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What’s Cooking This Holiday

The holidays are meant for family, fun and food. And since the kitchen is the heart of the home, it gets a workout this time of year. Before cooking meals and baking treats, help keep yourself merry and your holiday dishes bright with some simple preparations, like:

Cleaning up the clutter – Kitchens can become cluttered faster than any other room in the house. So, pick a day to organize your pantry, cabinets and refrigerator. Throw out anything that’s expired and get rid of unused boxes or containers taking up valuable space. Once that’s finished …

Plan your dishes – Cookies, cakes or casseroles … there is no limit to what we can create in the kitchen during the holidays. Make things easier by choosing your dishes ahead of time. By planning ahead, you can decide what to cook and when. Some dishes can be finished days before the guests arrive and stored in the freezer until you need them. Once you have a plan, it’s time to …

Take inventory and stock up – We all know the frustration of getting halfway through a recipe only to come up short on an important ingredient. Check your supplies and make a thorough list of what you’ll need for all your favorite recipes. Also, remember to make sure you have enough foil, plastic wrap, containers for leftovers and other essential items.

Of course, even the best laid plans can go awry if an appliance stops working. Fixing them can be expensive, and finding a reliable contractor can be a chore. FirstEnergy offers a Kitchen Appliance Repair Plan that connects you with a certified contractor and protects you against the cost of repairs. Visit the Kitchen Appliance Repair Plan page on this site to learn more.

Enjoy a stress-free holiday season!