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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Coffee with Whipped Cream

Holiday food disaster #7: Coffee conundrum

The holiday dinner has ended -- or perhaps your holiday guests are clamoring at the breakfast table the morning after -- and you realize you don't have enough coffee to go around. Decaf is out of the question, as is making a weak brew.

Food fix #7: Stretch your coffee

As you are clearing the table to make room for dessert, surprise your guests with the option of having a sweet coffee cocktail in place of -- or paired with -- the pumpkin pie (or pumpkin pudding!). To satisfy the early morning coffee drinkers, simply make a mocha.

Creamy Coffee Cocktail: Make a strong 8-cup pot of coffee. Stir in 1/2 to 3/4 cup flavored creamer or cream, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup Amaretto, Gran Marnier or spiced rum. Pour into demitasse cups (which are smaller and will entice your guests to sip, not guzzle) and top off with a dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cocoa powder or cinnamon.

Spicy Café Mocha: Warm 2 cups of milk in a saucepan and add 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Stir in 2 to 3 cups of strong brewed coffee. (Adults can add a shot of brandy or rum.) Serve topped with marshmallows or whipped cream and a dash of freshly ground nutmeg.

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