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Making Restaurant-Quality Salads at Home

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

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Restaurant-Quality Salads Begin With The Greens

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

Mixed Greens

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

Seasoned Greens

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

Chopped Greens

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

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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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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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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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What’s in Season? December 2018 Fruits and Veggies

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We’ve entered into the month of December. The holiday season is now upon us! It’s a magical time of the year in the Triangle area. And from the mountains to the coast, the residents of North Carolina are putting up holiday lights and decorations, lighting the menorah, and trimming Christmas trees. During the holiday season most people eat a lot of good food while visiting with family and friends. That why today’s post will cover all everyone’s favorite fruits and vegetables that are currently in season for December in the Triangle area. Please remember that if you have a holiday event coming up and need affordable holiday catering in Raleigh NC, calling Catering by Design will save you time and money. We have the best holiday menu selections and delivery options in the Triangle!

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Winter and Holiday Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Below you will find the list of fruits and vegetables you can expect to find at your local grocery stores or farmer’s markets during the months of December and January in and around North Carolina. However, depending on where the produce is grown, all produce ripens differently. That means that some items might not yet be available if they have not yet hit their peak:

Fruits

  • Apples
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Grapefruit
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranate
  • Pecans
  • Oranges
  • Tangerines
  • Tangelos
  • Clementines
  • Lemons

Veggies

  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Cabbages
  • Rutabaga
  • Winter squash
  • Belgian Endive
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Fennel
  • Collard Greens
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Sweet Potato
  • Bok Choy

There are also other winter vegetables available. These include carrots, broccoli, leeks, mushrooms, radish and radicchio, and lots more. We hope this post will help you plan the best meals for your friends and family this winter. Please visit back with our blog soon for great recipes, food and cooking tips, and more.

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It’s Back-to-School Time! Check Out These Lunch Tips

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Summer is over and now it is time to go back to school. If your child is a picky eater then, as a parent, I know you are dreading packing their daily lunches. I know how frustrating it can be to see that only some of the food has been eaten after you spent a lot of time getting everything ready the night before or the morning of school. Furthermore, it’s also stressful trying to pack healthy food options. Hopefully these tips below will help you. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh catering for an upcoming event, call Catering by Design. You’ll love our food, service, and great prices.

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School Lunch and Picky Eaters – How to Make It Work

Make Lunchtime a Team Effort

Getting your picky child to eat lunch starts with a team effort. This means that you have to get your child involved in the planning, shopping, and packing of their own lunch. Let them help you make a grocery list of all the things they want packed in their lunch. Then you’ll want them to tag along with you to the grocery store to purchase those items and to double check that’s what they want to eat. Finally, have your child help you pack their lunch for the next day.

Make Lunchtime Fun

Making lunchtime fun all starts with getting your child involved. Start by taking them shopping for a new lunchbox. A new lunchbox will get them excited about showing all their friends at school. Also, like we mentioned above, let them help you pick out certain foods at the grocery store that they want to eat. When packing their lunch, leave a cute note for them to read that they’ll find when they open their lunchbox. Check out this link for a few ideas.

Don’t Focus on the Negative Things

Finally, make it a point to only focus on the positives and not the negatives of lunch. There’s no reason to get frustrated with your child for being a picky eater. Honestly, most kids are. Save yourself time, money, and headaches by comprising and packing only the foods you’ll know they’ll eat.

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July Seasonal Fruits and Veggies

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We’re hot and heavy into the month of July. That means summertime is in full effect. July is a wonderful month for getting together with friends and family for backyard cookouts, BBQs, and dinner parties. Even though the temperatures are in the 90’s, these cool and colorful fresh fruits and vegetables are perfect for creating tasty dishes that everyone will love. That’s why today’s post is dedicated to covering all of the best produce that’s currently in season and available for July. 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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Seasonal July Fruits and Vegetables

Here’s a good list of all the seasonal summer produce you’ll find for the month of July. You’ should be able to find most of these options at your local grocery store or Farmers’ Market:

Fruits

  • Apricots
  • Blackcurrants
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupes
  • Cherries
  • Figs
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelons
Veggies

  • Cucumbers
  • Summer Squash
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Green Beans
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Kale
  • Herbs
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes

 
 
 
 
We hope this list will help you create amazing menus for your friends and family throughout the month of July. Be sure to keep coming back to our blog each week for helpful kitchen tips, easy-to-follow recipes, wedding trends, and so much more. If you’re getting married or need affordable catering for any type of upcoming event, be sure to call Catering By Design to save time and money. Keep reading to see why we’re the number one choice for the Triangle area.

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How to Keep Your Fruits and Veggies Fresh

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If you’ve been following our blog, you might remember that we published a few posts regarding how to store food in your refrigerator, as well as things that you can do at home to stop wasting so much food. Today, we’re going to continue along that theme with tips that you can try that should help you keep all of your food fresher, for longer periods of time. After all, having your food stay fresher longer means less waste, and fewer trips to the grocery store. Let’s check them out below. Searching for Raleigh catering companies? Catering By Design can help you. Call us today to learn more about our affordable packages.

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Keep Fruits and Veggies Fresh for Longer Periods of Time

Fruits

Tomatoes going bad? Slice or chunk them into pieces and roast them for a couple of minutes. Store them in the fridge in some olive oil to extend their life for about a week.

