Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Holiday Dinner Recipes to Make Ahead

Last Minute Shopping for Christmas Dinner

As you may already know, I'm all about getting the preparation done before the company arrives. I like to have time to talk and catch up with everyone. It is hard to do that if they all have to follow me into the kitchen. And then there's the other little problem. When I get talking and cooking at the same time, I get ADD, and make a mistake. Oops! I can't afford to do that when I'm cooking for 12 or more.
Tomorrow I will bring you some Turkey preparation links, but for today, I'm following through with a full supply of side dishes you can prepare in advance. I'm also including the tart recipe, although I don't recommend that you make that ahead. My suggestion is put the pies/tarts in the oven just before you start prepping the turkey. You want that crust to be nice and crispy, not soft, when you serve it later.

Thanksgiving Menu Planning: Sounds like a typo, huh? I'm just throwing this in to get your grocery list started. Everyone loved the Caledonian Golden Promise Organic Beer. It was a big hit. Our most popular wine choice was the Sustainable Red, a California wine from 2005. You can check them out at Sustainable Red. Our understanding from the wine clerk was that this is winery is basically organic, but without the official certification. He highly recommended it, so we tried it. Everyone loved it.
As for other wines, we tried Sterling Vineyards 2007 Chardonnay. It wasn't stellar, but definitely enjoyable. We're still exploring the organic wines and would love to hear from you if you have a favorite. Please drop me a COMMENT at the end of the post, by clicking the COMMENT link. Thanks for your input.

Green Dinnerware: If you're short on dishes, these are some options that are eco-friendly.

Organic Mashed Potatoes Go Garlic

Organic Banana Bread/Muffin recipe posted on Blake Bakes

Organic Apple and Pumpkin Tarts: I'm changing it up a bit for Christmas and making Cherry Tarts. No problem. Just make the fruit the way you would for any other cherry pie, and spoon it into the mini tart crusts. It's as easy as pie...and some canned organic cherries.
Does Christmas feel like a race to you? After that meal is made, I'm taking a vacation from my job as a food writer--too much pressure! I'm looking forward to getting back to my old routine in January. I miss my living green topics, and have quite a slate of new things to talk about. I look forward to sharing some of my newest tips, so be sure to find time to stop in during January. Better yet, get me delivered by free subscription. Just put in your e-mail address in the box at the top right and my headlines will come to your e-mail box. It's that easy. As Nike says: Just do it.

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