January 11, 2010
October 1, 2009
July 27, 2009
Culinary Crafts Serves the Community
So much of our business is about service. We are constantly working on serving others and making each experience with us a great one. This year Culinary Crafts had the opportunity to go serve and build up the community that has built us up for so many years. The opportunity we chose was to work in the Food Bank Community Garden. This is an amazing project that really benefits the surrounding cities by letting people who are in need of it, have a small area of land to grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and so on. I live in an apartment and don’t have a patch of dirt or even enough sunlight to grow anything, so I think this is a fantastic idea.
June 21, 2009
Oh, what a tangled web we weave……
I will be the first to admit that we get to do some pretty cool things in the kitchen. One of Chef Adams favorite things to do is play with sugar. I am talking about using it in a different form then the normal white stuff. When you boil sugar with some other key ingredients it will turn in to candy. It is like making home made suckers, hard candy or cotton candy. Instead of pouring it into a mold like you would a sucker, while it is still warm, use a fork to flip the sugar back and forth over a bowl or as Adam used two elevated sticks to catch the strings.
What is it good for you ask? It has many uses, but we had a party the other night that called for spun sugar as a garnish on top of cheesecake. A simple looking web of sugar can really take regular cheesecake on a plate to a whole new level of Fun! It is fun to eat, fun to make and just ask Chef Adam, fun to play with.
June 1, 2009
Don't know about you but we are crazy about chips and salsa. It is an addictive little snack that is great at any get-together. here is our favorite recipe that has the same basic ingredients of any other salsa, but it is how this one is prepared that makes it special.
One thing we love about this recipe is that it calls for chipotle in adobo. The chipotle peppers in adobo add a nice smokey taste to the roasted tomatoes, garlic and onions. It also has roasted jalapeno peppers, so if you like your salsa with a kick this has got it. Chipotle is optional and you can play with any other types of peppers to add just the right amount of heat for your palate. Preheat the oven, get the chips and salsa like there is no tomorrow.
Charred Tomato Salsa
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons Minced Garlic
- 2 Jalapeno or other small Green Chili Peppers
- 1 lb Ripe Plum Tomatoes
- 1 small Red Onion, thickly sliced
- 2 cups corn (roasted)
- 1 Chipotle in Adobo, deseeded (optional)
- Small handfull of Fresh Cilantro
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- Juice of 1 Lime
Heat the broiler on high. Toss the Onion, Tomatoes and Minced Garlic with olive oil. Place the mixture on a sprayed sheet pan and place in the oven. Cook until the skin on the Tomato is charred. Remove from the oven and let cool. Toss the Jalapeno with a little Olive Oil and char under the broiler until the skin bubbles and is black. Place peppers in a plastic bag and let steam for a few minutes. When Peppers are cool to the touch remove the skins and the seeds. When everything is cool place all ingredients in a food processor, this may be done in batches if needed, pulse until the desired texture is achieved. Adjust seasonings and serve with chips.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do. Happy eating!!!
April 27, 2009
As spring approches and the beautiful flowers begin to push through the ground we move into a new season of fruits and vegetables. Recently I was able to go to Washington and visit my family and made sure I took the time visit one of my favorite places in Seattle- Pike Place Market. If you have never been it is one place that should be on your list of places to visit. It does not matter what the weather is like the market is always popular. You walk by a certin booth and your nose catches a scent that it is unfamiliar with, you see brightly colored flowers and taste fruit flavored pasta. It is truly an event to remember. Vendors will slice you off a sample of the apple they are holidng in their hand or you can dip a tasting stick into local flavored honey or jams. It is the time where you can find asparagus, fava beans, peas, strawberries, and rubarb in season, just to name a few. My suggestion find something you have never tried before or are less familiar with and experiment with it. Ask friends for favorite recipes using that ingredient and try a few. You never know what you may discover. Happy Cooking!!!!!
March 7, 2009
What Happens in VEGAS>>>>
February 21, 2009
A Creative Masterpiece
February 5, 2009