Cooking in groups can be a raucous fun-fest—or a nightmarish exercise in stress management: When one person (let's call him the confident expert), grabs the reins and everyone else skulks in the background, the ring leader can end up feeling resentful and overworked, the skulkers dejected and useless.
But let's not forget the first option: the raucous fun-fest! Cooking in groups provides plenty of opportunity to...
Take on a project you might not be so eager to embark on as an individual: Timpano, dumplings, baked Alaska. Assign different members of your groups certain tasks. Then be each other's helpers!
Start a dish that you might make by yourself but that will be made so much easier by the help of others to chop, husk, mince, or mash.
Accommodate preferences by making something customizable, so that your fellow group members can leave out what they don't like (and add more of what they do like).
Bond with friends!
Inspired by hchambers86's Hotline question, here are ideas for wrangling lots of people into a particular a cooking project (and a few suggestions for how to make sure it all runs smoothly!).
Ready, set, teamwork!
First up, snacks! Start by making a snack mix you can eat by the handful if dinner takes longer to prepare than you anticipated:
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