Ever open your refrigerator and groan when you find foods that have wasted away into puffy mounds of moldy spores? Ugh! Now is the time to get your refrigerator and pantry cleaned out, organized, and to check those use-by dates. Giving the pantry and refrigerator the once-over reminds us what we have hoarded away. Use it! Make a list so you don't duplicate ingredients or products on your next shopping trip. Look through recipes or cookbooks for ways to incorporate these foods into your upcoming meals.
Preparing for the seasonal holidays and festivities is a good practice. Before you know it Thanksgiving Day will be here, so begin your menu planning now and perhaps research something new to prepare this season. Traditional meals are nice, but sometimes the familiarity can become a bit staid and boring. Decide if one or two new dishes might be just the thing to perk up those holiday appetites.
Making mashed potatoes? Consider "Twice Baked Potatoes". Using baking potatoes, scrub them and bake them the day before. Scoop out the insides (leaving a quarter-inch edging for stability), add some sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper (to taste) and a little Gruyère cheese. Blend together and fill the skins. Place into a parchment-lined baking dish or sheet. Wrap tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate. The next day all you need do is warm them up. It'll save time and make a good impression.
Search out a few new recipes and get those shelves cleaned and organized. Doing this will help get your holiday meals off to a good start.
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