My theory is if you can't go to Hawaii then bring Hawaii to you! Having an Hawaiian theme dinner night with your family cooked ham joint asda friends is really fun an everyone will enjoy it.
Hosting a dinner or a holiday party can be time consuming and stressful. Ask your guests to provide part of the meal. Spending a day in the kitchen while guests visit isn't my idea of fun. It's a tradition that my husband and I make the cooking ham in a slow cooker and family members bring side dishes, dessert and appetizers.
With skin left on cooking ham boil pumpkin chunks and mash or blend with cubed cheese and black pepper. Store in the freezer using the same method as the potatoes above.
Mayonnaise is a rich type of sauce that is emollient, and is created by whipping up egg yolks, oil, and lemon. This spread is used primarily as a spread, but there sauces that can be created with a mayonnaise base. The sauce originated in France as a variant of Hollandaise and other egg based creations, but it very much is its own entity. Many people like to eat it on top of sandwiches, burgers, or in Europe, it's used as a dip for French fries.
Most Thanksgiving dinner tables are packed with once a year favorites. One way to spend less is to cook less. If you are hosting the family get together, make it a pot luck. You provide the main star, the turkey or christmas ham, 3 side dishes and one dessert. Have the other members of your family to RSVP what they will be bringing. We have done this for years on my fathers side of the family. We look forward to the fried Turkey my uncle brings. We fight over who gets the last of the chicken and dumplings. The kids make themselves sick with too much of my cousins banana pudding. With everyone chipping in, the cost is not too much for anyone. It turns the meal into a real celebration, one person is not stuck in the kitchen all day cooking.
There are so many things you can do to a salad to spice things up with both color and taste. Start with your basic fresh crisp greens. Iceberg and especially romaine lettuce provide lots of good nutrients. Then zip things up by adding a bit of color with some red lettuce, red tomatoes, and red bell peppers. You can even toss some red onions in to sweeten the taste.
Maybe you would love to have neighbors and friends over during the holidays but it just seems like too much work. Instead of a full meal, have a wine/cheese or hot chocolate/cookie party. The guests could even bring a bottle of wine or a dozen cookies.