3 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Holiday Cooking Stress

Take a deep breath. You got this.

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Between cookie swaps, holiday parties and keeping up with holiday wish lists, it seems like every year this season that’s supposed to be about spending quality time with friends and family, gets more hectic. Make your holiday season a little less stressful with help from Food Network Kitchen and Alexa.

Plan Your Menus

The best way to keep stress at bay is to make a plan and stick to it. Food Network Kitchen’s Meal Plan feature allows you to browse curated meal plans and menus or you can create your own. From an Ugly Sweater Party Menu to a Christmas Movie Marathon menu or a Cold Weather Lunches meal plan to make weekdays a little cozier, we’ve got the inspiration for your holiday season. To browse all of our curated meal plans, just say, “Alexa, open Food Network Kitchen.”

Get Guidance from the Experts

Prepare for your annual cookie swap with help from Food Network stars like Giada De Laurentiis. Watch her Double Chocolate Holiday Biscotti class from your Echo Show and cook along, pausing whenever you need to catch up using just your voice. Or spend a night in with the family making gingerbread houses. Skip the store-bought kits and learn how to make your own with Dan Langan’s classes from baking and building to decorating like a pro. Discover your next favorite cookie recipe, like our Peppermint Muffin-Tin Cookies and cook along hands-free with step-by-step instructions from Alexa. Just say, “Alexa, find holiday cookie recipes from Food Network Kitchen.”

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

About to start on a batch of Cinnamon-Chocolate Fudge to give as gifts, but want a refresher on how to melt chocolate before you begin? Say, “Alexa, how do I melt chocolate?” Plus, you can ask about unit conversions and keep your devices free of chocolatey fingerprints. And when you’re prepping for that Ugly Sweater Party, just ask Alexa to keep track of multiple timers going at once so you can stay organized and finish your dishes on time.

Click here to learn more ways to use Alexa in the kitchen and have a stress-free holiday season.

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