SOURCE: Linsey Foods

November 20, 2007 13:27 ET

Easy Does It Better During the Busy Holiday Season

ET TU Offers Simple Strategies to Help Ease Holiday Stress Syndrome

MARKHAM, ON--(Marketwire - November 20, 2007) - As the holiday season gets into full swing, many of us hear ourselves sounding that perennial sigh, "how did this time of year get here so soon?" Creative culinary feats, thoughtful gift giving and outstanding hospitality are just some of expectations we add to our already overburdened to-do-lists. It's no wonder many feel overwhelmed by the mere thought of the holidays. In fact, a 2006 year-end study by research firm Synovate found sixty-three percent of the Canadians surveyed said they feel stressed by the holiday season, and 15% find it 'very stressful.'

"Stress is one holiday tradition we all want to break," says Linda Woolsey, co-founder of Linsey Foods, maker of ET TU Salad Kits which sponsors a nationwide program promoting the benefits of family mealtime. "Maybe the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones this season is consent to replace holiday stress with shared simplicity."

As part of their ongoing Family Mealtime program ET TU offers these suggestions to help increase the cheer while decreasing the chore in your holiday food preparations.

--  Take the capital "P" out of perfection. The holiday season will come
    and go, and the memories you keep will be of the good times shared with
    those near and dear, not whether you baked the perfect cheesecake.
--  As you put the focus on togetherness and sharing, let that include the
    planning as well as the festivities. Invite family members of all ages to
    share their ideas. Enjoy an outing together to do the food shopping as a
--  Memories are made in the kitchen. Create a communal environment in the
    kitchen in order to gather for the food preparation. Most of us have fond
    memories of being underfoot in a grandmother's kitchen in the midst of the
    season's cooking merriment.
--  Create a simple place setting booklet composed of several family
    "heirloom" recipes that have been a part of your extended family tradition
    for generations. Get the kids involved in writing the stories behind the
    recipes and in choosing old family pictures to include. A priceless gift
    for your guests.
--  Pick several recipes for your holiday menu which require very little
    time or effort -- those simple enough that even the kids can make from
    start to finish. Be willing to allow some things to be that easy. Here's a
    crowd pleaser from the ET TU kitchen that presents beautifully and takes
    just minutes to prepare:

Rustic Winter Bread Salad

You will need:

1/3 cup of seedless cucumber quartered and sliced
24 grape tomatoes halved
12 mini Bocconcinni cheese halved
1 Romaine Lettuce
1 Crusty Round Bread loaf hollowed in center

Prepare ET TU Caesar Vinaigrette Salad Kit as directed on box. Add all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly, place inside bread bowl and serve. Total preparation time: 15 minutes

Visit for other stress reducing recipes and suggestions to make the most of family gatherings, during the holidays and year round.

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