Although it was a breath of fresh air to try something new - did you know if you boil cranberries, sugar and fresh-squeezed OJ long enough, it gets gelatinous all on its own? - using all-new recipes definitely added a layer of stress to the festivities, at least for me.
- Will these potatoes turn out?
(Sure, but a little more salt wouldn't hurt.)
- Does the stuffing need more chicken stock?
- How long do you cook a double batch of maple-glazed carrots?
(Less time than you think.)
And thanks to our guests who brought a fabulous selection of desserts, it ended on a sugar high.
But in the end, the most important thing was the gathering of people we care about!