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July 20, 2016

How To Make House-Made Chips


Chips are the perfect side dish for anything this summer. Whether you're inside or outside on a hot summer day this July, homemade chips will be perfect. It's such a fun, personal touch when you make your own chips instead of just opening a bag. You can specialize the taste of them to whatever you want too, they're super customizable. How To Make House-Made Chips Ingredients
  • Potatoes (any kind, but we used russet here)
  • Seasoning (you put together to taste)
  • Canola Oil
  • Mandolin slicer
How To Make House-Made Chips First slice your potatoes with the mandolin slicer. You'll want to use the thinnest setting so they really get the potato chip texture. Then put in a bowl and rinse the potato slices with water to get the starch off. Drain the water. Repeat 4 times, or until the water is clear. How To Make House-Made Chips Then put the potato slices onto a towel and pat dry. Water and oil don't mix so this step is important! How To Make House-Made Chips After all the water is off the potato slices, it's time to fry them! If you're doing thin slices like what we did, anywhere from 300-350 degrees is a perfect temperature. Test one potato slice first to make sure the oil is hot enough. You'll know it's hot enough when the potato floats on the top instead of sinking. Make sure the slices don't stick to each other because spots on the potato won't be able to cook fully if they touch. How To Make House-Made Chips It will take about 2 minutes per side, or golden brown. You'll be able to tell when it done because the potato slices won't be bubbling anymore. Take a strainer and scoop out the chips. How To Make House-Made Chips Put them on a towel and let it soak up the oil, but not too much because that's how you get the seasoning to stick to the chips. How To Make House-Made Chips For the seasoning you can mix whatever you'd like together. You could just do salt, or you can made it more of a BBQ flavor, or whatever you'd like! For the seasoning we used, it's a mix of sugar, salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, ground mustard, onion powder, and garlic powder. Those are the flavors Chef Danielle likes, but you can mix it together and taste test it to make it perfect. Take the seasoning and sprinkle it on your chips and mix thoroughly to coat evenly. How To Make House-Made Chips Now they're done! Enjoy your homemade chips, they will be delicious! How To Make House-Made Chips Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at! How To Make House-Made Chips

July 13, 2016

How To Make Southern Pecan Caramel Squares


These pecan caramel squares are the most delicious treats and are perfect for any occasion. The shortbread combined with caramel goodness and pecans ... oh my gosh your tastebuds will thank us! Pecan Caramel Squares recipe These bars are no doubt going to impress your guests at your next party. They're super was to make too. Without further adu, here is the recipe for the Southern Pecan Caramel Squares. Pecan Caramel Squares recipe Ingredients Crust
  • 1 lb. 4 oz. flour
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 8 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1 lb. 12 oz. walnuts
  • 1 lb. 12 oz. pecans
  • 10 oz. butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 8 oz. brown sugar
  1. For the crust: Combine all ingredients until fully incorporated. Press into a greased 10"x15" sheet pan. Bake at 350 degrees 8-10 minutes until slightly golden and barely set. Allow to cool to room temperature. (You do not want the crust to be baked all the way. It should be soft and slightly doughy.)
  2. Combine butter, honey, cream and brown sugar in a pot and bring to a boil.
  3. While mixture is coming to a boil, sprinkle the nuts over the cooled crust. Sprinkle evenly over the whole pan.
  4. Pour caramel evenly over nuts and crust.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until the center starts to bubble.
  6. Cool at room temperature. Cut into desired shape and size. Enjoy your pecan caramel squares!
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July 1, 2016

Friday Instagram of the Week!


CC_IGofTW77 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!

June 22, 2016

How To Make Preservative-Free Ketchup


Homemade ketchup is the ? to making an AMAZING burger at a BBQ. It brings up the level when you put out the ketchup you made instead of the same, boring Heinz ketchup bottle. 119 Now, don't get scared by the ingredient list because it's super common ingredients and you're basically just mixing it all together!
  • 16 tomatoes, heirloom or your favorite
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 tsp. red pepper (cayenne)
  • 3 cups cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. dry mustard
  • 2 tbsp. whiskey (optional but strongly encouraged)
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
100 Remove the ends with the stem from the tomatoes. Put the tomatoes on the grill. Char the skins while whole, about 2 minutes each side. Ketchup collage 1 Add the diced onion, garlic, and cayenne pepper to a large pot along with tomatoes. Crush that mixture a bit to provide some liquid. Put on the stove and bring to a slow simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool. Ketchup collage 2 Ketchup collage 4 Blend the contents of the pot. Once it's well blended, return the mixture to the pot and simmer very slowly (to keep the tomatoes from burning), until the volume is reduced by about one-half. It should have the consistency of thick tomato sauce. This step may take six to twelve hours, maybe more, depending on the tomato variety. Let cool. Run the contents of the stock pot in batches through a blender. Ketchup collage 5 Return the mixture to the pot and bring to a simmer until the mixture is the consistency of normal ketchup. This step may take six hours or more. 117 Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer, and reduce to the desired consistency. 113 The final product! 118   Ketchup Pinterest Check out more Salt Lake City, Park City, and Utah County catering at!

June 15, 2016

How To Make A Simple Chantilly Cream (Only 3 Ingredients!)


