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More Edible Garden and Lawn Weeds

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Welcome back! We’re talking about all the edible weeds that you can find in your backyard. In our last post we talked about dandelions and clovers. Today we’ll discuss a few other weeds that you might not have known were edible. Need affordable Raleigh caterers for your next spring or summer event? Call the experts at Catering by Design today. You’ll love our selections, prices and customer service.

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Purslane

Purslane grows all over the world. Purslane likes moist garden beds, lawns, and shady areas. It usually grows close to the ground. It’s technically a succulent and has a crispy texture. It’s also known as garden purslane, little hogweed, pusley, and wild portulaca among others. Purslane is actually a nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. The leaves and stems can be eaten raw or you can cook them. It has a peppery flavor and goes great in salads, stir fry, and helps to thicken soups and stews.

Plantain

Plantain is a very common lawn weed found all over the US. It’s so hardy that it can even grow in the cracks of cement or asphalt. Not to be confused with the tropical fruit, this leafy green weed is equally amazing. Plantain can be eaten or used medicinally. For medicinal purposes you can use it to soothe burns, rashes, stings, and surface wounds. Young leaves can be eaten raw, boiled, sauteed, or steamed. Adult leaves can also be eaten but tend to be somewhat stringy and a little tough. The seedpods can be cooked like grains, ground up to make a flour, or boiled and served as a side dish like green beans or asparagus. Plantain leaves are rich in iron and vitamins A and C.

We hope you’ll invoke your adventurous side and try some of these backyard delicacies. Get the kids involved! They’ll enjoy harvesting these yummy weeds.

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Edible Garden Weeds – Yum or Yuck?

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Did you know that some of those pesky lawn and garden weeds you’re waging war against can actually be harvested to eat? Shocking, I know. Over the next two posts we’ll cover the most common garden weeds that you can use for both recipes and medicinal purposes. Do you need affordable Cary event catering this spring or summer? Call Catering by Design today! Learn how we can help you save time and money on great service and food.

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Dandelions

Ah, dandelions. Dandelion is probably the most common of the ones we’re going to discuss. This “weed” has had a bad reputation for a long time, but every part of this plant, from the roots to the blossoms, is edible both raw and cooked.

The raw leaves can be used salads. The younger leaves are less bitter than the larger ones. These leaves can also be steamed, boiled in soup, or added to stir fry. Dandelion root can be dried, roasted, and ground to be used as a coffee substitute. The roots can also be used in recipes that call for root vegetables as well. The flowers are sweet and crunchy. You can eat the flowers raw, they can be used for syrup, made into wine, and even breaded and fried. You can even make dandelion tea.

Clovers

Most people associate clovers with hunting for the lucky four-leafed variety, not eating them. Clover leaves and flowers can be chopped and added to salads. They can be sauteed and added to dishes for a green accent. You can also dry the leaves and flowers out to make clover tea.

Ready for more backyard weed eating? Head on over to our next post to see which other edible weeds you might have growing on your property.

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For Women over 50, Diet Drinks Could Be Harmful to Your Health

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Way back in the day sodas were invented to serve as a health drink. They were filled with medicinal ingredients and were popular at the pharmacies. In 1952, the first diet soda was created as a drink for diabetics not for dieters. Overtime, more diet sodas flooded the market. Now let’s jump forward to present day. Two-thirds of adults and one-third of all children in the US are overweight or obese and experts agree that soda and other sugary drinks have played a big role. Diet drinks have health concerns too, especially for women over the age of 50. Let’s take a closer look. If you’re searching for the best catering companies Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, call Catering by Design. We offer big savings, awesome customer service, and great tasting food.

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Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association, recently published a new study with some alarming stats. Researchers concluded that among post-menopausal women, drinking two or more diet drinks per day was associated with an increase in the risk of having a stroke caused by a blocked artery.

