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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!

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.

10 Ways to Use Apples

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If you’ve been apple picking, or if you’ve simply stocked up on the season’s bounty, you’ll have plenty of apples to spare. How can you use them all before you they go bad? Take our advice, and use all your delicious apples creatively, so you can extend the life of your fresh stockpile.

 

  • Apple Sauce
    It’s not only a great snack for children, apple sauce has many applications for baking, especially creating texture without overusing oil.

  • Apple Butter
    Pile some on your pancakes, or spread it on toast. Spicy apple butter is amazing!

  • Stewed Apples
    By making stewed apples ahead of time, you have a fresh topping for oatmeal – even a quick side for ice cream at night!

  • Baked Apples
    Stuff them with raisins and bake in a pan with water for a healthy dessert. Serve with ice cream for a not-so-healthy dessert.

  • Apple Slinky
    Use one of these to make a snack your kids will love.

  • Apple Pie
    There’s no substitute for this American classic!

  • On Sandwiches
    Thin apple slices go really well with tuna salad – why not try apple with bacon?

  • In Muffins
    Small, diced apples bring life and moisture to any basic muffin recipe.

  • Dry Them
    Slice, core and dry apples a low oven, or a dehydrator. Sprinkle with cinnamon for an even more tasty snack that will last for a while.

  • With Almond Butter
    Nothing fancy – just basic apples and almond butter. A fuss-free afternoon snack!

 

At Catering Central we highly value health and whole foods. We believe food plays a vital role in not only physical, but 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!

Mongolian Beef Recipe

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In keeping with our recent theme of sharing the formula for our Asian-inspired dishes, today we are featuring our Mongolian Beef Recipe. Make sure you check out our prior posts on Kung Pao Chicken, and Chow Mein!

Mongolian Beef

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak or Other Beef that is tender (we prefer hanging tender beef steak)
  • Dark Soy Sauce and Regular Soy Sauce Mix – 10/90
  • Yellow Onions
  • Green Beans (Optional)
  • Green Onions
  • Sugar
  • Chinese Cooking Wine
  • Dry Chili de Arbol or Chinese Chili

Method

  1. Mix the marinade, by combining light and dark soy sauces with the sugar.
  2. Thinly slice the beef, then marinate.
  3. Cut green beans and onions into two inch pieces.
  4. Using a flat top grill, fry chillies in canola oil, before adding beef and cooking to glaze.
  5. Pour on a little Chinese cooking wine to perfume the beef.
  6. Add onions and green beans.
  7. Finish with a drizzle of sesame oil, salt and pepper.

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 (94035), the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond! Call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Food as Fuel

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Food gives us vitality, a reason for coming together, and essential vitamins and minerals for life. For many people, food is seen as a ‘necessary evil’ – with health and taste being mutually exclusive. It can take a while for certain palates to become accustomed to clean flavors, but we assure you, healthy food can taste great! When we eat the right food, for the right reasons, our bodies function at their optimal state.

When we think of food as a comfortable place after a rough day, a reward for something we did well, or a replacement for dealing with emotions, it’s easy to stop taking care of ourselves. The idea of ‘Food as Fuel’ encourages us to eat for sustenance rather than pleasure. That doesn’t mean healthy food is boring, instead, it teaches us to enjoy each bite. We eat together to bond with others, and we eat to give our bodies the energy to live well.

Take note of how your body functions when you eat certain foods. Do you feel tired afterwards? Are you hungry an hour later? How does your digestive system handle the food? At Catering Central we highly value health and whole foods. We believe food plays a vital role in not only physical, but 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!

Fourth of July Hot Dog Ideas

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it’s not too late to plan a party for your nearest and dearest. This holiday is traditionally a time for cookouts, and your party can take the humble hot dog to the next level with these loaded franks:

 

  • Tyler Florence Chili Dogs
    Chili dogs are like two meals in one, and the Food Network is rolling out a recipe that is sure to taste exactly like the Fourth of July feels. Fresh, steaming hot chili, loaded on a soft white bun with a grilled sausage? Delicious.
  • Mission Style
    Bacon wrapped and ready to go, these Mission Style hot dogs will make you feel like it’s 2am and you’re walking down Mission Street. These are simple to make, while packing a flavor punch that exudes from the bacon and jalapeno toppings. Try them with grilled onions, ketchup, and mustard.
  • Asian Fusion
    Be inspired by the Doggy Style menu – mixing Asian tastes with American dogs. Asian slaw, kimchi, bahn-mi – nothing is off-limits when creating a perfect fusion recipe. Why not experiment with sesame ginger dressings, crunchy raw cabbage, and maybe even some crispy noodles atop your dog.

If you love cooking, but you’re overwhelmed by the idea of cooking for large groups, contact us for high quality Private Party Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area. We also cater parties in Santa Clara, provide Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley (94027) and beyond. For more information, call us today on (650) 961-3300.