A ‘don’t panic’ kind of Christmas
Every year I tell myself, I’m going to get organised with all of my Christmas baking and entertaining - and for the most part it does not happen.
This season I have a plan of action, which over the next three weeks I will share with you in my weekly column.
First things first: how many functions or gatherings are you attending or hosting? And how many folks will there be?
By establishing this you can get a much better idea of what food needs to be prepared and when. Many holiday favorites can be done in advance and frozen. Things like cookies (the ice-box ones I wrote about last week), squares, pies and even side dishes. You will also want to start searching for your turkey(s) now as you will have the best selection.
Funny story; about 15 years ago I took this huge turkey (turkey is turkey right?) out of my freezer. Well to my surprise on Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. I realized it was in fact a big chicken. (Turns out I was the turkey)
So... make sure everything is marked in your freezer. It was funny (well not so much) to try and find a fresh turkey the day before Christmas.
Start looking at your cookie and square recipes, you will want to make a list of all of the ingredients you need, this way you do one big trip to the grocery store and your speciality shops ( again, early shopping allows for best selection).
Check out my column at cornwallseawaynews.com for a recipe for some amazing squares that freeze perfectly!
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, December 7th, as I will be the Guest Dessert Chef at Bar Q Steakhouse, located at 105 Pitt Street, Cornwall (entrance on First St.). Join us starting at 5pm with Chef Chris Barque at the helm of the savoury dishes, myself on desserts and the amazing crew for an unforgettable night. On top of a gastronomical meal you will be helping out The Agape Centre: bring-in 3 non- perishable food items and receive your dessert for FREE (only with the purchase of your meal that evening). If you forget your items, no worries as a portion of the cost of your dessert will be donated. Reservations are strongly suggested; call (613) 935-3337 to book.