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Helpful Holiday Hints

With everything on your holiday to-do list, saving time here and there in the kitchen can give you a leg up for other tasks.

 

Helpful Holiday Hints

With everything on your holiday to-do list, saving time here and there in the kitchen can give you a leg up for other tasks. Keep these things in mind as you orchestrate your parties and get-togethers.

  1. Keep it simple: Whether it’s a holiday open house or sit-down dinner you’re planning, the simpler the menu, the better. Stick with recipes you’re familiar with and those that you know your family enjoys—this will help eliminate a lot of stress!
  2. Step ahead: Always have two or three items on your menu that can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen. Dips and spreads are perfect appetizer choices. One-dish entrées, like lasagna, are also great because they can be assembled, then chilled or frozen. So can many baked goods such as cookie dough or unbaked brownies and bars. Frozen items will keep well for up to two months; thaw them in the fridge overnight before baking.
  3. Prep early: Chop mirepoix ingredients and root vegetables, like squash, the night before you plan to cook them. Store in resealable bags (label them so you know what dish they’re for!) and chill.
  4. Set the scene: Set the Christmas table or buffet a day ahead to avoid last minute scrambling, organizing any linens, platters, serving utensils and place settings you’ll need. It pays to spend a little extra time thinking about presentation and garnishing, which can make even the simplest dishes special!
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