Friday, October 9, 2009

5 Tips to Keep Thankgiving Cooking Stress-Free

Thanksgiving! It’s my favorite holiday because it’s all about family and food! Many of my fellow Canadians will be preparing meals for their families this weekend. It turns out that I will be doing minimal cooking over the next few days but for those of you who are putting together a feast, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Go with what you know. It’s crazy enough trying to get a meal together as it is so don’t add more stress trying to prepare a dish you’ve never made before.

2. Ask for help. This is no time to be a hero. Grab those family members hanging around the kitchen and ask them (politely) to do something that’ll make your job easier.

3. Do your chopping the day ahead. If you are serving vegetables or a salad be sure to do all the chopping the day before. You’ll be amazed how quickly each dish will come together by taking this small but very effective step.

4. Keep your cool. Assume at least one (or two) dishes won’t turn out as planned. One year I totally dried out the turkey. Sure I wasn’t happy about it but there wasn’t much I could do except tell guests to drown it in gravy and cranberry sauce. Prepare yourself for something like this beforehand so when it does happen you are able to brush it off.

5. Sit down and enjoy your meal with everyone else. Hey you made it so take the time to enjoy it. If someone wants seconds, they can go get it themselves!

I hope these tips help! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie
brent@cookapalooza.com

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