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Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our venue, The Tasting Room, in Downtown Salt Lake City!  We were so excited to host the NYC Go event at our space!  Culinary Crafts loves being able to welcome people from all over the world, whether they be near or far, and showing them a FANTASTICALLY wonderful time – and this was no exception!  Thank you to The Tasting Room for sharing this pic from one of our fun events!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week, just tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts – and check back next week!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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Super HEALthy Broccoli Soup

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This month I’m sharing a delicious and super-healthy soup recipe from a dear friend and chef, Ian. He was inspired to create this soup when his wife was diagnosed with cancer, and they both needed the restorative benefits of extremely healthy meals. Almost everyone on the planet will, at some point in their lives, be a caregiver for a seriously ill friend or family member, or will face a challenging diagnosis themselves. Having simple and healthy recipes like this one on hand will enhance your nutrition and offer a delicious respite from busy and stressful days. And, even if you aren’t facing a medical challenge, this is a delicious soup that will delight the whole family!

Wishing you wonderful moments during the summer harvest season,

Love, Mary

AUGUST RECIPE OF THE MONTH
Ian’s Mushroom Broccoli Faux Cream Soup
Serves 6
Ingredients
1/2 cup raw cashews
1 large clove of garlic (more if you like garlic)
1/3 onion diced
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp organic Italian seasoning
2 heads organic broccoli
4-6 sliced cremini mushrooms

Method
Grind cashews into powder. (I use a Mr Coffee grinder) This will grind down into 1/4 cup cashew flour

In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil, and add the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning. Cook for a few minutes. Add the cashew powder. Heat the roux carefully so as not to burn the nut powder. Add 3 cups water and stir until mixed well. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer.

Add two heads of segmented organic broccoli. (Chop it like you mean it, into smallish pieces.) Do not be afraid to use the stems, by peeling and then slicing them thin. Add fresh sliced mushrooms.

Let simmer until broccoli is tender. Salt and pepper to taste and serve. Enjoy!

Friday Instagram of the Week

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from our friends at Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine!  I don’t know if you saw the s’mores madness this week on social media in honor of National S’mores Day, but it was AMAZING!  And we LOVE this pic of one of Culinary Crafts‘s AWESOME s’mores bars that they posted on that very day!  This is such a great way to treat your guests to a fun and delicious dessert at the end of the wedding day!  Thank you again to SLPC Bride & Groom Magazine 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!  (Hope you can enjoy a s’more – or 2! – this weekend!)

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Repost from All Seated: Top 5 Ways To Simplify Your Event

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Check out this AWESOME post from All Seated with tips from our very own Kaleb Crafts!

Kaleb Craft, Chief Sales Officer at Culinary Crafts is here today as a contributor to the AllSeated blog to share the top 5 ways to simplify planning your event. Thanks Kaleb!

Planning a large event can be one of the more stressful experiences of your life! But, it can also be quite enjoyable if you do it the right way. Planning doesn’t depend on your personality as much as it depends on your approach to event planning. Event industry professionals aren’t always passionate about events to begin with.

Often times they begin with a passion for organization and organizational systems, which in turns leads them into the event industry where they get a chance to use those skills to pull off incredible things they get to experience and share with others on a daily basis.

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Here are 5 quick tips the sales team here at Culinary Crafts use to make the process a bit smoother.

Nail down your vision before you jump in.

Contractors won’t start digging a hole, setting footings and pouring foundations the first day a client comes in a says “I want to build a home.” They have blue prints complete, engineered plans finished, building permits in place, and a plan in place to execute from start to finish before they turn the first shovel full of dirt. Stress free event planning starts the same way, you should have a general vision, budget, and concept in place before jumping in. This will prevent doubling back tasks multiple times.

Ask yourself questions like, “What is my overall goal?” or “What feelings do I want my guests to have while at the event?” and “What is the single most important thing to me about the event?”

Make a chronological checklist and itemizing the tasks to be done and prioritize by what makes the most sense to you.

This usually helps paint a road map of what to do. We like to do things in this order, 1) pick a date 2) pick a venue and 3) pick a caterer. Complete your list with as many details as you can think of. Work through your list step-by-step.

Research vendors that fit your style and budget.

Often, people suppose that all event companies are created equal. That is not so. Each company has a niche type of event and demographic they work best with. Most can do many things, but that still doesn’t mean one company is going to be the perfect fit for every situation. I wouldn’t walk into a Ferrari dealership looking for the most fuel-efficient car on the planet.

Similarly, if luxury is the single most important thing to me when it comes to buying a new car, I wouldn’t go to the Hyundai dealership. Consider styles, budgets, and overall healthy working relationships. Do some online research and narrow your vendors choices down to 2 or 3 for each category. Have a short 5-10 minute conversation with each one and see who you feel most comfortable with.

Use your contracted vendors to your advantage.

