The holidays can be a hectic time of year, especially if you’re entertaining friends and family. When it comes to cooking for the holidays I like to focus on quality over the quantity of dishes, such as sides and desserts. Thanksgiving, for instance, is a meal where I’ll gladly become a control freak over the things I really care about – a well-seasoned turkey with simple jus, fresh cranberry sauce and a dressing made with big hunks of buttered bread. If it’s your year to host I suggest you do the same. Focus on what’s most important to you and let those offering to bring a dish take care of the rest of the meal! Assign duties to guests so you have the time to make what’s most important to you.
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Over the next two months I’ll share Crate Cooking: Hosting the Holidays menus and recipes. I’ve developed a show-stopping Thanksgiving guide, including a turkey which cooks in one hour and an assortment of sides that fit in a single oven all at 375 F. For December, enjoy my festive Christmas breakfast menu along with recipes of sides, desserts and edible favors for the season.