Holiday Entertaining Flashbacks & Recovery

I am almost done putting the kitchen back together after the holidays. No stress, no dread, just a whole lot of cooking going on this year. First we had a traditional Christmas dinner for ‘just us’, turkey and all the fixins (in my opinion the fixins are the best part, especially the gravy and stuffing!).

christmas dinner frigidaire

Then, on the weekend between Christmas and New Years, I also hosted a dinner for ‘my people’ and ended up with 14 around the table(s). I got all fancy and even created a menu for the invite…

Christmas Dinner MenuAs per usual, I panicked just a little that morning when I calculated the final numbers, so I also threw together a Turkey Divan casserole, thank goodness for that 16-pound turkey and all it’s leftovers.

My Frigidaire Induction range was my best bud during all of this.  My turkey was roasted to perfection using the built-in temperature probe and the convection roast feature browned it up nicely. I had to make a triple batch of my famous biscuits for the Ham Dinner, but again thanks to true convection, I was able to bake all three pans at once, never rotating a pan. The keep warm element on the cooktop was a lifesaver, from gravy to pies to appetizers, something seemed to always be sitting there for a week straight. I have found one downside to having so many time-saving features though… I forget to take as many photographs. With so little downtime (quick preheat, quick boil) and all the hustle and bustle, I found myself finishing my meal and realizing oh no! Regardless, a few shots were taken along the way with my iPhone to post on Instagram. Trust me, I’ll adapt… it’s a problem I’m more than happy to work with :)

christmas frigidaire collageSo, now that the dust is settling and the stacks and stacks (and stacks) of dishes are cleaned and put away, how did you fare this year with your holiday entertaining?

Disclosure:  I am part of the Frigidaire Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group.  The opinions on this blog are my own.

About Heather Nolan

Heather Nolan lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She loves her lil' family, her cats, traveling, and creating in the kitchen. Her iPhone is often confused for a conjoined twin.


  1. Wow – that oven looks amazing! I really love your shelf above the oven too – a great place to keep easily accessible spices :) Dinner at your house sounded amazing.

  2. I really need a new oven! I saw the drawbacks of my current oven when I had the family over for Christmas Day! We need the proper tools if we’re going to cook right? ;)

  3. Wow sounds like that oven saved you a lot of time and hassle. I was at my parents house this holiday and it took forever to cook everything because we had to cook one item at a time. I felt like it was never going to end!

  4. Yum – sounds like I would love hanging around your house for the holidays! I’d love a convection oven, and maybe that biscuit recipe ;)

  5. That is a great looking stove! Having a big family I could use all that cooking space. Mine is old and a yucky colour lol

  6. I just love that oven. Every-time I read a review I get very jealous, LOL. I have never had a new oven. I too hosted a big dinner this holiday and I am so thankful to have my kitchen back together.

  7. Oh man. I am in the market for new everything because I am moving to a new house. So, that goes to the top of my list. Can’t wait to read more. Also garlic sauteed spinach. Sign me up. That’s Fab sounding.

    • I wanted a different side, one that wasn’t too heavy. Cooking spinach for 14 is tricky…. three big containers of baby spinach and barely enough for everyone to get a taste once it wilts a bit.

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