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What’s in Season? December 2018 Fruits and Veggies

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We’ve entered into the month of December. The holiday season is now upon us! It’s a magical time of the year in the Triangle area. And from the mountains to the coast, the residents of North Carolina are putting up holiday lights and decorations, lighting the menorah, and trimming Christmas trees. During the holiday season most people eat a lot of good food while visiting with family and friends. That why today’s post will cover all everyone’s favorite fruits and vegetables that are currently in season for December in the Triangle area. Please remember that if you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh NC, calling Catering by Design will save you time and money. We have the best holiday menu selections and delivery options in the Triangle!

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Winter and Holiday Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find the list of fruits and vegetables you can expect to find at your local grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the months of December and January in and around North Carolina. However, depending on where the produce is grown, all produce ripens differently. That means that some items might not yet be available if they have not yet hit their peak:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranate
  • Pecans
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Clementines
  • Lemons

Veggies

  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbages
  • Rutabaga
  • Winter squash
  • Belgian Endive
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Fennel
  • Collard Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet Potato
  • Bok Choy

There are also other winter vegetables available. These include carrots, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, radish and radicchio, and lots more. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this winter. Please visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

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If you are looking for reliable holiday catering in Raleigh for your next event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call to schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets.

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips

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The holiday season is a magical time of the year and, for many people, Christmas trees always play a major role. People all across the world will be trimming trees with their favorite ornaments, lights, garland, and more. Some even put up multiple trees each Christmas that are decked out with different themes. In my home we usually put up three trees; the main one, my small university tree, and a little pink tree for my daughter. Christmas trees also come in all shapes and sizes. Some are artificial while others are the real deal. Regardless of the type or number of Christmas trees you decorate there are several safety tips you should be aware of. Please keep these tips in mind so you have a safe and accident free holiday this year. For the best prices and options for Raleigh holiday event catering, Catering by Design is number one. Call us today to learn more about our holiday menus and delivery options.

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2018 Tips for Christmas Tree Safety

Be sure to test and check your lights and any electronic ornaments before putting them on your tree. The National Fire Protection Association says that more than 200 Christmas tree fires happen every year. Most of these are caused by electrical problems with the decoration. If you find any frayed wires or lights that are not working properly please dispose of them and buy new sets.

Don’t overload outlets with multiple cords plugged in. Again, this is another electrical fire hazard.

If you have toddlers or small children in the home please consider buying an artificial tree. Artificial Christmas trees do not weigh as much as live trees. If your small child was to accidentally pull the tree over on top of themselves a live one could crush them or severely injure them.

If you have a live or real Christmas tree keep it at least three feet away from heat sources like candles, fireplaces, radiators, or space heaters. This can prematurely dry the tree out or make it catch on fire. Roughly 25% of all Christmas tree fires are caused from being too close to heat sources. Live trees should also be watered daily to keep them from drying out as well. Dried out trees are more likely to catch fire quicker.

In fact, before buying a live Christmas tree from the lot you should pull on the little needles on the limbs. If the tree is already dried out then the needles will shed and release very easily. Avoid buying those as they could become a fire hazard quickly.

We all want our Christmas tree to be located in just the right spot. However, you should not block any entryways or exits with your tree. If there is an emergency in the home during the holidays trying to get around the tree will use up critical minutes.

Turn off all electric lights and decorations before leaving your home and going to bed. Again, most Christmas tree fires come from electrical issues and it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

When the holidays are over you’ll need to go ahead and discard or dispose of your live tree. It’s going to be dried out and a major fire hazard. Don’t hang on to it, store it in your garage, or leave it propped up outside your home. Check with your local city about any recycling programs or pickup services.

From all of us at Catering by Design we hope that you and your family and friends have a wonderful holiday season filled with great memories, lots of fun, and good food. If you need great tasting food for your next holiday event please keep reading to learn why calling Catering by Design is a smart idea.

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Are you searching for high quality and affordable Raleigh holiday event catering this winter? Call the experts at Catering by Design today. We’re one of the most top rated holiday catering companies in the Triangle and areas in between. We proudly serve communities of Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Wake Forest, Apex, Fuquay Varina, Clayton, Rolesville, Pinehurst, Chapel Hill, and more. Our team of professionals can help you with large or small holiday events with very affordable catering packages for all types of budgets. We are ready to answer questions or to schedule service for you.

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Holiday Catering In Raleigh

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Hooray! It is finally the holiday season. One of our most favorite times of the year and Catering By Design is happy to be your experts for your holiday catering Raleigh NC needs. Holiday luncheons, breakfasts and dinners are now in high demand! Businesses, churches, towns, families and friends have all been making reservations for holiday catering in Raleigh, Morrisville, Apex and Cary, just to name a few of the local cities and towns that we are so honored to serve.