A group of 81,714 women (age 50 to 79 years) participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study to see if there were any correlations between drinking artificially sweetened beverages and risks of specific types of stroke in a large, racially diverse group of post-menopausal women. Women who drank two or more artificially sweetened beverages per day were:

  • 31% more likely to have a clot-caused (ischemic) stroke
  • 29% more likely to develop heart disease (fatal or non-fatal heart attack)
  • 23% more likely to have a stroke
  • 16% more likely to die from any cause

For some groups of women over the age of 50, the risks were even higher:

  • Obese women without previous heart disease or diabetes were 2.03 times as likely to have a clot-caused stroke.
  • Women with no previous heart disease or diabetes were 2.44 times at risk of having a common type of stroke caused by a blockage of one of the very small arteries within the brain.
  • African-American women without previous heart disease or diabetes were 3.93 times as likely to have a clot-caused stroke.

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Clean Eating – What Is It?

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Eating clean. We’ve all heard this buzzword on the news, on blogs, and on social media. But what is clean eating all about? If you’re unsure keep reading because we’ve got some answers for you in today’s post. If you need affordable Raleigh event catering this summer, call Catering by Design today to save time and money.

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In essence, clean eating is your diet or way of eating. It’s also considered to be a lifestyle that aims to improve a person’s health and overall well-being. There are a few key principles of eating clean that you should know about and we will list them below.

More Real, Less Processed

Eating more whole foods is the first step to eating clean. This means eating foods that are basically in their natural state and have not been processed with added sugar, sodium, trans fats, synthetic preservatives or chemicals.

Eat for Nourishment

Don’t eat just to eat. Eat regularly and eat balanced meals that nourish the body. In between meals, eat healthy snacks and not junk food. When you’re cooking at home prepare your meals in healthy ways. When you have to eat out, choose the best options that provide the most nutrients.

Eat More Plants

You’ve been told to eat your veggies since you were little. As an adult, eating your vegetables is still very important. Instead of eating red meat for protein, try plant-based proteins instead. These include beans, lentils, and peas. High-protein whole grains like quinoa, barley, and buckwheat are also healthy alternatives to red meat.

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Memorial Day Fruits and Veggies

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Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th so enjoy that three day weekend and celebrate! If you plan on having a cookout for your friends and family, it might be wise to know what’s going to be in season and in stock at your local grocery store. In today’s post, we’re going to fill you in on all of the fresh fruits and vegetables you can expect to find. If you need affordable catering Raleigh NC services for your Memorial Day event, give us a call today. You’ll love our prices, food, and great customer service.

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Fruits and Veggies for Memorial Day 2019

Fresh Berries – If you love fresh berries, then you’ll love the fact that most of them are in full production by the end of May and early June. Strawberries and blueberries will be abundant with raspberries and blackberries ramping up. Great for all of your dessert needs for your Memorial Day BBQ.

Corn – A big Memorial Day favorite is grilled corn on the cob. You’ll find better prices and more availability as it comes into season.

Mushrooms – For that earthy taste, enjoy the abundant amount of mushrooms that should be available. Mushrooms are great for throwing on the grill, using in pasta dishes, and pair well with meats and wines. With decent temperatures, there should be all sorts of mushrooms available by the end of May.

Memorial Day Melons – Just like with summer veggies, the summer melons will also be making the transition to full production mode. You’ll find all of your favorites like watermelon, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe.

Taters – By the time we get to Memorial Day, farmers everywhere in the US will be digging potatoes. Red, rose, white, yellow and russet potatoes will be at their peak with flavor and production.

We hope today’s post helps you get a better feel for all the fresh produce that’s in-season for the unofficial start to summer. Please keep in mind that this is just a partial list and there’s more out there and available.

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Tips for Eating More Leftovers

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Leftovers are a win-win situation. However, there are many people that are really not in love with the idea of eating the same meal more than once a week. That’s a shame because leftovers require little to no effort, are less expensive than eating out, remove clutter from the fridge, and reduce food waste. Here’s some helpful advice on how to step up your leftover game. If you’re searching for the best event caterers Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, call Catering by Design today for big savings. You’ll love our food, attention to detail, and unbeatable prices. Call now to learn more.

