There's something sentimental about the holiday season, and for many of us, our Norman Rockwell-esque yearning kicks off with Thanksgiving. With visions of golden roast turkey, pumpkin pies and marshmallow-drenched yams, even the most wayward kitchenista may be tempted to pull perfectly starched apron strings into a bow and start dishing.
Unfortunately, we've discovered that reality is often far different than our painting-like expectations. After all, daily life doesn't come to a standstill just because there's a five-course meal to make, so we're betting the demands you're up against probably don't either. Even so, we're unwilling to give up the dream, so we've devised a few ways to take off the holiday pressure. We'll let you in our secrets, next.