DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

 

T minus 5 days until Mother’s Day: do you know what you’re getting Mom for her big day? Here are a few fun DIY projects you have plenty of time to complete before Sunday.

Painted Wooden Spoons - Little Bit Funky

Painted Wooden Spoons – Little Bit Funky

Picture Tiles - Crunchy Betty

Picture Tiles – Crunchy Betty

Striped Votives - Home Trends

Striped Votives – Home Trends

Starburst Mirror - Crafty Nest

Starburst Mirror – Crafty Nest

Jewelry Frame - Marc Atiyolil

Jewelry Frame – Marc Atiyolil

Full Mother's Day Brunch - Katherine's Catering

Full Mother’s Day Brunch – Katherine’s Catering

Ombre Candles - Momtastic

Ombre Candles – Momtastic

Personalized Casters - Martha Stewart

Personalized Casters – Martha Stewart

{ of course we had to include our Full Mother’s Day Brunch. Nothing is more DIY than a fully prepared meal that only needs to be picked up and heated }

Are you making your Mother’s Day gift this year? We’d love to hear about it!

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Mother’s Day Brunch from Katherine’s

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Mother’s Day a day we celebrate everything Mom. This year give her a break and let us do the cooking for the whole family with our Mother’s Day Brunch. Our delicious meal will be ready for delivery or pick up on Saturday, May 11 fully prepared and packaged with heating instructions. To see the full menu, click here

To order, or for more information, contact us at (734) 930.4270 or here

 

  • Honey-Smoked Salmon Platterwith herbed cream cheese, garnished with egg, caper, diced tomato, fresh lemon, baguette slices and crackers
  • Gluten Free Raspberry-Peach Muffins | with cinnamon honey butter
  • Garden Fresh Strawberrieswith tarragon and oranges
  • Asparagus Sorrel Soupwith toasted brioche and lemon zest
  • Spinach and Butternut Squash Saladcinnamon roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries, and sunflowers seeds with an apple cider vinaigrette
  • Sweet Potato Apple Cakeswith chive crème fraiche
  • Artichoke, Gruyere and Basil Quiche | baked in Danish pastry dough
  • Quiche Lorrainefilled with bacon, onion, and Swiss

 

How to Utilize your Leftover Easter Ham

Now that Easter is over…what do you do with all your left over ham? We have encountered this many times over the years, and we want to help you make the best use of your post-holiday meal ham. Check out these three tried and true recipes, straight from our kitchen.

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Think Outside the Shell: Easter Egg Coloring

Before you set up you normal Easter Egg dyeing kits, consider changing it up this year. Use naturals dyes, give a tie-dye effect, don’t even use dyes, don’t even use REAL eggs…there are so many fun choices out there for decorating. By the time your egg hunt comes around, everyone will be scrambling to find these beauties (click on each link for a full tutorial):

Do you have a fun alternative to traditional egg coloring? We’d love to hear about it!

Let Katherine’s Catering Cook for Your Easter Gathering

 

 

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With the excitement–and chaos–that surrounds every holiday, let us take something off your plate: preparing dinner for the family. We are featuring a special meal for Easter (and available all throughout the month of March) that has everything, from fresh baked savory Bleu Cheese and Buttermilk Scones to a decadent Lemon Blackberry Swirl Cheesecake, to make your meal perfect.

And those pictures on the menu? Those are the actual items! And trust us, they’re a tasty as they look…

For more information, give us a call at (734) 930.4270, or email us at information@katherines.com

 

Drink Local While Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

As St. Patrick’s Day weekend raps at the door, many are beginning to make their (long) list of beer requirements for the festivities. While a pint of Guinness or a green-hued beer will be readily available at most brewpubs and restaurants, it’s always good to “shop local” when able, and as we are literally spoiled with great beer in the State of Michigan (and most notably, in the city of Ann Arbor). It is not hard to fuel your celebrations with Irish Reds, Stouts, and Porters from great Michigan Craft Breweries.

The list of great Michigan beers can keep on going (and going), however, here are a few great brews to try out this weekend, either on draft from the source, or in the comfort of your home by the bottle.

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Arbor Brewing Company – Ann Arbor, MI

  • Michael Faricy’s Irish StoutABV 5%  – This crowd-pleaser has a dark coffee-like appearance with a creamy head and smoky, roasted grain aromas. It is rich and creamy on the palate with chalky, burnt flavors balanced by lush dark chocolates and never turns too dry through the smoky finish. Full-flavored yet highly drinkable—rich and creamy without being thick or heavy.
  • Steamroller Russian Imperial StoutABV 8.75% – Biggest, strongest, darkest, and richest stout. Black malt flavors expand into a full-flavored palate bursting with dry, roasted espresso and bittersweet chocolate. The character is generous and warming. Surprisingly drinkable for its obvious weight.
  • Espresso Love Breakfast StoutABV 7.5% – Oatmeal and 20 pounds of fresh roasted coffee from the Ugly Mug Café contribute to a mildly chalky espresso character balanced by a rich, sweet creamy maltiness. Coffee finish dissolves into chocolate with a slight roasty bitterness.
  • Blackheath Sweet StoutABV 5.5% – Strong stout brewed in the tradition of Engligh milk stouts-but without the lactose (vegan friendly!). It is smooth, creamy, and complex with a mellow roasted coffee bitterness on the palate, will-blance by a semi-sweet chocolate finish.

