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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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The best holiday catering in Raleigh NC 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 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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My Most Useful Kitchen Tools

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As a food blogger for one of the best Raleigh catering companies, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’m always trying out new recipes and kitchen gadgets. Besides cooking questions, I often get asked about my favorite and most useful kitchen tools. That got my gears turning so I thought my answers might make for a good blog post. Check out my list below. Are you searching for affordable Raleigh catering companies for an upcoming 2018 event? Call the professionals at Catering by Design right now. You’ll love our great prices, customer service, and affordable delivery options.

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The Most Useful Tools in My Kitchen

My Chef Knife

Having a superior chef knife in the kitchen just makes prepping a lot easier and more fun. I use the MAC MTH-80. However, you really don’t need a $150.00 chef knife, there are others on the market that are less expensive that should work just fine.

Cutting Boards

For starters, let me say that I have way too many cutting boards. But in my own defense, I constantly use many of them depending on what I’m prepping. I have smaller ones that can be folded, heavier ones for chopping and prepping meats, and medium sized ones as well.

Mandoline Slicer

It slices, minces, and juliennes! What more can you ask for? This tool really speeds up prepping time. Just remember, mandolines are dangerous and they can cut your fingers up pretty bad if you’re not careful.

Food Processor

I love my food processors to death. I own two food processors. A larger one for when I need more muscle and a smaller Magic Bullet for snacks and smaller dishes.

A Good Wooden Spoon and Spatula

All home cooks need to have at least one good wooden spoon and wooden spatula. They’re great because they won’t scratch the surface of your favorite pots and pans.

Zester

Using citrus zest in your meals is an easy way to really add lots of flavor to your meals and desserts. I use my zester all the time.

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September Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

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September is here. That means we’re in the process of winding down the summer to welcome the fall season. Temperature wise, some days can still be pretty hot while others are almost cool enough for a jacket. This is one of the reasons that September is a transitional month for produce. Knowing what vegetables and fruits are available will help you plan the best menus for the next few weeks. That’s why today’s post will be covering all of the best produce that should be currently in season for September around the Triangle. Do you need high quality Raleigh event catering at affordable prices? Call Catering by Design. You’ll love our menu selections, packages, and customer service.

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September Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find a good list containing the fruits and vegetables that should be in season for the month of September at your local grocery store or market. Just remember that different types of produce hit their peaks at different times, so some items might not be fully stocked yet depending on where you live.

Fruits

  • Figs
  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries
  • Apples
  • Cantaloupe
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Peanuts
  • Grapes
  • Persimmons
  • Quinces

Veggies

  • Yellow Squash
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Zucchini
  • Indian Corn
  • Cabbage
  • Shelling Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Cucumbers
  • Pumpkin
  • Green Onion
  • Sweet Corn

Here is another fun fact about September, it’s Wine and Grape Month in North Carolina. That means dozens and dozens of our state’s wineries and vineyards will be planning tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate one of N.C.’s most important industries. Here’s a great resource for you to check out if you’re wanting to plan a weekend trip.

If you’re a Raleigh local, check out Grape Day at the State Farmers Market on Friday Sept. 15th from 11 AM to 1 PM. Here’s a link to more information. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this September. If you need more fun food ideas, be sure to visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

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What’s In Season? July Fruits and Veggies

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Fortunately for us, there’s lots of tasty fruits and vegetables grown right here in North Carolina. There’s produce, like peanuts and okra, that even thrive in our hot and humid summers. So if you’re wondering what’s going to be at the Farmers’ Market this weekend, check out our July list below. 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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What’s In Season For July? A List Of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

In some areas of NC, a portion of these items might not be available at your Farmers’ Market. We suggest checking out your neighborhood supermarket if you’re having trouble finding something. Most of these fruits and veggies should be available there. Here’s the big list for NC produce in July:

  • Butter Beans
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cabbages
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Collards
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Garlic
  • Green Onion
  • Greens
  • Herbs
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Nectarines
  • Onions
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peanuts
  • Peppers
  • Peanuts
  • Plums
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Snap Beans
  • Sprite Melons
  • Yellow Squash
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

If you want to keep up with all of the fruits and vegetables that will be available in North Carolina, be sure to come back each month. You’ll find lists for each season of the year. You’ll also have access to fun and easy recipes that your friends and family will love. Plus, you can read posts with information that will aid you in the kitchen. We also love helping out brides, grooms, and their families with awesome wedding tips. At Catering By Design, we’re so much more than just a catering company. Keep reading for more information.

