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SOS for Holiday Meal Prep

Patty MunnComment

With the holidays quickly approaching, it's time to start thinking about your holiday meal planning. Nobody wants to spend all of Thanksgiving separated from friends and family slaving away in the kitchen! There are some tools that can reduce your workload and help you work smarter not harder.

FIRST, let me be clear that I absolutely don't believe in excess gadgets or gizmos that you rarely use... they just take up space in the kitchen and add clutter to your counters, cabinets and drawers. 

Here are a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets that I find truly valuable!


This   Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder   is simply genius! Beautifully handmade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the white stoneware utensil holder includes a specially-designed notch for your tablet. If you are like me, nothing is more aggravating than trying to find the right spot to put your tablet when you are following online recipes. This fun and functional item would also make an excellent gift!

This Kitchen Utensil and Tablet Holder is simply genius! Beautifully handmade in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the white stoneware utensil holder includes a specially-designed notch for your tablet. If you are like me, nothing is more aggravating than trying to find the right spot to put your tablet when you are following online recipes. This fun and functional item would also make an excellent gift!


I LOVE this   Kale and Herb Razor  !! How time-consuming is it to de-stem greens or herbs? This does it in seconds and even includes multiple sized holes for various herbs. And WHEN YOU ARE DONE, STICK IT IN THE DISHWASHER!

I LOVE this Kale and Herb Razor!! How time-consuming is it to de-stem greens or herbs? This does it in seconds and even includes multiple sized holes for various herbs. And WHEN YOU ARE DONE, STICK IT IN THE DISHWASHER!


When preparing a big meal, you are often cooking several dishes at a time and this   Four-Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard   keeps you on track. Use the built-in whiteboard and the dry erase marker to label each timer with the corresponding dish. Each timer has its own distinctive alarm so you can easily identify when an item is done. It’s a lifesaver!

When preparing a big meal, you are often cooking several dishes at a time and this Four-Event Kitchen Timer with Whiteboard keeps you on track. Use the built-in whiteboard and the dry erase marker to label each timer with the corresponding dish. Each timer has its own distinctive alarm so you can easily identify when an item is done. It’s a lifesaver!


Even when you have a double oven, it always feels like you can use more oven space! This nifty   Three Tiered Oven Rack   is so helpful. You can bake several side dishes at the same time and there’s even enough room for your main course next to it. Plus, it folds flat for convenient storage.

Even when you have a double oven, it always feels like you can use more oven space! This nifty Three Tiered Oven Rack is so helpful. You can bake several side dishes at the same time and there’s even enough room for your main course next to it. Plus, it folds flat for convenient storage.


I’m such a minimalist that for years I did not own a garlic press. My stepdaughter was appalled and bought me one. Now I cannot live without it!   The Rösle Garlic Press  from Williams Sonoma is my favorite. Keep your hands nice and clean while you press whole unpeeled cloves effortlessly through the sieve, while a basket catches the papery skins.

I’m such a minimalist that for years I did not own a garlic press. My stepdaughter was appalled and bought me one. Now I cannot live without it! The Rösle Garlic Pressfrom Williams Sonoma is my favorite. Keep your hands nice and clean while you press whole unpeeled cloves effortlessly through the sieve, while a basket catches the papery skins.


Now that you have all of my secret weapons for holiday cooking, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes.

Camellia's Grill Pecan Pie
Spinach Madeline
Turkey Bone Gumbo

I hope you enjoy this special time of the year with your family!

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