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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fantastic Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine which shows off this AMAZINGLY gorgeous Culinary Crafts wedding that was at Tag Ranch this past year.  We LOVED this event and we are always so excited to see one of the many beautiful weddings we’ve done in print!  Thank you to SLPC Bride & Groom and the fantastic team of vendors who made this wedding print worthy!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s pick, just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your posts and check back to see who we pick next!  If you haven’t picked up your copy of SLPC Bride & Groom, you should get it right away!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

A Rustic, Romantic Wedding: The Details

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Today I have a STUNNING wedding to show you that was over the top beautiful, full of AMAZING food, and the cutest couple ever!  Check it out – and thank you to Logan Walker Photography for the awesome photos!

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How pretty is this gown?  And the ceremony florals by Decoration Inc – seriously AMAZING!

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To keep with the rustic romantic vibe, these long dark wood tables covered with white lace overlays were a perfect choice.  Paired with the mixed metal flatware, it definitely added a special pop of visual interest to the table settings.  The planning team at Soiree Productions ALWAYS creates the most beautiful events.  And the cake by Carrie’s Cakes was gorgeous!  Love the simple elegance of the organic grapevine accent and cut wood cake base was so PERFECT!

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I couldn’t resist sharing this photo!  🙂  Making sure your guests have bathroom options at some of our more rustic ranch venues is a MUST, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look so much prettier than a boring white box that you try to hide.  We LOVE the wooden star decorations and Decoration Inc was so smart to dress up the commode with simple boughs of greenery.  Love it!

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Doesn’t this wedding party look just stunning?!

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The private residences at Wolf Creek are full of such great venue options!  This particular residence was awesome and was a great escape away from the city for the wedding guests that was simply chock full of natural beauty!

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This space was amazing!  We loved the mixture of Diamond Rentals‘s chairs and tables to create an eclectic and inviting space.  And, as usual, Decoration Inc hit it out of the ballpark with the florals and Soiree Productions‘s planning and design was stellar!  Such a stunning set up!

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How about this for cocktail hour entertainment?  This jet’s high flying skills definitely kicked off this celebration right!

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A simple addition of a billy button flower with these soft grey napkins were a great pairing with these gorgeous, and fun, menus from Ann Elizabeth!

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More pretty spaces from the reception space!  We loved the little lounge spaces that were created throughout the space so that guests could mingle through the night.

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I just had to to show you another close up of the flower and tablescape for you, because, I mean, why not?!  It’s so pretty!

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The clear tent from Diamond Rental was a perfect choice for this reception!  The guests still felt like they were in the beautiful surroundings and at night, you could see the stars.  Such a great idea for outdoor weddings!

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The guests partied away the night and danced under the stars, such a perfect end to this great night!  We loved this wedding, it was such a beautiful event and the vendor team was AH-MAZING!  Stay tuned for Part 2 of this event, though, where we show you all of the delicious FOOD!  You’re going to want to check back, I promise.  Happy planning, everyone!

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SOURCES:  Photographer Logan Walker Photography | Culinary Crafts| Planning & Event Design Soiree Productions | | Diamond Rental| Invitation & Paper Goods Ann Elizabeth | Cake Carrie’s Cakes | The Private Residences at Wolf Creek

REPOST from Rocky Mountain Bride: Blue Sky Ranch Wedding // Lindsey & Danny

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REPOSTED FROM ROCKY MOUNTAIN BRIDE [See the original post here]:

Lindsay and Danny’s beautiful June Utah wedding at Blue Sky Utah was lovingly captured by the talented Erin Kate. Highlights from their charming wedding included the bride’s stunning Leanne Marshall gown, the vintage cake topper, all of the stump/wood details made but he bride’s grandfather that perfectly added that right touch to the wildflower theme and all the fun with their bridal party both playing cowboy and cowgirl while testing their lasso skills and their afternoon visit to Blue Sky Ranch’s Tavern! The couple had the perfect day, sunny skies and the love of all of their family and friends.

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A Little bit of Q&A with the bride, Lindsay:

What your desired feel was for your wedding and why did you select your venue? Blue Sky is an incredible venue – it’s intimate, authentic and naturally stunning.

What was your favorite Mr. & Mrs. moment day of? Probably the first look. It was so special to have that moment of seeing each other for the first time, with just us two in a meadow.

What was your favorite part of your wedding? Dancing the night away!

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SOURCES

Erin Kate Photography|Orchid Dynasty|Culinary Crafts|Diamond Rental|Hugo Boss|Leanne Marshall|Blue Sky Utah|Beauty Zone|Alta Moda Bridal Boutique|DJ Dolph|Derek Call – Family Friend

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the amazing Erin Kate Photography, who we had the pleasure of working with at this gorgeous wedding at Blue Sky Ranch and was just featured on Rocky Mountain Bride (which we will be sharing next week!)  We loved creating this fun cake with a nostalgic feel and it fit in perfectly with this gorgeous wedding!  LOVE!  Thank you again to Erin for sharing!  And, remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back to see who gets picked next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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

Sweet Potato Pound Cake with Pecan Glaze Moat

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This feature was originally posted in Utah Valley Magazine Holiday Edition! Pick up a copy for more delicious recipes!

