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More Christmas Dinners from Around the World

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The holidays are celebrated differently all over the world. It’s really interesting reading about all the different traditional foods, customs, and beliefs. In our last post we took a look at how Christmas dinner is served in Japan, Poland, Finland, and more. Below you’ll find even more interesting holiday dinner traditions.

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an eight-day, wintertime, Jewish “festival of lights.” It’s celebrated with nightly menorah lightings, special prayers, and delicious foods. One of the most important Hanukkah foods is latkes. In some form or another, latkes have been used in Hanukkah traditions since at least the Middle Ages.

Latkes are fried potato pancakes that have been cooked in oil. This recognizes that the Second Temple kept the Menorah burning with oil for eight days. Other dishes enjoyed as a part of this tradition include fried donuts and fritters, apple sauce, challah, cheese, and various meats. Small chocolate coins, known as Hanukkah gelt, are also given to children by relatives.

Christmas Pudding

In England, Ireland, and even parts of the US, Christmas pudding is an important part of the holiday dessert menu. Christmas pudding is primarily made using suet, egg, molasses, spices, and dried fruits. It is also typically aged for at least one month or more. The high alcohol content in the recipe prevents it from spoiling. Immediately right before serving, you set it alight with brandy.

Kūčios

In Lithuania, the traditional Christmas dinner is called Kūčios. This celebration is held on December 24th every year and hosting the dinner is no small feat. The meal can take an entire week to prepare. Like most, the Lithuanians place a lot of value on spending time with family. Week-long meal preps certainly are a great opportunity for families to get together and this is probably the main reason the tradition continues to exist.

Kūčios incorporates 12 different dishes, one for each apostle. The menu for this meal is made up of no meat, dairy, or even hot food. Dishes typically include fish, different breads, and vegetables. You might find herring served in a tomato, mushroom, or onion based sauce, potatoes, sauerkraut, smoked eel, mushrooms, and cranberry pudding.

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Christmas Goose

In Germany, the big Christmas feast is traditionally set around the Christmas goose or Weihnachtsgan. The custom of eating a goose was originally tied to St. Martin’s Day during the Middle Ages. Eventually, it became a part of the Christmas meal.

Germans often stuff their Christmas goose with apples, onions, chestnuts, and prunes. They are spiced with mugwort and marjoram and served with red cabbage, dumplings, gravy, and sauerkraut. The oldest known Christmas goose recipe comes from a cookbook published in 1350 called ‘Das Buch von guter Speise’.

Norway

Norway has a very interesting menu for its Christmas dinner. You might even find yourself a bit surprised if you were invited to a traditional Norwegian Christmas meal. The typical mainstay dish is called Smalahove. It is a whole, steamed sheep’s head.

Other popular holiday dishes include Lutefisk. Lutefisk is dried cod that has been soaked in a lye solution, then boiled or baked, and served with butter, salt, and pepper. It is rarely eaten more than once a year. Ribbe is also popular. Ribbe is fatty pork ribs. Rakfisk, which is trout or char that has been salted and fermented for two to three months and Pinnekjøtt, ribs of lamb or mutton, are also traditional dishes.

Ethiopia

For Orthodox Ethiopians who use the old Julian calendar, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th. Beginning on November 25th, most also fast for the 43 days leading up to the celebration called Ganna or Genna. When fasting ends, dinner typically includes a meat stew called rooster doro wat, hardboiled eggs in sauce, and a flatbread called injera which is used as a base for toppings and to scoop food instead of using utensils.

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Christmas Dinner from Around the World

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Did you know that a traditional Christmas dinner in the United States is vastly different from holiday dinners in other countries? Americans typically enjoy turkey, ham, roasts, eggnog, and lots of cookies, pies, and other desserts. Today we’ll give you a glimpse into what families all over the world eat during the holidays. Are you still searching for affordable holiday catering in Raleigh this year? Call Catering by Design today. You’ll love our big savings!

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

This tradition originates from Southern Italy but is also very popular with Italian-American families as well. The feast consists of seven seafood dishes. This is symbolic of the number seven, the most repeated number in the bible. Some popular seafood dishes served during the feast are shrimp cocktail, salt or baked cod, fried calamari, fried shrimp, linguine with clam or lobster sauce, and octopus salad.

Christmas Fried Chicken

In Japan, almost 3.6 million families eat KFC on Christmas Eve. It’s so popular that they often have to reserve their meal at least two months in advance.

