Shopping and Food Tips To Make Your Holiday Cooking Special
Holidays are very special occasions for families. This is when
the family takes time out from the daily humdrum of life and get
together to commemorate some special occasion or event. Aside
from activities and festivities that accompany these
festivities, holidays offer the best way to bond with your
family - food! And food means only one thing - cooking. Cooking
for your holiday meals shouldn't be drab and unexciting. In most
celebrations, cooking is the centerpiece around which the family
gathers and celebrates.
No holiday celebration is complete without food. Food serves the
most sacred activity of bonding possible. Studies have shown
that best scenario for family bonding is at the dinner table.
Families that eat together, stay together!
If food is that important to the holiday celebration, why don't
we put that much attention into making our holiday cooking
better and more fitting to the task at hand?
Here are a few general tips on making your holiday cooking
memorable and exciting!
1. Plan Ahead
Nothing kills the cooking more that the lack of preparation. If
you want your cooking to be perfect you have to plan ahead.
Planning ahead for your cooking involves asking what is the
occasion about, and what food should complement the occasion.
You also have to ask how many people will be attending your
celebration. Nothing is as embarrassing as not having enough
food to feed everyone. You might have to resort to ordering for
pizza or something.
Take the extra time to create a checklist of needed ingredients
and man or womanpower. This will allow you to tackle your
problem little by little. It will also help avoid feeling
overwhelmed with the task at hand.
2. Make it Special
Holidays are special days, so you must make your cooking special
too. If you serve your family beef casserole everyday, you might
want to skip cooking another batch for your holiday meal. Your
holiday meal should be different from the normal foods you
serve. Removing 'normal' foods may be necessary when whipping up
a list of dishes to cook. This is, of course, unless your family
really loves beef casserole and would like it in their holiday
3. Consider Who Is Coming
You might be excited enough to whip up some exotic delicacy for
your menu only to find out that your family is not really into
that sort of food.
Always consider who is coming to the party. To the best of your
ability, try to prepare dishes you know they would enjoy. How
could you know this? You could consult the history of
celebrations they have had. Take note of the dishes they liked,
and the dishes they disliked.
Another option would be to just ask them. It wouldn't do any
harm. It may lessen the surprise, but in many occasions it
actually heightens the anticipation of what is to come.
4. Consider Your Budget
You really have to match your meals with your budget. Don't
overspend. Remember that holidays come only a few times a year.
The memories of a good celebration cannot be bought - this is
especially true in the case of children. Try to make it as
special as possible without having to shell out too much money.
To do this you must do a thorough investigation on the prices
and necessity of the stuff on your shopping checklist.
These tips will truly help you plan and execute your holiday
cooking plan in a big way. So go and start planning! And have a
great holiday cooking experience and gathering!
About the author:
David Arnold Livingston loves the shoppping, cooking and other
festivities of the holidays. He recommends the resource: Heres's Cooking