Planning a Big Family Dinner

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I haven’t gotten the chance often in the past year but I love playing hostess and chef to friends and family. These meals are a chance for me to expand my cooking skills and try new recipes. Here are some tips and tricks I have learned that make things go smoothly.

  • Read all the recipes through a couple of times a few days before the meal. This way there are no timing surprises. I learned this when making the Candied Blood Oranges.
  • Always start earlier than you think you should. I used to try and bake fresh bread after work. After going to bed at midnight a couple of times I learned that I don’t have enough time and bread making is saved for the weekend.
  • Clean as you go. As someone who always makes a mess in the kitchen this helps things go smoother over time and makes the clean up easier at the end of the night.
  • PREP, PREP, PREP. Doing everything the day of makes everything seem like it takes forever. Do prep work the day or two before. Bake breads or cakes, make sauces, slice and dices those vegetables.
  • Allow yourself to be creative. Cooking is an art both in the making process and in the eating enjoyment.

What tips or tricks do you have for making a big meal? Let me know in the comments! Happy cooking!

Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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