Tip #3. Finish Before It Starts
This is a really important tip in creating a memorable experience, especially during the holidays! It’s also one that chefs, caterers, and restaurants use. My goal is to have everything finished before my guests arrive so I can spend time with them, not in the kitchen preparing all those last minute side dishes. I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent many a holiday where the host was in the kitchen until dinner was served. No thank you!
What works for me, is to prepare as many of the side dishes as possible the day before, stick them in the fridge and reheat them while my turkey is resting and being carved. That way, I can spend time visiting with my guests stress free!
I must admit, I was very nervous about this concept in the beginning. Surely, I must be committing a mortal sin. I remember my Grandma and Aunts in the kitchen cooking and preparing the holiday dinner while the rest of us where playing cards, watching football, and having all the fun. I would sneak into the kitchen for a taste of something yummy and think – I can’t wait until I can do this for my family! It only took preparing one Thanksgiving dinner for me to realize their must be a better way to do this.
Here’s a short audio where I share more examples of how to Finish Before You Start with my good friend Pam Atherton of A Closer Look Radio. Click on the link or copy and paste it into your browser. http://acloserlookradio.com/5minuteshots/mcardle.php