Win $25 Gift Card and Celebrate the Holidays!

by Melanie Edwards on December 4, 2009 · 300 comments

in Giveaways, viernes social

Viernes Social at ModernMami.comAcross many Spanish-speaking cultures and particularly in Puerto Rico,  you may hear the phrase “viernes social” come Friday morning. Though the literal translation of “social Friday” almost defines it, it really describes a feeling of partying, socializing, and celebrating life. Think of it being similar to the “TGIF” sentiment.

From now on, each Friday on ModernMami will be Viernes Social. You can expect to find a contest, fun tidbit, or maybe even a featured guest. The idea is to embrace the viernes social spirit and celebrate!

Now on to our first official Viernes Social…

When hosting holiday dinners and get-togethers, my biggest issue is coming up with side dishes. Outside of the rice dish and green salad, I struggle to come up with fun and interesting sides that will please the Puerto Rican palette of my family.

Bobby FlayIf, like me, you need a little help this holiday season and are looking for new recipes, you might like the Real Holiday Helpings site from Hellmann’s. They’ve partnered up with Food Network chef, Bobby Flay, to provide you with some tips. There are lots of recipes – from appetizers and entrees to sides and desserts – as well as videos of Bobby Flay making a few of the dishes.

You can find videos that show you how to make these dishes from Bobby Flay:

  • Turkey Cuban Sandwich
  • Caramelized Onion Dip
  • Roasted Green Beans with Almond Aioli
  • Cuban-style Corn
  • Caesar Salad Crostini

I’m a little skeptical about some of the recipes, since I never imagined that you could use mayonnaise in dishes like pizza, chicken parmesan, or carrot cake. But, I guess I’d have to try them to see how they actually taste. The recipes that look the most interesting to me that I might try are:

  • Cuban-style Corn
  • Sweet Potato Fries with BBQ Mayo
  • Baked Horseradish-glazed Chicken Wings

To celebrate the launch of Hellman’s Real Holiday Helpings, one of you has a chance of winning a $25 American Express gift card. That should help you as you prepare for upcoming holiday dinners, right?

How to Enter

If you’d like to enter this contest for a $25 American Express gift card, simply leave a comment below and let me know what your biggest struggle is when preparing a holiday dinner.

For extra entries:

  1. Tweet about this contest with a link back to this post and include @modernmami in your tweet. You must leave a separate comment with a link to your tweet for your entry to count.
  2. Subscribe to this blog via email and leave a comment with the email you used to subscribe. (You can use the email field to do this instead of putting your email in the comment if you prefer.)
  3. Subscribe on friendfeed and leave a comment with your friendfeed ID.

All entries must be in by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Make sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via email. (Please be sure to provide a valid email address with your entry.)

Disclosure: I received a $25 American Express gift card from BSM Media in conjunction with this promotion.

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1 shel December 4, 2009 at 3:48 am

When preparing so many sidedishes, I always have trouble coordinating so everything is done at the same time. Something always ends up getting cold while the rest is cooking.

2 shel December 4, 2009 at 3:49 am
3 Susan Payton December 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

This year is the first year I’m doing a real holiday dinner. Cooking a turkey scares me to death. Luckily my hub is taking that on. I think I don’t like the traditional holiday meal (green bean casserole, cranberry, etc) so I want to do something more unusual. wish me luck!

4 Amy Cook December 4, 2009 at 10:25 am

My biggest struggle is having all the food prepared, ready and kept warm at the time set to eat. I prepare as much as possible the night before but I only have one oven so I find it hard to cook the turkey, ham, dressing and rolls. I try to cram two things in the oven at once and pray it comes out right. I always manage to have dinner ready but would like to find a simplier way so I can relax and just enjoy the holidays.

5 Mami2jcn December 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

My biggest struggle is definitely making everyone happy. My kids are picky eaters and I have to make different things for them. I wish they’d just eat what everyone else eats!

6 Mami2jcn December 4, 2009 at 12:38 pm

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7 SuZ December 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

The thing I struggle with holiday dinners is the mess!!! I hate cleaning up as I cook, but I also hate cleaning after I cook! What a mess, huh? 🙂

8 Carmen December 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything done and ready at the same time! I struggle to get it all done without burning anything or getting frustrated!

9 Carmen December 5, 2009 at 1:44 pm
10 Carolyn G December 5, 2009 at 4:39 pm

My biggest struggle is space. My kitchen is not that huge and while I have plenty of counterspace, I could use more. I could also use double ovens.

11 Carolyn G December 5, 2009 at 4:40 pm
12 Carolyn G December 5, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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14 Alicia December 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Honestly, I haven’t done many holiday meals because we usually travel. However, since we’ve had kids we’ve decided to stay home for Christmas and twice my family has come here — so I have to make the meal again this year. It’s a struggle to come up with items that everyone can eat. We have people on special diets (like diabetes) which is limiting. But, we always find something for everyone.

15 April Sexton December 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to cook multiple dishes at one time. I do good to cook 1…much less a big Christmas meal. lol. We always go to my in laws. She’s a much better cook.

