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May 8, 2019

May Recipe of the Month: Mother’s Day Brunch Cones

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Letting Mom sleep in while the kids make breakfast is always a popular gift on Mother's Day. And while it is the thought that counts most, it's always nice when the gift itself is a success too. This simple breakfast is basically fool proof - even for Dad or the kids! And it's beautiful and delicious to boot. Mom is sure not only to be touched, but impressed as well!   Ingredients
  • 6 waffle cones - making your own is a fun activity for kids, but the cones from the store work just as well
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese (yogurt can partially or entirely substituted as desired)
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • fresh fruit - stick to Mom's favorites and whatever is in season, fresh, and ripe. Taking care to have several colors also helps the final presentation.
Whip together mascarpone, cream, lemon zest, and vanilla until fluffy - about 2-3 minutes. Using a piping bag, fill the bottom of your cones with about 1/4 cup of the mixture. If your mixture is thin and likely to drip out the bottom of the cone, you can consider dipping the cone into melted chocolate to create a seal at the bottom. Fill to the top with fresh fruit. Serve and enjoy!

April 22, 2019

April Recipe of the Month: Artisan Deviled Eggs

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Easter has come and gone and now you might be left wondering what to do with all those left over dyed Easter eggs! Here are 3 of our favorite deviled eggs recipes! Sure to tickle your taste buds. Tarragon Deviled Eggs
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon minced gherkins pickles
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of minced fresh tarragon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • microgreens to garnish
Curried Deviled Eggs
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon diced green onions
  • 4 teaspoon of mango chutney for garnish
Sriracha Deviled Eggs
  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Sriracha to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • black sea salt to garnish
Remove shells from eggs and slice open length wise. Remove the yolks into a small bowl and save the whites for later. Using a food processor or blender, blend together yolks and remaining ingredients. Using a pastry bag and a star tip (I like to use 2110 tip—very large star tip—as it makes the prettiest fillings), pipe the egg yolk mixture into your egg whites and garnish. Enjoy!

March 29, 2019

The Top 15 places to eat lunch in Utah County

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Culinary Crafts headquarters is located in Pleasant Grove, so we are always looking for great places for lunch in Utah County. We polled Ryan, Kaleb, and our chefs to come up with this list of our 15 favorite lunch spots.
  • Pizzeria 712 - 320 State St #185, Orem, UT - This has been a Crafts family favorite since it opened. 712's approach shares many of our own philosophies and values regarding food - simple yet creative, ingredient driven, and house-made. Always delicious!
  • Asahi - 1470 N State St, Orem, UT - Great sushi at a great price. Conveniently located. We go here a lot!Image result for asahi orem
  • Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi Bar - 1616 W Traverse Parkway, Lehi, UT - Not only is the sushi fabulous, there are lots of delicious options to satisfy even the sushi averse, including an impressive sake list.Image result for tsunami sushi
  • Oteo - 139 S State St, Lindon, UT - Tacos, sopes, and empanadas after our own hearts! Innovative and trendy, yet still simple and without fuss. Don't miss the avocado tacos.
  • Black Sheep Cafe - 19 N University Ave, Provo, UT - Southwestern Native American cooking with full bar selections. Upscale and full service, but still casual. Ryan recommends the hog jowl tacos!
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  • Cravings Bistro - 25 W Center St, Pleasant Grove, UT - A modern take on classic comfort dishes (grilled cheese and soup). It's impossible to pick the wrong sandwich, but if you're undecided opt for the ABC (apples, bacon, and cheddar). And it's just a few blocks away from our own office!Image result for cravings bistro
  • The Foundry Grill - 8841 N Alpine Loop Rd, Sundance, UT - Ryan spends a lot of time skiing the slopes at Sundance, and drops in here often for an elegant dinner of modern American cuisine. The Tree Room, and Owl Bar are excellent too!Image result for foundry grill
  • Peace On Earth - 35 N 300 W #200, Provo, UT - Let's be honest, it's not easy to find a great cup of Joe of Utah County. We're so happy to see more places like this coming to town. Great sandwiches and beautiful digs as well!DSC08314.jpeg
  • Taqueria 27 - 1688 W Traverse Pkwy, Lehi, UT - Great food at great prices. Fun for groups. Also featuring an array of specials updated daily.Image result for taqueria 27
  • 180 Tacos - 3368 N University Ave, Provo, UT - Too many taco places you say? There's no such thing! Great to dine in or take. The daily specials are always fun!Image result for 180 tacos
  • Bam Bams BBQ - 1708 State St, Orem, UT - Delicious Texas-style BBQ. And just like in Texas, the best thing is the brisket! Image result for bam bam's restaurant
  • Yamato - 1074 State St, Orem, UT - As much as we like to see new comers in our local restaurant scene, we're also ecstatic that places like Yamato stand the test of time. Excellent sushi as well as other classic Japanese dishes.Related image
  • CHOM Burger - 45 300 N, Provo, UT - Just because you've ditched fast food for good, doesn't mean you can't find a tasty burger out there. We love CHOM. And the milkshakes are killer too (especially the rotating seasonal selection)!
  • Sidecar Cafe - 1715 W 500 S, Springville, UT - In addition to the great breakfast and lunch menus, you can check out the Legend's Motorcycle Museum while you're there.
  • Straptank - 1750 West 596 South, Springville, UT - Across the parking lot from Sidecar, this brewery (yep, you read that right) features pub grub to satisfy all comers.
 