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Impress Your Friends With This Easy Margarita Recipe

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Summer is a great time of the year to get together with friends and family. Whether you’re sitting poolside or having a backyard BBQ, cooling off with a delicious margarita is the way to go. However, most of us do not have their very own personal bartender to rely on. That’s why we are going to help you out. This margarita recipe will impress of all your friends and family, and it’s really easy to make. Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh event catering this summer, please give Catering By Design a call. Our food, service, and prices are the best around.

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Easy Summer Margarita Recipe

Margaritas are an all-time summer favorite. Skip buying the ready-made mix this year and make your own. It is not as hard as you think. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Tequila – 3 parts
  • Lime juice – 1 part
  • Simple syrup – 1 part
  • Orange liqueur – 1 teaspoon

Here’s how you make a great tasting margarita. First, take a plate and spread some salt on it. Wet the rim of your glass with a slice of lime and dip it on the plate with the rim facing down. Next, fill your cocktail shaker with ice and mix in all your ingredients. Give everything a good shake and then pour the mixture into your salt rimmed glass. That’s it! If you’re not a salt lover, you can rim the glass with sugar instead. This will give you a nice sweet and sour alternative.

For more home cocktail making tips, be sure to visit back with the other posts in this series. You can find them linked below.

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Affordable Raleigh Event Catering for Summer

Summer is heating up and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. 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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Let’s Grill Some Veggies – Peppers, Onions, And More!

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Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. That means it’s the unofficial start to the summer. Here in the Triangle area, we’ve had some funny weather these last few weeks. However, we also know that those nice summer days will be here before we know it. That’s why we think this is the perfect time of the year to take advantage and fire up your grill.

In today’s post, we’re are going to focus on grilling veggies, especially peppers, onions, and tomatoes. These recipes will be hit with all of your friends and family, so be sure to share this on Facebook with your loved ones! Do you have a summer event planned? Still looking for a great Raleigh catering company that won’t break the bank? Call Catering by Design! You’ll love our vast menu selection, awesome customer service, and affordable prices.

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A Few Ways To Serve Grilled Peppers, Tomatoes, And Onions

Grilled Red Pepper, Sweet Onion and Tomato Salad

Here’s a great alternative to serving traditional grilled veggies. This beautiful salad idea comes from Williams and Sonoma. It only uses two peppers in the recipe, but you can spice it up by using a variety of other peppers, like green Anaheims or poblanos, purple and green bells, and more. The sweet onions work best because of their milder taste. Easy to prep and quick to fix. Enjoy!

Grilled Mixed Peppers and Onions From Martha

Martha Stewart brings us our next recipe for traditional grilled mixed peppers. In this recipe, we’re using skewers. These will help keep the onion slices together and from falling into the grill. Be sure to use colorful peppers and stagger them in with the other veggies for a beautiful presentation.

Simple Grilled Tomato Steaks

In our household, we all love tomatoes. We eat them so much that we’ve been growing many different varieties in our garden over the past few years. If you love tomatoes like we do, then you’ll enjoy this grilled tomato recipe. I like to cut thick steak like slices instead of doing individual halves, mainly because my kids will eat them like this. Easy recipe that’s very healthy.

Grilled Black Bean- and Rice-Stuffed Peppers

Looking for another fun and tasty summer dinner or appetizer idea? Then you’ll love these stuffed peppers. Easy to prep and this dish can be on your table in only 30 minutes. Check it out.

If you’re searching for even more great summer recipes with more of a vegetarian focus, please visit back with our last post. If you’re looking for a great catering experience at incredible prices, keep reading to see how we can help.

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Grilling Out for Memorial Day? You’ll Love These Recipes!

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If you’re ready for summer and planning a Memorial Day cookout, having an awesome assortment of recipes at your fingertips will ensure your meal will be something everyone enjoys. As the official start to the summer season, there will also be lots of great fruits and veggies in season. Here’s a recent post that breaks down what kind of fresh produce you’ll find at the grocery store.