16 Steph S. December 6, 2009 at 8:20 am

My biggest struggle is finding a place to prepare everything in my small kitchen!

17 Steph S. December 6, 2009 at 8:21 am
18 Vickie Bartlett December 6, 2009 at 11:56 am

I would say my biggest struggle is coordinating all the the last minute stuff.

19 Vickie Bartlett December 6, 2009 at 11:57 am
20 Vickie Bartlett December 6, 2009 at 12:01 pm

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21 Sharon Rooney December 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything on the table ath the same time and it still being hot.

Also not forgetting to take the rolls out of the oven without them getting burned. LOL!

22 Sharon Rooney December 6, 2009 at 12:23 pm
23 Sharon Rooney December 6, 2009 at 12:24 pm

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24 Terri L December 6, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Making sure the rolls are still warm for dinner

25 Mellissa C December 6, 2009 at 1:06 pm

My biggest struggle is cooking with three little children in the house. It can be very hard. I have burned things before because I was distracted.

26 DeeAnn S December 6, 2009 at 1:35 pm

My biggest struggle is the actual cooking of all the food. Getting the main course together is not a problem, it’s all the side dishes and desserts that take up so much of the time. And if you’re offered help from your company, too many cooks in the kitchen, etc, etc!

27 D. Kelley December 6, 2009 at 1:36 pm

My biggest struggle is sharing recipes. I am not a recipe hog but I was taught to cook without using measurement instruments. So this past Thanksgiving and now Christmas, I have been asked how to make certain dishes and have trouble when asked “How much do I use?”

28 Amber G December 6, 2009 at 1:45 pm

My biggest challenge is figuring out how much to prepare and trying to find dishes that even the pickiest eaters will like!

29 Michele December 6, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Thank you for the giveaway.

My biggest holiday struggle is sort of complicated. I worry about whether or not my company will enjoy what I create, I worry about if I have everything I need or not, holidays are really stressful when it comes to meals. Especially when your company decides at the last minute they decided not to come, lol.

30 Rosalinda Vargas December 6, 2009 at 2:14 pm

My biggest challange is preparing everything and it staying warm until served. I guess I need an expert to tell me exactly what order to prepare each dish and how to keep it warm.

31 Rosalinda Vargas December 6, 2009 at 2:16 pm

I tweeted about this on RosalindawithDT.

32 Belinda December 6, 2009 at 2:41 pm

My biggest challenge is finding the space to put everything. My fridge, counter space, and cooking space all seem to get smaller when I’m the host. Thanks!

33 Heather December 6, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Finding a variety of gluten free dishes to enjoy.

34 Heather December 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Finding a variety of gluten free side dishes

35 Nanci K December 6, 2009 at 3:54 pm

My biggest challenge is I’m not a good cook and I can’t get the timing right for everything to be ready at the same time.

36 Margaret Smith December 6, 2009 at 4:08 pm

My biggest struggle is making something that each person will enjoy. With children that are picky eaters, I usually make a little item that I know each likes. Otherwise, we end up with the kids not eating much of anything.
Thanks so much and Happy Holidays.

37 Ann F December 6, 2009 at 4:47 pm

My biggest challenge is planning so all the food is available at the same time so nothing gets too cold.

38 Anne D December 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything finished and on the table at once.

39 Carol December 6, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Getting everything onto the table piping hot is my biggest challenge.

40 Carol December 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm
41 Carol December 6, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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42 Carol December 6, 2009 at 4:58 pm

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43 courtney December 6, 2009 at 5:28 pm

all the people! And everyone getting served at the same time!!!

44 courtney December 6, 2009 at 5:29 pm
45 Debra F December 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to make sure all the sides are done and hot the same time the main course is ready to serve. I hate when something gets cold.

46 ky2here December 6, 2009 at 6:17 pm

My biggest struggle is multitasking with my limited oven space.

47 ky2here December 6, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Might as well toss in a tweet:

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48 Lucy Schwartz December 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm

I like Rosalinda have the perpetual problem of preparing then serving everything warm. My daughter has started to use slow cookers which might work this Christmas.

49 Jaque December 6, 2009 at 7:04 pm

My biggest struggle when creating a holiday dinner, well I have two, first is the lumpy gravy, the second is the timing…so everything is ready at the same time.

Thank you. 🙂

50 Brittney December 6, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I am horrible at baking, so I never get desserts right.

51 Lynda C December 6, 2009 at 7:25 pm

My biggest challenge is timing and keeping everything hot.

52 Pam Hoffman December 6, 2009 at 7:29 pm

My struggle is getting family members interested in helping. I hate to be a nag, but it’s a big meal with a lot of components, timing and dishes galore!

53 Kiara December 6, 2009 at 7:31 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to do a lot of things at once.
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54 Pat B December 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm

The biggest struggle is getting everything ready at about the same time. This Thanksgiving was the closest we have come.

55 Diane Baum December 6, 2009 at 7:59 pm

My biggest problem is cordinating everything so that it is all warm and done at the same time.