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However, our holiday calendar is filling up fast. We do have some available dates in December for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and for delivery. So if you’d like to schedule service, please give us a call immediately. Rest assured that we will go out of our way to accommodate all of your holiday catering in Raleigh needs. If you are like most customers then you will probably want your lunch sometime between 11 AM and 1 PM. If all you require is a food delivery then we will deliver your holiday meal within your expected lunch hour. Holiday catering in Raleigh NC from Catering By Design will also save you lots of time and money. You can pick one of our traditional menus or we can incorporate your own recipes. We can even customize your order to your needs.

Celebrating the holidays with us is stress free. With us doing all the work, you are left to sit back, relax, and actually enjoy the holidays for once. Our professional team will take care of all the details so you do not have to. We will set up all the food stations, buffet and linens, pick up after your guests, bus the tables, take out the trash, and clean up the dishes. This leaves more time for you to mingle, relax, and just enjoy yourself.

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The best holiday catering Raleigh NC has to offer is just a phone call away when you contact the professionals at Catering by Design. We’ve got the best holiday menus for all of your catering needs. From holiday parties, to weddings, renewals, anniversary parties, and even corporate events, awards banquets and more, Catering by Design can make sure your food and fun are on point. We’re a full service caterer, serving the communities of Pinehurst, Rocky Mount, Pittsboro, Fuquay Varina, Wake Forest, Carrboro, the entire Triangle, and all areas in between.

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Weird and Unique Thanksgiving Traditions

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Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a holiday filled with family, friends, and traditions. Some of these traditions can be classified as being unique and even weird. Here’s a fun list we found that we think you’ll get a kick out of! Looking for the best holiday catering companies in Raleigh this fall or winter? Catering by Design is number one. We offer big savings, delivery services, and some of the best food in the area.

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Thanksgiving Traditions That Are Unique

The Turducken

Serving the traditional roasted Thanksgiving turkey just isn’t going to cut it for some families. That’s why they have a turducken! A turducken is deboned chicken or Cornish hen that has been stuffed inside a deboned duck which is then stuffed into a deboned turkey. Weird or unique? You decide!

Frozen Turkey Bowling

From what we’ve found on the internet this hilarious tradition started in 1988 at Lucky’s grocery shop in Newport Beach. The bowling took place in the alleys of the grocery store using a frozen turkey as the ball. This wacky tradition has turned into a fun fundraiser found in many parts of the country.

The Turkey Trot

Turkey Trots have become increasingly popular over the past few years. It generally consists of getting dressed up as a turkey and doing a 3-to-5-mile fun run before Thanksgiving to help out a charity. This tradition is a great way to shed a few pounds before the big meals get here.

The Presidential Pardon

This is a fun tradition that started way back in the 1940s (officially since 1989) where US presidents have been ‘pardoning’ a real live turkey prior to Thanksgiving during a televised ceremony. The pardoned turkey is then sent to live at Mount Vernon, the former home of President George Washington, for the rest of its life as opposed to ending up on a dinner plate.

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If you are looking for reliable holiday catering companies in Raleigh for your next event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call, schedule service, or answers any questions you might have. We are an award winning catering company that can handle events and budgets of any size.

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How to Make Giblet Gravy for Thanksgiving

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You just cannot have a Thanksgiving turkey without serving a great tasting giblet gravy. Instead of buying canned gravy this year why not try your hand at making it from scratch? It’s really not that hard and just takes some time and preparation. If you’re wanting to take this year off from cooking know that Catering by Design offers the best holiday catering near Raleigh. Call us today and ask about our affordable delivery packages.

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Making Homemade Giblet Gravy for Thanksgiving

Ingredients

The recipe below will roughly make about 3 cups of Thanksgiving giblet gravy.

  • Giblets from a whole turkey or chicken
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups pan drippings (use turkey or chicken broth as a substitute)
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions

First you should gather all of your ingredients and separate them. Take the liver from the giblets and put in the refrigerator.

Put the other giblet bits into your saucepan. Cover them with the 4 cups of cold water. Bring this to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Now add the liver to the saucepan and continue simmering for 30 more minutes.

Using a colander or strainer, drain the giblets and set aside to cool. Keep the liquids to use in the gravy if you need it. Remove the neck meat and chop all the giblets.

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir in the flour and cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes or until it starts to turn golden. Now you’ll need 2 cups of either your turkey or roasted chicken drippings, giblet broth, or chicken or turkey stock. Slowly stir this into the roux. Add the milk or half-and-half and continue cooking and stirring until it thickens up.

Taste and season the gravy with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve hot!

