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Artichoke Recipes

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Apples and pumpkins are obvious crowd favorites for fall produce, so today we’re shining some light on the humble artichoke. You can find locally grown artichokes right here in the Bay Area, with farms as close as Gilroy. Here are some fresh ways to use an often unfamiliar vegetable:

 

  • Roasted
    When a recipe starts with, “It’s so simple, it’s hard to call it a recipe!” you know it’s got to be good! Try All Recipes Simply Roasted Artichoke – you won’t be sorry!
  • Stuffed
    Starter or side, you’ll want to stuff an artichoke this fall. Here’s a recipe from Simply Recipes – a lovely balance of the creaminess of cheese, with the brightness of lemon.
  • In Pasta
    The Spruce posted a penne recipe with fresh artichokes (you can find it here) that is so tasty, but at the same time, so simple. This recipe is full of whole foods and clean flavors, topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano.  
  • Dip
    Classic artichoke dip takes on a whole new meaning when you use fresh artichokes rather than canned. My Recipes have paired artichoke with kale, and it’s fure to be a party favorite.

The holiday season is fast approaching! The beauty of hiring a catering company like ours is that you can enjoy the party with your guests, without so much as lifting a finger. If you’re seeking corporate, private, or wedding catering this summer (or beyond) – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We’re experts in corporate catering in San Mateo (94402), private party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area (94117) and everywhere in between!

Fall Season Produce

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While all seasons boast their specific produce bounty, we are undoubtedly upon the most plentiful! Fall is the season of the harvest, bursting with apples and pumpkins – and of course, pumpkin spice. The California Cookbook shows which produce is ready, what has been, and what is to come – you can find the guide here. What do we have to look forward to this Fall: 

 

  • Apples – time to bake!
  • Artichokes – bright side to a roasted chicken
  • Asian Pears – sweet afternoon snack with some nuts
  • Bell Peppers – raw with hummus, or cooked in a stir fry
  • Herbs – roasted vegetables with olive oil, sea salt, and rosemary, anyone? YES!
  • So much more! Check out the list, and don’t forget to go to You-Pick farms while you can.

This fall season, don’t stress – call us! At Catering Central, we cover all kinds of event catering, including but not limited to; private event catering in San Mateo (94497), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94088), and corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pick up the phone and call us on (650) 961-3300.

 

Alternative Flours

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Whether you’ve got food allergies, intolerances, or you’re just looking for something new, alternative flours are a great way to vary your diet. Many people rely on non-wheat flours to continue to be able to eat baked goods, and we’ve never before had so many options from which to choose! With gluten free flour, you’ll need more moisture to keep your food from becoming dense, so make sure you use a recipe rather than just Here are a few ways to use just a few alternative flours:

(1) Almond Flour – macarons, “breading” in place of panko, general baked goods
(2) Rice Flour – mochi, thickening agent in soups, bread
(3) Chickpea Flour – bind burgers, pizza dough
(4) Potato Flour – bread making, muffins
(5) Buckwheat Flour – waffles, soba, crepes
(6) Oat Flour – cookies, quick breads, pancakes

You can enjoy all foods in moderation, as long as they’re part of a balanced diet. At Catering Central, we highly value food as a means of connection with others, and aim to give all of our clients a positive and satisfying experience with our services. If you’re looking for corporate catering in the San Francisco Bay (94111), private party catering in Sunnyvale (94086), or general catering in Mountain View (94040) – call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Rosh Hashana

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The Jewish high holiday season is upon us, with Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Hanukkah all coming up within the next few months. Rosh Hashana begins at sunset today, and is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Here are recipes of the traditional foods served at the Rosh Hashana table:

(1) Round Challah
This Jewish bread, usually served as a braided loaf, is made in a round spiral to symbolize a prosperous new year ahead. Other interpretations of the significance of a round challah include; representation of a crown/the sovereignty of God, and the never ending opportunity to return to God. 