Homemade Chantilly cream is the perfect way for you to impress your guests at your next BBQ and can be used on top of any dessert. We used petite key lime pies for this recipe, but you can use whichever dessert your heart desires! Last week we did a post on why making homemade whipped cream is so worth your time. Give it a read, find it here. Ingredients needed for Chantilly Cream on Key Lime Pies. Things you'll need for the Chantilly cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
For garnishing
  • Strawberries
  • Ground pistachios
  • Black berries
  • Mint
Other items
  • Petite key lime pies
  • Spatula
  • Piping bag
  • Stand mixer with whip attachment
The first thing you'll want to do if you have the time is chill the mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for 10 minutes. It will whip better if you do this. The cream will double in size, so if you want 2 cups of whipped cream then you use 1 cup of whipping cream. Make sure the whipping cream is cold before you use it. Put the whipping cream in the bowl and whisk on medium until it gets foamy (about 1 minute.) Note: Do NOT whip on high! It will over beat, get grainy, and will deflate faster.  Whip cream pic stitch Then gradually add the vanilla and sugar. Then it'll take only about 2 minutes until it gets to soft peak. Some people like to use powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar, but we think granulated sugar tastes better. Whip cream pic stitch 2 After the soft peak, it can only take a few seconds to get perfect. Watch it carefully! If you do over beat it, you can add in a little bit more whipping cream and fold it into your already whipped cream. Make sure you fold it over, do not mash it and get rid of the air. You can also do this after your whipped cream has been sitting in the fridge for a few days. Whip cream pic stitch 3 When your whipping cream is done, put it in a piping bag and pipe onto your dessert! Whip cream pic stitch 4 Prepare your toppings. Quarter the strawberries since the pies are small, rinse your berries and ground the pistachios. Put onto of your dessert. Whip cream pic stitch 5 Now you're done!! You have perfect little key lime pies with Chantilly cream. Whip Cream Recipe Whip Cream Pinterest

June 8, 2016

Why homemade whipped cream is the best


Do you think whipped cream is hard to make? Well, it's not! It's actually super easy and only 3 ingrediants. We did an experiment to show you can amazing homemade whipped cream done perfectly is! We used 4 different whipped creams to find out which ones deflate faster. On the far left we have the cream that was whipped on high, then the cream that was whipped too long, then the perfect one, then cream from a Ready Whip can. The top picture was taken right after they were done, then 1 hour later, then 3 hours later. Whipped cream experiment, which one is the best? As you can see, the Ready Whip whipped cream deflated completely. The whipped cream that was whipped on high was smoothed down too, it wasn't firm enough. The one that was whipped too long stayed really well, but if you look closely the edges are grainy. The Chantilly cream that was made perfectly stayed the exact same and it's perfect! Now that you can see the benefits of making whipped cream from home and correctly, here are the instructions on how to do it!

June 1, 2016

How to make a potato rose wrapped in bacon


We're showing you how to make a potato in the shape of a rose! We call it, a potato rose. 001 Things you'll need:
  • Potato
  • Apple smoked bacon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Chefs knife
  • Mandaline slicer
  • Cutting board
First, cut off the ends of the potato and peel off all the skin. After all the skin is off, take the mandolin slicer and slice the potato into thinslices. Potato 1 Potato 3 Take the slices and line them up in a straight line. Start from the bottom of the line and roll the slices up together. Potato 2 Once it's in a roll, wrap the bacon around the bottom edge. Potato 3 Spray the cupcake tin and place the rose in it. Add a little salt and pepper on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes, or until brown. It's done! Enjoy your delicious potato rose. 019   Potato recipe picture Here's the link to our Pinterest Page! Potato Pin

May 17, 2016

How To Make The Perfect Lemon Vinaigrette


Salad dressings and vinaigrettes are super fun to make. They taste so much better than store bought salad dressings too! You would be surprised at how easy it is to make delicious dressings. This recipe Chef Morgan is showing you is for Lemon Vinaigrette. First, get together your ingredients.
  • 1 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • Honey to taste
pic stitch 3 In a bowl, pour the lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Blend it all together. If you don't have a blender, a wisk will work, it'll just take longer. pic stitch Slowly drizzle the olive oil into the bowl. You have to pour the oil in slowly otherwise it'll separate too fast. Then you add in the honey to taste. We usually do 1 to 2 tbsp. If you want it sweeter, just add more! pic stitch 2 When it's done, dip in a spoon. You want the vinaigrette to coat the back of the spoon, which means it'll coat the lettuce perfectly! 113   Vinaigrette recipe

May 5, 2016

This is the way you should be cutting your cantaloupe


You'll want to get the following things:
  • Cutting board
  • Chef's knife
  • Large spoon
  • Cantaloupe
Cut the ends off first. Then sit the cantaloupe up on one of the ends. 100 You'll cut along the sides of the skin. 101 You want to make sure there's no green left on the cantaloupe. It's hard to get the green off the bottom, but you'll just keep trimming it until the green is gone. You'll do this all the way around the cantaloupe. 102 After all the skin is off, you cut the cantaloupe in half from pole to pole. 103 Then you get your spoon and carve out all the seeds and insides. 104 Then you put the cantaloupe down on the flat side, and cut it into 6 pieces. The ends are always going to be smaller so you'll want to make it a bigger slice. 105 107 Now you're done! Enjoy your fruit for breakfast or a side with any meal. 110

April 15, 2016

The Art of Styling Desserts with Mary Crafts-Homer!


CC_IGofTW67 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!

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