Alice Waters writes,
Here are a few practices I employ to help me plan a menu, think it through, and cook it. These are critical for large gatherings and complex events , but they are useful for simple dinners, too. Once you have decided on the menu, make a game plan. First write out the menu and draft a shopping list. If, when you make the shopping list, you discover that the shopping, not to mention the cooking, is too complicated, go back and revise the menu-or see if anyone can help. Shop far enough in advance that you don’t arrive at home laden with shopping bags without enough time to cook – a recipe for a very frazzled cook.
Who will you be cooking with this Christmas? How’s the planning taking shape so far? Any revisions so far?