The first time you host a holiday meal it can be overwhelming. Actually, anytime you host a holiday meal it is overwhelming. From making sure the bird is cooked, the potatoes are properly mashed, checking that the pie doesn’t spill over in your oven – it can all lead to us wanting to pull our hair out. Thankfully, there are a few ways we can simplify our holiday meal to alleviate some of the stress.

Annie Mello is a busy mom and home chef who is here today to walk us through a few simple things that will make the holiday meals a little easier so we’re not stress crying in the kitchen this holiday season over a raw turkey.

But if you do still want to make that elaborate pie crust, learn how here: Par baking pie crust with sugar: Bonus caramelized sugar

You can download Annie’s recipes by going to!