I hope you have a wonderful Rachael Ray recipe filled Christmas tomorrow. Today, I'm baking (!) Cherry Breakfast Cake for Christmas Day and some Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake to take over to our Christmas Eve hosts. That will be the extent of my time in the kitchen, since we will be on the road, flitting between here and the Bay Area for our Christmas celebrations.
I will be taking the day off posting tomorrow, but had to share these time-saving tips for holiday entertaining from the folks at Every Day with Rachael Ray :
Share the preparation:
By planning who brings which dish, drink or dessert, no one person is exhausted at the end of the day.
Cook the bird in a turkey fryer:
Cooking time only takes an hour, leaving extra time to be spent with the family instead of working in the kitchen!
Use soup mix instead of homemade:
Buy soup mix and add fresh chicken and vegetables so it tastes homemade. It’s quicker and guests are none the wiser.
Jot each menu item on a Post-it note:
Stick Post-it notes on corresponding servingware so you don’t have to dig through cabinets to find your dishes right before dinner.
Bake mashed potatoes:
Instead of scrambling to make them right before dinner, mix 8 ounces cream cheese, ½ cup sour cream, 2/3 cup warm milk