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Holiday cooking and going crazy are not synonymous Part I 
 
Dec. 4, 2011 9:31 am 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2011 3:57 am
About ten years ago I developed a motivational presentation, complete with  recipes on the subject above. I first gave it at my church. I was even paid to give it at a public library. It is all part of my philosophy that home cooking is the most delicious, nutritious, economical and safe food you can eat.

Remember to nourish yourself and your family this holiday season. Sometimes we focus so much on getting cookies made or party dishes prepared, we forget we need something for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I really use my day off work to have dinners made ahead. This morning I put pork chops* in the slow cooker. It will probable taste better after sitting in the refrigerator so that will be for dinner on Monday. My husband made a big batch of his one fish bouillabaisse last night. There are at least three servings left to have with the leftover French bread and a green salad for dinner sometime this week or if he makes it home for lunch one day. While cooking tonight I'm going to saute up some aromatic vegetables and make a vegetable rice soup with the vegetables stock that's left over from the fish soup ingredients we bought. Again, a quick lunch or dinner with bread, salad and fruit.Tonight I'm making a hamburger casserole* and there will be leftovers for later. I'm off again on Thursday because I work Saturday, will prepare a fresh meal that night. Having my hair done that morning and will do a little gift shopping but will plan on a quick prep meal probably using boneless chicken. We have a large tossed salad each evening so the shopping list always has those ingredients on it.  I make sure left overs are kept in the coldest part of the refrigerator and use them up within a week or freeze them.We also pick up apples, oranges, bananas and melon each time one of us goes shopping so that we get our vitamins from our meals.

I hope this gives you some ideas on keeping the family fed and not killing yourself in the meantime. Nothing disrupts a household's enjoyment of the season than someone having a stress meltdown. That's not why we are celebrating. Only do what you can do and still enjoy yourself.
 
*these are two new recipes I'm trying. I'll post them if they are good.
 
Comments
Dec. 4, 2011 9:37 am
Nice blog. The last paragraph hits the nail right on the head. "That's not why we are celebarting. Only do what you can do and still enjoy yourself". I've always said if you're killing yourself to do too much, you won't even enjoy the season with your friends and family. I like to make it special, yet keep it somewhat simple! Merry Christmas to you!
 
Amanda 
Dec. 5, 2011 1:49 pm
That's a lesson I'm still learning. It's gotten a lot easier though, now that I split the holiday baking with various family members.
 
CJ 
Dec. 6, 2011 3:57 am
Great idea to split the baking duties!
 
 
 
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Carpentersville, Illinois, USA
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Sep. 2006

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About Me
I love to develop new recipes. I have had 15 recipes published by Reiman publications, publishers of TASTE OF HOME magazine. I like to try at least one new recipe a week. My other interests that aren't listed above are running and horse racing. By profession I am a registered medical technologist currently working in microbiology at a local medical center.
My favorite things to cook
Soups. Main dishes for interesting evening meals. Simple baking like cookie jar cookies and quick breads.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I basically make Thanksgiving dinner like my mom did.
My cooking triumphs
Winning a runner up prize for my lasagne recipe when I worked for the Nestle corporation. (I was a part time R&D assistant for the Willy Wonka Candy Factory)
My cooking tragedies
Trying to make sweet and sour shrimp with deep fried shrimp. Coating came off the shrimp when I put the sauce on. My familiy refused to eat it. We were short of money then and it hurt to waste the food and then go get MacDonald's for dinner.
 
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