You know, when Hubby and I met I couldn’t cook. I am not kidding. I tried making mashed potatoes and ended up with soup. I tried baking chicken, served it undercooked, put it back in the over only to serve dry chicken. The crazy thing is that my Mom was a foodie. Like a foodie from the 80’s who used to watch cooking shows and hand write every recipe on recipe cards in her recipe box. Every night was something new and she really enjoyed it. Somehow, I didn’t get the cooking bug until later in life. Maybe it was once I saw a real future and family with Hubby… or maybe I just grew up. Now, I am a beast in the kitchen. Ha! My favorite thing in the world is preparing a true holiday feast for the family. My love for it has grown over the years and now I have come up with some simple steps for preparing a true holiday feast.
My simple steps for preparing a true holiday feast.
1. Recipe planning – I begin planning a couple weeks before to decide what I will be making. I mean for Thanksgiving it is turkey and Christmas is ham, but I like to mix things up with some extra sides. I search the web and ask others for recipes. Always check with your guests to be sure there are no dietary restrictions. Especially to nuts, etc… My nephew is a vegetarian, so I have to keep that in mind when making side dishes.
2. Be kitchen ready – Make sure everything is top notch and ready to go. This is a great time to upgrade to the latest and greatest. Think about it; how nice would it be to boil water in less than two minutes which you can with the Frigidaire FGIF3061NF plus induction reduces clean up time because spills don’t burn on.
This Frigidaire range also includes a convection oven which circulates the air in the oven for quicker baking time. Another great innovation within cooking are double ovens. I have one of these and it really helps that I can cook two dishes at two different temperatures at once. The Whirlpool WGG555S0BS is awesome since it is a double oven that still fits within the space of a standard range. All of this technology will allow you to get the food the way you want it prepared and saves you time so you can spend it with the ones you love. Learn more at BestBuy!
3. Pre-prep – Dice fruits and veggies the day before and I even cut up all potatoes and keep them refrigerated in water to save time on the big day. I also make all salads and cold dishes the day before. Dips always taste better when they have sat a bit, so it is a win/win.
4. Pre-fill bakeware – I actually have most of the baking dishes pre-filled with dishes. For example, I throw together the corn & green bean casserole in the dish it will be baked in the day before, that way it is ready for me to pull out and just be thrown in the oven.
5. Pre-set the table – I set the table and buffet table the evening before. This saves me so much time.
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Do you have any simple steps for preparing a true holiday feast?
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— My Family of 8 (@adventuresof8) October 6, 2014
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