56 Bonnie M. December 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm

My struggle is timing. Juggling several different meal preparations at once to get everything done in enough time and keep everything warm.

57 Bonnie McAfee December 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm

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58 Bonnie McAfee December 6, 2009 at 8:55 pm

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59 Bonnie McAfee December 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

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60 Ellen Ring December 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm

My biggest struggle is just getting organized. Then it’s compounded by my small kitchen.

61 Ashley December 6, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Sometimes it’s difficult to manage my time, especially right before serving the dinner because it seems like so much has to be done at once. ashaldridge (at) gmail (dot) com

62 Sheila December 6, 2009 at 9:43 pm

My biggest struggle is my health — I have several chronic, potentially life threatening illnesses. So, I have streamlined many of the dishes that have been traditional favorites. My family still loves them, and I feel like I am still contributing without feeling as worn out by the time we put dinner on the table. One of the dishes I prepare is a broccoli, shredded cheese and crumbled bacon salad made with Hellman’s mayo. I can make it the night before and refrigerate it until just before serving. I cook my ham in the crockpot with gingerale during the morning, and the house smells good while everyone opens their gifts.

63 Pat December 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything to the table hot and
together. Thankfully, my family is very forgiving.

Thank you for the contest. Happy holidays.

64 chelsey December 6, 2009 at 10:10 pm

The hardest thing for me is trying to make it homemade instead of buying premade stuff

65 Meredith December 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm

My biggest problem in preparing any dinner is the entire process… I’m not domestic in any way and am recently married. For Christmas, I’m asking Santa for a cook! haha Thanks!

66 Meredith December 6, 2009 at 10:15 pm
67 jen December 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything cooked on time and not burning anything!

68 Elizabeth December 6, 2009 at 10:41 pm

My biggest struggle is having all the food ready on time while making sure the kitchen isn’t a disaster. I am planning ahead for Christmas and storing some premade foods in the freezer.

69 Elizabeth December 6, 2009 at 10:42 pm

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70 Laura Woods December 6, 2009 at 10:51 pm

I have trouble getting everything done at the same time.

71 Gina December 6, 2009 at 10:54 pm

My biggest struggle is managing to prepare a bunch of different foods at once.

72 john major December 6, 2009 at 11:23 pm

my biggest challenge is trying to estimate the amount of food to cook..

73 john urbigkeit December 6, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Trying to get everything ready.. thanks..

74 Megan December 7, 2009 at 12:27 am

My biggest challenge in preparing holiday dinners is time! I have the hardest time getting the house ready for guests while also trying to time my preparation.

75 Katrina December 7, 2009 at 12:32 am

getting everything done around the same time. =)

76 Daniel M December 7, 2009 at 1:17 am

for me getting everything done at the same time, there’s always a wait for 1 item it seems

77 Lisa December 7, 2009 at 1:18 am

My biggest struggle is cooking in a teenie weenie kitchen. 🙂

78 Jennifer Miller December 7, 2009 at 1:56 am

I struggle the most with anything related to the food! I’m a terrible cook, so luckily my husband and family help me out but I can never figure out what to start with first, when to coordinate when certain dishes are done, how to serve the food, etc. The food part of entertaining people really stresses me out the most.

Thanks for the giveaway!

79 Jennifer Miller December 7, 2009 at 1:59 am
80 Rebecca Graham December 7, 2009 at 2:04 am

My biggest struggle is trying to cook a big dinner in a tiny kitchen.

81 Rebecca Graham December 7, 2009 at 2:06 am

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82 dawn December 7, 2009 at 2:06 am

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83 robbie yamada December 7, 2009 at 4:22 am

The struggle i have is keeping everyone out of the kitchen while i cook.

84 sandy December 7, 2009 at 4:45 am

It used to be is there enough, will everyone like this or that but you know what..I got to a stage where I made less and people need to be happy- thats my biggest struggle.

85 Cassandra Payne December 7, 2009 at 5:20 am

My biiiiiggest challenge I face this year is that my kitchen is not a FULL kitchen, but a KITCHENETTE! aaaaaaaaaahhh!!! Meaning, I’m without an oven, stove, or microwave. I am going to have to be p.r.e.t.t.y creative with the Christmas feast for 6!

However, I managed to borrow a small microwave and a hot plate. aie aie aie!!

86 Cassandra Payne December 7, 2009 at 5:23 am

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87 Cassandra Payne December 7, 2009 at 5:41 am

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89 Aline December 7, 2009 at 6:30 am

My biggest struggle is figuring out the menu and getting all the food shopping done. Once those two things are done, preparing is no problem.

90 Aline December 7, 2009 at 6:32 am

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92 Kristi C December 7, 2009 at 7:12 am

My biggest struggle is fixing foods that please everyone. I live in a house full of very picky eaters.

93 Linda Fish December 7, 2009 at 7:55 am

My biggest struggle is the timing, having everything ready at the same time

94 Deci Worland-MacKinnon December 7, 2009 at 8:19 am

My biggest struggle is finding counter space.

