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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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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.

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Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips for Halloween 2018

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In just a few weeks the streets will be filled with superheroes, ghosts, firefighters, witches, and princesses in search of candy and treats. That’s right! Halloween is right around the corner. Over the course of our next few posts we’ll be outlining some key safety tips to make sure this year’s trick-or-treating will be safe and enjoyable for everyone. If you have an upcoming event and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh, call the experts at Catering by Design. We offer many different awesome menu selections, highly affordable prices, and unbeatable customer service.

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2018 Halloween Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Keep It Familiar

As a parent, you want your kids to have a fun trick-or-treating adventure. To keep it safe and fun, stick with what you know. Don’t risk going into neighborhoods that you aren’t familiar with. You’ll eventually lose time for your kids by trying to figure out where to go and what routes to take. This will make you stressed out and your kids will be upset as well.

Going into a unfamiliar neighborhoods could also pose some safety risks as well. Do not venture into high-crime neighborhoods. Here’s a great resource to see what kinds of crimes are happening in your local neighborhoods. Just type in the street name, city, and state to get the information. You should also avoid houses that do not have a porch light on as well as dimly lit areas.

Go with Your Younger Kids

If you have younger kids you’ll want to go out walking with them. This will allow you to keep them from darting out into the middle of the street in front of a car. You’ll also be able to protect them from older kids that might be into bullying. Also, be sure to stay on the sidewalks at all times and avoid walking in the middle of the street if possible.

If you have older kids then you can give them a little more freedom, especially if they’re going out with friends. However, be sure to set boundaries. Make sure your older child either has a phone or will be with someone with a phone in case of an emergency. Make sure you know where your older kids will be going and who they’ll be trick-or-treating with.

Be Visible

This time of the year the days are getting shorter and it is getting darker a lot earlier. Since most trick-or-treating activities take place at dusk or at night it’s very important to stay visible. When you and your kids are out walking the streets of your neighborhood during Halloween in search of candy there are several things you can do to help others see you.

Here is a list of helpful options.

    • Carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp.
    • Wear glow sticks, glow necklaces, or use other glow accessories.
    • Use reflective tape on your clothes, costumes, and candy bags/pumpkins.

For more 2018 trick-or-treating safety tips head on over to part two of this series. You’ll find lots more helpful information there to ensure you and your family have a safe and fun Halloween. If you have an upcoming fall or winter event and are in need of great food at great prices, keep reading to see why calling Catering by Design is a great idea!

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More Signs of a True Gentleman

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Being a gentleman is based on a man’s morality, honor, and values. This means that a gentleman will devote his life to a very high standard of conduct. How can you tell if your man is a gentleman or not? There are some signs to look for. In our last post we talked about chivalry, respectfulness, and more. Today we’ll reveal a few more signs to look out for. If you’re searching for the best catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer this fall or winter, call Catering by Design today. We offer big savings, great customer service, and some of the best food in the Triangle.

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How to Tell If Your Man Is a Gentleman

Honesty

A true gentleman will always be honest with you, his friends, and family, as well as himself. He will be authentic with his words and actions. Lying is not in his character as he has nothing to hide. You can depend on him to tell you the truth.

Trustworthy

A gentleman is also very trustworthy. You can depend on him to keep your secrets. You can trust that he will always do the right thing, even when no one is looking. He is not going to steal or take advantage of people. He has high morals and strong character.

You’re a Top Priority

He makes sure you’re one of his top priorities in life. He will not brush you off to hang out with his friends. He will make time for you even if he doesn’t have much time for anything else. He’ll do everything in his power to make sure you know how special you are to him.

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Top Signs Your Man Is a True Gentleman

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Hey ladies, is your boyfriend, fiance, or hubby a gentleman? The dictionary defines a gentleman as being a chivalrous, courteous, or honorable man. If your man is a true gentleman then he’ll constantly show these top signs that we’ve outlined below. Searching for Raleigh catering companies this fall? Catering by Design is the area’s top choice for great food, fun, and affordable prices. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you save time and money.

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The Signs of a Gentleman

Respectful

A true gentleman shows respect to everyone around him. This includes you, your parents, your friends, and others. He also respects himself. When it comes to respecting you, he listens to your needs, wants, and concerns. He does not criticize your ideas, appearance, or style. He also encourages you with positive reinforcement.

Chivalrous

To a gentleman, chivalry is not dead. A true gentleman will hold the door open for you and others. He’ll open and close your vehicle’s door. He’ll pull your chair out for you before you sit down for a meal at a restaurant. He also recognizes that you can do all of these things yourself but chooses to go out of his way so you don’t have to.

Defends Your Honor and Keeps You Safe

A gentleman will do his best to avoid a fight when possible. However, he’s not afraid to engage if it means protecting his girl. He will also walk you to your car or to your door at the end of the night to ensure you get home safely. A gentleman will also never take advantage of you when you’re vulnerable. Keeping you safe will be one of his top priorities.

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