 

Shown here with a dried fruit confit and creme anglaise; the pecan glaze is equally delicious!

 

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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
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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 CAKEPreheat 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 GLAZE

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 glaze keeps for at least a week refrigerated, re-heat it before serving.

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

 

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Happy New Years! Recipe for Black Eyed Peas

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Black eyed peas are a staple for New Years. Tradition says if you eat this dish on New Years Day (Jan 1st), it will bring you good luck for the rest of the year! If you add collard greens to your dish it is said to make them even luckier because it’s the color of money! The beans are usually simmered with onion and a meaty bone like pork or ham and seasoned with just salt and pepper. 
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds black-eyed peas, soaked overnight if possible
  • 2 pounds smoked ham hock, meaty ham bone or slab bacon
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 large onion, peeled and stuck with 2 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds collard greens, cut in 1-inch ribbons (about 8 cups)
  • 1 bunch scallions, cleaned and chopped, for garnish

Preparation

  1. Drain peas and put them in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed soup pot. Add ham hock or bone (if using slab bacon, cut it into 2-inch chunks), cover with 10 cups water and turn heat to high. Add salt, onion stuck with cloves, bay leaf, black pepper and allspice.
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Skim off and discard any foam that rises to the surface. Simmer for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until peas are tender. Throughout cooking, add water as necessary, always keeping liquid level 1 inch above surface, stirring with wooden spoon occasionally. Turn off heat. Check broth for salt and adjust seasoning. Mixture should be fairly brothy. With a pair of tongs, remove ham hock, ham bone or bacon. Chop meat and skin in rough pieces and set aside.
  3. Put a large wide skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetable oil and heat until wavy. Add garlic and red pepper and let sizzle without browning. Add collard greens and stir to coat. Season with salt and add 1 cup water, stirring to help wilt greens. Add chopped ham and reduce heat to medium, then cover with lid slightly ajar and cook until greens are soft, about 20 minutes. Check seasoning.
  4. To serve, put greens and meat in low soup bowls, then ladle over hot black-eyed peas. Sprinkle with scallions.

Happy Holidays from Culinary Crafts!

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Everyone here at Culinary Crafts wishes our family, friends, and vendor partners a very MERRY Holiday and a Happy New Year!  Cheers to good food, good friends, and the jolliest of days to you all!  Oh, and don’t forget to check out our trailer for The Craft(s) which premieres January 1st!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

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❄ Ginger Cookie Love plus YouTube Launch! ❄

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Wishing you the Happiest of Holidays

We’ve been busy elves this month! Not only have we been making all sorts of wonderful creations for our clients’ holiday entertaining, we’re also in the middle of launching “The Craft(s)” Culinary Crafts’ Youtube Channel! The new channel is all about the passion and drama of food, presented in ways you’ve never seen before. Things like fire, steam, and blades become the main characters and drive the story in each video. (These are not your ordinary cooking videos!) Check out the trailer below, and sign up to receive a notice when the channel goes live in January.
Now, for the December recipe — Oatmeal Ginger Cream Cookies. You’ll have some fun of your own making these delightful treats!

Love, Mary
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Check out this trailer for our new YouTube Channel:
The Craft(s) launching in January

DECEMBER RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Oatmeal Ginger Cream Cookies

Makes 1 dozen cookies
Ingredients for Cookies
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour (spooned into cup and leveled off)
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg

Ingredients for Filling

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, at room temperature
2 Tablespoons finely diced crystalized (candied) ginger
½ teaspoon vanilla
1/3  cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
dash of salt


Method
Position the racks to the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Place the oats on a baking sheet and bake on the upper rack for 10 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice to prevent burning, until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from the oven but leave the oven on for the cookies.

Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment or waxed paper.

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt

In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the butter and the granulated and brown sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour mixture, beating until just combined. Stir in the toasted oats.

Roll 2 tablespoons of the dough into a ball, or use a 1-ounce ice cream scoop and drop the dough 2 inches apart on the baking sheets. With dampened hands, flatten each to a 1/2-inch thickness.

Bake for 12 minutes, switching the baking sheets from top to bottom and rotating them from front to back halfway through, or until lightly browned around the edges and set. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make the filling

In a bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Mix in the vanilla, salt and crystalized ginger. Spread the mixture on 12 of the cookies and then top them with the other 12 cookies. Enjoy!

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friend, Kelli Bramble Photography!  We LOVE this pic of our DELICIOUS house made breads with our gourmet flavored butters.  It’s one of our favorite ways to add a little something extra to our guests’s dinner plate!  Plus, we love re-visiting the gorgeous ranch weddings we had this summer and can’t wait for next year’s.  Thank you so much, Kelli, for sharing!  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 for next week’s pick.  Happy weekend, everyone!

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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!