With these ingredients in mind, we found a few great grilling recipes that you should try out this year. Check them out and let us know how they taste in the comments below. If you’re in need of affordable, yet awesome, Raleigh event catering for this year’s Memorial Day please give us a call. Our food, service, and prices will blow you away.

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Memorial Day Grilling Recipes and Ideas

Grilled PeachesPeaches and other stone fruits will be readily available in the South, so take advantage and throw some on the grill. You can pair them with proteins like chicken or steak for a chutney effect, or use them strictly as a tasty dessert. We’ve linked a great recipe from Bobby Flay.

The Best Grilled CornAnother Memorial Day favorite for backyard grilling is this perfect corn on the cob recipe. This is a crowd favorite at any event, and you can prepare it in so many ways. You can leave the husk on, or wrap it in foil. Just be sure to have plenty of butter on hand.

Grilled Potatoes – Potatoes are also out in full force. You’ll find sweet, red, yellow, russet, and more types of potatoes at the grocery store. You can also grill these in so many different ways. You can get fancy and make a hassleback sweet potato, make a dish with grilled potatoes and onions wrapped in foil, or put them on a skewer. Men, and women, love their meat and potatoes so this idea will be a huge hit at any cookout.

If you’re planning on having a fun backyard BBQ for Memorial Day, we hope these recipe ideas will help you plan a great meal. If you want to relax this year, let Catering by Design do all the work. Keep reading to see how we can help.

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Memorial Day is almost here and Catering by Design is ready to provide your family and friends with the best Raleigh event catering services available. We have a great menu 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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Planning a Bridal Shower

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Throwing a bridal shower, wedding shower, or couple’s shower is a fun and practical way to start the bride and groom off on the right foot. This event can be held either before or after the wedding ceremony. Tradition says that it’s the bride’s maid of honor’s responsibility to take care of all of the planning, but in today’s world, this might not always be the case. Regardless of who takes the reins, the planning and organizing can be somewhat hectic, especially if this is your first one.

Over the course of the next few posts, we’re going to give you all the information you need to know so that your wedding shower goes off without a hitch. If you need wedding catering Raleigh NC services, please call Catering by Design to schedule your free menu tasting!

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How to Plan a Wonderful Bridal Shower

Who’s Going to Host?

Like we mentioned above, traditionally the maid of honor did the hosting and planning. This is because it used to be somewhat awkward for the family to host as it was seen as if said family was using this party to solicit gifts for the newlyweds. But times have changed, and it’s no longer weird for family members to take care of all the details. With the cost of just being a bridesmaid increasing every year, it might be a great idea for a family member to take care of the planning and hosting. This will help spread out some of the expenditures involved.

Who’s Going to Be Invited?

The wedding shower is typically an event for close family and friends, so your guest list should reflect the same. Traditionally, this event was held just for the women, but today there are many “Jack-and-Jill Showers.” Couples showers are very popular these days so invites can go out to male and female family and friends.

We suggest that you include the friends and family of both the bride and groom, and members of the wedding party including the flower girl and her mom, the ring bearer and parents, both sets of grandparents, etc. Just keep in mind that everyone that is invited to the shower should also to be invited to the wedding.

Don’t miss part two of this series where we’ll give you even more tips for planning the perfect wedding shower for your favorite couple. If you’re still searching for wedding catering, keep reading to see how Catering by Design can help.

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North Carolina State University College of Science Sponsor Appreciation Dinner

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At North Carolina State, The College of Sciences makes the university a top choice for students looking for diversity and high-performance, as well as expert faculty and researchers from all over the world. The department is committed to solving some of society’s biggest problems that affect the way we live.

The University’s College of Sciences recently held an appreciation dinner at the amazing Hunt Library to honor the donors and gift givers that help deserving students reach their potential. These donors adopt a student and help them throughout their career at NCSU as long as they continue to meet qualifying metrics – a great opportunity for certain students. This event also allows these students to finally get a chance to meet their sponsors and thank them for their charity and generosity.

We had the great pleasure of providing the food and service for the College of Science’s big “Thank You” dinner and we wanted to share a few of our favorite pictures! If you want to see the entire gallery from this big event, click here to visit our Pinterest page.

