Hi, ThunderEyes. Welcome to DC. You will get lots of help at this friendly site. The first thing that came to my mind is that you can prepare a dish that serves 6 and freeze half for when you're going to be busy. The holidays will be here before we know it and having some "reserves" frozen is a great help.
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"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
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