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How to Avoid Cabin Fever During Quarantine

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The Coronavirus has all going a little crazy. The loss of freedoms has resulted in a lot of uncertainty. People are panicking because they don’t know what’s going to happen next. Schools, businesses, including us, and most of the entertainment industry have closed. The boredom is driving people mad. We’ve got some ideas that we hope will help you avoid the dreaded cabin fever during these trying times. Please don’t forget, our local Raleigh NC catering service is going to need your help during the recovery phase. We hope that you’ll give us a call for the same great level of customer service and food for your upcoming events this summer and fall. Even though we are working from home, we will still be answering voicemails and returning emails to provide quotes and to schedule future service. Thank you for your support!

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Learning to Bake or Cook

Number one on our list is learning how to bake or cook, or teaching your kids these skills. Being cooped up inside can leave you with plenty of time on your hands to learn a new skill. Baking and cooking are skills that everyone should have a decent understanding of, even your kids as it’s never too early to start learning. Plus, in times of a food shortage, knowing how to bake your own bread can be a crucial skill to have. And don’t have any fear about stepping into the unknown of baking or cooking. We’ve written several previous blog posts that can help you.

Not only are these skills important but you’re spending quality time with your kids and loved ones. Creating memories, laughing, sharing in your failures and celebrating your culinary successes.

Build a Cardboard Castle or Fort

Forget making a standard pillow and blanket fort. Put all those Amazon shipping boxes to use and help your kids make an unforgettable cardboard castle or fort. There are lots of fun tutorials online and videos on Youtube that will show you step-by-step instructions. You’ll only need a few craft supplies and you probably already have them laying around your home.

Here are 25 epic cardboard fort ideas for you to review.

This a short and fun video that shows how easy one is to build:

Start a Garden

The warmer weather is right around the corner. If you’re planning on gardening this spring and summer then now is the time to start getting your seedlings ready. It might still be a little cold to get some seeds in the ground but you can start them indoors and transplant later. You can also start your own little herb garden inside to have fresh herbs all for the rest of the year.

If you’re planting an outdoor garden then you can start getting your soil ready. Most experts say to get your soil ready between 1-3 months before planting. So that means now is a great time to get outside and get your hands dirty. Pulling weeds, composting, mixing soils, testing your levels, can all be started now.

Teach Your Children How to Sew

Sewing is another life skill that everyone should have some basic knowledge of, especially sewing a button on. If your children are old enough then teach them the basics of sewing. How to properly thread a needle, how to tie off a thread, sewing a button, sewing up a hole in a pocket, are all very easy things you can show them how to do.

If you do not know how to sew, then take this time to learn how. Simple, basic sewing is not hard and you do not have to own an expensive machine. All you need is are a few sewing needles and threads. This website has some great tips and tricks.

Don’t let the pandemic of 2020 get you down. Be sure to come back to our blog really soon to learn more cabin fever avoiding tips. If you have future this even this summer, fall, or winter, keep Catering by Design in mind. We have staff standing by to answer your questions.

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More Kid Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats and Recipes

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you want to turn up the fun this year, then you’ll really enjoy today’s topic. In our last post, we talked about heart-shaped pancakes, lots of chocolate-covered goodies, and lots more. Be sure to go back and check out. Below we will be rounding out the rest of our favorites list. Need affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming event this spring? Please call Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, tasty flavors, service, and incredible prices.

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Valentine’s Day Rice Crispy Treats

One of my most favorite ideas on this list. You have so many different options for making fun Valentine’s Day-themed rice crispy treats. You can use a variety of cookie cutters to make different shapes, think hearts and X’s and O’s, different food colors, and lots of toppings as well.

Valentine Oreos

Super easy and super cute. Best of all, super quick and super cheap. 30 minutes from start to finish. All you need is a few bags of Oreo cookies, colorful candy melts, and sprinkles.