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As the guests made their way into the banquet hall, they were greeted with a beautiful presentation of bright colors, flowers, and gorgeous table settings. Each table was pre-set with an assortment of freshly baked rolls, butter, and beverages. As the guests were seated, they were served a salad of Baby Greens with Fresh Strawberries, Feta Cheese and Candied Walnuts that was finished off with a Basil Vinaigrette Dressing.

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For the main course, the guests enjoyed a plated combo meal of Sliced Beef Medallions topped with a Chianti Mushroom Sauce and served with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes or  Salmon topped with a Dill Cream Sauce and served with Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon Zest. Not pictured was a vegetarian option that consisted of a hearty Tomato, Basil and Gouda Stuffed Portobello Steak that was also served with Red Skin Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans with Garlic and Lemon Zest.

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The Dessert Trio Flight won everyone over! This lovely arrangement consisted of Pumpkin Cranberry Cake With Pumpkin Cheesecake and Tart Cranberries, Chocolate Cake with Peppermint Mousse Topped with White Chocolate Ganache, and a Lemon Shortcake with Tangy Lemon Preserve Topped with Whipped Cream. Outstanding!

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh business catering needs. We make your event easy since we do all the work. Call now and ask about our holiday specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties and holiday gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh business catering services!

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Office Thanksgiving Celebration Ideas

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raleigh corporate cateringAre you having a Thanksgiving celebration at work, but just cannot figure out exactly what to do to make it fun? Maybe your company cannot afford to have a giant feast this year, especially with Christmas and New Year’s events right around the corner. If you want to have a Thanksgiving office celebration that will really stand out from the rest, focus more on the true meaning of the holiday by saying thanks and giving back this year.

In this short two part series, we’re going to give you a different perspective on how to have a great office party that celebrates the right reasons for Thanksgiving by giving back to your coworkers and employees. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh corporate catering for Thanksgiving and the holidays, look no further than Catering by Design. Call us today to schedule full catering service or a delivery.

How to Give Thanks

Since Thanksgiving is literally about giving thanks for the things you are blessed with, this year give thanks to your employees and teammates for all their hard work by using these tips.

Organize a Team Event – Even if you plan on having a catered lunch, you can still plan many fun activities for your team. You can even do something a little different and outside of the norm, like arts and crafts. During your holiday party, have a craft area and inspire your team to take a trip back in time to their grade school days. Remember how you used to make all sorts of holiday crafts at school to bring home to your parents? Same concept except have your employees draw names and then make a craft for their chosen coworker.

Create Your Own “Thank You” Wall – Many employees never feel fully appreciated for doing their work. Well, here is your chance to make a change and show these hard working individuals how much they mean to your business. Designate a place inside your office where you can have employees write “Post-It” notes thanking specific employees for all that they do. Encourage others to do the same. You’ll be amazed at how inspired your team will be because of this small gesture of recognition and gratitude.

Act Out Your Company’s Story – Just like you acted out the first Thanksgiving during your school days, create a fun way to tell the story of your own company in the form of a grade school play. Come up with funny one-liners and be sure to get the bosses involved. This will show the other employees that management can have a good time and not take everything so seriously.

Compete in Office Games – Get outside in the parking lot and compete against each other with some fun harvest games. You can bob for apples, have a three-legged race, spoon and egg race, plus many more. You can even create teams and go pumpkin bowling. Winners get festive prizes like homemade desserts or even a turkey!

Have a Recipe Contest – Want to have fun and get to eat good food at the same time? Have a recipe contest. You can still place an order for our Raleigh corporate catering, but letting your employees engage in a friendly competition for the best holiday covered dish, or Thanksgiving dessert will get everyone into the spirit. Everyone gets a vote and the winner gets to leave early one day.

Be sure to join us for part two where we discuss even more great ideas for your office party this Thanksgiving. Click here to read part two.

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Catering by Design is the number one source for all of your Raleigh corporate catering needs. We make your event easy because we do all the work. Call us today and ask about our holiday specials and delivery service. We’ve got the best menus for any of your catering needs. From university dinners, corporate events, and awards banquets, to weddings, anniversary parties and holiday gatherings, Catering by Design will ensure your food and fun is top shelf quality. We’ve been serving up smiles to people all over North Carolina for decades. Please give us a call today to learn more about why we’re the number one choice for Raleigh corporate catering services!

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