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Organized Entertaining

Often when entertaining it seems that “four letter” words include host and work.  An organized event can mean fun for all, especially you!  With the holidays here, these simple tips should make entertaining fun for everyone.

Create an event journal for each occasion.  Include the guest lists, menu, shopping list, tasks to delegate and check list of activities leading up to the party.  Start in the pantry and clear all out of date foods.  Organize into categories – think of it as your personal market.  Then once the menu is planned, inventory can be taken to create your shopping list.

Plan “concierge area” for over night guests.  Most likely this would be the laundry room.  Show guests where supplies are kept and invite them to make themselves at home,  This way you will not feel like an overworked housekeeper.

Find ways to expand the entertaining area.  If weather permits, add gas heaters outdoors and add lighting.

Prepare as much food ahead as possible and set the table a couple days ahead.  Don’t be afraid to delegate,  Guests want to help…they just need direction.

Food, friends, and organization…a combination for happiest of holidays.

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving…

Social Media is Now Sharing Recipes

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Social Networking

Thanksgiving is around the corner.  It is time to think about what tasty recipes will be served to family and friends.  Thanks to a client I discovered that social networking is now in the kitchen and making this process so easy.

If you have mastered Facebook and love to cook you have to check out www.KeyIngredient.com.  Registration is free and you can organize your recipes for private use, share with only family and friends, or open up to the world-wide web.  It only takes a minute to register and then start entering your favorite meals.

The program even creates shopping lists from the recipes you plan to cook.  When you search for recipes others have shared, there is even a place for comments to be posted that could save the trouble of cooking a mediocre recipe.

While this program is free, a Digital Recipe Reader  is available from Neiman Marcus.  This hand-held device will keep your kitchen green and truly make your recipes paperless.   Of course if you have a computer in the kitchen; even better.

Check this out and when your guests leave and ask for the recipe, just share your Key Ingredient screen name.