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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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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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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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More Classic Box Grater Uses

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There is no better tool in your kitchen than the classic box grater. Why? Its multi-use capabilities make it more than just for shredding cheese. In our last post, we talked about grating garlic, onions, shallots, root vegetables, as well as, making homemade bread crumbs. Today we’ll be sharing even more great uses for your box grater. If you’re looking for wedding, social, or business catering Raleigh NC services, call Catering by Design. We keep our costs low and clients happy. We can also help you find just the right menu for your budget. Call us right now to learn more about our packages and services.

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Hardboiled Eggs

The days of chopping and dicing hardboiled eggs are over. Just whip out your handy box grater and grate them right onto your salad, or straight into a bowl for making egg salad.

Brown Sugar

When it comes to keeping and storing brown sugar one thing is inevitable; one day you’ll come face-to-face with an impenetrable brown sugar boulder. Skip the icepick and leave your steak knife in the drawer. Grab the box grater instead. Believe me when I say it works great!

Cauliflower Rice

Paleo diets are really trendy right now so I decided to add cauliflower rice to the list. It’s a great sneaky vegetable. You add it to everything from mashed potatoes, to risotto, and about any type of soup. Use the medium size holes on your box grater to achieve the right texture.

Chocolate

Whether you need chocolate for baking or chocolate for a dessert garnish, your trusty ole box grater can help you make quick work of those big chunks.

Be sure to come back each month for fun and easy recipes, kitchen tips, seasonal ideas, and more. At Catering By Design, we’re so much more than just a catering company. Keep reading for more information.

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Great Uses for the Classic Box Grater

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The classic box grater is a great kitchen utensil that gets overlooked and often underused. The box grater is really versatile. Over the next few posts, we’ll take a look at some of the great ways you can use your box grater for more than just shredding cheese. Are you looking for affordable Raleigh wedding catering, business catering, or event catering this fall or winter? Call the experts at Catering by Design. We have the best menu and package options for Triangle weddings, corporate meetings, banquets, social events, birthday parties, and lots more.

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Garlic, Onions, Shallots

Does your recipe call for fresh garlic, onions, or shallots? Break out the grater and go to town. Not only is this method quick and easy, but you’ll also get great texture too. Even more, the box grater is easy to clean afterward.

Ginger Root

If your recipe happens to call for fresh ginger root, start by putting them in the freezer for a while. This will get them nice and firm. Then use your box grater to shred some fine ginger for your meal.

Bread Crumbs

I bet you did not know that you can make homemade breadcrumbs with your cheese grater. The process is really as simple as toasting bread and then grating it. You can jazz up your breadcrumbs any way you like with herbs, spices, and olive oil by tossing them in a hot pan over low heat.

Be sure to join for the next installment to learn of even more great uses for your handy box grater. If you’re needing great food at even better prices for an upcoming event, keep reading to learn why calling Catering by Design for all of your event food needs can save you time and money!

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Making Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

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Do you ever wonder why salads taste better when you’re eating one at a restaurant? There’s a reason for that. The restaurants have making salads down to a science. They use a few industry secrets to keep your taste buds tingling. Guess what? We’re going to share them. In the next two posts, we’ll be covering these secrets with a how-to guide for you to use at home. For the most affordable catering Raleigh NC has to offer, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our fresh food, great flavors, fantastic customer service, and unbeatable prices.

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Restaurant-Quality Salads Begin With The Greens

The first secret to making a great salad begins with the greens. Here’s a few easy and simple tips that you should always start with when making your salads at home. Try these the next time you add one to your next menu and watch your friends and family be amazed.

Mixed Greens

Try not to use just one type of lettuce or greens for your base. A mix of greens will automatically elevate your salad from the start. You can even buy mixed salad greens at most grocery stores. When mixing your greens, be sure to keep flavor and textures in mind. If you’re looking for more of a crunch, add iceberg or romaine lettuce. If you’re looking for a pop of flavor, add watercress or arugula.

Seasoned Greens

Did you know that fresh produce also needs to be seasoned? That’s right, and it’s often overlooked by home salad chefs. Even though you’re not cooking your greens, adding some salt, pepper, and other seasonings will make your salads shine. So do yourself a flavor favor, and do not forget to season the greens.

Chopped Greens

A salad will become instantly better when it can be easily eaten. Giant chunks or leafs of lettuce can make eating one cumbersome and messy. Be sure to spend some time chopping everything in your salad into bite-sized pieces. Everyone will be thanking you!

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Back to School Tips for High School Parents

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Being a parent of a high school student is rewarding and challenging. This is especially true if your child is entering their freshman or senior year. The high school years will be some of the most memorable times of your child’s life, so make the most of it with these back-to-school tips. If you need the most affordable catering Raleigh NC has to offer this fall or winter, calling Catering by Design is a great decision. We will save you time and money on school events, wedding receptions, business luncheons, social parties, award banquets, holiday functions, birthdays, and more.

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Back-to-School Tips for Parents of High School Students

Set the Tone Early

As a parent, you will need to focus on setting the right tone early on, within the first couple of weeks of school. Pay special attention to them these first few weeks. Communicate with your children about their day, what they like and don’t like, and any problem areas they foresee for the rest of the year, etc.

Managing Time

High school is all about getting prepared for adulthood. Whether they’re going to college, the military, a trade school, or starting a full-time job, they will need to know how to manage their time effectively. It’s your job to help them set up the right schedule that will allow them to be successful with time management. A good schedule and routine will also help reduce their stress levels. Make sure that your child has adequate study time, family time, gets to sleep at a decent hour, and still has time for all the fun stuff they want to do.

Managing Stress

High school is stressful for your son or daughter. Helping them manage that stress is key to a successful year. Start the day off by making sure they’re up early enough not to feel rushed. If they’re already feeling like they’re going to be late, that sets a negative tone for the rest of the day.

Be sure you understand the signs of stress. These can include problems sleeping, changes in eating habits, a short temper, depression, and worrying about or fixating on something for a long period of time.

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