Holiday Hysteria Twitter Party
One holiday dinner down, one to go… And I’m throwing a party!
Last Thursday we hosted Andrea Meyers and family at our house for Thanksgiving. Andrea is a popular food blogger, fantastic chef and amazing photographer who just happens to live a few minutes up the road from me. We met this past July on a foodie shoot we were both on and we became fast friends.
Here was the menu I decided on:
- Brie with cranberries
- Goat cheese marinated in olive oil, rosemary, thyme, lemon zest, capers and sun-dried tomatoes
- Roasted pears over mixed greens with blue cheese, pecans, dried cranberries and a maple dressing
- Roast turkey, of course (we used my new oil-less turkey fryer which was fabulous)
- Simply Potatoes Traditional Mashed Potatoes with a Parmesan crust
- Carrot soufflé
- Stuffing with sausage, apples and more cranberries
- Homemade cranberry sauce (that I forgot to serve…doh!)
- Pumpkin and pecan praline pie with fresh whipped cream
A fairly extensive menu – especially for such a small crowd – but you just have to go there when the goal of the day is to eat yourself into a glorious food coma. Alan left for the store halfway into my cooking spree, and when he returned he found me relaxing on the couch, checking emails and surfing the web. “I take it the cooking is going well?” was the first thing he said when he walked through the door. I laughed and said, “Yeah, it’s a lot different these days compared to how it used to be!”
Holiday dinners used to seriously stress me out. There was just so much to be done – the planning, shopping, prepping, deciding what to cook when, how to prepare it, what dishes to serve it in and wondering if it all went together or if there would be enough food or too much or any food allergies…and on and on and on. I was infamous for my spreadsheets that listed out each dish, what steps to do when and details down to the last napkin. It was so much work that by the time the dinner was finally over, I was exhausted. I’ve learned a LOT since my first Christmas dinner almost seven years ago and this holiday was my easiest yet! (See below for information on how to simplify and ease the stress at your next holiday meal.)
Although I have a lot of make-ahead and other tips to make the execution of a holiday meal a breeze, one of my newest secret weapons is using Simply Potatoes. This was the first holiday that I’ve served them and it made it so much easier – no peeling, cutting, boiling, mashing, then tediously putting them through a ricer to get that coveted smooth texture. All I had to do was open the package and put the creamy potatoes in my baking dish. I like to drizzle with butter and parmesan so they get a nice golden brown, crispy crust on top – it’s sooo good!!
I have a long list of helpful tips ready for you and I’m going to be sharing them all at the Holiday Hysteria Twitter Party! Here are just a few things on the agenda:
- Meal planning short cuts (when to start cooking each course, make ahead dishes, crowd pleasing apps and side dishes, cleaning as you go)
- What to do when you have a kitchen emergency (forgot to put something in the oven, overcooked dish, missing ingredient, etc.)
- Holiday stress relief (shopping tips, avoiding lines, tips for relaxation)
- Essential gadgets for holiday prep in the kitchen (baster, meat thermometer, oven thermometer, aluminum foil liners for easy cleanup
But wait, there’s more! We’ll also be giving away these fabulous prizes to participants throughout the party!
- Product coupons
- Cheese slicer
- Turkey baster
- Herb mill
- OXO Salad Spinner
- Nonstick rolling mat
- Thermometer set: meat, oven, candy
- Cast iron dutch oven
- Wine set: decanter, opener and pairing book
- Stainless steel 2-tier stackable steamer
- Grand prize: KitchenAid mixer!
It’s going to be a fabulous party that you won’t want to miss! Here’s all the info you’ll need to join in on the fun:
- When: Thursday, Dec. 8
- Time: 9-10 p.m. EST
- Hashtag: #simplyholiday
- Panelists: @thewickednoodle, @simplypotatoes
Wait…what the heck is a “twitter party”? If you’re scratching your head and asking yourself that question, jump on over and check out the answer here: http://www.twitterpartyguide.com/what-is-a-twitter-party
All that’s left to do is RSVP! Click the button below to let me know you’ll be attending. Use your Twitter handle and URL to make it easier for me to quickly follow you!
Can’t wait to chat with you!