Spices, like cinnamon, cloves, peppercorn, ginger, nutmeg and sage, can be past their prime and will rob holiday favorites of flavor and aroma.
The holiday season isn't just the most wonderful time of the year - it's also the busiest, especially for home cooks and bakers. The kitchen can be a stressful place with an endless parade of holiday guests to feed during family dinners, office cocktail parties, friendly cookie exchanges and everything in between.
That's why it's important to eliminate minor stressors, like making sure your pantry is fully stocked with all of your holiday meal essentials, before the hectic cooking and baking marathons begin.
Take inventory: If you have certain recipes you know you'll be whipping up ...