Simple Secrets For Entertaining The Holiday Houseful
(NAPSA) - When the holiday season leaves little time to spend in the kitchen, you may need some help cooking for festive get-togethers or a houseful of hungry guests. With award-winning cookbook author Pam Anderson's secrets for a stress-free holiday, you can prepare quick and easy recipes for all your festive celebrations.
The following are a few tips for creating simple meals for those festive gatherings, so you can spend less time stressing and more time celebrating with loved ones:
Start new family traditions: From baking cookies to helping decorate the dining room table, there are many things you can do as a family every year to bring tradition to the season. Plus, having the kids help out will keep them busy and make them feel like a part of the festivities.
Keep your pantry stocked: Stock up on must-have staples such as Carnation(r) Evaporated Milk, flour, sugar and canned pumpkin; because they are shelf stable you can always have them on hand. For example, when a recipe calls for 1 cup of milk, just use 1 cup of Carnation Evaporated Milk instead. Not only is it at your fingertips, but it provides a richer taste and creamier texture than regular milk.
Don't let any food go to waste: Leftovers make a great addition to new recipes and are quick and convenient when you are hosting a houseful of guests. You can even save all your leftovers for a special buffet at the end of the week.
Lighten the cooking load: When hosting a holiday celebration, ask friends and family to bring their own signature dish. This helps lighten your cooking load and allows everyone to showcase their favorite holiday recipe. The next time you are asked to share your special dish, try this Ham and Swiss Hash Brown Bake: