Entertaining family or friends for the holidays? Preserve the fabulous flavors of fall by using farm-fresh veggies and fruits to make an assortment of delectable starters, sides, and desserts ahead of time. Each of these dishes freezes really well, so when it’s finally time for Christmas or Hanukkah (or Kwanzaa!) dinner, you can easily check a few things off your to-do list. — Alison J. Bermack
Alison Bermack is the founder of Cooking With Friends, the popular lifestyle and cooking website. She blogs, publishes a newsletter and has written food articles for various websites, magazines and companies including Babble.com, njfamily, ediblejersey, NJ Star Ledger, Nestle, and many others. She also teaches a wide range of cooking classes, both privately and at the Adult School in Montclair, NJ.