December 16, 2013 11:52 ET Guide to Holiday Entertaining

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 16, 2013) - When it comes to entertaining this season, Melissa Gerstein, co-founder of, has some great ideas to help you minimize your time in the kitchen and maximize your time with loved ones!

Start in the kitchen and assess the tools you're working with. Busy moms want to get to mealtime in no time from start to clean. When it comes to appliances, the Frigidaire Gallery Induction Range is a great solution. It brings water to a boil in less than two minutes and preheats in less than six minutes. Also, by heating the pan, not the cooktop, spills can't burn on, which reduces the amount of time spent both cooking and cleaning.

Take a look at your cookware. If you're still using the same set of pots and pans from over ten years ago, it's time to invest in some new items.  Calphalon's newly redesigned contemporary nonstick cookware is a great option because it's dishwasher safe and with a multilayer, nonstick surface, it allows for quick release and easy cleanup.

When it comes to serving food, always keep items on hand that are quick and easy to prepare. Triscuit is a great example of this. The new Brown Rice Triscuit line comes in five different flavors and is made with 100% whole grain brown rice and wheat. It's baked with wholesome ingredients like sweet potato and red beans. For a quick dish, all you need to do is add a little ricotta, fresh strawberries and balsamic glaze and you have a delicious appetizer that took you virtually no time to prepare.

Another great product to have on hand is Nasoya Asian Wraps. They're versatile, fun to cook with and you can make quick and delicious appetizers within a few minutes. For example, on you can find recipes for Asparagus and Prosciutto Roll-Ups using their Egg Roll Wraps or Herb & Lime Chicken Cups using their Won Ton Wraps. You can find these in the refrigerated case in the produce section at your local grocery store and they're a great way to add a homemade touch to your party this season.

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