With parties and holidays practically every minute of this season, the activity of cooking can go from serene to stressful. Cookies must be baked! Roasts must be roasted! But thankfully, our About.com Busy Cooks Expert is here to help. From five-ingredient recipes to cooking tips, Expert Linda Larsen can take your holiday menu from harried to harmonious.
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Never underestimate the power of the crockpot, which truly allows you to set it and forget it. Whether it's soups, stews, or even macaroni and cheese, the slow cooker is our kitchen friend who just keeps on keepin' on. From meat to veggies, entrees to side dishes, your crockpot can be your bestie when you're a busy cook.
An easy way to keep away from stress? A little work today can save you a lot tomorrow! Make meals ahead of time and freeze them for easy, grab-and-go lunches or microwave dinners. When you have some free time, prepare homemade mixes that you can easily whip up into a great dish at a later date. See what we mean? Life isn't so hard.