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7 Fixes for holiday food disasters

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Food fixes for the holidays

Even after you've painstakingly planned your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you're in the final throes of getting it to the table only to realize your turkey is dry, the rolls are hard as rocks, you've overcooked your vegetables, or you are short on the after dinner dessert and drink. As much as you'd like to sneak out the backdoor and run quickly from your impending kitchen doom, you've got guests to feed, and the truth is you really can recover from the seemingly worst of culinary conundrums. We've got seven fast food fixes for your holiday meal to rescue the errant entrée, substandard side dish, or disastrous dessert. (Tape this article to the inside of a kitchen cabinet!)

warm winter squash toss

Holiday food disaster #4: Waning winter squash

You underestimated your purchase of acorn and butternut squash and don't have enough to roast as a side dish and you don't have time to run back to the store. You can roast slices of sweet potatoes and serve them alongside or you can turn winter squash into a warm salad.

Food fix #4: Make a warm winter squash toss

Slice and roast squash as planned then cut into bite-sized chunks. Saute apple and pear slices in a little butter, ground cinnamon and minced ginger. In a large bowl, combine squash, fruit, raisins, and the juice and grated zest of an orange. Adjust seasoning and serve.

Or serve winter squash for dessert!

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