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How to Safely Deep Fry a Thanksgiving Turkey

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Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away. Thousands of families will be stuffing birds and oven roasting them. Some will also be deep frying their Thanksgiving turkeys. Deep fried turkey has become increasingly popular, but it does come with some risks and dangers. If you’re new to deep frying turkeys be sure to read over today’s post. We’ll explain how to safely deep fry your bird so that you don’t end up in the hospital or burn your house down! Holiday catering in Raleigh NC doesn’t get any better than what you’ll find with working with Catering by Design. Our customers rave about our great tasting food, excellent customer service, and affordable prices. Our staff of professionals is standing by to take your call.

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Safely Deep Frying Thanksgiving Turkeys

Start out by removing all the giblets and thawing out the frozen bird completely by soaking it in cold water. Once thawed, make a few small cuts beneath the wings, legs, and neck to let oil drain from the bird after cooking. You’ll also need to pat the turkey dry using paper towels. Put the bird in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes prior to frying to remove any extra moisture as well. You want the bird as dry as possible because water in hot oil is dangerous.

While the bird is thawing out, you can work on finding a flat surface outside for your deep fryer. Be sure to put the deep fryer far away from your home and anything that could easily catch fire. Do not set up your deep fryer on a wooden deck.

Really Important

The biggest, and most dangerous, risk when deep frying a turkey is overfilling the pot with too much oil. If the pot is too full with oil the turkey will displace it creating an epic grease fire. There is a way to keep this from happening. Follow these steps below to prevent a Thanksgiving grease fire.

  • First put the turkey into your fry pot.
  • Pour water into the pot until the turkey is covered by only an inch of water.
  • Remove the turkey and score the water line with a knife; this is your oil fill line.

Make sure that your fill line is no more than three inches from the pot’s top. Five or more inches below the rim will be even better.

Time to Fry

Let the oil heat up to 375 degrees. Once the oil is ready double check to make sure your turkey is secure in the fry basket or lift hook. Attach the fry basket or hook to a broomstick or other long pole. Put on your apron, gloves, and goggles for safety. Cut off the burner and get a friend or family member to help you slowly lower the turkey into the oil to prevent splashing. Cutting off the burner will ensure that any oil that might spill over does not ignite the whole pot.

The turkey will reduce the oil temp by about 50 degrees so cut the burner back on to high. Once the oil reaches 350 reduce the burner output until it levels out and stays around this temperature. Set your timer based on the weight of the bird (3 1/2 minutes per pound of bird). For instance, a 10 pound turkey will take about 35 minutes to fully cook in the fryer.

Do not leave the turkey fryer unattended while it’s in use. Always be sure someone is watching it to prevent an accident.

Right before your timer is almost done pull the turkey out just enough to pop in a meat thermometer. You’ll want it to read 165 degrees. If it’s not 165 degrees, let the turkey continue cooking for a few more minutes.

Removing the Turkey

Once the turkey has been thoroughly cooked, you’ll need to slowly remove it from the pot. Cut the burner off first. Then find the same pole that you used earlier to lift the turkey out of the oil. Let it linger over your pot for a few minutes to allow for draining and then place on paper towel lined platter or baking sheet.

Let the turkey sit for about 20 minutes after removing from the pot to cool down and continue draining. Then carve the bird and enjoy it.

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More Creepily Delicious Halloween Recipes

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Halloween fun can last for the entire month of October! That’s why we are back with more great recipes for you to try out with your friends and family. In our last post we highlighted sweet treats, side items, and entrees for your Halloween party or dinner planning. Today’s post will offer a few more great ideas to add to your Halloween menu. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming fall or winter event, call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and incredible prices.

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More Fun Halloween Recipes

Halloween Stuffed Peppers

This easy recipe comes from Citronlimette.com. Use bright orange, red, or yellow bell peppers to make little jack-o’-lanterns and stuff them with seasoned beef, rice, onion, and tomato based pasta sauce.

Black Magic Halloween Cocktail Recipe

For the adults this creepy cocktail recipe will be a big hit. It’s also super easy to make with only a few ingredients. It does call for black vodka, however. If you cannot find black vodka, or have a brand you prefer to use, you can easily make it with a little food coloring.

Witch Fingers

This scary cookie recipe will be a huge hit. After all, they look like severed witches’ fingers, which is perfect for Halloween. They also taste great! This recipes makes between 25 – 30 cookies and will take about 40 minutes of total time.

Caramel Apple Pie Shot

Here’s another adult only drink recipe. This Caramel Apple Pie Shot recipe will be a big hit with all the ladies at your Halloween party. The items used in this recipe are all about fall and winter flavors so you can use this one throughout the entire holiday season. These shots are super easy to make and do not have that strong alcohol taste.

If you’re looking for more ideas on what kind of fun Halloween recipes to try jump back to our last post. For the best catering in the Triangle at the best prices, keep reading to learn more about how Catering by Design can help you save time and money.

