Many of you have been asking for my report back on the phone call I had with Sandra Lee and fellow bloggers Cheryl from TidyMom, Kelly from The Party Dress and Estela from Weeklybite.com. So, this blog is for you!
Not only will I share my highlights with you, but Sam’s Club has included a video (see below) where Sandra shares some holiday tips.
Here are a few of my favorite tips from the call with Sandra:
-To ease some entertaining stress without compromising flavor, Sandra recommends purchasing pre-marinated cuts of meat during the holidays. That’s exactly what she does, and then she’ll focus on the special touches and interesting side dishes. One of her favorite pre-marinated products is the flavorful Garlic Marinated Pork Tenderloin sold at Sam’s Club.
-Sandra believes that simple recipes will lead to more family time which is what the holiday is most about. I think she’s right! (But then why do I slave away in the kitchen trying to concoct something ever-so-phenomenal with a multitude of ingredients. Oh where are my friends during times like these!!)
-Sandra uses spirits and wine in her go-to holiday cocktails, and then uses the leftovers to create specialty sauces. She’ll sauté some mushrooms, shallots, onions and heavy cream, add a touch of brandy or wine for a decadent sauce. Her favorite holiday cocktail is the Mistletoe Mint Mojito.
Now let’s see what more she has to say! Here’s a link to her video: