You may have escaped from Thanksgiving unharmed, but another holiday meals is coming up. That means many will be hunkering down once again, trying to cook for friends and family. Luckily, there are ways to host a successful and stress free holiday meal.
Chefs from Charlottesville Wine and Culinary are providing some tips for fun stress-free cooking, and they're offering up classes to the community so that you can hone your cooking skills well after the holiday season.
Terre Sisson, the owner of Charlottesville Wine and Culinary, said that you should make simple meals on holidays, so you can spend more time on what really matters.
"Because your focus is really your family, or for many people it's their faith," she said. Sisson often prepares meals the day before, so that there is only simple cooking to do on holidays.
She also said to engage everyone to make cooking fun.
When NBC29 cooked with Sisson, she prepared Scotch eggs, a family tradition.
"My daughter and I make these on Christmas Eve," she said. "Part of the tradition is we cook together, and it's always nice to bring people in your kitchen because that's where you are and that's where you want to be."
Registered Dietitian Rita Smith, from NBC29's Rita's Lunchbox, said you should trim out a dish or two to save time and stress. No one will notice, and she said usually people make too much to eat at one meal anyway.
"So you might think about having just your very favorite at your main meal, and then if your family is going to be there for additional meals pull out some of the other recipes," she said. "In other words, just spread those dishes over several days and don't cram them into one meal, if you can do that."
You can give the gift of learning good cooking skills for Christmas: Charlottesville Wine and Culinary has classes throughout the year for both groups and private parties.
Rita Smith also teaches free cooking classes each month. Her classes are called Supermarket Smarts and they focus on cooking for people with heart issues and diabetes, although anyone is welcome.
Click here for a list of upcoming classes taught by Rita Smith, and click here for more on Charlottesville Wine and Culinary classes.