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Lessons in How to Enjoy Preparing a Big Meal for the Holiday

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I thought this article would be just in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays because it focuses on cooking several meals in a day or two. I learned a few things that could be very helpful in reducing the stress of cooking for the holidays. Project Yum, which I wrote about in earlier articles, was in full effect--I had picked out my recipes, I put my grocery list together and I was off to the grocery store. It turned out that I ended up going to three grocery stores because I was looking for one special ingredient called kombu, which is a sea vegetable, which I needed for the magic mineral broth. All the other ingredients I was able to find at the local grocery store. I had anticipated getting all the ingredients at one place and to start cooking the broth which is the base for my soup. I got home so late from traveling to all the different grocery stores that I had to change my game plan and cook everything the next day. The broth took two and a half hours so my first cooking day was seven hours. In addition to the broth I made a sweet potato, carrot and butternut squash soup, chickpea burgers, brown rice, kale with carrots, edamame avocado dip and emerald city greens. I was exhausted by the time I was finished. The problem was that I had never made any of these dishes before so I had to pay strict attention to each recipe so they would come out correct. This is what made me feel tired. While I was cooking there, a friend of mine and my brother stopped by the house for various reasons. It was a joy to see them and I chopped, simmered and stirred while talking to them. They were my taste testers as well. This made my time in the kitchen really fun and the time passed much faster than I thought. Even though I was tired by the end of the day I enjoyed every moment of the process.

Here are the lessons I want to share with you when you are preparing several dishes for one occasion and don’t try all new recipes. If you can plan ahead you can cook a few recipes days before so you will not be overwhelmed or fall behind in preparation.

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Preparing a big meal on holidays has always been a big problem for me but I think your shared info is gonna help me a lot in this.

January 21, 2011 - 9:39pm
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