95 Carrie_in_TN December 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

M, thanks for those Latino-flavored links. I too always add foods with a Latin twist to my table. I’ve got some standards that I do: Guava/port wine glazed turkey and a Chilean butternut squash casserole and flan, of course. Links here: http://bit.ly/51fKrc
Also, Marta, my partner on Tiki Tiki Blog has a lot of recipes with Cuban and Latin flavor. I’m going to try that Cuban sandwich you posted.

Looking forward to the Viernes sociales.

96 Doug December 7, 2009 at 8:40 am

In order to eliminate the struggles, I start trying to prepare items a week or more in advance, saves all the last minute panic.

97 Harriet December 7, 2009 at 8:42 am

My struggle is not so much with food preparation, as it is with making sure that our home is presentable, cause what we tolerate just living in the house, is not what we tolerate when guests are present.

98 Fait December 7, 2009 at 8:43 am

When I’m home, I try to help my folks with preparations. Most of the time that means helping Dad cook, so usually I work on appetizers. Usually do that the morning of the holiday dinner.

99 Laura Collins December 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

My biggest struggle is just prepping things.

100 Nancy December 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

My biggest struggle is getting everything to finish cooking at the same time so that it will all be hot when served.

101 Cujo December 7, 2009 at 10:43 am

My biggest struggle when holiday food is being prepared is patiently waiting for food when the house smells so good. (my wife does the cooking and I do the drooling)

102 Renski December 7, 2009 at 10:44 am

My biggest struggle when preparing a holiday dinner is having enough room in the oven to cook all the food and serve it hot.

103 Renski December 7, 2009 at 10:48 am
104 Aniela December 7, 2009 at 10:58 am

My biggest struggle is the timing – getting everything warm & ready at the same time.

105 roseh2o19 December 7, 2009 at 11:02 am

the hardest thing is bringing it all to the table at the correct temperature

106 Tracey Byram December 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

My biggest struggle is timing everything to be done at the same time so that nothing is getting cold.

107 Brandon Ralston December 7, 2009 at 11:17 am

My biggest struggle during the holiday season is finding all the right ingredients. I can never find everything by going to just one supermarket. Enter me please. Thanks.

108 Patricia December 7, 2009 at 12:00 pm

My biggest struggle trying to cook is simply the oven. The heat from the oven messes with my body as I am battling chronic illness. Many times I need help lifting items in and out of the oven.

109 Linda December 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

My biggest struggle with preparing a big holiday meal is having everything done and ready to put on the table at the same time.

110 Sharon Harmon December 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

My biggest struggle with holiday meals is making sure every dish is done cooking and ready to serve all at the same time! I found some really delicious recipes on Hellman’s site!

111 Angela December 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Definitely price… sometimes it is hard to prepare a nice meal without spending a fortune.

112 Kelly N December 7, 2009 at 12:56 pm

My biggest struggle is finding time for myself.

113 Deborah Wellenstein December 7, 2009 at 1:27 pm

The biggest struggle is trying to decide which side dishes to serve this year! Thanks!

114 Patricia Wagner December 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Timing and getting everything to the table together

115 Catherine December 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm

My biggest struggle – hm, I guess it’s my absent mindedness. I’ll start cooking something and move on to something else. Next thing I know, the water is boiling over, the onions are burning and the stove hasn’t even been turned on yet!

116 Rita M December 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My biggest struggle (& apparently that of a lot of others!) is timing – I have a terrible time trying to make sure everything is cooked, hot & ready all at the same time!

117 Jen V December 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My biggest struggle when preparing a holiday meal is trying to find room for everything in the fridge. During the holidays, I could honestly use a second one!

118 Jen V December 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm
119 allyson AYALA, Jr. December 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

my biggest struggle is making sure everything is done at the same time and still hot..i would love to have 2 ovens during the holidays

120 Diane December 7, 2009 at 2:41 pm

My biggest struggle is finding stuff that everyone will eat and then getting the timing of all the cooking done. I try to prepare some stuff in advance so my kitchen isnt as hectic that day

121 melissa rocke December 7, 2009 at 2:42 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to keep everyones hands out of the dishes before dinner! That’s why I make all of those appitizers. Don’t they know that-lol.

122 Diane December 7, 2009 at 2:43 pm
123 Monique Rizzo December 7, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Mine is making sure everything is done at the same time!! Practically IMPOSSIBLE. Thanks for the chance.
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124 Patricia December 7, 2009 at 3:13 pm

biggest struggle is getting all foods cooked and served at the same time and keeping them hot

125 Patricia December 7, 2009 at 3:14 pm
126 Linda Lansford December 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm

My biggest struggle when holiday food is deciding what to make

127 Cheryl W December 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to time everything so that it’s all ready at the same time. Thanks!

128 Karen M December 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

My biggest challenge is having everything ready at the same time. It seems there is always something not ready at the last minute. Thanks.

129 patty herbert December 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Time is always a problem. Never enough.

130 patty herbert December 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm
131 cathiem December 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Getting everything hot and ready at the same time.

