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❄ Luscious Holiday Pudding Cake! ❄

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Winter has arrived!

I recently took a trip to Scotland with Rick and a group from the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. It was a fantastically beautiful trip. I was excited to taste some original Scottish cooking and baking to see how our recipes compared. One of my favorites has always been the Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake. We have worked on developing the ultimate recipe and it has been one of our go-to recipes for years. When I finally tasted the original Scottish pudding cake, I was very pleased to find out that we had actually improved on the authentic Scottish version! Your family is going to love our new and improved version of this traditional holiday dessert.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Love, Mary

Here we are at the edge of the mystical lake “Loch Ness” on a perfectly overcast day in Scotland!

NOVEMBER RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake

Makes one pudding cake
Ingredients
1 cup plus 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
1 cups boiling water
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla

Toffee sauce

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla


Garnish

Whipped Cream


Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10-inch round or square baking dish. Sift the flour and baking powder onto a sheet of waxed paper. Chop the date’s pretty fine. Place in a small bowl and add the boiling water and baking soda; set aside.

In a bowl of electric mixer beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until blended. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Add the date mixture to the batter and fold until blended with a rubber spatula. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Bake until pudding is set and firm on top, about 35 minutes. Remove from oven to a wire rack.


Directions for Toffee sauce
Combine the butter, heavy cream and brown sugar in a small heavy saucepan; heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil gently over medium low heat until mixture is thickened, about 8 minutes. Add vanilla and and serve immediately. Drizzle with toffee sauce and garnish with whipped cream.

Apple Glazed Brussels Sprouts, with Bacon!

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We have some exciting news! Utah Valley Magazine just released their 2016 holiday issue! Make sure to pick up a copy of the magazine to read all of their amazing articles! In the magazine you’ll find an article of holiday recipes from Mary. Here is one of the amazing recipes you’ll see in the magazine!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts (trimmed and cut in half)
  • 1 Apple (any variety)

FOR THE GLAZE

  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBSP lemon juice
  • 2 TBSP honey
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 tsp allspice
  • 1/3 tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground mustard
  • 1 ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2-3 tsp cornstarch
  • Salt and Pepper

METHOD

1. Whisk all glaze ingredients together so there are no lumps

2. Cut up apple into ¼ – ½ inch squares

3. Spread trimmed Brussels sprout halves on a sprayed sheet pan, toss with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 5 to 10 minutes until golden brown and soft.

4. While Brussels sprouts are roasting, sauté apples in a pan.

5. Add the glaze to the pan, cook until thickened.

6. When sprouts come out of the oven toss with the glaze/apple mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

 

 

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week is a special one!  Usually, we don’t post from our own Instagram, but I couldn’t help sharing this AWESOME pic of our very own Mary Crafts-Homer speaking at the Utah Women & Education Initiative‘s She Talks Utah event!  We here at Culinary Crafts all know what an inspirational leader Mary is and we LOVE that we get to see her share her wealth of knowledge with our community!  Side note, thank you to Utah Women & Education Initiative for having us and asking Mary Crafts-Homer to speak.  We had such a great time!  And, 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 picked next!  Happy Halloween weekend, everyone!

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3-Ingredient Alfredo Sauce

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Alfredo sauce is a staple pasta sauce. You can try this recipe out and adjust to taste as much as you want! Switch out the cheese, add more garlic, etc. And it’s super easy to make, there’s only a few ingredients!

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Ingredients

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Directions

Start the pan on medium high heat and add a little bit of olive oil. Then add your garlic and sauté in your pan. If you want to add onions or peppers, this is when you’d add it!

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To go an extra mile, mince your own garlic! Just add the garlic cloves with a little bit of olive oil into a food processor. This will give your dish a lot more flavor. After the garlic is brown, add your cream into the pot. Make sure the pan isn’t too hot because you don’t want the cream to burn.

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Now add the salt and pepper. Don’t be afraid to add lots of pepper! That’s the key to a good Alfredo sauce. Whisk together. Whisk continuously and simmer until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.

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Now add your cheese. It’s typically made with Parmesan but we used Asiago here. Add cheese until the desired thickness of sauce. Some people like it thinner and some like it thicker. Make sure to whisk your cheese in a lot. If you don’t, it won’t melt enough and you’ll get chunks of cheese.

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Simmer and stir until you obtain your desired consistency. Then you’re done! Pour over a bowl of pasta and enjoy!

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Mad Marie Photography with this GORGEOUS capture of one of our Roasted Vegetable Terrines garnished with Fresh Rosemary plus the BEAUTIFUL couple who selected this dish for their wedding.  Love it!  Thank you to Mad Marie Photography for sharing and remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts and check back to see who gets picked next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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Pumpkin-licious Dessert (plus our next Pop-Up!)

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It’s Pumpkin Time!

Autumn is here and we have a scrumptious fall dessert to share with you, and news about our last pop-up restaurant of the year coming up on October 28th. First, the recipe. We served this Pumpkin Pound Cake with Pecan Caramel Moat at our September pop up, as well as few other choice events this fall. We received rave reviews and many requests to share the recipe. This cake is a great way to use your garden pumpkins for something other than pies and bread! The pecan caramel is fantastic and can be made ahead and re-heated for serving. We serve this dessert with our authentic salted caramel gelato, but it’s equally delicious with a good quality vanilla gelato or ice-cream.
Enjoy, and see the side-bar for details about the October pop-up!

