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Fall is here! Plan an outdoor dinner party.

Posted on: September 26th, 2012

The temperatures this week may say otherwise, but fall has finally arrived. Soon, we’ll see the mercury begin to fall as cooler fall weather moves into North Texas. Are you itching to spend time outside after another hot Texas summer? Ready to enjoy evenings on your patio again?

We are right there with you.

The cooler fall temperatures provide the ideal environment for an outdoor dinner party. What better way to kick off the fall season than hosting an outdoor gathering of your closest friends.

Dinner parties are great for celebrating monumental life events like birthdays, engagements, new babies and graduations. But having a special occasion to celebrate isn’t a requirement for an outdoor dinner party. Hosting a backyard dinner party is also a simple, fun way to spend a fall evening with the ones you love, whether or not you have a special occasion to celebrate.

Want to plan a fall outdoor dinner party? Here are a few tips to get you started:

Plan the time and space. Outdoor living spaces and dining areas are becoming more and more popular at residences, and these are ideal for outdoor parties. If, however, you do not have an outdoor living space for your party, consider renting a party tent, tables and chairs. An evening party is best, as it will allow you to take advantage of cooler temperatures without being directly under the sun. Always have a backup plan if the weather foils your plan to host your party outdoors.

Decorations. Brighten up your outdoor space with hanging lanterns and candles. Pest control is crucial, especially with the outbreak of West Nile we saw in Dallas over the summer. Citronella candles are perfect for outdoor parties, as they help keep mosquitoes and other unwanted guests at bay.  If you have an outdoor fire pit or chiminea, light it up! The light from the fire of a chiminea or even the flickering flame of a candle will add intimacy, romance and warmth to your party.

The menu. In Texas, the first thing most people think when they think outdoors dining is a cookout. Save the burgers and corn on the cob for your tailgating party at the next Cowboys game. Plan a three-course meal for your guests, with an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Our event catering menu has an array of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres like stuffed mushrooms, skewered beef, chicken, pork or shrimp, finger sandwiches and smoked salmon stuffed endive, as well as entrees, dips and spreads and desserts.

If you would prefer to keep things casual at your dinner party, plan a family-style dinner. Any of our Take Away Chef gourmet casseroles will be a hit with your guests. Go fancy and plan a three-course meal for your guests, with an appetizer, entrée and dessert.

Take some of the stress out of your planning by working with S&S Catering to plan and cater your dinner party menu. Our experienced team will help you plan a menu perfectly suited for the occasion of your outdoors dinner party. We can even provide staff to help serve your guests. Contact us for more information on our event catering or Take Away Chef menu.

Train your children to make healthy food choices by making family dinnertime a priority

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

Taking time for family dinner is an important element of teaching your children to live health lifestyles. From an early age, children pick up on habits they see in their parents, including eating habits. If the habit for your family is to eat dinner at different times, or in front of the TV, your kids will establish those same habits as they grow into adulthood.

Teaching your children to be healthy is partly about teaching them to make healthy choices. As parents, you are able to guide their food choices by making healthy foods readily available to them. Teach your children from the time they are young to choose natural, low fat, low calorie foods over processed foods and junk food. Train them to avoid piling on extra calories with unnecessary dips and sauces.

To help instill these habits in your children, make a point of eating dinner together as a family as much as possible. Family dinnertime can become a special time for you and your children; a time every member of the family grows to look forward to. Take the opportunity to engage your children in conversation, reinforcing to them that you are interested in their lives.

Having conversation during family dinner will train your children to slow down while they eat. When we eat in a hurry, we are more likely to eat more because it takes time for our bodies to digest food so we feel full. It’s also important to teach your children to drink water with dinner. Water is not only a healthy drink choice, it helps us feel more full, which means we will eat less.

The earlier you begin training your children to live healthy lives, the more likely the will be to carry healthy habits into adulthood. We realize that you may not always have time to prepare a healthy meal for your family. That’s why we offer our Take Away Chef meals. Stock your freezer with our delicious, healthy, homemade frozen meals and you will have an easy yet healthy dinner option on nights when you are short on time. When the drive-thru option seems more appealing than cooking, give us a call on your way home from work, swing by S&S Catering and we’ll bring a hot, fresh meal right out to your car!

