Originally Posted by LEFSElover
making a meal for the family last night, again, I couldn't get the timing for everything to be hot at the same time and dinner therefore, wasn't.
the roast was hot when I took it out but the mashed sweets were in there too, they came out first. the beans and the cauliflower had been done long before but the NYT bread was last to go in.
how do you make your entire dinner hot all at once? I mean this is annoying and sad and embarrassing to me.
is there something that you never seem to quite get right about a meal?
Hi, Lefse. Here are some ideas: I would have made the NYT bread first, because it needs to cool down before cutting into it anyway. Or, you can make it in advance, and then re-crisp it in the oven for 10 minutes along with the casserole (see below).
Then, let's say the roast needed 1 hour to cook + 20 minutes to rest before carving; the mashed sweets (I'm assuming this is a casserole) needed 30 minutes to bake; and the beans and cauliflower needed 10 minutes. Let's also say you want to serve dinner at 7 p.m.
Put the roast in the oven 1 hour and 20 mins. (or 80 mins.) before serving time, or 5:40 p.m. After 50 minutes (80-30=50; 6:30 p.m.), put the casserole in the oven. 10 minutes later, 6:40 p.m., remove the roast, cover and let rest. Now you have 10 minutes to get the veggies ready and start cooking them at 6:50 p.m. Voila, everything is done at 7 p.m. or thereabouts
It just takes planning and practice. When I'm having a dinner party, I actually make a schedule of what needs to be done when so it all comes out together. HTH.