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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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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:


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

  • 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


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.


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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Cool Off with These Delicious No-Bake Summer Desserts

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A sweet tooth doesn’t care what season it is, it wants dessert. But during the summer months, who really wants to use a hot oven for baking? Not me! Have no fear! There are dozens and dozens of super easy recipes that are delicious and require no baking. We hope you’ll make each of these over the next few months. Searching for the best business, wedding, or event catering Raleigh NC services this summer? Call the experts at Catering by Design. Our clients love our big menu selection, attention to detail, and great pricing. We even offer delivery options as well!
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No Oven Necessary for These Bakeless Desserts

Ice Cream and Cookie Sandwich

Make ice cream sandwiches with your favorite store bought cookies at home this summer. Jazz up your dessert by adding your favorite candies and using different types of ice cream.

Fruit Pizza

You’ll love this no-bake fruit pizza. It’s like a cross between a fruit tart and no-bake cheesecake. We make this a few times each summer and it is also a great treat for the 4th of July. Check out this recipe.

Icebox Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe for strawberry shortcake just might be the easiest I’ve ever seen. All you need are fresh strawberries, some orange juice, graham crackers, and whipped cream to create this summery sweet treat. Here’s the recipe.

No-Bake S’mores Bars

Did you know that you can actually make tasty s’mores without a campfire or oven? It’s true and this blows my mind. You’ll find the user friendly recipe here.

5-Minute Fruit Mousse

Yes, you read that correctly. This dessert takes a whole five minutes to make. Talk about quick and easy. All you’ll need is a food processor and just three ingredients: egg whites, your favorite frozen fruit, and sugar. The recipe is here.

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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.

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

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.

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

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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The Best Fruits to Cook on the Grill

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With Memorial Day right around the corner and summer on its way, that can only mean one thing! It’s grilling season! That’s right! People everywhere will be firing up their grills for backyard cookouts from now until it gets cold again. That brings us to today’s topic – grilling fruit. Lots of people never think about putting fruit on the grill and that’s a shame because it tastes so good. Below we’ll be listing our favorite fruits to grill and some tips to follow as well. If you’re searching for the best catering in Raleigh for your next food event, don’t hesitate to call Catering by Design. We offer affordable full service catering packages for budgets of any size. We also have great delivery options as well.

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The Best Grilled Fruits


People in the South love their peaches. That’s why grilling them is such a great idea. Just drizzle them with a little olive oil first. Grilled peaches make for a delicious summertime backyard cookout dessert. Grilled peaches can stand on their own or you can top them with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


Most people’s experience with grilled fruit comes in the form of pineapple chunks on a kebab. Take it up a notch and grill whole slices.


Grilled pears are also very delicious. Brush them with olive oil or butter and grill them cut side down. Takes about 10 minutes for them to heat up. Goes great in salads or as a dessert.


Grilled pork and mango pair insanely well together. Grill slices of mango for a side dish or use them in a Caribbean style mango salsa.

Other fruits that are great for grilling include watermelon, grapefruit, cherries, bananas, cantaloupe, and nectarines.

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Vegetarian Grilling Guide – Meatless Wonders

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There’s nothing like grilling out. As the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer, men and women all over will be firing up their barbecues cooking up all types of tasty foods for their family and friends. When it comes to grilling out, most people focus on the meats. However, there are lots of non meat foods that taste just as good. Below you’ll find several options that we think you should try tonight! 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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Non Meat Foods You Should Be Grilling


Grilled bread is simply awesome. You can grill buns, baguettes, pitas, and more. Brush the bread with olive oil or butter before grilling.


You might not think about grilling fruit, but it tastes wonderful if done correctly. You can grill peaches, pineapple, watermelon wedges, nectarines, pears, and more. In fact, our next post will be all about grilling fruit.


Polenta is a paste or dough made from cornmeal. Polenta is usually boiled and then typically fried or baked. However, it can also be grilled. You start by traditionally making your Polenta. Then you should let it cool down and set. Next you’ll cut the Polenta into squares and grill them for just a few minutes until your squares are heated through. Grilled Polenta is best served with grilled vegetables or tomato sauce.


Grilled veggies are one my most favorites things to eat. You can grill everything from corn to asparagus and lots of things in between. Onions, zucchini, tomatoes, scallions, peppers, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and artichokes all taste great on the grill.

Want some more grilling tips? Check out our next post for how to grill the best fruits. If you’re searching for a Raleigh caterer for an upcoming event, please keep reading to see why calling Catering by Design is a smart move.

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Spiked Popsicle Recipes for Memorial Day Celebrations

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Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff for summer and it’s right around the corner. Many people like to celebrate Memorial Day with friends and family at the beach, the lake, and even at their homes with a cookout. If you’re celebrating summer this Memorial Day, check out these adult oriented boozy popsicle recipes. Just be sure to make some nonalcoholic versions for the kiddos or they’re going to be mad at you. Did you know that all Raleigh catering companies are not the same? If you’ve got an upcoming 2018 event, call the pros at Catering by Design for great prices, customer first service, and affordable delivery options.

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Tasty Boozy Popsicle Recipes

Margarita Popsicles

Margaritas are a big summer favorite for lots of people. Cool off this Memorial Day with these delicious frozen treats. You can find the recipe here at The Cookie Rookie.

Peach Sangria Popsicles

Peaches are at the top of my list of favorite fruits. I also love a good sangria. That’s why this popsicle idea is a match made in Heaven for me. Check out this easy to follow recipe from Everyday Annie.

Vodka Gummy Bears Pops

Adults that want to revisit their childhood will love this idea, because who doesn’t like gummy bears? This popsicle recipe is really easy and will be a sure hit among your friends. Recipe courtesy of A Spicy Perspective.

Blueberry Cabernet Cheesecake Popsicle

Do you love blueberries? How about cheesecake? If so, you’re really going to want to try this one. Bakers Royale is providing the recipe for this amazing idea. We are using a Cabernet Sauvignon for this adult frozen treat because it pairs wonderfully with blueberries. I think you’ll love it.

Pretty much any cocktail can be turned into a frozen treat. Check out this link for even more great ideas for your spiked popsicles. If you want an awesome catering experience for an upcoming 2018 event or wedding please keep reading to see why you should call Catering by Design. We’ll save you time and money.

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