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!)

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Sweet Bread Pudding

Holiday food disaster #5: The bread won't break

One of your kids untied the bread bag and you now have stale bread or rolls that you wouldn't feed the birds for fear they'd hurt their beaks. Don't fret: Believe it or not, stale bread is actually very versatile.

Food fix #5: Soften or transform

If the bread isn't so hard that it would do damage if thrown, simply rub the outside with water, put it in a paper bag and place it in a 350 degree F. oven for 10 minutes -- it should soften right up. For tougher bread, coarsely chop it and use for stuffing. Another delicious use for day-old or dry bread is bread pudding. You can make a scrumptious bread pudding with onions, mushrooms and herbs as a savory side dish, or you can transform bread cubes into a rich, dense sweet bread pudding for dessert or breakfast the next morning.

Three simple bread pudding recipes

Next kitchen catch: Piddly pumpkin

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