By now you have picked your first couple of vendors and you feel really good about them. They know their stuff, they are clear experts in their field, and they have oodles of experience creating exactly what you are looking for. Well, use that knowledge and expertise.

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Ask your caterer for recommendations on good florists, bands, and entertainment companies. Ask your AV company what additional services they offer. Often times, these vendors can help ease the stress of all those additional details. In fact, many times, they may be able to be your one stop shop for all things event. They can coordinate your ice sculpture, transportation, linens and everything else.

Bring in additional help.

Some events really are just more than one person can handle. If your event has the high level of detail that is just too overwhelming no matter how you organize, checklist and structure, then find a good event planner or coordinator. Let them know up front how much help you need. Determine if you need someone you can trust with everything and hand over the reins, or if you just need help with a few key tasks.

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Our bonus tip is to remember Rome wasn’t built in a day… don’t try to plan the event of the century in a day. Give yourself plenty of time. Enjoy the process and the smaller details. The best events are about creating memorable experiences and using all 5 senses to do that. Happy Planning!

Learn more about Culinary Crafts by visiting their website and following along on social media:

Instagram: @culinarycrafts

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A Modern Luau

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When there’s fire and great food involved, you know it’s going to be a good party! This was a social party and they wanted a more modern twist from the traditional luau. We absolutely love these photos taken by Claire White.

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Of course we wanted to step up the luau vibe, so the client wanted to ‘lei’ each guest as they arrived with a fresh purple orchid lei or a Hawaiian kukui nut lei from Leiaway (who is an AMAZING local vendor if you are looking for fresh leis!) And, Pacific Sound Productions played the sweet sounds of Hawaiian music while the guests mingled and ate – which the guests loved!

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The tropical decor was SO cute! Foxglove Floral did such a good job! We loved the gorgeous anthurium in the middle, is was so cute!

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The drink mixes were so much fun and the guests loved them! The Penguin Brothers brought the energy with their mixing skills. They created some amazing non-alcoholic drinks, including a delicious pina colada.
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Our chefs also created some tasty Hawaiian sweet rolls with coconut and sweetened condensed milk. In addition to the rolls, we also served pineapple chunk orange rolls, that were to die for!
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The assortment of traditional Hawaiian food was exactly what the client was looking for. We especially loved firing up the grill on site for the huli huli teriyaki chicken and honey glazed grilled pineapple. Also served on the buffet was kalua pork and purple potato salad.
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What says tropical more than a delicious salad with mangos and strawberries? So yummy!
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How adorable are these treats? Amy Perkins of The Bakeaholic made them and all we have to say is aloha!
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The guests were able to feast all night long and participate in hula dances along with the performers from Pacific Sound Productions. Check out the fire dancers! Watching them is the perfect way to end the night.
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We love our Culinary Crafts staff! They did such a great job with this event!
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Residence: Private Residence
Event Coordinators/Planners: Rachel Folkman & Claire White
Photography: Claire White
Floral Arrangements: Foxglove Floral
Leis: Leiway

Friday Instagram of the Week!

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Today’s Instagram of the Week comes from Erin Langford Photography who captured this AMAZING reception we did recently!  We loved the elegant feel of this wedding (plus isn’t her caption great?!)  Thank you for sharing, Erin!  Remember, for your chance to be next week’s Instagram of the Week tag us at @culinarycrafts or add the hashtag #culinarycrafts to your post and check back to see next week’s pick!  Happy weekend, everyone!

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Culinary Crafts Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

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In honor of #NationalChocolateChipCookieDay we’re sharing with you our delicious recipe for the cookies we make in-house! Chocolate chip cookies are a national staple for dessert night. We love this recipe because it’s the perfect combination of soft, chewy, and caramel favor. They will be the best cookies you will have ever eaten!

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Culinary Crafts Chocolate Chip Cookies

Serves 90

  • 1 pound butter
  • 1 pound dark brown sugar
  • 1 pound granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs vanilla (use our homemade vanilla recipe!)
  • ⅓ cup corn syrup
  • 1 pound all purpose flour
  • 1 pound cake flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 pounds of chocolate chips (We like the large Guittard chips)

Directions:

  1. Cream butter, and sugars together in a mixer
  2. Add eggs, vanilla, and corn syrup, mix until combined
  3. Sift together flours, soda, and salt. Add to mixer and mix.
  4. Add chocolate chips and mix just until combined
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  6. Spray sheet pans, and scoop ¼ cup of dough and place 12 to a sheet.
  7. Lightly depress cookies before putting them in the oven. Back for 6 minutes, rotate pan, and cook another 6 minutes.
  8. Take out and let cool.

Now enjoy your cookies! Eat with a nice tall glass of milk 🙂

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Local Cheese And Apple Hors D’oeuvre

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Here at Culinary Crafts we use local and fresh ingredients for all of our dishes. (Except when our clients want a dish that is asian or mediterranean influenced, because lets be real, it’s hard to find some of the ingredients locally for those dishes!)

