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5 Kitchen Tips for Holiday Entertaining

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Tis the season for holiday entertaining and for us home cooks, that means wonderful aromas being concocted in our kitchens.

But don’t be stressed out!

In a previous post, 5 Non-Food Thanksgiving Dinner Tips, I mentioned a few things to remember, when hosting a large crowd for a meal.

Strategic Holiday Dinner PlannerI also created a free strategic dinner party planner, which includes step-by-step, day-by-day how to plan ahead and be prepared for any group dinner event, at your home.

However, this post is going to discuss a few items essential to cooking top-quality dishes your guest will love.

Follow these tips to relieve yourself of some of the stress.

Tip 1: Get an ERGO SPOUT

Do you like gravy on your Thanksgiving turkey? Most do…

In the south, we like giblet gravy. Many of you may have a traditional gravy bowl for special occasions; however, consider Ergo Spout.

Just pour a portion of your gravy in a mason jar. Heat it up in the microwave for one minute…place the Ergo Spout top on the jar and your gravy is ready to serve.

No worries about keeping the gravy warm.

Also, Ergo Spout is not just for gravy. It can be used for barbecue sauce, salad dressings or making pancakes.

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Ergo Spout with blue logo and gravy in the mason jar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tip 2 – Get Your Turkey Before the Rush

Having your bird in plenty of time to properly thaw and brine the star of your Thanksgiving table, is a stress reliever unto itself.

Why not give Butcher Box a try and get a turkey FOR FREE!

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Chose a curated box, or create one catered to your family, among their high-quality pork, beef and chicken options.

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You can select how often you receive a box, and you change your package at any time.

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Tip 3 – Use the best spices to flavor up your food

Savory Spice has a convenient Maple Dry Glaze and Turkey Brining Kit.

This kit will eliminate the need to scramble around your local, crowded supermarkets searching for those popular flavors everyone buys at the holidays.

This bundle includes a sweet maple glaze with garlic and herb notes. It is also good for salmon, chicken or pork.

The 16 oz. Brining kit is enough salt, sugar and seasonings to brine a 12-14 lb turkey.

It also includes a brining bag. However, after we submerge our turkey in a cooler, filled with the brine, mixed with water.

maple dry glaze and brining kit from savory spcies

Savory Spice also has a wide selection of specialty herb mixes, as well as traditional baking spices.

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Tip 4 – Use Good Ingredients for Tasty Results

Many of us will be doing holiday baking for the next few weeks.

Why not use the best ingredients, such as Dixie Crystals line of baking products?

Once known as the Savannah Sugar Refining Corporation, they have been producing quality products since 1917.

Dixie Crystals’ extra fine granulated pure cane sugar has the best texture for my grandma’s Peach Cobber recipe.

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Peach Cobbler

This is the same savory recipe used by my grandma. It is one of my family's favorites.
Course Desserts
Cuisine American
Keyword cobbler, desserts, peaches
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Lucille Hendon

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons Good quality butter
  • 1 cup Self-rising flour
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals pure cane white sugar
  • 1/2 cup Buttermilk
  • 18-20 ozs. peaches

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450º
  • Peel 5-6 peaches, or if using a Large can of peaches, make sure they are in heavy syrup. If using canned peaches skip the next step.
  • If using fresh peaches, slice them into a bowl and add 1-2 Tablespoons of Dixie Crystal white sugar.
  • Place fresh peaches in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to allow sugar to be absorbed. Add 1/4 cup of water for a more juicy pie.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour and sugar, until no lumps remain.
  • Add buttermilk to flour mixture, in very small amounts. Add just enough to moisten the flour/sugar mixture.
  • Meanwhile, melt one stick of butter in a saucepan, or an aluminium pan, as in the video.
  • Pour buttermilk mix into the pan with warm butter. No need to stir.
  • Remove pan from heat and add refrigerated peaches. No need to stir.
  • Place in a preheated 450º oven for 40 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

Video


Tip 5 – Take time to enjoy the holidays

By using my strategic planner, you will prepared and can enjoy the special “get-together.”

Have a coffee bar set up for your guest to enjoy a cup of Joe after the delicious meal.

Order from a variety of traditional or gourmet coffees, as well as specialty teas from The Coffee Shopping Network.

Make sure to include sugar, cream, spoons and cups for your guests.

I have already ordered mine.

coffee cup with the coffee shopping network

Do you have any products or tips for others who will be entertaining this holiday season?

Please share them in the comments or email me at JoAnnsfoodbites@gmail.com

 

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