Wiglia

In Poland on Christmas Eve, families celebrate Wiglia. It begins when the first star appears in the sky. Nothing is eaten until all family members have broken the Christmas wafers together and exchanged good health and prosperity wishes. 12 dishes, representing the 12 apostles, are served for dinner. Some popular dishes include red borscht with tiny dumplings, braised sauerkraut, pierogi, carp, gingerbread, and more.

Joulupöytä

Joulupöytä translates to “Christmas Table” in Finland. It’s very much like a buffet-style meal containing several typical seasonal dishes like Christmas hams, casseroles, pickled herring, Karelian stew, mushroom salad, joulutahti (tarts), piparkakku (Gingerbread), and rice pudding.

Be sure to head over to part two of this series to learn about more Christmas dinner and holiday food traditions from around the world.

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More of Our Favorite Holiday Desserts

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Did you come back to see the other holiday treats and desserts that made our favorites list? Welcome back! Christmas cookies, fudge, peppermint bark, and more topped our featured list in the last post. Below you’ll find out which yummy sweets will round out our favorites! Searching for the right Cary NC holiday catering services? Be sure to call Catering By Design today! You’ll love our prices and customer service.

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Yule Log

This traditional dessert is served near Christmas, especially in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada, the United Kingdom, and many other countries as well. This dessert is made of a sponge cake rolled up to resemble a miniature Yule log. I’ve seen some Yule logs that were almost too pretty to eat. Here’s a recipe if you’d like to give it a try.

Reindeer Bait

This fun holiday treat goes by many different names. You might have heard reindeer poop or food or even Christmas crack. Regardless of what you call it one thing is for sure, it’s super delicious and addicting. If you’re heading to a holiday party, make this your contribution and you’ll be the most popular person there. Here’s an easy recipe.

Fruitcake

Fruitcakes have been around since the Romans. It’s celebrated in countries all over the world. Even though I’m not a huge fruitcake fan, if done correctly they’re very good. This 5-star recipe seems like a winner.

Gingerbread Houses

I adore making gingerbread houses with my kids. It’s so much fun watching them decide which candies to use to decorate and which ones they’re going to eat right away. Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make. If you’ve never made one before give it a try. You can buy kits at most stores or make your own from scratch.

Out of all of these yummy treats from the last two posts, let us know which one is your favorite on social media! We’d also like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thanks for being fans of Catering By Design!

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Our Favorite Holiday Desserts

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The holidays are a time for getting together with your friends and family to celebrate. It’s also my favorite time of the year to eat all the goodies! I love sweet holiday treats … and quite frankly, who doesn’t? We thought it would be fun to share some of our most favorite holiday desserts, treats, and recipes. We’d love to hear yours as well. So be sure to let us know on social media. If you need affordable Raleigh NC holiday catering, look no further than Catering By Design. Call us today to get scheduled for service.

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Christmas Cookies

Since Santa Clause loves his cookies, we decided to put this holiday favorite at number one! Whether you’re making gingerbread or sugar cookies, make this the year you start an annual tradition of baking cookies with your kids and loved ones.

Peppermint Bark

Peppermint bark might be the ultimate holiday sweet treat. You will not believe how easy it is to make. You don’t really need any special baking equipment either. It takes about an hour to fully set.

Classic Christmas Fudge

To me, nothing says Christmas more than homemade fudge. Here’s an easy-to-follow recipe. You might want to customize it to your tastes though.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

This one joins two of my favorite all-time desserts; cheesecake and red velvet cake. Combining these two will be the best decision you’ve ever made in the kitchen! Be sure to check out the recipe on Delish. If you make this will you bring me some? Please?

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favorite holiday desserts. Head on over to the second part of the series to see which other treats made our list!

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Beer Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce for the Holidays

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One of the best things about the holiday season is all the tasty treats. An unusual one that you’ll really love is beer poached pears covered in homemade chocolate sauce. They’re super easy to make and taste so good. Below you’ll find an easy-to-follow recipe. If you need affordable Raleigh holiday catering, call the pros at Catering By Design. We can help you save time and money on your holiday event food needs.

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Ingredients

Beer Poached Pears
4 – medium-sized red bartlett pears
1 bottle – your favorite dark ale (citrus dark ales tend to work best)
1 cup – water
1 tablespoon – honey
1/4 cup – sugar
1 heaping teaspoon – nutmeg

Chocolate Sauce
1 – 91% dark chocolate bar
1/2 cup – whole milk
1 heaping tablespoon – sugar

Instructions

Start by washing, drying, and peeling the pears. Next, you’ll need to cut the bottoms off each pear and core it. This will also help them stand when poaching and serving. You don’t have to core them but the seeds could give the pears a bitter taste after poaching.

