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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from one of our FAVORITE florists, Artisan Bloom!  We absolutely love this pic of the gorgeous tablescape from last weekend’s wedding at Red Cliff Ranch with amazing planning and design from an another favorite vendor partner of ours, FUSE Weddings & Events!  Thank you for sharing, Artisan Bloom!  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 next week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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A Wedding With A Patriotic Twist!

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You know, all of us here at Culinary Crafts think Utah is a great place to live.  We have BEAUTIFUL surroundings, GREAT people, and some of the most AMAZING weddings anywhere!  Plus, there’s an added bonus in July.  It isn’t just time for one fireworks-filled celebration, the 4th of July, but we get to have a second festive holiday celebration for Pioneer Day!  Well, we want to inspire you to bring a extra level of awesome to any Pioneer Day events you might be hosting this weekend by showcasing this stunning wedding – with a twist of festive, patriotic flair!

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Firstly, remember what I was saying about Utah’s beautiful surroundings?  Well, Aspen Meadows is breathtaking!  It was such a lovely place to host this wedding!

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We love the subtle hints of Americana and love the couple’s choice to bring a bit of romance and balance to the red, white, and blue palette with pops of pink instead of bright reds.  Such a pretty decor!

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Next, we created drink to fit with the patriotic theme like the Strawberry and Blueberry Mojitos!  We loved that the fruit added a delicious touch – but was a super fun “patriotic” detail as well!

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Isn’t this a pretty site for a cocktail hour?  We love that the tables weren’t competing with the already present natural beauty.  Also, using the taller tables encourages people to mix and mingle – which is great idea for any event!

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While the interior had hints of the patriotic palette – and definitely a gorgeously, romantic vibe – the outside was a place that we took the theme over-the-top!  From this fun red, white, and blue teepee (which the kids LOVED) to the patriotic pillows on the luxe white lounge furniture.  It was the perfect way to amp up the theme!

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Of course, we made sure to serve some truly delicious eats.  The couple wanted to keep with a more casual menu with an elegant, upscale feel!  The hors d’oeuvres were definitely a reflection of that.  Yum!!!

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Such a pretty day for a wedding!  We loved putting the dinner buffet just outside the dining area – another great way to tie in the beautiful surroundings!

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We kept the romantic, yet casual, vibe going through dinner – and it was scrumptious!

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To kick off the buffet, we served some gorgeous sides like the Mixed Baby Greens Salad with Feta, Berries, Toasted Almonds, & Vanilla Bean Vinaigrette; Roasted Potatoes with Herb Salsa; and Fresh Mozzarella, Basil & Grape Tomatoes Salad.  Light and fresh – perfect for a summer party!

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Next, we get to the main courses!  House Made Corn Bread with a Sprinkle of Paprika, served with Honey Butter; Grilled Chicken with Herb & Chili Rub; and finally our AMAZING Barbecued Short Ribs.  Seriously delicious!

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Another festive touch for this party?  Fire pits which just beckoned the guests to get outside and hang out.  LOVE!

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Of course, since we have fire pits (and it’s summer), we just had to have a S’mores Bar complete with Hershey’s Chocolate, Graham Crackers, and Culinary Crafts Signature House Made Marshmallows!  The guests LOVED this!

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And, lastly, the bride and groom selected this AMAZING American flag ‘cake pop’ cake for dessert which had to be my FAVORITE detail of the whole day!  It was so fun and so festive.  A perfect touch for this wedding with a patriotic twist!

We loved this wedding so much and think it has so much to inspire you in planning your parties and BBQs for this holiday weekend!  Happy planning, everyone!

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Gotta Try Our Panna Cotta

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Summer is in full swing and temperatures are high! Here’s a cool and refreshing, easy to make dessert that is perfect for serving at barbecues and summer soirees. It chills for a few hours before serving, which makes it super easy to serve whenever the time is right.

This would be a great dessert to serve at your Pioneer Day celebration next week!

I featured the panna cotta (along with several other patriotic themed desserts) when I was a guest on KSL’s “Studio 5” earlier this month. Check out the video here!

 

Wishing you a happy, safe and fun-filled summer  — Mary

Here’s a recent video of Mary at Studio 5 with Brooke Walker.

JULY RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Serves 8
INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup Water
1 TB. Gelatin
2 cups Cream
2 tsp. Lemon Zest
1 cup Sugar
4 cups Buttermilk
2 tsp. Vanilla

METHOD
1) Bloom gelatin in ice cold water for 10 minutes
2) Heat cream, zest and sugar to low boil.
3) Add gelatin off of heat. Stir until dissolved.
4) Cool mixture to lukewarm stirring often.
5) Stir in buttermilk and vanilla.
6) Pour into ramekins or glasses, (or use push-pop mold as shown at left) and chill at least 4 hours.

How To Make House-Made Chips

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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.

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Ingredients

  • Potatoes (any kind, but we used russet here)
  • Seasoning (you put together to taste)
  • Canola Oil
  • Mandolin slicer

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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.

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Then put the potato slices onto a towel and pat dry. Water and oil don’t mix so this step is important!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Now they’re done! Enjoy your homemade chips, they will be delicious!

