Cooking for a Crowd

Every Thanksgiving and Christmas season our church hosts an event for ladies to help orient our minds to the true meaning of the holidays, rightly called Holidays Fit for the King. Today, I was honored to lead a seminar on cooking for a crowd and I told the ladies in my seminar that I would post links to the products I talked about this morning, so here they are! Thank you all for allowing me to chat with you today and thank you for being such an interactive group!

Online resources

Food Network Recipes

Dinner for a crowd using spreadsheets A great resource to organize your thoughts digitally, rather than using a notebook.

Temperature Rules! A graphic for quick reference of proper cooking temperatures.

Prepare the perfect ham A breakdown of different hams, as well as tips for a successful ham.

Turkey recipe Alton Brown’s recipe that I’ve successfully used in the past.

Great tools to use in the kitchen

Ziplock bags – Use for more than just storage. Remember, you can also use them to protect printed recipes, phones or tablets that you might be using in the kitchen.

Kitchen timer app


Kitchen timer/leave in thermometer

Instant read thermometer

Silicone  basting brush

Immersion blender

Small prep bowls


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  1. Hi LaBranda, I really enjoyed the workshop last Saturday. Have a question: I am going to ask for an immersion blender for Christmas – you recommend Cuisinart. I saw the reviews on, and somebody said that Kitchen Aid was better?? What do you think?

    Kathy Brown, Concord, NC

  2. Hi there Kathy, thank you so much for your kind words! I really did have a great time with you ladies.

    Cuisinart and Kitchen Aid are my go to brands for home use kitchen equipment. Both companies stand behind their products and will make it right, should something go wrong, just make sure to save any warranty info and proof of purchase.

    I personally use the Cuisinart immersion blender that I linked to and love it, but I’m sure the Kitchen Aid version is wonderful as well. I saw this one on Amazon that seemed to get favorable reviews.

    I do like that the Kitchen Aid one has variable speeds and that it has a non slip grip handle.

    Bottom line, I’m sure either one would be a great addition to your kitchen!