|Shortcuts offered for holiday entertaining|
Christmas and New Years are just around the corner, and they have one thing in common –fantastic food. Sutherland Tastefully Simple Consultant Shawna Cooper says local party hosts and hostesses can save time and avoid chaos in the kitchen by taking a few shortcuts.
“Whether you’re the go-to host for the holiday festivities year after year, or it’s your very first time to serve up the annual feast, you can take comfort knowing you have these time-saving tricks up your sleeve,” Cooper said.
• Seize the day (before). Many hors d’oeuvres can be prepared in advance and simply heated (or reheated) in the oven or microwave on the day of your holiday party. Try combining precooked crab meat, cream cheese and a packet of cheese dip mix the day before your party, and all you’ll have to do on the big day is bake it for 5-7 minutes until it’s golden, bubbly, and so good your guests will never guess your secret.
• Make your ingredients multi-task. When you’re stocking the pantry prior to your holiday party, choose a lineup of flavorful products that offer more versatility than other one-note wonders. For instance, a jar of cranberry-pomegranate preserves can easily do double-duty: first, use it is a tasty glaze for beef or pork, and then serve up the remaining spread with toasted English muffins on Christmas morning.
• Spice up store-bought. Adding an unexpected, tasteful touch to store-bought foods and beverages is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to wow your friends and family. For example, just a dash of cinnamon-citrus Tastefully Simple Warm Up! Mulling Spice mixed with your favorite apple cider can turn an ordinary drink into a heartwarming holiday experience.