For more info on our healthy food options or to place an order, call us at 214-351-6888. S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Take Away Chef — The easy dinner solution for busy Dallas families

Posted on: September 13th, 2012

Is your after school routine so busy you feel like you’re running in a hundred different directions? Do you struggle to get dinner on the table in the midst of football practice, dance class, piano lessons and homework? If so, you’re not alone. Americans are busier now than ever, and most families struggle to find the time to eat dinner together.

If picking up takeout on your way home is your idea of a family dinner, you haven’t tried Take Away Chef. You’re busy. We get it. But your busy life shouldn’t require a dependency on the drive-thru lane or Chinese delivery. Allow us to recommend an alternative: Take Away Chef homemade casseroles.

Our meals are made fresh from original S&S Catering recipes and are a much healthier option than the meals many busy families resort to. Taking the time to sit down and have a meal with your family is valuable. But in the midst of a busy schedule, it’s not always feasible to prepare and cook a meal and then sit down and eat it. Let us take the work out of family dinner with Take Away Chef. Our goal is to provide quick, easy, yet healthy meals for busy Dallas families

If you can manage one more stop on your busy evening, give us a call when you leave work, swing by S&S Catering and we’ll bring some of our Take Away Chef meals right out to your car.  We can even deliver to your home or office! Stock the freezer and you will have healthy gourmet casseroles ready when you need them.

Just call  to 214-351-6888, place your order and give us a ring when you arrive. We’ll bring your meal right out to your car!

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Labor Day Party Tips

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

A new school year begins in Dallas on August 27 and this year, the first weekend after school starts is a three-day weekend! Monday, September 3 is Labor Day. Traditionally, Labor Day was a day dedicated to celebrating the many social and economic achievements and contributions of American workers; a tribute to their hard work. Today, Labor Day most often means a last chance party before fall is full swing. It even be the last chance to hit the pools before they close for the season.

How will you celebrate Labor Day this year? Are you planning a day at the lake? A picnic in the park? A party at the pool? However you plan to spend Labor Day, here are three things to keep in mind.

  1. Leave time to relax! Since Labor Day was established in the 1880’s, it has been a day to celebrate the hard work of American laborers. A day to sit back, relax and rest from all the work done throughout the year. If your family is like most busy Dallas families, you’ll likely have places to be, things to do and errands to run on Labor Day. Try to work some time for relaxation into your schedule as well. Break out the hammock and lawn chairs, or throw a couple blankets out on the lawn. Enjoy time outside and relax with family and friends this Labor Day!
  2. Eat! What’s a holiday without food? Whether you’re spending the weekend at the lake, hosting a backyard barbecue, or planning a picnic in the park, don’t spend too much time laboring over your Labor Day menu. That defeats the purpose of the holiday! Let your favorite Dallas caterer take care of your Labor Day party food. If you’re planning a small, quiet shindig, order a premade, oven-ready meal from Take Away Chef
  3. Have fun! If you just can’t sit still all day, there are plenty of group activities to make your day special. In many area communities Labor Day weekend is the last weekend public pools are open for the summer. Take the kids to the pool for one last day of swimming before the reality of a new school year sets in. A group hike, softball or ultimate Frisbee are sure ways to keep your friends and family having fun.

Enjoy the first three-day weekend of the school year, and the extra day off work! Take time to celebrate the achievements and hard work you and other Americans contribute to our society on a daily basis.

Call S&S Catering today for more information on our catering services as well as premade and packed dinners, boxed lunches and sandwich trays from Take Away Chef.

Back to school and back to school activities

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

Dallas public schools are back in session on August 27. Are you ready for the craziness of a new school year to begin? The freedom that comes with summer will soon come to an end. Between work, school, after-school activities and homework, you will be busy again.

