1. Keep a list of great recipes.
The big question is always, “What should I cook?” Isn’t that the bane of the existence of every mother? Don’t you get tired of trying to figure out what to cook? That’s why I started keeping a collection of my favorite recipes on my blog—like a hope chest for my daughters someday. They’ll have all mom’s recipes at their fingertips. I’m always trying new recipes but there’s nothing like a few that are tried and true.
And what could be better than soup? I’m kinda like the soup whisperer. I LOVE soup. I make it every week, even in the summer. It’s comfort food. It feeds a crowd. You can make it stretch. It’s not expensive. Soup is your friend when you’re having company.
2. Plan ahead.
Make a menu. Right it down. When I’m having company, I plan every meal ahead and plan for plenty of snacks, cocktails, cookies, etc. I plan for things that can be at least partially prepared ahead. This allows you plenty of margin—-which translates into time, to visit with your company.
3. Cook ahead.
Almost everything can be frozen. I cook ahead and then freeze what freezes well. Soups freeze particularly well as do cookies. I almost always have those things in my freezer, just in case.
4. When all else fails, make homemade bread.
I always try to bake bread when company’s coming. The house smells amazing and everyone knows how much you love them. The end.
If you have any favorite, tried and true recipes that would be great for showing hospitality, link to them in the comments. I will add some of those links back to this post!