Country Sampler Special Edition
Just Breathe …and Follow These Tips
Make the meal go smoothly by preparing as much as you can ahead of time and remembering that you don't have to hold an elaborate affair.
W Forgo trying out complicated recipes. You don’t want to spend time hunting down hard-to-acquire ingredients or learning a new cooking technique.
W Prepare some foods ahead of time. Think of what can be done either a day or two before or what can be partially cooked beforehand and then finished off right before the start of the meal.
W Set the table the day before. This is an easy thing to do and one less task to worry about on the day of the dinner.
W Don’t feel you have to offer a multitude of dishes. You can prepare just a few appealing items, including a main dish, a couple sides and desserts, and guests will be satisfied.
W Use some convenience foods. Nowadays, many ingredients come sliced, diced, washed and ready to go. Take advantage of this, but add a few mix-ins, unique toppers or delicious sauces to fancy them up. W Make it a family affair. Get the kids and relatives involved. It’s always fun to work together.