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Create memorable meals this holiday season…

‘Tis the season to eat and be merry. Whether you’re hosting a traditional family meal or bake sale with friends, here are some tips on making and storing your masterpieces for the celebrations, including a scrumptious recipe to help you get started.

Pick the perfect dish
You’ll still want to wow the crowd with your culinary prowess if unexpected guests arrive, but now’s probably not the best time to attempt a complicated dish that you’ve never made before. Instead, make something from your usual repertoire that’s received rave reviews from your family (or at least requests for second helpings). It might be your famous tuna noodle casserole, red potato salad or Mediterranean couscous. It could even be something a bit more simplistic, yet surprisingly flavourful, like a colourful multi-layer appetiser dip.

Easy Find Lids™ are ideal for the holiday party. They’re attractive enough to serve in, and as a host who’ll be receiving plenty of dishes from guests, you’ll appreciate that they don’t occupy precious space on the table. Just pull off the top and serve to guests, then simply snap the lid onto the base of the container so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle. At the end of the evening, when everyone else is hunting for tableware, you can cheerily say your goodbyes and tidy up.

Food for the road
If you’re taking your fare a la mode, it’s essential to keep in mind that the food should travel well, especially if you’re expecting a long, bumpy ride. Pots of food can be heavy and cumbersome to carry, and delicate dishes may accidentally get broken during transportation or at the party, so your fine china platter should definitely stay at home. It’s also important, both for food safety and appetite appeal, that your travelling munchies maintain their proper temperature, especially if dishes vie for fridge space and oven time at their destination.

For extra security when transporting food, look no further than Rubbermaid Lock-its containers. With a built-in rubberized seal and four locking tabs, Rubbermaid Lock-its lids will stay securely on the container. For neat and organised cabinet storage, the lids also snap to the base and to each other so you can always find the right lid. Rubbermaid Lock-Its containers are freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Classic Shortbread Biscuits
Customise these traditional sweet treats with coloured sugar and icing, or leave them unadorned so their natural beauty shines through.

To make three dozen, you’ll need:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C (350 °F). Wisk flour and salt in a medium bowl. Beat in butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in vanilla and gradually sift in flour mixture until dough comes together.
  2. Spoon teaspoons of dough onto an un-greased baking sheet, leaving 5cm between cookies. For a smooth decorating surface, flatten the dough balls out with the bottom of a drinking glass. Bake cookies for 18 to 20 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.