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Recipes for Better Leftovers

When it comes to eating more leftovers we have to understand that some just taste better than others. Start by planning recipes that make great leftover meals. Stews, pasta, casseroles, all make for great leftover meals. Fish and seafood, not so much. Planning out your meals to encourage eating more leftovers is a step in the right direction.

Cook for Leftovers

Once you’ve determined which meals you’ll enjoy the next day or two, prep your recipes by doubling or tripling the ingredients. This will ensure that you have enough leftover food to provide you and your family with extra meals.

Use Leftovers in Other Recipes

If you find that you don’t have enough leftovers for an extra meal then reuse what you do have in a different recipe. Leftover meats and veggies might pair well in a breakfast omelet or frittata. Leftover nuts, grated cheese, hard boiled eggs, and prepped veggies could go into a great salad. If you have leftover bits of meat, grains, vegetables, legumes, and tomatoes consider making a soup. If you have lots of bones left over then make some tasty homemade stock. Extra cooked rice from the night before can be transformed into fried rice with the addition of some veggies and whatever protein you have laying around. Leftover stale bread is perfect for bread pudding.

If you need some inspiration on what to make with your leftovers take a minute and head on over to this nifty website. You can add three ingredients to their tool and it will kick back a list of great recipes for you to try. You have lots of options for getting creative with your leftovers to save you time and money.

Keep Leftovers in Clear Containers

Out of sight, out of mind. Don’t store your leftovers in containers you cannot see into. Also, do not push them into the back of the fridge where you cannot see them. You’ll eventually forget about them and your extra efforts will be moot. Keep your leftovers in see through containers and store them at the front of your fridge for easy access.

Buy a Good Thermos

Speaking of storing leftovers, invest in a good working thermos. Some leftover meals taste way better when they are hot, not cold. This is especially a good idea for those working in jobs without access to microwaves and for your children when packing lunch for school. A good thermos will pay for itself after a couple of uses compared with the costs of eating out.

Have a Leftover Buffet

Once a week treat your entire family to a leftover buffet of all the meals and containers you have piling up in the fridge. Put everything out on the table in nice serving dishes and let all the members of your family choose what they want to finish off. Set out an abundance of condiments, seasonings, and sauces, and even offer to prepare a few side dishes to encourage participation.

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More Great Tasting Food Parts Most People Throw Away

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Welcome back. We’re talking about some little known great tasting food parts that are commonly tossed in the garbage. In our last post we talked about chickpea water, zest, and more. Keep reading below for a few more tips on how to reduce your food waste by keeping some food handy that will jazz up your recipes. Searching for the best Raleigh catering companies this year? Know that Catering by Design is Raleigh’s number one choice for great food, fantastic fun, and affordable prices. Call today to learn how we can help you design the menu of your dreams for your next event.

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Pickle/Caper Juice

The juice from pickles and capers is a great addition to many recipes. You can use caper juice in dips like tapenade and olivada, seafood dishes, and pasta sauces. Pickle juice pairs well with potato salad, egg salad, coleslaw, tuna salad, Bloody Marys, pasta salad, and more. You can also use the juices in soups like borscht or gazpacho, or with veggies like green beans, beets, kale, and cabbage.

Pineapple Core

A pineapple’s core is totally edible but most people throw it away. Even though the core doesn’t have the same succulent texture of the rest of the pineapple, it’s still just as delicious. The core also hides one of the pineapple’s most beneficial nutrients, bromelain. Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme that breaks down proteins to help aid with digestion. Dice up the core and use it in marinades, salsas, and smoothies.

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Great Tasting Food Parts Most People Throw Away

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What if I told you that you were throwing away great tasting food without even knowing it? Would you believe me? It’s true. There are several really common food parts that get discarded when they should be used in the kitchen to level up recipes. Saving these foods for future use will help you reduce your food waste, save money, and add extra flavor layers to your dishes. If you’re looking for the most affordable social, casual, and Raleigh corporate catering, look no further than Catering by Design. You’ll love our friendly service and great prices.