132 Suzanne K December 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm

This year I had two struggles:
1 – my 15 year old daughter announced that she was a vegetarian… just before Thanksgiving. I had to make sure I had a fairly well balanced group of foods (besides the main meat dish) to satisfy her
2 – I had to get everything together in my house (not cooked) and transport everything to my parents house and cook the meal there (they are in their 90s and no longer driving).

All went well,, but oh for the ‘easy’ days of just staying in my own kitchen and making turkey or prime rib and sides and having everyone come here… maybe in a few years again… or I’ll start going to a tropical isle and having dinner served to me!

133 Kelly Ann T. December 7, 2009 at 5:30 pm

My biggest struggle is getting it all together at the same time, and finding something that everyone will eat.

134 casey lawrence December 7, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I burn everything. I get distracted with too many things to do and end up burning everything. I need a schedule for a meal!

135 lisa December 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm

My biggest struggle in preparing dinner is finding new simple recipes that are vegetarian friendly.

136 lisa December 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm
137 lisa December 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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138 Walter Arnett December 7, 2009 at 6:19 pm

My biggest struggle when preparing a holiday dinner would be to control the portions. I make way too much!

139 Crystal Warren December 7, 2009 at 6:23 pm

My biggest struggle is cleaning up afterwords…I’m so stuffed i don’t wanna move!!!

140 Crystal Warren December 7, 2009 at 6:28 pm
141 Millie McClave December 7, 2009 at 7:35 pm

I love to cook and cook everything from scratch. I don’t really like doing the dishes though and I guess that is the hardest part for me!

142 momznite December 7, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Timing is my biggest challenge – having all the dishes done (not over or under) and on the table at the same time.

143 Christine December 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm

My biggest struggle is getting everything to taste good

144 JamericanSpice December 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm

my biggest struggle is knowing the portion to cook. Because I’m wondering who will want seconds and some to take home etc.

Another is just the time that I have to spend doing the cooking!

145 Jacob LaFountaine December 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Making sure they all finish close to the same time for that fresh, hot goodness

146 happybunny87 December 7, 2009 at 9:16 pm

My biggest struggle when cooking holiday dinner is serving all the food and have it look perfect, no food touching each other.

147 christina singer December 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm

my toughest holiday meal challenge is getting everything done at the same time.

148 Jimmy December 7, 2009 at 10:46 pm

My struggle is not having enough room (our kitchen is small)

149 Cindy Merrill December 7, 2009 at 11:03 pm

My husband is type 2 diabetic- on our budget, trying to find lowcost low glycemic food is a struggle.

150 Pat December 7, 2009 at 11:19 pm

My biggest struggle in preparing a holiday dinner is having enough
oven capacity to cook everything at the same time. I have to plan ahead so that some things can be reheated in the microwave and
others can be prepared on the stove top.

Thank you for the contest. Happy holidays.

151 Pat December 7, 2009 at 11:20 pm

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152 Christina December 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm

My biggest struggle is all the cooking in general, I now have a family of 4, And I have never had to cool for anyone before, and now that I have to its such a struggle being under pressure 🙂 but I did get many compliments on my Thanksgiving Dinner!

153 Mimi the kitten December 8, 2009 at 12:01 am

Biggest struggle = pleasing everyone, and cooking with others lovingly in mind even though I’m a diabetic vegetarian-almost-vegan with a very weird relationship to food.

154 Ellie W December 8, 2009 at 12:07 am

My biggest struggle is the timing. Trying to cook everything and have it ready just when people start arriving for dinner. I hate for anything to grow cold.

155 Ellie W December 8, 2009 at 12:10 am
156 Jennifer Short December 8, 2009 at 12:37 am

Definately getting the food ready and keeping it warm while waiting for family to arrive. One year it was ten minutes after we were suppossed to eat and no one had shown up yet! LOL!

157 Carol Lawrence December 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

My biggest struggle is cooking for two,our six kids all have their own families and traditions. jelly15301@gmail.com

158 Carol Lawrence December 8, 2009 at 12:59 am

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159 Carol Lawrence December 8, 2009 at 1:01 am

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160 crystal December 8, 2009 at 5:43 am

My biggest struggle is having everything ready on time but my family is used to eating late.

161 Christie December 8, 2009 at 7:08 am

My biggest struggle with holiday entertaining is having enough time to prepare and getting enough rest beforehand so I am not worn out by party time.

162 Christie December 8, 2009 at 7:09 am
163 Theresa D December 8, 2009 at 8:11 am

My biggest struggle with holiday cooking is trying to get everything ready and on the table at the same time.

164 Theresa D December 8, 2009 at 8:12 am

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165 karen December 8, 2009 at 9:58 am

My problem is getting everything done at the right time.

166 April December 8, 2009 at 10:43 am

My biggest struggle is getting everything done at the same time.

167 Erma December 8, 2009 at 10:45 am

My biggest struggle is having time to do it all.

168 Kimberly December 8, 2009 at 10:57 am

My biggest challenge is keeping the little kids out of the kitchen. I try to keep arts & craft supplies handy to set up a work area for them to play and create while the meal is prepared so they aren’t constantly under my feet. It helps if a few of the bigger kids or grown-ups work with them and keep them interested and focused on their projects.
Thanks for the chance to win!

