Beat the holiday rush
The holidays can be a hectic time, with everyone trying to cram in visits in the short amount of available time off.
With a big beautiful family on my fathers' side, we are eagerly awaiting our annual get-together at the family farm.
Yes, you read that right, your family farmers are getting ready to host a party of 35 for the first time in our new home!
Some of you probably know that we've been helping my parents with the preparations for the event for years now, so we are seasoned veterans by default, and we've accumulated a few tricks to make the holidays relaxing and enjoyable.
One of the biggest lessons we've taken away over the years is that suppers always seem to require the most work, and that the freezer is your best friend.
For a few weeks now I've been making a little extra of meals that freeze well. Things like soup, spaghetti sauce, broth, curry, homemade pasta, pie crusts, and noodles have all been doubled, labeled with content and date, and frozen, ready for deployment for an easy supper later on.
As suggested in the Holiday edition of Food & Drink, the same logic can be applied while hosting. Pacing yourself can be as simple as making and freezing a Mushroom & Sweet Onion Gnocchi Casserole, a dish that is fancy enough to bust out during the holidays, and that only requires a little thawing and reheating.
The bonus is that you can make your own gnocchi using our potatoes and then serve the dish alongside a nice quick winter spinach salad.
So pace yourself this time of year and plan ahead for the good times, and see you again next season!