It’s a question we all grapple with at the holidays: Does it make more sense (economically and otherwise) to prepare the feast yourself, or is it better to opt for the finished product at the store? And what will the guests think? Or the hosts, if you’re the one bringing dessert?
Food University Star Instructor Claudine Pepin has encouraging advice for those on both sides of this hot issue: the holiday meal isn’t just about the food. Whether you cook or you buy, you have to do what’s right for you.
In this Skype chat with Food U host Marc Silverstein, Claudine reminds us the holidays are about spending time with family and friends and enjoying good food – regardless of whether it’s handmade or bought from a store. “If you’re going to somebody’s house to enjoy their company, it shouldn’t be about the food or the gifts that you bring them,” she says. “They don’t expect you to make the wine that you bring – so why would they expect you to make the pie? If it’s a great pie, it’s a great pie.”
Do you agree? Is store-bought acceptable? For more of Claudine’s time and money-saving tips, watch her full interview right here on Food University.