Tuesday, October 9, 2012

31 Days to a Stress Free Holiday Season - Day 9

Now that we've started stockpiling more recipes than we could ever make on one Thanksgiving day.....its time to make our menu!!! Start making a list of what courses you hope to serve. I usually have the following:
  • Appetizers
  • Snack food
  • Entree
  • Sides
  • Gravy/sauces
  • Bread
  • Dessert
  • Cookies
  • Garnishes
Match those recipes up with the above categories and then fill in as needed. Some other things to keep in mind while planning your menu are:
  • Who are you feeding? (ie. children, adults, mixed ages?)
  • How much food will you need?
  • What time of day is the meal?
  • Are the any allergies you need to take into account?
  • Do you need appetizers and snacks or just a main meal?
  • What kind of dessert would you like to make?
  • Do dishes need to be able to be made ahead of time?
  • How much time do you want to spend on your menu?
What are some helpful hints you keep in mind when planning your menu?

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