As cliché as it may sound, the holiday season is my favorite time of year. The sights…the sounds…but what I most look forward to is the smell of treasured family recipes wafting through our home as they are lovingly made by helping hands that span generations. From start to finish, creating the holiday meal is a cherished tradition made even easier when you have the help of family and friends. Today I’m excited to share with you, and my friends at Bosch , some of my favorite holiday traditions, plus a few tips for making the holidays that much merrier (and tastier!)
Create your Holiday Menu
It’s a no-brainer, everyone knows I love to cook – but it’s actually rare that I get to prepare a giant feast for my entire family. But the holidays are different. It’s the one time we’re all together, so I usually have a long list of holiday dishes that I want to make for everyone – sometimes too many! For this reason, I always put a plan in place for the holiday meal. After writing a list of each dish I want to make, sometimes editing it down if I’ve become overzealous, I then account for items that others have offered to make. With a game plan in place, cooking the meal is that much easier.
There’s a few things that are always on the holiday (meal) wish list. My dear Mum, Lozza, is a phenomenal baker and her mini mince tarts are not only a favorite of mine, but also the big guy—Santa—himself. She was certainly the head chef of our holiday preparations throughout my childhood and to this day, cooking with my Mum is one of my favorite things to do. Another holiday favorite is a luxurious potato gratin. Made simply with cream, potatoes, and Gruyère cheese, it is my go-to option and awesome when hosting a holiday meal because it’s decadent yet easy, and can feed many mouths (somehow I always end up with more people over than I planned for!).
And then there’s the star of the table—the turkey and gravy. This is where the Bosch Wall Oven with a SideOpening Door is a game changer. When you have a heavy dish, such as a turkey or a roast, being able to load it into the oven from a comfortable standing position saves any extra struggle. It’s such a small detail, but one that makes a huge difference in the overall preparation.