Keep your apples away from other fruits and vegetables because they give off ethylene gas which makes other foods spoil prematurely.

Do not store your avocados in a bag. This will cause them to rapidly ripen.

Wash berries in water with a splash of vinegar before storing to kill bacteria and other spores. Store them in their plastic container or use a resealable plastic bag in the back area of the refrigerator.

Bananas spoil slower when they’re in a bunch, so avoid separating them. Keep them at room temperature and not in the fridge. When bananas get too ripe, freeze them for later to make banana bread or muffins.

Vegetables

Excess moisture makes vegetables rot quicker so line your crisper drawer with paper towels to absorb it.

Wrap fresh mushrooms in paper towels to prevent them from getting slimy.

Store fresh garlic in a bag or basket unsealed to avoid excessive moisture buildup.

Rub summer and winter squash with vegetable oil and store them in the pantry to preserve them for several months.

Lettuce needs some extra moisture to keep it from dehydrating. Wrap the head in damp paper towels and store in a plastic bag.

Celery, carrots, and radishes should be chopped and stored in a little bit of water in the fridge to extend their freshness and crispness.

Kale, collards, Swiss chard, and other leafy greens should be stored in a glass of water with their ends trimmed. Place a loose bag over the top.

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Choosing the Best Wedding Videographer

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Having a great wedding video means that you can relive that wonderful day anytime you want. That’s why it is really important to hire the right videographer. After all, hiring the wrong person or company will not only cost you a lot of money, but you’ll be sad or angry every time you go to watch it. Below you’ll find a few tips that you should be aware of before you sign a contract. Do you need the best Raleigh wedding catering with affordable prices. Catering By Design can help. Call us today to learn more!

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Check Online Reviews Thoroughly

The most important tip, by far, is to be thorough with your due diligence. We cannot stress the importance of this enough. You’ll want to check the online reviews of all the companies you’re interested in. You’ll also want to check the reviews from various sources as well. You’ll find customer reviews on Google, Wedding Wire, Facebook, Yelp, Nextdoor, and more. There are also community pages on Facebook where you can ask for honest reviews and opinions from real customers. This information will help you narrow down your choices.

Face-to-Face Meetings

After you’ve decided on three or so wedding videographers you’ll want to schedule a few in-person meetings. These face-to-face meetings are important for many reasons. You’ll get a chance to feel them out, ask hard questions, and see how they respond. Use these opportunities to see if you are fit. You’ll know after these interviews if the company is right for you. If scheduling face-to-face meetings are just out of the question then look at alternative options like Skype.

Read the Contract

Once you’ve made your decision read every detail of the contract before signing it. Have your significant other read it as well. Make sure all the details are there. Make sure there is an itemized list of what your finished product will consist of and what the final price will be. Make note of the cancellation policy and the fees that are associated. Ask about any refund policies or guarantees. Finally, review all the logistics as well, such as dates, times, locations, coverage area, number of employees, etc.

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Summer Recipes for Healthy Eating

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Are you looking for a few healthy recipes to try out this summer? If so, you’ve come to the right place. These 2 easy-to-follow recipes taste great and are pretty healthy too. We hope you’ll enjoy making and eating them. For the most affordable catering Raleigh NC has to offer this summer, consider calling Catering by Design. We’ll save you time and money on wedding receptions, business luncheons, social parties, award banquets, and more.

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Shrimp Piccata with Zucchini Noodles

This new twist on Shrimp Piccata tastes great. A tangy lemon-caper sauce and zucchini noodles gives this healthy Italian recipe a makeover. This recipe makes about 4 servings and takes about 35 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients
5-6 medium zucchini (2 1/4-2 1/2 pounds), trimmed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound raw shrimp (21-25 count), peeled and veins removed, tails left on if desired
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/3 cup white wine
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions
First, make your zucchini noodles using a spiral vegetable slicer, or veggie peeler. Create long strands, lengthwise. Avoid using zucchini pieces with seeds as the noodles will fall apart. Drain and dry the noodles for 15 – 30 minutes in a colander, then toss with salt. Next, heat the butter and 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds while stirring. Add the shrimp and cook for 1 minute while stirring.

To prep the sauce, whisk the broth and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add this mixture to your shrimp and mix in the wine, lemon juice and capers. Simmer for 4 – 5 minutes until the shrimp is just cooked through and then remove from heat.

Heat the last of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Gently squeeze the zucchini noodles to remove any excess water and add them to the skillet. Toss for 3 minutes until hot. Serve the shrimp and sauce over the zucchini noodles.

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BLT and Avocado Sandwiches

This healthy BLT recipe is a great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! This recipe makes up to 4 servings and takes about 25 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients
8 slices center-cut bacon, halved
1 ripe medium avocado
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon finely grated or minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon low sodium salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8 slices good bread
1 medium tomato, cut into 8 slices
4 romaine leaves
1 cup alfalfa sprouts

Directions
Cook your bacon in your large skillet over medium heat and drain. Toast your bread and start prepping your avocado. Stir in the basil, mayonnaise, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread about 2 tablespoons of this mixture over 4 toast slices. Place 4 pieces of bacon, 2 tomato slices, 1 lettuce leaf, 1/4 cup sprouts and the remaining toast and combine. Serve and enjoy!

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