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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!

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.

Survey Monkey “Favorite Foods” Menu

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Our good friends at SurveyMonkey decided to curate a small recipe book of foods that their employees have enjoyed from across the globe. We decided to give it a go and for the company’s first lunch of the New Year (2017) we served them a customized menu using their ideas at the new office building in San Mateo, California. Thanks again to Zander Lurie, Tim Mally, Kelly Brehmer, Terry McCarthy, Rebecca Cantieri, Megan Kavanaugh, Greg Nguyen, and Janine Yalun for the support that fostered a wonderful relationship that started back in 2014.

If you’re looking for a flexible, customizable menu, 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!

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Turkey Tips

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Cooking a fantastic turkey is a daunting task for many people preparing for Thanksgiving. From safely thawing the bird, to brining, roasting, carving and serving – the turkey takes the most time, because it’s the star of the show. We have compiled some tips and tricks for you to have the perfect turkey this Thanksgiving.

  1. How to Cook a Turkey: The Simplest, Easiest Method (The Kitchn)
    One of the most important tips from this article is to remember that cooking a turkey is just like making a chicken, albeit a huge one. The Kitchn will help you every step of the way!

  2. Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey Tips (Food Network)
    Learn how to keep your turkey moist, tasty, and evenly cooked. The Food Network gives you practical tips on making your turkey shine.

  3. 21 Turkey Tips Every Cook Needs to Know (Fine Cooking)
    If you’ve got a large crowd, try roasting two smaller turkeys instead of one large. This is just one example of a tip from Fine Cooking, which walks you through the entire process of turkey roasting – from supermarket to 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!

Bachi Burger: Where East Meets West

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By Gregory Escolta

What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than with a classic American Cookout? This year we decided to try something a little different, however.  While Executive Chef Marcos Belfiore was searching for some inspiration he found exactly what he was looking for: Hot Dogs with different themed toppings from the Vietnamese style Banh Mi Dog to the Hawaiian Dog.  To take it a step further, he envisioned the same hot dogs being accompanied with our signature homemade burgers to make everybody happy.

Understanding his vision I suggested he look into a small burger joint in Las Vegas that I frequented regularly called Bachi Burger.  Their unique twists on the classic burger were unforgettable.  You could smell the traditional Habachi grill cooking their signature Wagyu beef from down the street.  You can order from an assortment of burgers or customize your own.  My personal favorite is the Simple Wagyu Burger with Gruyere cheese, swiss fried onion rings and some ketchup.  We hope that you are able to find some inspiration through food as we all have here at Catering Central.  For more information about our customizable menu’s feel free to ask us anytime by phone or email.

 

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Panang Curry Recipe

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There’s nothing quite like a fresh, steaming hot plate of Panang Curry served over white rice. A favorite menu item at many Thai Restaurants, Panang Curry offers salty, sweet, and nutty flavor profiles that you can reproduce at home. During the month of September, we have been sharing some of our Asian-inspired recipes, so make sure you go back and see our previous posts on Kung Pao Chicken, Mongolian Beef, and Chow Mein.

Catering Central’s Signature Panang Curry

Ingredients:

  • Mae Ploy Red Curry
  • Fresh garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh Thai basil
  • Fresh Kaffir lime leaf
  • Fish sauce
  • Coconut milk
  • Sugar
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Lightly fry ginger and garlic until aromatic (about 1 minute)
  2. Add Mae Ploy Panang Paste and lightly fry
  3. Add coconut milk and bring up to a light boil
  4. Add thinly sliced Kaffir lime leaf
  5. Season with fish sauce
  6. Add sugar to find balance between sweet and salty
  7. Once balanced, finish off with pinches of salt.
  8. Lastly, add your Thai Basil and you are complete

Notes: This dish can be made with pre-cut blanched chicken for Thai Chicken Coconut Curry or fried tofu and blanched vegetables for a Vegetarian Thai Coconut Curry. Omit fish sauce for strict vegetarians.
Catering for a party requires much more than just preparing food. We prepare, transport, heat, serve, and clean up after food. We’re sure you’d agree that your role as the host of an event would be better utilized mingling and directing, rather than worrying about the food. Let us take care of that for you! We do Private Party catering in the San Francisco Bay Area, Corporate Catering in Silicon Valley (94301), and events all the way from Mountain View to San Francisco – call us today on (650) 961-3300.

Kung Pao Chicken Recipe

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This month on our blog, we’re sharing a few recipes of our signature Asian-American dishes. (Click here for Tuesday’s Chow Mein recipe!) Today we are highlighting Chinese Kung Pao Chicken; a beloved meal for all who enjoy Asian-inspired cuisine.

Chinese Kung Pao Chicken

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Thigh Meat
  • Eggs
  • Corn Starch
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Canola Oil
  • Dry Chilies de Arbol, or Chinese Chili
  • Bell Pepper
  • Yellow Onion
  • Peanuts
  • Chicken Stock
  • Chili Paste or Fermented Bean and Chili Paste
  • Dark Soy Sauce and Regular Soy Sauce Mix – 10/90

Method:

  1. Clean and cut chicken thighs into cubes. Marinate in whole beaten eggs, cornstarch and salt. Par Fry in canola oil – blanch chicken only (don’t let it take color).
  2. Prep bell peppers and onions by cutting them into cubes.
  3. Use canola oil to fry chillies, and add bean/chili paste, as well as the chicken stock and soy mix.
  4. Next, add pre-cooked chicken and peanuts, sauteeing the mixture until it’s almost dry. Try not to leave any liquid, as this will negatively affect the flavor.
  5. To finalize the dish, add salt/pepper to taste, and sesame oil as seasoning.

At Catering Central, we do everything from event catering in Redwood City (94602), to all kinds of catering services in Palo Alto (94303). Find out how our catering services are set apart from our competition, by seeing first hand, what we do best. Expect fresh, healthy food coupled with staff committed to excellence. Call us today on (650) 961-3300!

Frozen Cocktail Season

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As the mercury rises, frozen cocktails begin to sound pretty awesome. There’s nothing like a blended boozy beverage to beat the heat this summer, so we collated some lists of frozen cocktail recipes for you to try at home!

    1. 29 Frozen Drinks to Put on Your Summer Bucket List (Buzzfeed)
      Take a look at number four – The Chilly Irishman! With espresso, Kahlua, and Irish Whisky, this frozen cocktail takes the cake. 
  • Frozen Drink Recipes (Food Network)
    The Mojito slushies will cool you down faster than you can say “Frozen Tequila Limeade!”
  • Five Frozen Cocktail Recipes (Bon Apetit)
    Simplicity is key with these pretty drinks, boasting berries, bourbon, and a brilliantly good time.
  • Frozen Alcoholic Drinks (Pinterest)
    As usual, Pinterest provides a whole host of tasty treats including (but not limited to); watermelon margarita popsicles, frozen fruit sangria, and scrumptious strawberry daiquiris.

To find out what kind of cocktail recipes we make at Catering Central, take a look at the menus on our website – or call us today on (650) 961-3300. We provide corporate catering in Los Altos (94022), general Catering Services in Palo Alto and do all kinds of Private Event Catering in the San Francisco Bay Area.