• Seasonally Driven Menus to Discuss with Your Caterer

    Food catering menu

    Planning a party involves pulling together lots of details, and one of the best parts is planning the menu with the help of an event catering service. There are lots of event catering ideas that a client can discuss with a professional, and some caterers may even help with decor, table arrangements and food presentation. Before hiring a caterer, clients should make sure they are aware of food safety laws, which can vary by state. Anyone who is interested in learning more about the catering business or finding out some new event catering ideas should keep reading to learn about some seasonally driven menus that are sure to be a hit with guests.

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  • Three Tips for Transforming Your Favorite Hummus Dip Recipe into a Nutritional Powerhouse

    Salsa dip

    As one of the most popular dips in the United States, hummus, like its cousin the classic mild salsa dip, is slathered on just about everything. Chips and hummus? That’s a match made in heaven. Fried eggs, toast, and a healthy dollop of roasted garlic hummus dip? What could possibly be more delicious?

    While this classic chickpea-based concoction is undoubtedly scrumptious, its also one of the healthiest things you can eat. As Men’s Health details, with heart healthy fats, a much needed punch of dietary fiber, and a seemingly endless list of vitamins and minerals, hummus is already a nutritional juggernaut that can help you keep the pounds off.

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  • Why It’s Okay That Salsa is Your Favorite Food Ever

    Classic salsa

    Did you know that, according to a recent report from the ever authoritative Fox News, salsa is now the most popular condiment in the United States? From classic mild salsa dip to those built on Southwestern salsa recipes, Americans just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff.

    While flavor undoubtedly plays the biggest role in salsa ousting ketchup from the top spot, one of the biggest reasons the different types of salsa have become so popular is that they are thought of as health foods. Sure, the number of calories in pico de gallo salsa dips and other fresh varieties is negligible, but is that enough to consider salsa healthy? Read on to learn a little bit about salsa nutrition to find out.

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  • Three Traditional Hispanic Foods You Should Make for Your Christmas Party

    Traditional chilean recipes

    With only a little over a month to go, Christmas is weighing heavy on many of our minds. Shopping for gifts, setting up the decorations, getting the food prepared — there is always so much to do around this festive time of year. Out of all the things to worry about as Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick prepares to make his annual journey, the food is the biggest in my family. We consider ourselves to be foodies, eschewing the traditional roast beast and fruitcake for dishes that pack more of a culinary wallop.

    My husband’s family comes from Yucatan, Mexico, so many of our Christmas mainstays are classic Hispanic foods from throughout Mexico. This means our yuletide preparations are a bit more intense than most, at least in the kitchen, but it also mean our Christmas spread is the best around. If you’re ti Continue Reading

  • How to Decorate a Wedding Cake With Edible Flowers

    Edible candy flower

    If you’re planning a wedding, chances are at least one baker has tried to talk you into a cake covered in fondant. This look, while popular right now, has one fatal flaw: Fondant doesn’t taste good. Picture this as an alternative: a simple tiered cake covered in soft, delicious frosting and topped with brightly colored hibiscus sugar flowers.

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    There are actually many options when it comes to using edible flowers for cake decorating. The first option is to use fresh edible blossoms (these are varieties that are completely safe to eat, upgrading them from a garnish to an actual element of the dish). You might even be surprised at the delicious and subtle flavor of some flowers you’d previously only thought to look at. In order to create a lush and luxurious feeling, Continue Reading

  • Three Crazy Types of Salsa You’ve (Probably) Never Heard About

    Southwestern salsa recipes

    When you think of salsa, chances are you think of the salty, spicy tomato concoction that you put on tortilla chips. This classic mild salsa dip is beloved around the world, gracing tables during sports games, movie nights, and more. There is no doubting just how delicious salsa is, but let’s take a minute and expand our definition and change the answer to the question of “what is salsa.”

    Technically speaking, salsa just means sauce. That means, whether it’s made out of the best tomatoes for salsa or something a little less traditional, so long as it’s a sauce, it’s still a salsa. Here are just some of the craziest types of salsa that will completely redefine what you think of this ubiquitous dip.

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  • Three Sweet Ways to Make a Wedding Unique

    Personalized wedding cookies

    Everyone wants their wedding to stand out from the rest, and many brides today are looking for different ways to make their wedding unique. While thinking outside the box is good, going to far outside of it can lead to major wedding mishaps. A bride’s best bet is to keep things simple and make subtle yet distinguished modifications. Take, for example, the wedding cake. Most guests will assume that there is going to be a wedding cake at the reception and the ceremonial cutting of the cake. Why not ditch the cake and surprise them with another treat that is a little different and just as delicious? Here are some desserts that make a good substitute:

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  • Taking a Trip to Israel? Here’s Where to Find the Best Food

    Different types of hummus

    When you think of Israel, chances are a whole lot of things come to mind. To say that the region has faced its fair share of war and turmoil over the last half century would be an understatement. As the Holy Land of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, it’s widely regarded as the spiritual epicenter of the world. It’s a complex, diverse region unlike any other.

    Nothing showcases this better than Israel’s food culture. From spicy hummus dips to kebabs, Israel draws on the food cultures of Egypt, Turkey, and many other neighboring countries, but what you’re left with is distinctly Israeli cuisine. If you’re planning to take a trip to Israel, whether to connect with your roots or to see some of the world’s most beautiful arc Continue Reading

  • Five Ways to Use Microgreens in Your Dishes

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    Any cook worth their salt knows that the most important quality of any dish is the recipe behind it: the quality of the ingredients, the spices and seasonings, and most importantly, the taste and smell. However, even with a great recipe, it can sometimes be challenging to make your food stand out and leave an impression. For this reason, many people have used garnishes to enhance the look of everything from lavish meals to buffet tables. However, many typical garnishes, such as parsley leaves, have become tired and commonplace; for this reason, everyone from five-star chefs to event planners are now turning to microgreens to give their plates, food and function a special, unique touch.

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  • How War and Necessity Gave Rise to a Number of the Most Delicious Hispanic Foods

    Receta de cocina

    It’s often said that necessity is the mother of invention. Food, from the Iberian Peninsula to Hokkaido, Japan, demonstrates this idea more clearly than anything else. Consider, because of the need to preserve fish and rice so that they could have access to food throughout the year, early Chinese and Japanese invented what is now sushi. The classic French dish Coq au Vin started as a way for the poor to eat, when all they had was a rooster on its last legs and a bottle of old wine. It’s more accurate, perhaps, to say that necessity is the mother of great food.

    Many of the most famous Hispanic foods were born out of necessity, specifically the necessity that comes during wartime. From the Western Roman Empire to Occupied Spain to war torn Mesoamerica and South America, battle gave rise to some of the most Continue Reading

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