All the best holiday cocktails start with drinks you make for your 11-year-old, right? Or is that just me?
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If you were to join my family for dinner on a regular weeknight (go for it, but call first!), you’d see our typical dessert routine in action.
Dorian Burns-Coyne enjoys cooking, but he was frustrated by trying to find meal inspiration when he got home from a long day at his job in advertising.
The single man scoured websites, but “a lot of times the recipes would call for types of equipment or processes I didn’t know or ingredients I didn’t have, and it would just end up being a hassle more than anything.”
It’s the malleability of Christmas dinner that can make it so challenging to plan. Which is to say, choice can be intimidating.
Salad: The least loved side of holiday dinners. But it doesn’t have to be.
The problem with most of the salads served at holiday meals is they tend to lack inspiration and usually are made from lacklustre ingredients. Fair enough. Our focus usually is on the roast and heartier ‚Äî and way more interesting ‚Äî sides, like scalloped potatoes and gravies and baked this-and-thats.
Indians love a festive celebration. In fact, my family loved them so much that not only would we celebrate Diwali and Holi, we’d also throw ourselves into Easter and Christmas. I even remember my mum getting excited about Chinese New Year.
Those of us who celebrate Hanukkah already are in serious prep mode (or realizing we should be). I like the lighting of the candles. I love giving people the perfect gift. But what we all probably love most are the latkes, or potato pancakes.
Holiday roasts as delicious as they are often suffer from slab-of-meat syndrome. Which is to say, you plop down a honking hunk of meat and... that’s about it. Not the prettiest or most festive item on the table.
Who says a holiday roast has to be red meat or poultry? Take a page from my French husband’s family’s book of traditions and serve salmon!
The first rule of thumb when entertaining is keep mum about how the food was supposed to appear or taste.
“Don’t come to the table with your food complaining, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, it’s a bit overcooked, it’s undercooked, it was supposed to be...’” says celeb chef Ricardo Larrivee.