169 Connie Foster December 8, 2009 at 11:12 am

My biggest challenge with coking for the holidays is that i love to cook and alot of times i go way over board. Then I take my extras to a shelter for the homeless.

170 Christy December 8, 2009 at 11:55 am

My biggest struggle is pulling the money together to buy all of the groceries. I splurge on good food during the holidays, if I can afford it. I like to think that I’m a pretty good cook so the cooking part doesn’t scare me.

171 Cynthia C December 8, 2009 at 12:12 pm

My biggest struggle is finding a menu that it satisfactory to everyone. Everyone in my family has strong opinions!

172 patty herbert December 8, 2009 at 1:46 pm
173 shannon December 8, 2009 at 2:24 pm

my biggest holiday dinner struggle is having all of my food warm and ready at the same time

174 Crystal F December 8, 2009 at 2:37 pm

The whole dinner. lol I’m not a cook at all. I can cook our basic dinners but when it comes to something special like a holiday dinner I don’t even try. I do cook the ham but that’s all. My sister is the cook of the family so we just let her do it. lol Thank you!

175 Alicia December 8, 2009 at 3:23 pm
176 Mandy H December 8, 2009 at 3:42 pm

My biggest problem is not enough room in the kitchen and I could use two stove/oven’s to get things done faster. Thanks.

177 katie December 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

My biggest struggle is cleaning up the mess afterwards!

178 Craig Johnson December 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

My biggest struggle is preparing a meal in a short period of time – around this time of year I’m always on the go, go go….

179 Anne December 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

My biggest issue is keeping people out of the kitchen! Too many cooks spoil the soup!!!!

180 MelodicMom December 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to get the timing right. One item will be fully cooked & ready, but my side dishes will still have to bake for another 30 minutes or so.

181 MelodicMom December 8, 2009 at 3:58 pm
182 Brad December 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to get everything ready at the same time.

183 Jillian December 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm

my biggest struggle is wading through the crowds at the grocery store

184 Adele December 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

My biggest struggle is keeping everything hot until it is time to serve. Between my oven, toaster oven and microwave, I usually still don’t have enough room for all the dishes, especialyy when I entertain a large group. Thanks for this offer.

185 Melinda December 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

my struggle is overcooking things…ugh

mjf926@gmail.com

186 Leona P December 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

keeping the food warm at the same time

187 Melinda December 8, 2009 at 5:34 pm
188 Joy December 8, 2009 at 5:35 pm

What a great giveaway

I stumble the most with getting Christmas cards out. I am a slacker when it comes to mailing those out

189 Syed Ahsun Zafar December 8, 2009 at 6:19 pm

The Biggest struggle make a delicious meal for everyone

190 allison December 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

my biggest struggle when preparing a holiday dinner is keeping the cats off of the counter!

191 Erica C. December 8, 2009 at 7:00 pm

I have the hardest time getting each item to finish cooking at the same time. It seems that either something gets cold or gets burnt! It’s frustrating!

192 Miss Spoken December 8, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Getting all the food synchronized and on the table at the right time

193 mena December 8, 2009 at 7:55 pm

My biggest struggle trying to figure out what to cook!

194 Sherry E. December 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to time out everything so I can serve it all nice and warm!

195 Angela Winesburg December 8, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Keeping everything warm and ready so its good to go at the same time, thanks!

196 denyse December 8, 2009 at 10:15 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to include something so everybody will be happy. people have all different tastes.

197 christopher h December 8, 2009 at 10:36 pm

my biggest struggle is making sure everything finishes cooking at the same time

198 Leslie Price December 8, 2009 at 11:31 pm

My biggest struggle is not making enough food to feed an army when there’s just the two of us here for holiday dinners.

199 reallycool31 December 9, 2009 at 12:15 am

My biggest struggle is finding items to serve that everyone can/will eat.

200 Gail Crawford December 9, 2009 at 12:35 am

My biggest trouble is having the time to prepare my meals.

201 Sheila Hickmon December 9, 2009 at 1:20 am

My biggest problem is trying to fix something that everyone likes without having to cook 15 different main entrees! Thanks!

202 Erin M December 9, 2009 at 1:48 am

My biggest Trouble with a holiday meal is getting everything done on time! (and keeping all the dishes warm)!
But cooking with my mom is even harder since she loves to eat healthy food.

203 jaimee December 9, 2009 at 2:44 am

my biggest struggle is getting everything hot & to the table at the same time- still can’t quite time it right!

204 Tara Hill December 9, 2009 at 2:54 am

My biggest struggle is deciding what NOT to cook! I love cooking and always want to make everything!

205 Tara Hill December 9, 2009 at 2:54 am

Subscribed via email!

206 Sonya December 9, 2009 at 3:10 am

My biggest problem is getting everything done on time!