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Citrus Zest

The peels and rinds from lemons, limes, and oranges are some of the best parts of these fruits. However, most people throw them away. Citrus zest from these parts will help perk up your pasta dishes, salad dressings, yogurt, oatmeal, dips, sauces, herb blends, rubs, desserts, and more. You can even put citrus zest in your tea, smoothies, and adult beverages as well. Best of all, it’s free as long as you save it.

Chickpea Water

Yes, you heard me correctly. Chickpea water is reusable in ways you’d never dream of. The liquid that is drained from a can of chickpeas is called aquafaba. Aquafaba mimics eggs in baking. Anywhere a recipe calls for egg whites you can substitute with chickpea water. This is especially great for vegans. For some great chickpea water recipe ideas check out this link.

Herb Stems

For your leafy herbs, like basil and cilantro, keep the stems intact with your recipe. I think it adds more flavor to my dishes. Plus, it extends my yield from what I harvest from my plants and reduces waste.

Head on over to part two of this post for even more great tasting foods that you shouldn’t throw away.

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Spring Weddings at The Pavilion at Carriage Farm

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The Pavilion at Carriage Farm is a beautiful and elegant wedding venue with a country vibe that is located about ten miles on the outskirts of downtown Raleigh, NC. The Pavilion combines lots of rustic beauty with all the modern conveniences and comforts of a big city wedding venue. From large outdoor ceremonies to intimate nighttime galas, you’ll find everything you’ve dreamed of at this gorgeous estate.

We recently had the great honor of catering a magical celebration of the joining of two families at The Pavilion and wanted to share a few highlights. To see all the pictures, please visit with us on our Pinetrest page by clicking here. If you need a reliable Raleigh catering company for a wedding in 2019 know that Catering by Design is the area’s top choice for great food, fun, and affordable prices. Call our team of pros today to learn more about how we can help you save time and money.

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The tables were set up with beautiful linens, elegant plate settings, and lovely centerpieces with flower arrangements of roses and other greenery.

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For cocktail hour we served one of our hottest and most requested appetizers. These chicken and mango salsa stuffed phyllo cups are always a big hit!

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For dinner, we served a smorgasbord of tasty foods. We started off the buffet with this gorgeous spring salad of fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, and more.

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We also had this great macaroni and cheese bar with all the fixings including diced ham, bacon, chives, and different types of cheeses.

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Also on the buffet was a colorful medley of roasted vegetables, a NY strip carving station, and stuffed chicken breasts in a creamy pesto sauce.

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For dessert, all the guests got to enjoy a piece of this beautiful wedding cake. It was almost too pretty eat!

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What’s In Season? April Fruits and Veggies!

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If you’re like me, you love to make home-cooked meals for your friends and family. Especially in the spring. That’s what makes April such a great month if you’re looking for fresh fruits and produce. As we break away from the colder weather, and the temps get warmer, having people over to enjoy a nice brunch or dinner just seems right. So in today’s post we’re covering the best produce that’s currently in season and available. Looking for affordable Raleigh caterers for your next 2019 spring or summer event? Call Catering by Design. You’ll love our prices and customer service.

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April Fruits and Vegetables

Depending on what state you live in, some of these might not be available just right yet. For the most part, all of you should be able to find these at grocery stores or farmer’s markets. Here’s the list of seasonal spring produce:

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Collards
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • Green Beans
  • Leeks
  • Limes
  • Morels
  • Mustard Greens
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Onions

When it comes to recipe planning, try to move away from the hearty comfort foods. Instead, use these lighter, refreshing ingredients and flavors to make meals that represent the warmer weather. Try to incorporate crab, prawns, fish, chicken and other lighter proteins. These will work very well with the produce items we’ve listed above.

For your wine pairings, we suggest that you think on the lighter side unless you’re having steak or some lamb dishes. A Pinot Grigio will work well with most pasta and seafood dishes. Use a medium red like Malbec or Shiraz for beef and lamb, and Riesling for ham dishes.

We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family. If you need more ideas, be sure to visit back with our blog soon for great recipes and other cooking tips.

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