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Don’t Fear the Holiday Cheer

21 Nov 2012

The holidays are here and that means all of our kitchens are going in to power mode whipping out Thanksgiving feasts, holiday goodies, and a STRESS. At Dickey’s we understand the importance of family. And, let’s face it, we know the time, effort and sometime blood, sweat and tears that goes into a good hearty family gathering! We offer our Top 5 tips on how you can enjoy the holidays this year while also satisfying your clan.

5. Planning ahead will keep the stress low

Plan out what you will be serving and create a list that includes menu items, recipes and a soup to nuts market list. Think about buying pre-made items instead of cooking everything from scratch. Dickey’s offers holiday meal options; like the Complete Holiday Meal, which comes with your choice of Cajun-Fried Turkey, Smoked Turkey, Barbecue Honey Ham, or Spiral Cut Honey Ham, plus cornbread dressing, gravy, baked potato casserole, green beans with bacon and 12 buttery rolls. If you’re set on making your grandmother’s famous sweet potato casserole, then just come to Dickey’s for your turkey or ham—we’ll do all the work and you can take all the credit.

4. Keep your guests in mind when planning the menu

Uncle Joe, Grandma Betsey and little cousin Jimmy aren’t all going to want to eat the same thing—that’s just how it is. So why not offer a few different options that everyone will enjoy. Every kid likes Mac & Cheese so add that to your order and barbecue beans should satisfy Uncle Joe’s craving.

3. Create a set time for the festivities (and then be flexible)

We all have that Aunt Margaret who comes an hour early and second cousin Douglas who arrives 30 minutes late and brings an extra guest. You can’t always plan around your guests’ schedules but you can set a definitive structure of when everything is happening and stick to it!

2. Have “to-go” containers ready!

The holidays are about EATING and rocking those spandex pants— oh wait no that’s not what the holidays are about! Step away from the refrigerator and whip out the to-go containers. Send home the love with you guests. Holiday food is great, but fitting into those skinny jeans is better.

1. Have fun and enjoy yourself

The holidays are a time for joy and laughter, not a time to stress over whether the in-laws are enjoying your homemade cheesecake. So pour yourself a beverage and leave the planning to Dickey’s. Call us today at 1.866.Barbecue or call your local Dickey’s and let us do all the freaking out for you.