Selecting after school activities is one big part of the back to school season. Many parents, pediatricians, teachers and coaches have suggestions for selecting back to school activities, but the decision is yours. How do you decide what is best for your child? When selecting the best after school activities for your kids, consider these tips:

Ask your child what he or she wants to do. While you want to select activities that help them grow and develop mentally, physically and emotionally, let your child give his or her input in the decision. Selecting an activity your child enjoys will often lead to a more fruitful and successful experience for both you and your child.

Shoot for team or group activities. Selecting after school activities that encourage your child to build team-building skills and make new friends will challenge them mentally and socially. Learning to work together with other people and learning how to deal with different personalities at a young age can benefit your child for life. Team sports (football, soccer, basketball) are also often more physical than individual sports, and can provide your child an outlet for energy that built up during the day while sitting in class.

Leave time for homework and fun. As adults, we often fill our schedules until they overflow. Be sure to leave your child some free time for fun in the evenings. If you select more than one after school activity, be sure they are on alternating nights of the week, so your child doesn’t have more than one after school activity each day. This will allow plenty of time for homework, and dinner as a family as well.

Develop a schedule and remember your kids’ health is most important. Being busy doesn’t necessitate compromising on what’s most important. Feeding your family healthy meals is one area you certainly won’t want to compromise on. Let’s face it: your busy life might mean you don’t have time to spend an hour or two preparing a healthy dinner for your family. Don’t sacrifice nutrition for convenience. There is such a thing as a quick, convenient meal that is healthy. Consider Take Away Chef — quick, easy, yet healthy meals for large groups, parties, or simply dinner with the family.

Stock up on our delicious, healthy, readymade frozen casseroles to toss in the oven on busy school nights. When you find yourself in a time crunch between picking the kids up from school and getting them to lacrosse practice, give us a call at 214-351-6888. Swing by after work and we’ll bring one of our freshly prepared frozen entrees made from our original recipes straight to your car.

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Overnight guests? Tips for feeding extra mouths

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

Every Dallas parent knows that feeding a family is expensive. While cooking at home is certainly less expensive than eating out, even the tab at the grocery store can add up. Feeling hospitable? Adding guests to the mix will rapidly raise your grocery bill.

The financial expense is one thing, but consider the added stress of planning meals for more than just your family. Throw kids into the mix and you may find it near impossible to please every hungry mouth in your home.

Opening your home to overnight guests doesn’t have to a budget breaker or add stress to your life. With a little bit of planning, you mealtime with guests can be budget-friendly and stress free!

Before your guests arrive, take advantage of these tips and prepare meals ahead of time:

Plan for allergies, likes and dislikes — This is especially important if any of your overnight guests are kids. A quick email to your adult guests can easily settle this. Find out if anyone has any food allergies, and if there are any foods kids might refuse to eat. It’s also smart to ask what snack foods are approved.

Prepare meals — Take some time to plan your menu for the course of your guests’ stay. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks can all be planned ahead of time. Select recipes that are quick and easy, or can be prepared in advance and frozen.

Consider our Take Away Chef meals. Take Away Chef is our freshly prepared frozen entrees made from our original recipes. We offer ready-to-bake, family-sized casseroles that can even be delivered. Our meals are the perfect solution to your menu-planning headache. Here are just a few of the benefits of Take Away Chef:

Take Away Chef meals are healthy – Take Away Chef casseroles are a far healthier option than ordering pizza or takeout when you’re on a time crunch. Stock up your freezer with your family’s favorites Take Away Chef meals and know your kids won’t go hungry on busy nights.

Take Away Chef meals are quick and easy to prepare – Take Away Chef meals are easily prepared in the oven, without the mess of prep that often comes with cooking. Kids who are old enough to use the oven can easily prepare a healthy meal with Take Away Chef.

Take Away Chef meals are homemade – Our meals are packed full of the warm, comforting feel of a homemade meal. Don’t settle for frozen meals from the grocery store for your kids, there’s no hiding the fact those aren’t homemade. Our cooks will prepare casseroles especially for you when you order.

