My vegetarian friends and family have inspired me over the years to come up with tasty, satisfying alternatives to meat-centric dishes….
I’m at the stage in my life when the holiday traditions of my childhood are shifting. With three extended families and just a handful of holidays per year, it’s impossible to eat all of my favorite dishes with the people who make them best….
Feeding a crowd is as much about planning as it is about making delicious food. There’s fridge space, oven space and counter space to prioritize—along with food to keep warm, drinks to keep cold, and guests to keep happy.
In just a couple of weeks, many of you will be opening your homes to family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner. Even though I can’t help you keep your guests happy, I would love to lend a hand in getting organized for the big day.
[my Downloadable Thanksgiving Checklist enters the stage]
Christmas is almost here! Though I hope your meal planning and grocery shopping are complete, I thought I’d send some last-minute inspiration your way. And because I want you to enjoy your festivities as much as possible, I’m even including a few make-ahead notes.
Merry Christmas, my friends!
I know we never talked about a gift exchange, but it’s the holiday season and I just couldn’t resist making you something.
Every time I write a new post you come here and listen to my stories. You comment, you try my recipes, and you make me feel like a million bucks. So to thank you, I’ve made you a lasagna—a very special lasagna that helps you spend Christmas, New Year’s and Sunday Dinner out of the kitchen. What I mean is, you can make the entire dish ahead of time.
The lasagna is a beautiful silky stack of tender braised beef, nutty Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and a creamy béchamel sauce that’s flavored with just a hint of garlic and rosemary. The flavors are simple and subtle—the sort of combination that says, “oh, hello, there!” in the classiest, most refined voice—a voice that never utters once that your beef was braised in the slow cooker one (or even two!) nights earlier. Or that the entire dish is nothing short of a pure mashup of cuisines, cooking styles and traditions. …
Thanksgiving is a combination of magic and madness. It’s a day when many of us pour our love into one of the most elaborate meals we are likely to make all year. The reward is a beautiful spread of brown, orange and yellow foods that are best eaten in piles. The risk is preparing that spread against the pressures of time, hungry guests and multitasking.
Since I want you to enjoy your meal as much as possible, I’ve put together a little guide on how to make Thanksgiving planning as easy as (pumpkin) pie.
Study your Recipes
Once you’ve figured out which dishes you’re responsible for, make sure to read up on them. The last thing you want is to realize midway through a recipe, that your butter was supposed to have been at room temperature. Or that you actually should have baked that pumpkin pie yesterday because it needs to chill overnight, and it’s 10 am on Thanksgiving morning. Though it can’t prevent mishaps altogether, having knowledge of your recipes makes things a lot easier, especially when recreational eating is involved….