Cookie Butter Popcorn

If you thought the popcorn recipe in our last post looked delish, this one will def knock your socks off. This recipe from iheartnaptime looks divine. I can tell you right now that I will be making this one as soon as I can get by Trader’s Joes.

Oreo Kitty Cookies

Here is another great idea that transforms simple Oreos into really cute kitty cookies. This one is even easier as there is really no cooking involved. Just get the white fudge dipped Oreos and you’re all set. Your kids will love the fact that they can do all the decorating.

We hope you and your family have a wonderful and festive Valentine’s Day this year. If you’re looking for great tasting food at affordable prices for your next event, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can save you lots of time and money.

The Best Raleigh Catering for Spring 2020

Catering by Design offers the best Raleigh catering services in the area. We have great menus that will fit any sized budget or type of event. We specialize in family, social, community, and corporate events as well as wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. You can also customize your catering menu, truly making your event “catering by your design.”

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Christmas Dinner from Around the World

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

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Feast of the Seven Fishes

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

Christmas Fried Chicken

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

Wiglia

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

Joulupöytä

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

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

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Our Favorite Holiday Desserts

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

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Christmas Cookies

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

Peppermint Bark

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

Classic Christmas Fudge

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

Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake

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

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

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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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Looking for reliable holiday catering in Raleigh for your next event? Call Catering by Design. 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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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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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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All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. This is especially true if you’re looking for a vendor that specializes in affordable pricing, great customer service, and fantastic flavors in 2019. Don’t get all stressed out over doing all the work, let Catering by Design help. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with any family recipes or dietary restrictions. Brides will love our free menu tastings, something our competitors charge for. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions or would like to discuss our catering packages or delivery services.

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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!

For more great salad making tips, be sure to visit back with our next post by clicking here. If you’re still searching for catering for your next summer event, keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design. We will save you time and money.

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This Food Prep Trick Could Save You Loads of Time

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I’m always looking for ways to save time and money when it comes to food. I recently stumbled upon this one trick while researching another topic and decided to give it. I have to say, it’s simple and it works. Keep reading for the big reveal. Looking for affordable Raleigh wedding catering, business catering, or event catering? Call the pros at Catering by Design. We have the best options for Triangle weddings, corporate meetings, banquets, social events, birthday parties, and more.

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So here’s the big secret! It’s really basic so don’t be disappointed. When you return home from the grocery store start prepping right then. Do not just take the groceries out of their bag and put them away in the pantry or in the refrigerator. Get to work. This will save you loads of time during week ahead when you’re tired and your kids are screaming about when dinner is going to ready. Over time this method will also help you save money by reducing food waste as well.

Here’s how you can make it work for you. When you get back home from the store you should get your grocery list back out and compare that with the meals you plan on cooking during the week. With your list in hand, put away the items that you know you’re not going to be needing right away and place other grocery items out on your counters so you can take inventory of what you have to work with.

Next, get out your glass or plastic storage containers and get to slicing, chopping, peeling, washing, blanching, etc. Put all of your prepped ingredients into these containers and strategically place them in the front of the fridge so you can easily see and access them.

When you get home from work or have had a long day being a stay-at-home parent, making dinner doesn’t take all night to complete. Doing as much leg work as you can before crunch time hits will save you many valuable minutes during the week. Don’t stop at your veggies either. You can start soaking dried beans, make your salad dressings or pasta sauces, and many other things beforehand as well.

If you’re looking for great food at even better prices, keep reading to see why calling Catering by Design for all of your event food needs makes sense!

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All Raleigh catering companies are not the same. This is especially true if you’re looking for a vendor that specializes in affordable pricing, great customer service, and fantastic flavors in 2019. Don’t get all stressed out over doing all the work, let Catering by Design help. We’ve got affordable menus to fit any budget. You can also customize your catering menu with any family recipes or dietary restrictions. Brides will love our free menu tastings, something our competitors charge for. Please give us a call soon if you have any questions or would like to discuss our catering packages or delivery services.

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