Gifts wrapped and shipped? Check. Holiday cards sent? Check. Christmas cooking complete? Nope. But I’m close! Now that we are in the final countdown to Christmas it is time to start dealing with the nitty gritty. Get out the legal pad and start making your to-do list. Then, head to the grocery store for your wares and get cracking. Here are some ideas for how to make the whole holiday cooking ordeal easy and manageable. There are all sorts of things you can do to make your life easier so you don’t have to be tied to the stove when you want to enjoying your time with friends:
Christmas Countdown Cooking To-Do List:
1. Make and Freeze Doughs: Dough for Snickerdoodles, Russian Tea Cakes, Holiday Kiss Cookies, and Lemon Sables can all be made ahead and frozen. Make them now and unfreeze them when you are ready to bake and eat them fresh.
2. Write Your Menu: Decide on your Christmas dinner menu and gather the ingredients now. Components of side dishes like vinaigrette for Green Beans can often be made ahead of time. Tick off the sides and desserts one by one so that on Christmas day you can concentrate on the main course.
3. Don’t Skip Breakfast: Make-ahead meals like Overnight French Toast, Breakfast Casserole and Pancake Mix all come in handy for Christmas morning. Add these to your menu to make life easier on you: breakfast can be made the night before and you don’t have to do anything more than finish it off on Christmas morning!
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