Remember, cooking is creative so have fun this holiday season. Here’s my Holiday Cooking Rules for a “No Stress Holiday Meal” You can check out my website for holiday menus and recipes. Recipe is: Holiday Bars from Too Hot in the Kitchen: Secrets to Sizzle At Any Age. Of course, my trim&TERRIFIC cookbooks make the perfect holiday gift-easy to prepare and healthier!
Rule #1 If you don’t have an ingredient, leave it out-don’t run back to the grocery–no one will know that your cornbread dressing was supposed to have mushrooms, or a cake needed nuts. I always say if a chocolate soufflé falls, serve it as chocolate pudding with a smile.
Rule #2 Select recipes that don’t only cook in the oven…remember you will have a busy oven so select stove top recipes.
Rule #3 Plan your menu with time saving make ahead recipes to freeze.
Rule #4 Prepare what you are comfortable with and pick up or let people bring the rest…you don’t have to prepare every dish to have a memorable meal.
a) Order a cooked turkey and garnish with fresh parsley and crab apples to give it a personal touch.
b) If you don’t like to make desserts, order festive holiday cookies or pies from your favorite bakery.
Rule #5 Ambience: Create an easy centerpiece by filling a glass bowl with pomegranates or seasonal items—no need for expensive flowers.
Rule #6 Use holiday themed paper goods or plastic plates to serve dessert-easy clean up.
Rule#7: Cook trim&TERRIFIC
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