Add all the poaching ingredients into a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a mild boil. Add the pears and poach for about 20 minutes or until tender.

To make the chocolate sauce add the milk to a shallow saucepan and warm it over medium-high heat. Break the chocolate bar up into smaller pieces. When the milk starts to steam, add the chocolate bar pieces and sugar. Reduce heat and mix slowly until the ingredients have combined.

Now let the pears cool, cover in chocolate sauce, and enjoy!For the best holiday catering that you can depend on, call Catering By Design. Call us today to learn more.

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Unusual Foods That You Can Candy!

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We’re in full holiday mode! Today we’re going to continue talking about candying food items. In our last post, we focused on the common foods people mostly candy. These consist of fruits, citrus peel, and ginger root. Be sure to hit the jump to check out some really tasty recipes. Today we’ll be following up with some unique things you might want to try candying this holiday season. Need affordable 2019 holiday catering in Cary NC? Call Catering by Design for the best prices in town.

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Candied Bacon

Candied bacon is absolutely incredible. You have to try it. It’s a great snack by itself and works well with baked chocolate goods. Candied bacon is also really easy to make. You put a sweet dry rub on each slice and bake it. Here’s a quick recipe.

Candied Jalapenos

You might think I’m crazy but candied jalapenos are great. There is just something I love about the hot and sweet combination. It’s a great addition to sandwiches of all types, as well as tacos. You can even put them out for a cheese and cracker tray. Not very holiday like, I know, but you should really give these a try. Check out this recipe.

Candied Potatoes

We’re not talking about yams either. In this concoction, you’ll wind up with something like a no-bake cookie old-fashioned candy mashup. I have not personally tried this one yet but will be getting around to it. The idea sounds pretty tasty. This recipe is very easy to follow and I think you and your kids will love these delights.

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Fantastic Foods to Candy for the Holidays

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People have been candying foods since the 1300s. Mainly because it’s a great way to preserve them. Most candy whole fruits, smaller pieces, or pieces of the peel. These are placed in heated sugar syrup which absorbs the moisture and preserves it. If you like to make homemade goodies for your friends and family during the Holiday season, then candying is something you should try. Candying is also a great way to use up leftover kitchen bits that would otherwise wind up in the trash. Over the next few posts, we’ll talk about some of our favorite foods that are great for this technique. Need the best holiday catering in Raleigh NC? Call Catering by Design today for big savings.

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Candied Apricot

Candied apricots are great snacks by themselves for the holidays. They also taste great in baked breads, cakes, and muffins. Be sure to check out the recipe.

Candied Ginger

Candied ginger is great for baked goods like gingerbread cupcakes, vanilla ice cream, and can be used in salads as well. You can also save the syrup for cocktails. Here’s the recipe.

Candied Citrus Peels

Grapefruits, oranges, citrons, and lemons all work well for candying. Not only do they make great baking ingredients but you can munch on them as a snack as well. Your kids will love them. You can also use the candied peels as a garnish for cocktails as well. An easy-to-follow recipe can be found here.

Glacé Cherries

To make glacé cherries you take maraschino cherries and candy them in sugar syrup. They work well in baked breads, muffins, and cakes, or as a treat by themselves. Here is a recipe. If you candy them correctly these treats can last for over 6 months.

Candied Strawberries

These tasty chips will add a sweet and bright pop to cakes, pastries, pancakes, and your morning cereal. You can even pack them in your child’s lunch as a snack. Check out the recipe!

Stay tuned for our next post for several other foods that can be candied that you might not normally consider.

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Raleigh Halloween Catering

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time of the year when both children and adults can play dress up and have lots of fun. You’ll see people of all ages filling the streets for the annual trick-or-treat tradition in search of candy and other goodies. If you’re looking to celebrate in style this year, why  not try something a little different? Why not have a catered Halloween party for you and all of your friends? Catering by Design provides delicious Raleigh catering  for Halloween and all of life’s other fun events.

Halloween is meant for fun and having a great time, that’s why we’re here to do all of the work for you. We can help you in many ways for your big Halloween bash. We can help you plan your menu, pick a venue, take care of all of your food needs, and clean up afterwards. There is nothing like not having to worry about cleaning up after your guests at the end of the fun night. With our Halloween catering packages, our professionally trained staff will take care of all this for you. We will ensure that the food is always hot and replenished, the tables bussed and surfaces are kept clean. This level of service means you get to kick back and enjoy the party without all the hassle.

