Chef John Foster: Meal planning takes center stage in the kitchen as holiday season approaches

Holiday meals always present the most obvious challenges to cooks. Pre-planning, prep lists that stretch over two or three days. Multiple trips to the grocery store and multiple carts are standard operating procedure this time of year. So many articles on holiday planning, menus and “new” techniques fill the magazines or websites of the cooking world that the rest of the day-to-day planning is...

Chef John Foster: Holiday cooking is not about wowing your guests; it’s about comforting them

The approach of the holiday season, starting of course with Thanksgiving, brings a flurry of self-help, DIY recipes and videos about food. Most center on the main course, the treatment of the Thanksgiving turkey or the ham at Christmas. Some are dedicated to new and improved ways to set up sides, creating new out of old and trendy from traditional. Some have keen insight and strong foundations behind...