For this hors d’oeuvre we only used 3 ingredients; apples, cheese, and honey.

We love using local honey because it is raw and unfiltered. Processed honey takes out the amazing flavor honey have to offer, so buy local! Wherever the bees are located and getting their pollen from is how the honey will taste. If the bees are up in wildflowers, the honey will have a floral taste to it. Same with if they are by a pumpkin patch, they will have the hint of pumpkin.

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Some of our favorite cheeses is Beehive Cheese, Heber Valley Cheese, Deer Valley and our own cheeses we made in-house. Pictured is the Barely Buzzed cheese from Beehive Cheeses, located in Northern Utah. Beehive cheese sources the milk used in the cheese from Wade’s Dairy, also in Northern Utah. The Barely Buzzed cheese is a white cheddar cheese with an espresso rub on the outside.

They get the rub exclusively make for them from Colorado Legacy Fine Coffee. It is made from espresso and lavender with subtle notes of butterscotch and caramel. Barely Buzzed is then aged in their humidity controlled facility and moved to two different temperatures during the aging process to develop texture and flavor.

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We love Mountainland Apples in Santaquin, Utah. For this hors d’oeuvre we used a delicious granny apple.

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Below is our really popular local cheese and apple hors d’oeuvre. Utah apples are harvested in the late Summer/Fall. Apples hold really well in a really cold storage but they’re at their best when you get them at a farmers market or a orchard because they’ll be extra juicy. Because of the cold storage, we’re able to serve this delicious hors d’oeuvre year-round.

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We used clover honey from Miller Farms which is made in Salt Lake City, Utah. The hives were surrounded by clover fields, which is where they got the pollen from and it’s affects the taste.

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We love this hors d’oeuvre because you get the sweetness from the apple and the savory from the cheese which has a little bit of fat in it so it coats your mouth, and then the honey gives it a nice extra flavor. You can garnish it with a micro green or herb. We used thyme in these pictures.

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Repost of a Culinary Crafts Inspiration Shoot on The Luxe Pearl

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FROM MARY CRAFTS:
“The LDW Ranch is one of my favorite exclusive ranches in Utah. I wanted to feature an inspiration shoot at this gorgeous venue but I am over the typical “rustic”, “rustic chic”, and “mountain” weddings we have done for the past decade. As I walked the ranch, the movie: Wild Horses Can’t Be Broken” just kept coming back to me. I fell in love with the blend of this breathtaking mountain setting and the vision of vintage ranches from the 1930’s. Our path was set and this group of talented vendors were off and running to create one of the most romantic and stunning shoots I have ever done. Some of my favorite touches include: the Vintage Ice Tea Bar, Savory Macaroons and Short Breads, the leather place card napkin ties, the perfect pink vintage water goblet, and a chocolate caramel hazelnut tart that you can almost taste from the photo. Each vendor brought a unique addition to create this visual masterpiece for a complete wedding day.”

VENDORS:

Photographer:  Pepper Nix Photography//Dress Store:AMB//Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental//Equipment Rentals: Diamond Rental//Cake Designer: One Sweet Slice//Officiant: Rev. Anita Gordon and Rev. Craig Gordon – Utah Wedding Minister//Event Designer: Scenemakers//Makeup Artist: Versa Artistry//Caterer: Culinary Crafts//Event Planner: MOOD Events & Production//

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How To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

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It only take two ingredients to make homemade vanilla extract. It’s so easy! You’ll never go back to store-bought vanilla extract after making this recipe.

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You can even find a fun cute bottle to reuse just like the one pictured here. Or you can use the rum bottle and add in the vanilla beans!

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup rum
  • 3 vanilla beans

Other things you’ll need

  • Bowl
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Funnel
  • Storage container
  • Liquid measuring cup

Vanilla beans are easier to find that you think. If you prep ahead of time you can order them online. But you can find them in William Sonoma or Harmons here in Utah.

The first thing you do is measure out the rum into a cup. Then take the vanilla beans and make a cut right down the middle as straight as possible. take your knife and scrape out the vanilla beans in one long scoop. Put the beans in the cup with the rum.

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Pour out the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, scrape out any leftover beans in the vanilla pods.

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Pour the mixture into your storage container and add in the vanilla beans at the end. It will give the vanilla more flavor!

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You’ll want to let the ingredients sit together for at the very least a month, but it’s best to let sit for 3 months before you start using it. Great news, it can last forever! It will never expire.

Here is a side by side comparison of what your mixture will look like right after you put it together and what it’ll look like after 3 months. You can see how much darker the mixture needs to get! Now take a break, put it in your panty, and enjoy some delicious chocolate chip cookies with your homemade vanilla in 3 months!

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