Another reason having a Halloween catered party is fun is that you have so many different options of food to choose from. Unlike a wedding reception or other formal event, you have the flexibility to really have fun with your menu. You can basically have us serve anything that you like, but some foods do work better for a Halloween party theme. At Catering by Design we offer menus that are guaranteed to fit any and every budget. We can also take care of any dietary restrictions you might have, and incorporate any of your family’s recipes as well.

Did you know that Catering by Design gladly offers more than just delicious food? That’s right! We can also provide bar services for all your adult beverage needs as well. This includes bartenders, soft drinks and juices, wine and beer, and full bar service. After all, you can’t have a Halloween party without some great witches’ brew, right?

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The best Raleigh caterers for Halloween are just a phone call away when you contact the professionals at Catering by Design. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From Halloween parties, to weddings, renewals and anniversary parties, and even corporate events, awards banquets and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point.

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Halloween Candies That Kids and Parents Hate

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Are you excited about all of the trick-or-treaters that are going to come by your home this Halloween? If so, you might want to read this post to make sure you’re not left holding a bag full of candy when it’s all over with. The experts at Catering by Design have scoured the web to find the top candies that kids and parents hate receiving. Check out this list of the worst candies you can give out, and leave us a comment below with your least favorite of the group or your own personal worst. If you need affordable Cary NC catering services for your next event, give us a call today. You’ll love our prices, food, and great customer service.

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The Worst Halloween Candies

Good & Plenty – Does anyone really like the taste of black licorice? Not really! The only thing worse than ropes of black licorice is boxes of Good & Plenty. This candy is just awful.

Candy Corn – I actually really like candy corn. However, it’s really not a great candy to be given out during Halloween. For starters, it’s all loose and not individually wrapped.

Tootsie Rolls – I personally like Tootsie Rolls, especially the flavored ones. Kids, on the other hand, don’t seem to be really fond of them. Opt for different chocolate candy.

Peanut Butter Kisses – These are not Hershey Kisses, these are gobs of disappointing taffy. Even though they sound good, they’re really not.

Bazooka Bubble Gum – Probably the worst chewing gum on the planet. If the thick white powder coating wasn’t enough, chewing the gum is like trying to chew a brick.

Runts – Parents hate Runts because they can pose a real choking hazard. If you want to give out a better alternative, go for the small individual boxes of Nerds.

Butterscotch Candy – With all the other options available for Halloween candy, why on Earth would you choose butterscotch? Don’t do it, anything except a pencil will suffice.

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Celebrating Halloween at Work

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Halloween is one of the most popular holidays celebrated in the United States. Some even say it’s second only to Christmas. Halloween is also a great holiday to celebrate at work. Celebrating Halloween at work is a fantastic way to engage with your employees and show them a good time. Below you’ll find some tips on how to have the best office Halloween celebration. If you’re searching for Raleigh NC business catering this fall, call Catering by Design. We keep our costs low and our clients happy. We can also help you find just the right menu for your budget. Call us today to learn more about our packages and delivery services.

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Fun Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Work

Costume Contest or Parade

Let your employees dress up for Halloween. Just be sure to set some guidelines so no one shows up wearing an offensive costume. I’m sure this will terrify your HR department but in a good way!

Office Trick-or-Treating

Most people have a stash of treats and snacks they keep at their desk. That’s why having an office trick-or-treating event is such an awesome idea. Have each person or department bring in a few bags of candy or some of their favorite office snacks. Set up trick-or-treat stations around the office or at individual desks. This gives your employees a chance to interact with their coworkers in a fun way.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

A pumpkin carving contest can either be done in teams or as individuals. It’s a great activity for team building and fostering creativity. Give out prizes for the best and worst carved pumpkin.

Halloween Breakfast or Luncheon

Treat your employees to a scary good Halloween breakfast or lunch at the office. Catering by Design offers great full service or delivery packages. The best part is that you get to have all the fun while we do all the work. Call us today to learn more.

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Still looking for a catering service for a business function, wedding reception, social or community event? At Catering by Design, we have fully customizable menus for budgets of any size. Call us today and ask about our lunch and learn program for businesses. If you do not need full service catering, be sure to also ask us about our delivery options. An affordable alternative that really makes a positive impact on your friends, family, clients and staff. If you’re getting married, call us and schedule a free menu tasting. This is a free service we offer that many of our competitors charge you extra for.

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