Preparing for a “Perfect” Holiday Dinner

The holidays are rapidly approaching, my favorite time of year.  It’s the one time of year that I’m guaranteed to throw a dinner party.  Some people think that I’m crazy to want to host the whole thing myself, be it Thanksgiving or Christmas.  They find the whole affair quite stressful. There’s so much pressure to have everything be “perfect”.

I was surprised to find that some people only make these dishes on the holiday in question.  That’s not very much opportunity to practice, especially if it’s the first year you’re doing it.  I was fortunate to learn from my mom when I was a teenager, but even today, I’m always wanting to try new things.

Last year I did an experiment with my pumpkin pie.  I made one pie the old way and one pie the new experimental way.  I don’t recommend this for all dishes (nobody wants to make two turkeys).  It worked well for me because I was feeding a small number of people and I always make two pies anyway.

This year, I’m trying to improve on existing recipes.  I’ve never been quite happy with my makowiec recipe.  My current barzcz recipe also isn’t quite right for the traditional Polish Christmas Eve.  But, I don’t want to be making my new potential recipe the day of.  What if that one does not turn out well either?

So over the next month or so, I’m going to be practicing.  I’m starting with a new makowiec recipe and I’ll keep going until I find one I like more than my current one.  I will, of course, update as I test them out.  Please stay tuned.