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Scary-Good Halloween Recipes

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If you’re throwing a Halloween party this year for your friends and family you’re going to want to serve up some devilish good treats to eat. In today’s post we’re going to list and link a few of our favorite Halloween recipes that ghosts and goblins of all ages will love. Holiday catering in Raleigh NC doesn’t get any better than what you’ll find with working with Catering by Design. Our customers rave about great tasting food, excellent customer service, and affordable prices. Our staff of professionals are standing by to take your call.

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Ghoulishly-Good Halloween Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cheesecake Brownies

This delicious recipe comes from Melanie Makes! These Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cheesecake Brownies features brownie batter spiked with pumpkin spice extract, cheesecake filling, and finished with a sprinkle of crumbled Halloween Oreos.

Loaded Mashed Potato Spider Web Casserole

This savory side dish or appetizer comes from our friends at NeighborFood. This creamy, comforting Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole will definitely add some big smiles to your Halloween party!

Black Spaghetti with Garlic, Parmesan, and Sun-dried Tomatoes

If you’re looking for a main dish to serve at your Halloween party, this creepy black spaghetti with blood red sun-dried tomatoes is a great start. For starters, everyone loves spaghetti and this Halloween twist on an old favorite will be a home run hit with both kids and adults. You can find the black spaghetti at some specialty grocery stores or online. For more information on the recipe, visit our friends at Savoring Every Bite!

For more Halloween treats and recipes head on over to our next post. Be sure to also keep our blog bookmarked so you can see all of our helpful and fun topics each month. If you need great food at even better prices for an upcoming event this fall or winter, keep reading to see how we can help you!

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Avoid Wearing These Halloween Costumes at All Costs

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Halloween can be just as much fun for adults as it is for kids. Many companies allow their employees to dress up on the big day. You may have Halloween costume parties to attend as well. Don’t ruin the fun this year by wearing a costume that will come back to haunt you. Wearing a rude or distasteful costume could upset your friends, family, or employer. Below is a list of costumes you’ll want to avoid wearing. If you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable Raleigh NC holiday catering in 2018, please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our holiday menu selections. We offer the best prices and customer service in the Triangle!

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Culturally Insensitive Costumes

Be mindful that dressing up like someone from another culture is racially insensitive. Avoid dressing up like an Arab, Native American, Eskimo, Hispanic, geisha, etc. While you might think it’s cute or funny, others might really be offended.

Sexy Version of Anything

This one is mainly for those that get to dress up at work. Keep in mind that you’re still at work and dressing up as a sexy police offer, a sexy firefighter, etc., might get you in trouble with human resources. Don’t get fired over Halloween.

Blackface

Do not alter your face to portray someone from another race. This is generally used to portray African Americans and it’s highly racially insensitive.

Homeless Person

It’s really not funny to dress up as a homeless person. Homelessness is a serious issue in the United States and shouldn’t be laughed at.

Body Shaming Costumes

Avoid wearing costumes that allude to body shaming. Any costume that means wearing a fat suit really isn’t acceptable.

In closing, just use common sense with your costumes when dressing up this year. We hope you have a wonderfully fun and safe Halloween in 2018!

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More 2018 Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

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Halloween is an exciting time of the year for most kids and parents. Decorating the house, dressing up in costumes, and trick-or-treating are things we all look forward to each fall. This year, be sure to keep it safe and fun with these helpful tips. If you have an event coming up and need great tasting Raleigh holiday catering with affordable prices, Catering by Design can help! You’ll love our holiday menu selections, prices, and our unbeatable customer service.

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Drive with Caution

If you are going to be driving through neighborhoods at peak trick-or-treating time you should slow down and pay extra attention to what’s going on around you. Be on the lookout for children wearing dark colored costumes that might be hard to see. Watch for adults and kids walking near the streets. Also be ready to react to kids darting out in front of you from the sidewalk areas.

Be Mindful of the Candy You Give Out

If you’re handing out candy to trick-or-treaters be aware of any dangers involved. Try not to give out anything that could become a choking hazard to younger children, like jawbreakers and Gobstoppers. Also avoid passing out candy with peanuts in it, like some candy bars and packs of peanut M & Ms, to reduce of the risk of triggering an allergic reaction.

Always Check Your Child’s Candy

At the end of the night you should check and sort your child’s candy. Trash any candy that’s opened, looks like it has been opened, or if the candy is not in its original wrapper. Be wary of any homemade treats and candies. Only let your child eat them if they came from someone you trust and know.

If you’d like to read more Halloween safety tips, be sure to visit back with our last post.

The Best 2018 Raleigh Holiday Catering

If you are looking for reliable Raleigh holiday catering for an upcoming event, please call Catering by Design today. Our team of highly trained professionals is ready to take your call and schedule your service today. We are an award winning catering company that can handle holiday, business, or social events of any size, and we have menus for all budgets. Don’t need full service catering? Ask about our delivery options. This is an amazing alternative when you do not need a full staff.

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