The thing about the holidays is that we expect to cook more than
any other time of year while having less time to do it. Every year
about this time, I think: Oh no, here comes the turkey again. My
brain starts considering the Thanksgiving menu for about 30 seconds
before turning tail and running off screaming in another direction.
Who has time to menu plan?! The kids get the flu, the pace picks up
at work, the house is a mess...what's not on the schedule is an
afternoon browsing through every cookbook I own looking for
creative new ways to deal with Big Bird.
But look! EYB says I have 51 ways to deal with a whole turkey.
And what if I want to indulge my passionate feelings about
chestnuts (and when don't I)? And hey, you know what? I love
pomegranates but I can never think of how to fit them in at dinner.
Also, I need something green. Didn't I find some green-bean recipe
I loved last year?
5 minutes later, I have the rudiments of a Thanksgiving
What's more, apparently I have 11 recipes using "turkey - meat
cooked"--maybe, for a change, we won't be having leftover turkey
sandwiches straight through to December this year.
With all the time I just saved, I might as well get started
early on the holiday cookie season, because I can already tell that
I need one of those Double Dark
Chocolate Cherry Cookies I love so much from the Sweet Melissa Baking Book. Not to mention
La Befana's Stars, those
irresistible, buttery little stars with the sprinkles, from Gina de Palma's Dolce Italiano.
And I still have weeks to go before Christmas--plenty of time
for me to find out a way to do something with, say, goose, pine
nuts, red currants, brandy, and escarole...
So as the cold, the shopping, the travel plans, and hordes of
family loom over the shrinking year-end calendar, cross one
headache off your list. I can't promise you'll be able to anything
about the headache you'll have on the Friday after Thanksgiving, or
on December 26th, but I do have one suggestion: try typing
"hangover" in the EYB recipe search box. I promise, you won't come