207 vivian December 9, 2009 at 3:25 am

choosing food for everyone ty

208 checkers December 9, 2009 at 3:59 am

My biggest struggle is keeping everything hot till everyone’s seated and ready to eat.
skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

209 checkers December 9, 2009 at 4:00 am

Subscribed by email with this email … skyskyaa11(at)gmail.com

210 Jennifer gersch December 9, 2009 at 5:51 am

My biggest struggle is attending to all the food at once

211 Nadine L December 9, 2009 at 7:49 am

My biggest struggle is deciding what to cook. I love cooking and always have “just one more dish” I want to add
iheartsweeping@aol.com

212 Nadine L December 9, 2009 at 7:51 am

I follow (@eyzofblu63) and tweeted http://twitter.com/eyzofblu63/status/6494093851

213 Nadine L December 9, 2009 at 7:52 am

I subscribe via email (iheartsweeping@aol.com)

214 Rosey December 9, 2009 at 9:03 am

Keeping everything hot is my biggest struggle. I need eight burners on my stove!

215 Shelley Mitchell December 9, 2009 at 9:10 am

My biggest struggle is getting everything done and ready at the same time!

216 Geoff K December 9, 2009 at 9:22 am

My biggest struggle with holiday cooking is making sure to make a mix of dishes to please both my vegetarian and carnivore friends and family members! It can be a tough balance at times, but the bright side is that I’ve learned a lot of great new recipes in the process.

217 Geoff K December 9, 2009 at 9:23 am
218 Geoff K December 9, 2009 at 9:24 am

I subscribed via email: gkaufmanss@yahoo.com

219 Geoff K December 9, 2009 at 9:26 am

I subscribed on friendfeed: Geoff K (guettel78)

220 Carol G December 9, 2009 at 10:21 am

The biggest struggle is always getting everything coordinated so that the food is on the table at the right time, with everything at the right temperature!

221 hazel hunt December 9, 2009 at 11:03 am

Would be nice to win!

222 Lori December 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm

My biggest struggle is having enough room in the oven!

223 Adrienne Gordon December 9, 2009 at 2:21 pm

making something everyone will eat.

224 Terry C December 9, 2009 at 2:27 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to get everything done on time.

braaisjo at gmail dot com

225 Maja Meza December 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

my husband cooks, not me, so i have the problem with cleaning up the mess

226 Maja Meza December 9, 2009 at 2:28 pm

subscriber

227 Susan Smith December 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm

My biggest struggle is deciding what to cook

228 Carla December 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

getting it ready in time is usually a problem, but this Thanksgiving I managed to shop at two stores in the morning, take care of my pets & the neighbor’s pets, peel potatoes & get stuff ready while watching the parade on tv, & still get ready on time!

229 Jammie December 9, 2009 at 3:18 pm

My biggest struggle is actually getting the holiday dinner done on time. Always some last minute oops.

230 Lee Taylor December 9, 2009 at 3:50 pm

My biggest challenge when preparing a ‘holiday feast’ is keeping everything warm ’til all the guests have arrived and are ready to eat!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Good Luck and Happy Holidays to all!

231 Lee Taylor December 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

I follow on Twitter and ‘Tweeted’:

http://twitter.com/LT38/status/6506535077

232 Lee Taylor December 9, 2009 at 3:56 pm

Email subscriber!

233 Lee Taylor December 9, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Subscribed to ‘FriendFeed’!

FriendFeed Username: lee38

LeAndrew Taylor

234 pat jasmin December 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

my biggest is making sure all is hot at the same time

235 Heather S December 9, 2009 at 4:06 pm

Trying to get everything done before my family arrives!

236 chris swan December 9, 2009 at 4:12 pm

My biggest struggle is my kids they only really eat mac and cheese so I have to make that too. I am trying Goya recipes this year so it should be more exciting this yr.

237 Justine December 9, 2009 at 5:33 pm

My biggest struggle in preparing for a holiday dinner is just making the time! My family is a little too demanding and it’s hard for me to do anything I want, this is no exception! Also, it would be nice if I had two ovens lol!

238 Justine December 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm
239 Justine December 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

I subscribed via email

240 Jason December 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm

The mess that you end up with after all the preparation is my biggest problem. I just try to clean as I go

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

241 Jason December 9, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Tweeted!

http://twitter.com/parkerozgood/status/6510599243

jason(at)allworldautomotive(dot)com

242 Charity S. December 9, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Having too many leftovers. I cook too much food, and it really goes to waste. Thanks

243 Charity S. December 9, 2009 at 6:32 pm
244 reeva December 9, 2009 at 7:26 pm

the biggest struggle is making everything together so that everything is warm when it hits the table

245 Beverly M December 9, 2009 at 7:52 pm

i dont have but one oven , and i need 2

246 Deb K December 9, 2009 at 8:32 pm

My biggest struggle is keeping the foods warm while I am cooking others too!

247 Deb K December 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm
248 Deb K December 9, 2009 at 8:36 pm

I am a new email subscriber

249 Patti Sherman December 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm

My biggest problem is getting everyone to get to the house on time for a nice hot meal.