(2) Apples and Honey
Two of the sweetest foods combined represent the wish for a sweet new year.

(3) Brisket

This cut of meat may represent hardship – something that Jewish people have experienced throughout the centuries. Also, it has become a traditional meal so close to the heart of high holidays that many families have their own recipes that so heavily remind them of the holiday table.

If you need a little extra help this holiday season, call us today at Catering Central on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait to consult with you on your event preferences – from plates, to hors d’oeuvres, tablecloths to dessert – we have you covered! We do corporate catering in Palo Alto ( 94304), private party catering in San Jose (95154), and we cater all kinds of parties around the Bay Area. Let us know what kind of event you’re looking to cater, and we’ll do the rest!

International Day of Charity

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Tuesday September 5th was the International Day of Charity, and as we’d all agree, a relevant cause in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and the impending arrival of Irma. You might be wondering how to help those affected, especially if you live in the Bay Area like us. Being a catering company, we’d obviously love to help feed the masses, but that can be difficult from a distance. In the spirit of the International Day of Charity, here are three major ways you can help those affected in the South:

  1. Give Money to Food Banks
    Instead of physical food donations, you can give funds directly to the food bank. Alternatively, if you know someone in South Texas, transfer money via Venmo or your bank, and ask them to buy food to donate on your behalf.

  2. Texas Diaper Bank
    People with young children can’t do without diapers, and your donations will help a family be able to function just that bit more regularly. You can give by mailing diapers to 5415 Bandera Rd., Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238. Alternatively, you can buy them on Amazon and send them directly to the given address.

  3. Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
    The Mayor of Houston has set up an all-encompassing fund for relief, with information of what needs money and assistance. If you’re unsure about how to help, try this website.

At Catering Central we are dedicated to responsible ways to use leftovers and helping those in need. We hope that your friends and relatives who may be affected by the storms and floods are safe, and experiencing kindness of those around them.

Kids in the Kitchen!

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Whenever you see pictures of children cooking in the kitchen with adults, the pictures manage to make the whole process look charming and stress-free. If you’ve actually ever cooked or baked with children in the kitchen, you know that it’s usually anything but calm. So how can you teach your children about food while staying sane?

 

  • Make a plan
    Before you get into the kitchen, know what you are going to cook and have ingredients at the ready. If you haven’t got what you need, consider waiting until you’re prepared rather than winging it.
  • Try 1:1
    Where possible, try to cook with one child at a time. Since some “jobs” in the kitchen are more exciting than others, you’ll avoid constant bickering by being able to give your full attention to one child.
  • Have boundaries
    Yes, you can mix the batter. No, you can not use the stove by yourself. You need to keep kids safe, first and foremost, in the kitchen. If it’s hot, heavy, or sharp – insist that you’ll be responsible for those tasks until the child is developmentally ready.

Even the best home cooks need help catering parties. We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley, and events all the way from Mountain View to San Francisco. If you’re looking for catering when it comes to parties, events and gatherings – call us today on (650) 961-3300.  We’d love to help you see your next event’s vision become a reality! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Easy Dinners To Impress Guests

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You don’t need to be a culinary genius to impress a few dinner guests! The links below are to countless recipes that look complicated, taste amazing, and are actually a cinch to make.

  1. 19 Easy Dinners That Will Impress The Heck Out Of Your Date by Buzzfeed
    This list kicks off with coconut-crusted tilapia adorned in pomegranate salsa, so you can see that these recipes aren’t messing around. Make the seared scallops in brown butter, dream of the cosy chicken piccata, or try your hand at a perfectly cooked steak.

  2. Simple Dinner Party Ideas That Will Impress Guests by Business Insider
    Antipasto and proscuitto-wrapped anything tend to impress people. Sometimes minimalist ingredients used well pack a bigger punch than all the complicated recipes in the world.

