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 menu.
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.