Love, Mary
OCTOBER RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Pecan Caramel Moat
Makes one bundt cake
Ingredients for the cake
4 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup melted butter
1 TBS vanilla
1/2 cup whiskey or apple juice
1/2 cup buttermilk

2 cups sugar
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


2 cups sweet potato puree

Method for the Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease bundt pan with butter and lightly dust with with flour
1. Combine wet ingredients in a mixing bowl
2. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate bowl
3. Combine mixtures into one bowl
4. Add sweet potato puree, mix until incorporated
5. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan
6. Bake on center rack for 22 to 30 minutes, let cool and invert onto platter

For the Caramel
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup bourbon (optional) or 2 TBS vanilla
Combine ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to boil over medium heat. When it has reached a boil lower heat to keep warm. This keeps for at least a week refrigerated, re-heat it before serving.

TO SERVE:
Ladle caramel onto serving plate and place slice of pumpkin cake on top, garnish with whipped cream, gelato, or ice-cream.

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week is a fun one and was captured BEAUTIFULLY by Gideon Photo!  Did you know that in addition to our amazing wedding and events eats, Culinary Crafts has also started making amazing cheese cakes?!  It’s true!  For the couple who doesn’t want a traditional cake (or a confection at all) we make gorgeous (and delectable) cakes made out of cheese!  Seriously, so good – and a wonderful idea for all of the cheese lovers out there!  Thank you again to Gideon Photo for this amazing capture!  And remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back to see who gets picked!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

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It’s super easy to homemake BBQ sauce. Just add a bunch of ingredients to a pot and let it simmer! You can customize it to your taste. Add sugar, honey, or molasses to make it sweeter.  Add more apple cider vinegar to make it tangy. Anything you want! It’s perfect for the last grilling you’ll do before the weather gets too cold.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups ketchup
  • 1 1/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 large diced yellow onion
  • 1 large diced bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 TBSP Tabasco
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 1 cap liquid smoke

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The first thing you’ll want to do is chop up the onions and bell peppers into a large dice. Put a large pot on the stove and turn it on to a high heat. Drizzle some olive oil into the pot. Add onions and bell peppers to the pot.

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Let the onions and bell peppers sauté and caramelize in the pan. It will usually take around 5-7 minutes. It goes a lot faster if you have a gas stove rather than electric. In the picture below, you can see the difference of when the onions and peppers first went into the pot and then when it’s ready.

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After they’re caramelized, you’re going to deglaze the pan with the apple cider vinegar. Add it into the pot and let it steam and pick up the caramelization from the onions and bell peppers. Then add the ketchup and garlic powder to the pot.

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Then add the brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and liquid smoke to the pot.

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Next, add the honey and mix all the ingredients together.

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Let the pot simmer on low for about 30 min to a hour. The onions and peppers will be soft when it’s done. You can see the coloring difference in the picture on the right.

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After it’s done simmering, you can either blend everything together for a thicker sauce or you can strain the bell peppers out for a thinner BBQ sauce. We strained it out in this one.

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Now you can see the BBQ sauce all done. Get some ribs or chicken and get a brush and brush on the sauce on top of the ribs. Now eat and enjoy!

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Shrimp? & Grits (& Honey ? & Salt)

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Shrimp & Grits & Salt & Honey!
Yummm!

I’m so excited to share this ultimate Shrimp and Grits recipe with you! It’s one of the 7 courses I’ll be serving at our “Honey and Salt” Pop-up Restaurant this month. This recipe calls for mushrooms, which add a delicious richness to the classic southern dish. And, I’ll be topping it off with a dash of Utah Real Salt and a drizzle of local honey, which takes this dish to whole new level of scrumptious! This is just a sample of the incredible food we’ll be serving at the Pop-up. To experience the entire evening, please join us at Snuck Farm, Friday September 30th. Seating is limited, so make your reservations soon.

Enjoy!  Mary

SEPTEMBER RECIPE OF THE MONTH 

Shrimp with Smokey Grits and Mushrooms
Serves 10
Ingredients for the Grits
2 T olive oil
1 onion
3 cups stone ground grits
8 oz. grated smoked gouda
9 cups chicken stock
2 cups heavy cream
Redmond Real salt and pepper to taste
Method

Finely dice onion and saute in olive oil until onion is translucent. Add the grits and stir until they are evenly coated in the oil. Add the water & chicken base and cook the grits simmering until tender and water is almost absorbed. Add the cream and stir. Add the grated cheese and stir until every thing is fully mixed. Serve immediately for best result.

Ingredients for the Shrimp, Sausage, and Bacon
8 oz of Creminelli sausage, finely chopped (or any hard salami of your choice)
8 oz of smoked bacon, chopped
2 lb. of mushrooms, sliced
2 bunches of green onion
2 T garlic, chopped
3 lb. of shrimp, peeled and deveined (20-24 count size)
1 T shrimp or lobster base
2 t. Old Bay seasoning
1 t. paprika
4 cups water
6 oz. butter, cut in pieces
Redmond Real salt and pepper to taste.
Diced red bell pepper and chives to garnish

Method
Saute the sausage, bacon, mushrooms, and garlic until the mushrooms are cooked and bacon is crispy. Add a bit of olive oil, if needed. Add water and spices. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp and green onions. Cook until shrimp are pink and cooked. Slowly add the butter, constantly whisking until it is incorporated.

Spoon the grits into the bottom of a bowl and ladle the shrimp mixture over the top. Drizzle with a touch of honey and Redmond Real Salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with chopped chive and red bell pepper.

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the ever-so-talented Calie Rose with this BEAUTIFUL pic of an amazing ranch wedding Culinary Crafts did recently!  (Photo from Kristina Curtis Photography)  We absolutely love this organic, rustic (yet elegant) table set up and can’t wait to share more from this wedding with this stellar team of vendors!  Thank you for sharing, Calie Rose!  And, 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 next week to see who gets picked next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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