  3. 10 Gourmet Recipes to Impress (Plus 10 Easy Shortcuts for Weeknights) by Real Simple
    Who doesn’t love a good shortcut – especially when you’re ending up with a similar product! Cutting corners doesn’t have to mean cutting taste. Check out the Salt-Baked Leg of Lamb and potatoes!

If you’re planning an upcoming event, let Catering Central take care of the food. We believe that food can transcend simple nourishment, harnessing the power to connect people. We provide corporate catering in San Mateo, private party catering in Mountain View, the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

DIY Salad Dressing

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Modified corn starch, monosodium glutamate, and xanthan gum are just a short list of additives in commercial salad dressings that really don’t need to be there. With a few simple pantry ingredients, you can make your own salad dressings that taste great and cut out the junk.

Simple Balsamic Vinaigrette
If you read nothing else today, remember this recipe! You need only five ingredients – ½ cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, salt and pepper. Shake it up in a mason jar and suddenly your salad is awesome.

50 DIY Salad Dressings by
Food Network
Any salad dressing you can buy, you can make. Use this list as inspiration, or a guide when you’re needing some dressing.

8 Easy DIY Salad Dressings by Greatist
Check out this infographic – anything from almond, miso-orange, and smoky tahihi can be made from this list!

While there’s no such thing as “good” and “bad” food, let’s work together on spending the majority of our lives filling our bodies with nutritious fuel instead of unnecessary additives. If you’re looking for event catering in Redwood City (94604), private party catering in San Jose (95117), or general catering in the San Francisco Bay Area – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We thrive on healthy food – and so can you!

Safe Table Scraps for Dogs

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To many pet owners, the addition of a dog to the family means there’s a very welcoming mouth to feed with expired leftovers. But are table scraps really that safe for dogs? We have had a look around to see which human foods work for dogs, and which should just be composted. The American Kennel Club has an exhaustive list, and we have a short summary below.

Human Food Dogs Can Eat
-A small amount of plain bread is okay, but don’t go overboard
-Coconut is actually super healthy for dogs
-Fish is fine, but watch for bones
-Peanut butter is allowed, but make sure it doesn’t contain Xylitol
-Tuna is fine in moderation, as long as it’s plain
(See the AKC website for more!)

Please Don’t Feed Your Dog These Things…
-chocolate
-avocado
-garlic
-onion
-grapes
(Again, these are just a few at a glance – see Food Beast for another great list)

At Catering Central we highly value health and whole foods – for humans. Just as the right food nourishes dogs to live their best life, we believe food plays a vital role in a person’s physical, and emotional health. Our social lives strengthen by building relationships over food, leading to a greater level of connectedness with the world around us. If you’re interested in having your next San Francisco Bay Area (94110, 94024) private or corporate event catered by a company working from this philosophy, call us today on (650) 961-3300. We can’t wait for your call!

Preserving Fresh Herbs

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Most of us buy fresh herbs for specific recipes, using a couple of leaves or sprigs, then allowing the remainder wither in the fridge. To eliminate waste, and to save money on your grocery bills, you can preserve fresh herbs in the freezer, using a simple ice cube tray

  • Water Method
    For minimal damage, tender herbs like mint, parsley, and cilantro are great to freeze in water. Simply thaw and strain for later use, or keep some mint for tea.
  • Broth Method
    Herbs that you may use in soups and risottos can be frozen in broth. Anywhere you’d normally use broth and herbs are suitable for this method – you can even throw some frozen herb/broth ice cubes directly into your rice cooker along with your rice and liquid of choice.
  • Oil Method
    For sautes, stews, and roasts, freeze those herbs in olive oil. This is perhaps the most versatile of all the methods – you can capture the fresh taste of seasonal herbs and enjoy them all year long!

The beauty of hiring a catering company like ours is that you can enjoy the party with your guests, without so much as lifting a finger. If you’re seeking corporate, private, or wedding catering this summer (or beyond) – call us today on (650) 961-3300. We’re experts in corporate catering in San Mateo (94402), private party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area (94117) and everywhere in between!