|Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Dip each pork chop in eggs on both sides, then press both sides down into cracker crumbs.|
The holidays are here, which means it’s time to be happy and scared. The scary part doesn’t come from the holidays themselves, but the organizational nightmare that can overshadow the fun you’re supposed to be having. We’ve all been there, whether it’s forgetting a grocery list or bringing the wrong dish to a friend’s party. If you follow a few simple rules, you won’t have to obsess about getting everything right this holiday season.
Organization is the first step to any successful holiday food plan. If you’re anything like the typical at-home chef, you’re going to be making many different dishes for many different occasions. Keeping it all straight is vital, but sometimes it can seem impossible. You can never be too organized, so think about it early, and you’ll have a better chance of keeping everything straight this year. If you’re a fan of digital services and tools, you could use this task manager to keep yourself on track. Input the stuff you need to do — remember to bake that pie for Mom’s Thanksgiving! And it will give you a nice friendly reminder so you don’t forget. If digital isn’t your thing, there are thousands of options for monthly planners, so you can take note of everything with pen and paper. Interactive or not, it’s important to have a system in place, so you have a backup if your memory lets you down temporarily.
Separation is good
When you’re cooking, separation usually isn’t a good thing. It can mean that your preparation was just off, and your dish isn’t going to come out like you wanted. When it comes to keeping sane during the holidays, however, separation is definitely a good thing. Think about your groceries, for example. It’s easy to mix in the stuff you bought for holiday recipes in with the “normal” food that you’ll be eating when leftovers aren’t on the menu. Sometimes, it can seem like there isn’t enough space to store everything. So, use this holiday season as an inspiration to reorganize your pantry so you don’t get mixed up. You’ll benefit from the change all year long, especially if your current system is more haphazard than clean and organized.
Take some time for yourself
This last tip won’t make your cooking techniques any better or broaden your palate, but it will make things much easier on you and the loved ones around you. Everyone needs a little bit of time to relax, and cooks like us are no different. Pick at least a day or two during these busy months, and make it just for you. Read a book (if you need a suggestion, check out “Don’t Try This At Home: Culinary Catastrophes from the World’s Greatest Chefs” for a good laugh), watch a movie, or go for a relaxing walk. If you’re calm, your gatherings and food will be that much better.
|Boil chicken thighs in a large pot of water add seasonings. Cook until thighs are tender and falling off the bone, about 1 hour.|
|Shred chicken with 2 forks, remove all skin and bones and return back to pot of herbs and chicken stock.|
|Add a heaping tablespoon of chicken, shredded cheese and cilantro. I like Mrs. Renfro’s green salsa.|
1 package chicken thighs (skin and bone attached)
1 package corn tortillas
1 TBSP Garlic powder
1 TBSP Onion powder
1 TBSP Paprika
1 TBSP Ground cumin
1 package corn tortillas
1 TBSP EVOO
1/2 package Monterey jack cheese,grated
Cilantro, for garnish
Green Salsa, for garnish
Place Chicken Thighs in a large pot. Fill with water, cover chicken. Add Spices. Place on stove on a medium high, cook for 1 hour or until chicken is tender and falls off bone. Drain Chicken into colander over another pot, keep broth for future use as in making soups. When chicken cools, remove skin and bone, shred chicken with two forks, add a bit of broth to keep moist. In a seperate skillet, place 1 TBSP EVOO on Medium high heat, saute tortilla on each side until golden. Place one TBSP of shredded chicken, cheese and salsa over tortilla! Enjoy!
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