March 14, 2019

March Recipe of the Month: World’s Best Mashed Potatoes

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We love potatoes of all varieties, in all styles, all year round. But especially on St. Patricks Day, as part of an Irish themed menu, we love some fish and chips or stout braised beef with mashed potatoes. This is one of our favorite recipes.   And in case you're worried it's a misprint, yes, the amount of butter is correct. Just trust us on this one!   Ingredients   -3 pounds of yellow potatoes (Yukon Golds are perfect) -1 1/4 pounds of butter, cubed -1/4 cup of heavy cream -kosher salt Boil potatoes in lightly salted water until tender (about 20 minutes). Drain and allow to cool. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, remove the peel. Puree the potatoes with a food mill / ricer into a large sauté or sauce pan.   Heat the puree over a medium heat, turning frequently with a rubber spatula. Watch for the potatoes to release moisture as steam and continue stirring until they take on a drier, fluffier consistency (about 3 minutes). Reduce heat to low.   Add butter 1/4 pound at a time, stirring until completely melted, smooth, and creamy before adding more. After all butter is incorporated, whisk in the cream. Salt to taste. Plate and serve immediately.   Enjoy!

March 8, 2019

Host an Olive Oil Tasting!

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Of course we never tire of hosting wine, cheese, charcuterie, whiskey, and chocolate tastings. Less common, but just as fun, we also love to sample a line up up fabulous olive oils.  It's a super fun experience to kick off a dinner party!  Moreover, slowing down to sample different high end oils will also improve your larger cooking experience as you find your favorite oils and use them in all your dishes.   What you'll need:
  • Extra virgin olive oils. Start with 3-6 oils. Pick premium selections. And look to achieve as much variety as possible - oils of varying itensity, of different colors, and from multiple locales.
  • Wine Glasses.
  • Small Plates.
  • Bread. Something with a great crust. Simple breads sans any flavors or accoutrements (the bread is simply to deliver the oil, not compete or contrast with it).
  • Palate Cleanser(s). We suggest fresh fruit (apples, oranges, berries, etc.) and sparkling water.
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  1. First, pour about a tablespoon of the first olive oil into your wineglass.
  2. Swirl the olive oil in the glass.  Cup the glass in one of your hands and cover the top of the glass with the other.  Swirl gently to release aromas.  The warmth from your hands with help the aromas release as well.
  3. Uncover the glass and smell the oil deeply.  Take mental notes of what you smell.  Is it peppery? Fruity?  Buttery?
  4. Next, take a sip of the oil almost in a 'soup-slurping' fashion.  Allow the oil to run across the palate. Breathe in through your nose. Try to smell the oil again before swallowing.
  5. As you exhale, swallow the oil and concentrate on the flavor.  Think about some general categories such as fruitiness, pungency, bitterness, earthiness, pepperyness, etc.  Write down your observations and then compare them with your fellow tasters!  You can also re-taste the oil by pouring it on a small plate and dipping the bread in the oil and seeing how that affects the taste.
  6. When you are ready to move on to the next oil, cleanse your palate with plain bread, a slice of apple, and/or sparkling water.
  7. Repeat the process for the oils.
Taking notes helps. Putting your impressions into words and discussing them with others will help them take form and become more specific. It also helps to recall your thoughts later on when shopping for oils for unique purposes. Below is a great card that's fun to give each guest to help them take notes.Eat well!

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