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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at KSL’s Studio 5 where our very own Mary Crafts-Homer had the pleasure of appearing on this past week.  We loved this segment and Mary shared some great tips and ideas for a PERFECT holiday celebration – plus some of our most popular recipes!  Definitely check out the Studio 5 site here to check out the segment and get the recipes.  And thank you again to Studio 5 for sharing this awesome pic!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who gets selected next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Studio 5 where our very own Mary Crafts-Homer showed the viewers some FANTASTIC 4th of July party ideas!  (I mean, sparklers in a patriotic cake?!  Yes please!)  We love celebrating the 4th of July and love to come up with such fun and creative eats!  Thank you to Brooke and Studio 5 for sharing this pic and also letting us share our ideas with your viewers!  We had so much fun!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back to see who next week’s pick is!  Happy 4th of July, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

The Art of Styling Desserts with Mary Crafts-Homer!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our very own Mary Crafts-Homer and is a BTS capture from her spot on Studio 5 last week with Brooke Walker!  We loved Mary’s tips on creating the perfect desserts for any event and think it will definitely inspire the viewers who want to take their own parties up a notch.   If you missed the spot, never fear – it’s right here for you!  Take a look!

Thank you to Mary for such a fun pic and tons of gratitude to the amazing Studio 5 team for letting Culinary Crafts be a part of your show!  We love sharing tips and tricks to create amazing parties and events!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back to see who gets chosen next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at www.culinarycrafts.com!

How To Make Orange Garnishes With Chef Ortega

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Today we’re going to share with you how to make the cutest garnishes made out of an orange!

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First, start with a orange. You can use any citrus fruit you like but we used oranges for this one. You’ll want to make a cut down the center and go about a inch and a half down.

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Then go down again, kind of making a triangle and you keep going all around the center of the orange. You can relate it to carving the smile of a pumpkin, it’s zig zagged just like that. You want to try to keep your zig zag in a straight line all around the orange.

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You can see how you can pull the orange apart a little bit there’s little triangles coming out. Then you want to gently twist the orange off from each other and you have your little garnish!

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You can put the garnish on the side of a plate or you can cut off the bottom so you can set it down flat. You can also cut just a little piece off to have it sit at an angle. You can also change the size of the “teeth” of the orange by doing bigger or smaller ones. Try to be as careful as you can not to break off any of the “teeth” when you’re twisting it apart!

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The final product, so beautiful! You can also doing this with melons or other citrus fruit like a lemon or a kiwi.

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Spotlight on: Mary’s Wedding – A Love Story

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Okay, okay, I know this feature is one day late.  BUT, I think this post was well worth the wait!  Today, Mary was kind enough to share a little bit of her love story with us!  I LOVE IT!

“I have always believed in fairy tales… and Santa… and the Easter Bunny!  I like movies with happy endings and I believed, in the end, good always triumphs.  However, there were many times in my life when it seemed like my dreams were just dreams and hope was all that kept me going.  But if hope is all you have… it’s enough.   At age 57, it is glorious to be in a relationship that is full of joy, wonder, and contentment.  At age 57, it is also glorious to be a blushing bride and be told every day, ‘Mary, you look radiant!  You must be in love and you must be truly loved.’

Here are a few answers to some of my most frequently asked questions:

How did you meet Rick? Believe it or not, I’m one of those internet brides!  We met on LDSsingles.com.   I am a believer that the internet can introduce couples who would have never had an opportunity to cross each other’s paths.  I dated for a year on the singles sites before meeting Rick, and it certainly made me sure of the right man when I found him!!!

Are you catering your own wedding? Absolutely!  I have the most professional, dedicated, and detailed team of any catering company in the country.  All I had to do was share the vision with them and they are doing the rest.   All of those details will be coming in the next few weeks as we share the menus and design for all three days of celebration.   Oh, I’m all goosebumps!

How did you know you were ready to make this step? They say you should know someone in every season before marrying them.  I didn’t do that the first time, so I decided to take this advise the second time.  I met Rick on July 4, 2010.   I played with him all summer, shared long talks with him all fall, skied with him all winter, and said, ‘Yes!’ to him in the spring.  We will be married on July 1, 2011; one year after meeting that fateful day.  To be honest, from the first night when we spent 7 hours ‘just talking’, I knew Rick and I had been connected long before this life.  He is my soul mate, my love, my best friend.  We may not be perfect….but we are perfect for each other.

Until next time… Hugs from Mary”

What a beautiful story!  And thank you again to Mary to sharing this glimpse into her love story.  Remember to check back next week (yes, I promise on Wednesday this time) for more behind the scenes details of Mary’s wedding!!!

Also, check out our website at www.culinarycrafts.com!

New Trends for 2010 Wedding Season

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Culinary Crafts is again setting the trends for “What’s Hot” in the wedding market!  This years offerings include our amazing French Macaroon Topiaries…bite-size gems of soft meringue with explosive filling in exotic flavor and colors to match your custom wedding theme.  Try.. PIstacchio with Pistacchio Buttercream; or Cassis with Black Current Ganache; or Passion Fruit with Chocolate Mousse….yummm!

Parrish Wedding

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It has been several years since Culinary Crafts catered this wedding but it is still one of my favorites.  It was held in the magnificent Parrish home and their 3 story ballroom.  Shala was a delightful bride and I loved assisting with all the planning for this special couple and celebration.  Featuring: Butler-passed Maple Glazed Salmon, Home-made Gelato cones, drink station, Flaming Crepes, Ice Sculptures with Shrimp and Fruit…to name just a few of the delicacies.  Enjoy,  Mary

Click here to watch the video designed by the wonderful David Perry.