Jolly Pumpkin – Dexter, MI (Cafe is located in Ann Arbor)

  • Madrugada Obscura “Dark Dawn” – ABV 8.1% – A Belgian inspired stout that is as dark as a moonless midnight, brimming of roasted malts and bitter hops. It will keep you good company in all places, be they light or dark.

Grizzly Peak – Ann Arbor, MI

  • Amarillo Shamrock Irish RedABV 4.6% – Resonant with intense ruby highlights, rich caramel, toasty and citrus flavors. Subtle dry and fruity notes followed by a spicy hop character, flow over the tongue, gently fading into an exceptionally smooth finish.
  • Bear Paw PorterABV 6.2% – A dark ale with the flavor of roasted and chocolate malts, full-bodied and smooth with a sturdy hop finish
  • County Cork’s Irish StoutABV 5.1% – A dry, rich, Irish-style stout, nitrogen-dispensed for creaminess. Big roasted malt, hints of fruit and a dry, slightly acidic finish.

Blue Tractor – Ann Arbor, MI

  • Pitmaster Porter – A medium-bodied dark ale with roasted barley and chocolate malts, balanced with American hops and fermented with American ale yeast.

Witch’s Hat Brewing Co – South Lyon, MI

  • Witch Hunt StoutABV 4.5% – A stout brewed with heaps of roasted barley and a hint of chocolate.
  • The Tuscan Coffee Stout – Our Witch Hunt dry stout brewed with locally roasted coffee from the Tuscan Coffee House in downtown South Lyon.
  • Chocolate Mint Stout – Small batch release to be released St. Patrick’s Day weekend, full bodied stout brewed with Organic Cocoa and mint.
  • Cocoa Oatmeal Stout – Small batch release to be released St. Patrick’s Day weekend, brewed with oats, chocolate malt, and organic cocoa

Chelsea Alehouse – Chelsea, MI

  • Winter Wind Oatmeal Stout – ABV 5.9% – A smooth roasty stout to help  warm you up after a busy day outside.

Original Gravity – Milan, MI

  • Lumpy – ABV 5.2% – Roasty, chocolatey, creamy and smooth Oatmeal Stout served on Nitro.
  • Mason Brewer’s Best – ABV 4.1% – English style session beer (English Mild) named after the Brewer Brad’s son, Mason Brewer.  Easy drinking beer that is not short on flavor

MillKingIt Productions – Royal Oak, MI

  • Brik Irish Red Ale – ABV 4.8% – Five different malts are skillfully blended to create a medium bodied, crowd-pleasing ale. The nose breathes caramel, malt and complexity. The beer is medium bodied, has the appropriate alcohol of 4.8% and is definitely a beer deserving the title, “session beer”.

Bell’s Brewery – Kalamazoo, MI

  • Expedition StoutABV 10.5% – One of the earliest examples of the Russian Imperial Stout in the United States, Expedition Stout offers immensely complex flavors crafted specifically with vintage aging in mind, as its profile will continue to mature and develop over the years. A huge malt body is matched to a heady blend of chocolate, dark fruits, and other aromas. Intensely bitter in its early months, the flavors will slowly meld and grow in depth as the beer ages.
  • Java Stout – ABV 7.5% – Using a custom blend of coffee beans, roasted locally by Water Street Coffee Joint, to generate its intense flavor. Possessing an unmistakable aromatic punch, it has long been one of Bell’s most popular stouts.

New Holland Brewing Co – Holland, MI

  • Night Tripper Imperial StoutABV 10.8% – Dark, mysterious and poetic, Night Tripper’s abundance of roasted malts, combined with flaked barley create a rich, roasty beer with deeply intense and lush flavors. Night Tripper’s layered, nuanced tones invite intrigue and reward a curious palate.
  • Dragon’s Milk Bourbon Barrel Aged StoutABV 10% – Roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath. Pairings: red meat, smoked foods, balsamic, rich cheese & dark chocolate.

Short’s Brewing Co – Bellaire, MI

  • Uncle Steve’s Irish Stout – A version of the classic Irish Stout, complete with a dark color, soft head, and smooth full flavor typical of this lighter bodied style. A simple grist formula provides a base of roasted malt flavors while the infusion of nitrogen adds a creamy drinkability.