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from the fabulous Jack Rose Caravan who we had the pleasure of collaborating with on Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine‘s newest issue’s editorial shoot!  Such a great team including lovely photos by Chudleigh Weddings, styling by Saucy and Kitsch, drinks by Jack Rose Caravan, bites by Culinary Crafts, and of course the fabulous Tessa Woolf, editor of SLPC Bride and Groom!  Such a fun shoot and we LOVED how pretty it turned out!!!  For your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, remember to add the hashtag #culinarycrafts or tag us at @culinarycrafts and check back next week to see who’s picked!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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How To Make Southern Pecan Caramel Squares

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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!

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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.

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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 lb. 4 oz. flour
  • 1 lb. butter
  • 8 oz. powdered sugar

Filling

  • 1 lb. 12 oz. walnuts
  • 1 lb. 12 oz. pecans
  • 10 oz. butter
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 8 oz. brown sugar

Directions

  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!

AMAZING photos by Kristina Curtis Photography

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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Salt Lake Hardware Building who posted this AWESOME wedding that was featured in the beautiful pages of SLPC Bride & Groom Magazine.  We LOVED this wedding (and this venue, too!) and were so lucky to be surrounded by a dream team of vendors!  Thank you for sharing Salt Lake Hardware!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts in your post – and check back next week to see who’s next!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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How To Make Soft Caramel for ANYTHING

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Soft caramel is used is so many things. You can put it on ice cream and it’ll stay soft, or use it for caramel popcorn.

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Ingredients

  • 400 g granulated sugar
  • 200 g heavy cream
  • 200 g unsalted butter
  • 2 g sea salt
  • 5 g lecithin
  • 1/2 vanilla bean
  • Wooden spoon
  • Rubber scraper
  • Thermometer
  • Emulsion blender
  • Whisk
  • 2 pots
  • Bowl for cooling

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Directions

Step one, mix together your cream, vanilla and salt. Put in small saucepan and turn the heat on low to heat up the mixture. Leave on the pan on low heat until you add it into the sugar mixture later.

Make a dry caramel with the granulated sugar. Add sugar gradually to a pan. Stir, but not too much. Gradually add more and more sugar until browned. Cook to 217 degrees Farenheight. (It’s done when there’s a slight foam, thinner fluidity and slight smoke.)

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In a separate bowl, melt the butter and add the lecithin in it. Lecithin increases shelf life and insurance to help it not separate.

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Pour the butter and lecithin into the caramel mixture in the pan. Switch to a whisk and add the cream, vanilla, and salt mixture. Whisk until mixed together completely and let cool.

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Mix together with a hand blender until smooth. Cool in shallow pan and cover. Put in a jar or something with a seal. Will last in fridge for 1 month. (Big batches are easier to control the temperature. Make more caramel to make it easier)

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Now your soft caramel is done! Drizzle it on ice cream for the perfect dessert! Another idea is to mix it with plain pop corn for a delicious movie night.

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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!

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A Culinary Crafts Welcomes Paralyzed Veterans of America’s National Veterans Wheelchair Games!

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Just in time for the July 4th holiday weekend, we have this AWESOME event that we did recently at The Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium to welcome the sponsors for the 2016 Paralyzed Veterans of America‘s 36th National Veterans Wheelchair Games!  What an amazing event and we had so much fun kicking off this competition which has been taking place in SLC all week long!  Check it out!

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What a turn out!  We loved being able to host for such a great group of people.  Plus, we had so much fun with the sports themed event!

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Of course, we served stadium favorites like popcorn!  But we put a Culinary Crafts gourmet twist on it.  We served gourmet flavors like White Chocolate Peppermint, Bacon Bourbon, and White Chocolate Blueberry!

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Aren’t the floral centerpieces fun?  Plus, we created some sports favorites at the “Lollipop Station” that were easy to eat on the go so guests could easily mix and mingle through the event.  First up?  These BBQ Wing Bites with Blue Cheese dressing that were delicious!

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We also served Mini Corndogs with Ketchup and Mustard and Pretzel Bites with Cheese Sauce.  YUM!

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Of course, we didn’t stop there!  We also had Crab Cakes with Creme Fraiche and Utah Beef Chuck Sliders with Beehive Cheddar, Angry Onions, and Fry Sauce.  Seriously, so yummy!

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And no Culinary Crafts event would be complete without some action stations!  First, the ‘Dodger’ Dogs Hot Dog Bar!

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Next, the ‘Yankee Stadium’ Nacho Bar.  Over the top yummy, I’d say!  Mmm…

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This is one of our guests’s awesome Nacho Bar creations.  We love action stations that let people create their own dream eats with the best quality ingredients!

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Another fun creation we served were these ‘Milwaukee Brewers’ Pulled Pork Parfaits – and just like the sign says, parfaits aren’t just for breakfast anymore!  These were a crowd favorite, for sure!

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Our house made gelato was another “fan-favorite”!  Perfect for the warm summer night and a great way to round out this awesome meal!  Mmmm…

Culinary Crafts loves being able to give back to our local community as well as national organizations like the Paralyzed Veterans of America who do such great work for the heroes who have given so much to our country!  We hope this inspires you to celebrate the holiday with a spirit of gratitude and honor – as well as enjoying the day with joy and freedom!  Happy 4th, everyone!

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