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Question: "How much tuna should I buy for the Tuna Sashimi?"




Ask a Caterer Replies: You’ll want 1.25 ounces of fresh tuna per person. Change that up or down based on how much you think your guests will appreciate it. Lots of sushi lovers?, or is it a meat and potatoes crowd?






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Francene asks, “Please provide Christmas holiday recipes. Our family is growing and I want to start doing more than we have been.” Christmas Holiday Recipes


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Tanya asks, “...having a party for 50 people and serving stuffed shrimp...need help with quantities and a good recipe...thank you!” Cooking Shrimp for a Crowd


Zoey asks, “...all my family comes for Easter...serve Baked Haddock...how can I do it ahead of time?...thank you. ” Baked Haddock Recipe





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