 

Cheers to great beer!

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day Around The World

We all know that St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 each year, but what else do you know about the holiday?

St. Patrick is known for bringing Christianity to Ireland, and March 17 marks his death in the late 5th Century C.E. (it is rumored that he used the three leaves of the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland).  In the early 17th century St. Patrick’s Day was named an official Feast Holiday observed by numerous churches throughout Ireland. As the holiday occurred during the Christian season of Lent, the prohibitions of meat and alcohol consumption were waived during that day to allow for grand celebration (paving the way for the emphasis on drinking for our modern-day celebrations).

Here are a few different traditions observed by various countries around the world for St. Patrick’s Day

United States – While it is not recognized as a legal holiday, St. Patrick’s Day has been widely celebrated here in the United States since the late 18th century. The most common celebrations include displaying the color green prominently in decorations and clothing, the consumption of alcohol, and parades.

Canada – There are many different celebrations that occur throughout the different provinces of Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team were called the Toronto St. Patrick’s from 1919-1927. Toronto is also host to a large annual parade that attracts over 100,000 spectators. St. Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador, the easternmost province of Canada.

Argentina – Since the weather is warm in March, Argentina celebrates with all-night parties where only beer is consumed, and many people wear green. Argentina holds the 5th-largest Irish community outside of Ireland.

Montserrat – This tiny island in the Caribbean–founded by Irish refugees–is the only place in the world besides Ireland and Newfoundland and Labrador that honors St. Partick’s Day as a public holiday. The celebrating is combined  with a commemoration of a failed slave uprising in 1768 that also occurred on March 17.

Japan – While getting a recent start to the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day (the first parade was held in 1992), there are nine different locations in Japan that hold independent St. Patrick’s Day parades. The celebrations usually occur throughout the month of March.

Russia – The first St. Patrick’s day parade occurred in Russia in 1992 as well. The parade that occurs in Moscow is divided into two parts, an “official” parade which is a collaboration between the Moscow government and the Irish embassy, and a “non-official” parade which is carnival-esque with juggling, stilts, and Celtic music.

Valentine’s Gift: Homemade Truffles

It’s the second month of the year, which means the annual celebration of love is right around the corner: Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re in a committed relationship, or want to show your friends how much they meant to you, there is always a deserving recipient of a Valentine’s Day gift.

Much like our post on Do It Yourself: Gift Giving for the holiday season, we love thinking of fun ways to create your own gifts for Valentine’s Day. From our kitchen to yours: a recipe for homemade Dark Chocolate Truffles (they’re easier than you may think!)

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Now that you know how to make them, get creative with your coating: pistachios, cinnamon and chili powder, sea salt, ground coffee…the list goes on and on! Who needs to go shopping for that special someone when you have a kitchen at your disposal.

5!…4!…3!…2!…New Year’s Eve Party Food

2013 is almost here, it’s time to celebrate!

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We love entertaining, and there’s no better time of year to invite your family and friends into your home than New Year’s Eve. The key to any party: preparation. No one wants to be flustered during their own party (don’t forget, you’re allowed to have fun too!). Unless you are planning a sit-down dinner, strolling cocktail parties are always a great idea for New Year’s Eve, full of mingling and cheer!

Shooters: Desserts and Soups

Soup and Dessert Shooters from Katherine's

Soup, arguably, is Winter’s best warm and comforting companion, but it’s hard to eat in a strolling manner. Dress it up into small “shooters” using small ramekins, or shot glasses (every New Year’s party needs plenty of shot glasses, of course). This way you are able to provide a warm and hearty hors d’oeuvre, while still allowing for easy mobility of your guests.

Fondue: It’s Making a Comeback

Fondue from Katherine's Catering

You can’t go wrong with this “choose-you-own adventure” menu approach.

  • Cheese Fondue: A Classic. Serve with grilled bread squares or pretzels (especially for beer cheese fondue)
  • Pizza Fondue: A favorite for kids! Make with pizza sauce, ground beef, and lots of cheese. Serve with meatballs, focaccia, green peppers, and any of your favorite pizza toppings (pineapple anyone?)
  • Oil Fondue: This requires special equipment, some great tips here. Serve with various meats and veggies.
  • Dessert Fondue: While you can never go wrong with the crowd-pleasing chocolate fondue, there are many different sweet routes you can go: peanut butter, caramel, or strawberry. Some recipes and tips here

Platters

Platters from Katherine's

Above we’ve featured a few of our most popular platters (Fire Roasted Veggies, Mediterranean, Exquisite Cheeses, Grilled Asparagus, Shrimp Trio). For parties, it’s always easiest to feature cold/room temperature food for these types of dishes so all you have to worry about is replenishment, rather than checking temperatures throughout the evening.

We’ll see you next year!