The most important thing you can do to prepare for guests is to plan ahead. Don’t expect to “wing it” when it comes to meals and be successful. The more people you add to the mix, the more difficult and stressful mealtime can be. Plan ahead, prepare in advance and take advantage of Take Away Chef and you’re sure to have plenty of time to enjoy visiting with your guests.

Spending Spring Break at home? Spring Break ‘Staycation’ Ideas

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

Spring Break – a much needed break from the mundane school and work schedule. Whether your kids are on spring break this week or next, if you’re planning to save money and enjoy a spring break “staycation,” rather than taking the family to Disney World or on a cruise, we’ve got some fun staycation ideas for you.

Picnic – The weather in Dallas could not be more perfect for spring break. What better way to enjoy the weather than with a picnic? Picnics are timeless activity for families and a great opportunity to make new memories. Plan a picnic during your staycation. This could be a BBQ with friends in the park, or a light lunch of fruit and sandwiches by the lake. Don’t forget to toss the Frisbee into your bag, or grab a baseball mitt and ball for a game of catch with the kids.

Trip to the Zoo – The Dallas/Ft. Worth area has two spectacular zoos. Choose between the Dallas Zoo and Ft. Worth and make a day of it. Before you head out, be sure to look online for special admission deals and special spring break events at the zoo you may want to check out. (Little hint: The Ft. Worth Zoo is hosting Spring Break Camp tomorrow and Friday, March 15-16)

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Baseball season is back and the Texas Rangers are well into their spring training schedule. Take the kids out for some preseason action and get a preview of what’s to come with the Rangers this season. Check out the Spring Training schedule to find a game.

If you’re headed to the park for a picnic or out for a day at the zoo, make it even easier on yourself. Give us a call let Take Away Chef pack your picnic for you. We can even use your own basket and personal casserole dishes or for more casual outdoor dining enjoy the ease of disposable containers. Choose from our Take Away Chef premium home casseroles or one of our sandwich platters.

We’d even be happy to help you with a family dinner at home. Don’t take time away from your kids to cook. Take advantage of our delicious Take Away Chef Casseroles. Pick one up on your way home, or give us a call and we’ll deliver!

Don’t sacrifice health for convenience

Posted on: February 29th, 2012

You don’t have to sacrifice health and nutrition to have a fast, convenient meal. Let’s face it. There are times when we all need a fast food option. Running late after work? Have to get the kids to soccer practice, theater rehearsal and piano lessons all in one night? Your busy life might mean you don’t have time to spend an hour or two preparing a healthy dinner for your family.

We get it. But we are not recommending you drive through a fast food burger restaurant on your way home from work. We are also not advocates of frozen T.V. dinners. Why settle for an unhealthy meal when there are options that are both convenient and healthy? Consider Take Away Chef meals, for example.

Take Away Chef meals are intended to provide quick, easy, yet healthy meals for large groups, parties, or simply dinner with the family. Consider these scenarios for which Take Away Chef is the ideal dinner solution:

Activity-filled evenings – Stock up on our delicious, healthy, readymade frozen casseroles. On nights when you find you don’t have time to spend in the kitchen, grab one of our meals from your freezer and pop it in the oven while the kids do homework. By the time they’re done, you’ll have a hot and healthy meal ready for your family.

Night with the babysitter – Even if your babysitter is a great cook and knows her way around the kitchen, time spent preparing a meal can mean time she spends away from your kids.  Take Away Chef casseroles are a far healthier option than ordering pizza. Stock up your freezer with your kids’ favorites Take Away Chef meals, and know your kids won’t go hungry when the babysitter comes.

Last-minute company – We have all had friends drop in unexpectedly, or social gatherings last longer than expected. Take Away Chef meals are a simple solution to what could be a sticky problem when you find yourself unexpectedly caught with dinner guests.

