Here are my thoughts on cooking for the holidays: Keep things as simple as possible so that you don’t feel like you’re running a marathon only to finally crash at the table, utterly exhausted. If you’re eating with others, ask them to help with the preparation. Make stuff ahead of time, and put a schedule together as a checklist and mark stuff off as you go. Assign people to clean up and pack up. Exchange clean up duties for some great leftovers. This is a great time to make more than you need so you have leftover meals for the next few days.
If you’re thinking of trying a recipe for the first time, test it before the big day. Keep a checklist of what you’re making and when you’ll make it. Plan to make parts of your meal in stages, and store some of it in the refrigerator or freezer. Cranberry sauce, pies, and some sides can be made ahead, and vegetables can be chopped and prepped for cooking ahead of time.
As we enter into the last several weeks of 2020, I hope you can take time to sleep, eat well, read a good book, get some fresh air, and laugh.
Love, peace, and good health!