baked Camembert Wreath with Navel Orange and Cranberry

Recipe courtesy of Brandi Milloy on behalf of Sunkist

  • 1 Orange Navel Sunkist
  • 1 can (8 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 wheel of Camembert
  • 1 bag (25 ounces) Frozen Parker House Style Buns, thawed
  • sprigs of rosemary, for garnish
  • sprigs of thyme, for garnish

In a bowl, add the orange zest and juice.

Add the jellied cranberry sauce and red pepper flakes; to mix together. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Line a baking sheet or round pizza stone with parchment paper.

Using the cheese wheel as a guide in the center, arrange the rolls around the cheese leaving about 1/4 inch space between the rolls.

Create two concentric circles of rolls around the cheese then put the cheese back in the refrigerator and let the dough rise for 2 hours.

Remove the top of the rind from the cheese wheel and place it in the center of the dough. Cook 7-8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and add the orange cranberry sauce. Bake, 7 to 8 minutes, until the bread is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbling.

Garnish with sprigs of rosemary and thyme.

Candied orange peels coated with chocolate

Recipe courtesy of Brandi Milloy on behalf of Sunkist

  • 4 Navel Sunkist oranges
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, melted

Rinse and dry the oranges. Cut off both ends of each orange.

Using a paring knife, carefully slice each orange into quarters, then remove the skin from each section, trying not to get too much pith.

Cut the peels into 1/4-inch strips. Add to the pot and cover with water and sugar; stir. To boil.

Lower the heat to medium-low until the water is simmering gently. Simmer 45 minutes. Add the vanilla before turning off the heat and stirring.

Remove the peels from the syrup and let cool on a wire rack. Roll in sugar to coat.

Serve immediately or dry at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Dip the candied orange peels one by one in dark chocolate.

Place on parchment paper to set and harden. Store in an airtight container.

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