When you find yourself in a time crunch, give us a call at 214-351-6888. Swing by after work and we’ll bring one of our freshly prepared frozen entrees made from our original recipes straight to your car. We have a number of ready-to-bake, family-sized casseroles, and if you don’t have time to pick up your meal, we can deliver it to your home

S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Teach Your Kids Healthy Eating and Lifestyle Habits

Posted on: February 17th, 2012

It’s never too early to begin teaching your kids healthy eating habits. The earlier they form healthy habits, the more likely they will be to live and eat healthy as adults. Teaching your children to be healthy isn’t just about talking to them about healthy eating habits, but by modeling them. The “do as I say, not as I do,” parenting method is unlikely to be successful when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.

Instilling healthy eating habits in your children is about teaching them to make healthy choices, and guide their choices by making healthy foods readily available to them. Teach your children from a early age to select fat-free or low-fat food options. Train them to avoid piling on the extra calories with unneeded dips and sauces. It might come as a shock to your children, but ketchup or Ranch dressing isn’t always necessary!

Make a habit of eating dinner together as a family whenever possible. Make this time special for your children. Use the opportunity to engage them in conversation and teach them the importance of building relationships. In doing so, you can teach your children to slow down when eating. When we eat in a hurry, we are more likely to eat more because it takes time to digest food and feel full. During dinnertime, it’s also important to encourage your child to drink water. Water is not only healthier, it helps us feel more full, meaning we eat less.

Although it may take more time, whenever possible, take your kids along with you to the grocery store. Train them from a young age how to shop for healthy foods. For example, explain to them the importance of shopping the outside aisles of the store for fresh foods, meats and produce and to avoid the inner aisles filled with fattening, sugar-loaded, processed foods.

Along with teaching your child the importance of healthy eating habits, train them to live healthy lifestyles with regular exercise and physical activity. Encourage an active lifestyle by taking family bike rides, going on hikes as a family, or a walk in the park after dinner. In addition, encourage your child to participate in sports or physical activity of some sort, rather than sitting in front of the TV.

The earlier you begin training your children to live healthy, the more likely they will be to carry these habits to adulthood. We realize that you may not always have time to prepare a healthy meal for your family. That’s why we offer our Take Away Chef frozen meals. Stock your freezer with our delicious, healthy, homemade meals and you’ll have an easy dinner option on nights when you’re short on time. When the drive-thru option is more appealing than cooking, give us a call on your way home from work and we’ll bring a hot, fresh meal right out to your car!

For more info on our healthy food options or to place an order, call us at 214-351-6888. S&S Catering is located at United Methodist Church at Mockingbird and Hillcrest.

Make Your 2012 New Year’s Resolutions with Take Away Chef

Posted on: December 29th, 2011

It’s that time of the year again — time when most people are making resolutions for the New Year. We’ve pulled together a few of our top New Year’s Resolutions for 2012 and think you may like one or two enough to add them to your own list.

1. Eat healthy — Eating healthy and getting regular exercise are among the top ten New Year’s Resolutions every year. Though we can change our diet and ramp up our exercise routine any time during the year, the start of a new year is a great time to begin making changes for a healthy life. We want to live healthy lives in 2012, and to do so we’re resolving to make smarter choices about the foods we eat.

2. Make time for family dinners — Spending time with our families is of upmost importance. Carving time out of a busy schedule to sit down and have dinner with the family is something we’ll never regret. We’re sure you won’t either. Just remember, time is something we never get back. It has been shown time and time again that kids whose parents spend quality time with them are more stable, better adjusted and may even make better grades in school. We’re making it a goal in 2012 to make time for family dinners as many times as possible during the week.

3. Simplify life — “Simply” is a term that may have been left out of the vocabulary of most Americans, but we want to bring SIMPLE back into our lives and yours. If you feel like you’re going 90 miles per hour non-stop all day every day, consider cutting something out of your life. For the kids, it might mean playing just one sport or participating in one extra-curricular activity, rather than multiple.  We want to learn to say “no,” and to avoid over-committing our time in 2012.

Do you want to take on a few of these New Year’s Resolutions for yourself? Let us help. Stock up on our Take Away Chef home cooked gourmet casseroles to go. With one Take Away Chef meal, you can have a simple, healthy meal with your family. Visit our website or give us a call at 214-351-6888 to find out more about Take Away Chef.