250 Jes G December 9, 2009 at 8:54 pm

My biggest struggle is TIME ALONE in the kitchen. I’m a one cook in the kitchen kind of gal and I get really flustered when someone else is there trying to “help”.

Thanks Hellman’s and Modern Mami!
Jes~
greimanj@comcast.net

251 bridget combs December 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I am a terrible multi tasker! Especially when there is so much else going on too besides just preparing a big feast…like all the company!

252 lois December 9, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Planning my menu is my hardest part for me.

253 bridget combs December 9, 2009 at 9:04 pm
254 bridget combs December 9, 2009 at 9:05 pm

email subscriber

255 susan smoaks December 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

i struggle with the turkey, it’s hard to keep juicy

256 Sandra S. December 9, 2009 at 9:09 pm

My biggest problem is getting all the food done at the same time. Always seems like something isn’t done yet. Thanks!

257 Angela C December 9, 2009 at 9:14 pm

I have trouble multi-tasking in the kitchen.

258 Annemarie December 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

My biggest struggle is too keep all the dishes warm.

259 Annemarie December 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I subscribe via email.

260 Kate December 9, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Timing! I’ve never been terribly punctual. So coordinating an entire meal can be difficult.

261 Pamela S December 9, 2009 at 9:31 pm

My biggest struggle is getting it all to come out at the same time. I need to plan ahead, make ahead, etc. Thanks.

262 dawn December 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm

My biggest challenge when preparing a Holiday Meal is getting everything ready close to the same time.

mightynaynay(at)cs.com

263 Julie Moe December 9, 2009 at 9:57 pm

My biggest struggle is finding food everyone will eat!

264 Lance Pearson December 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm

dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
the biggest struggle here is easily the turkey, it’s either under or overcooked every time

265 Lance Pearson December 9, 2009 at 10:09 pm

dreamcleavers@yahoo.com
email subscriber

266 barbara wright December 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

My biggest struggle is that I’m the only one who can do anything. So when kids need help installing games or putting things together, they come to me, which takes me away from getting dinner ready. And then I get stressed. And then I SHOW that I get stressed 🙂

267 barbara wright December 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm
268 Joanne Schultz December 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Planning a menu taking into consideration people’s likes and dislikes, and their dietary restrictions is the toughest.

Thanks for the giveaway!

269 Joanne Schultz December 9, 2009 at 10:52 pm
270 sal williams December 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Getting it all finished cooking and to the table at the same time.
When you have 5 or 6 sides going at the same time it can get crazy! Great giveaway…thanks! Happy Hols!

271 Brian E. December 9, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Thanks for the giveaway…We can never get the mashed potato and dressing ratio right at big holiday meals: we always run out of, or have too much leftover of one or the other.

272 Brian E. December 9, 2009 at 10:57 pm
273 Brian E. December 9, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Following via Twitter: @brianpiero

274 Auriette December 9, 2009 at 11:25 pm

My biggest struggle is having everything ready at the exact right time. You don’t want anything hot to be ready too soon. It really is an art to have it all come out on time.

275 Jaina's Mom December 9, 2009 at 11:42 pm

My biggest struggle is everything cooks at a different temperature and different times, I struggle to get everything done together and hot.

276 Jaina's Mom December 9, 2009 at 11:44 pm

following on twitter and tweeted this giveaway

http://twitter.com/Jainasmom/status/6520100520

277 Niecey December 9, 2009 at 11:48 pm

My biggest struggle is trying to keep everything warm while I wait for it all to cook.

278 Niecey December 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm
279 Adhab Al-Farhan December 9, 2009 at 11:50 pm

man I could use $25 right nowww

280 dawn December 10, 2009 at 12:10 am

this would be great for the holidays

281 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:50 am

@dawn, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

282 Heather Hart December 10, 2009 at 12:19 am

My trouble is timing everything to be done at the right time and still be hot when ready to eat!

283 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:50 am

@Heather Hart, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

284 Chrysa December 10, 2009 at 12:28 am

My biggest struggle is finding enough time to do everything!

285 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:50 am

@Chrysa, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

286 Chrysa December 10, 2009 at 12:28 am
287 Barbara Long December 10, 2009 at 12:39 am

My biggest struggle is timing all the food to get done at the right time.

288 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

@Barbara Long,

289 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

@Barbara Long, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

290 DanV December 10, 2009 at 12:39 am

My biggest struggle is finding something the kids will like also

291 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

@DanV, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

292 Roxann December 10, 2009 at 12:54 am

Close to the holidays my biggest struggle is finding enough time to prepare everything.

293 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:51 am

@Roxann, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

294 Gianna December 10, 2009 at 12:54 am

Making enough extras for the extra people that come over.

295 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:52 am

@Gianna, Thanks for stopping by and entering the contest. Unfortunately, your entry cannot be counted as the contest rules state that all entries must have been submitted by Wednesday, December 9 at 11:59 pm EST. Please be sure to check in the future for more contests!

296 Roxann December 10, 2009 at 12:55 am
297 Melanie (ModernMami) December 10, 2009 at 7:48 am

@Lynda C, Congratulations! You won!

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