Pineapple Sorbet

DIY: Pineapple Sorbet

All this warm weather is making me crave shave ice, frozen yogurt, and root beer floats…anything to cool me down! My favorite icy treat is sorbet. Mhmmm mhmmm mhmmmm! The best thing is that I’m sharing a great recipe with you, and it’s easy!

 

Pineapple Sorbet

Lou Crandall, Savory Catering

Ingredients

1 pineapple

1 1/2 c sugar

1 1/2 c water

Salt water taffy flavoring

Pina colada flavoring

 

Directions

Cut skin, ends, and center off of pineapple. Blenderize to a smooth pulp; strain.

Make a simple syrup by adding the water and sugar together in a saucepan until no more grainy chunks.

Cool the syrup, then add to pineapple pulp mixture. Add flavorings and stir.

Freeze in an ice cream machine. May serve immediately after mixing in ice cream machine or freeze for later.

DIY: Soft Dinner Rolls

 

This is one heck of a bread recipe; it’s simple and can be used for many different occasions. We use the main recipe and then add toppings or roll it differently for our various sandwiches and appetizers.

 

Soft Rolls

Lou Crandall
makes 33 2oz rolls

Ingredients
3 c. water, about 100 degrees; don’t go over 104 degrees
2 TBLS active dry yeast
1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. nonfat milk powder
7 1/4 c. bread flour
1 TBLS salt
1/2 c. salted butter
eggs for an egg wash

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Add water to mixing bowl, then yeast. Put in sugar and nonfat milk powder. Add flour to fully cover mixture, then add salt. Add butter.
Mix for 10 minutes on med speed in your mixer with dough hook attachment.
Measure out 2 oz portions of dough on a scale and roll into balls.
With parchment on the sheet pan, arrange dough balls on pan. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise until double in size.
Mix the eggs and brush over tops of rolls.
Bake until light brown, about 10 minutes

Tips
“Food storage” milk powder is the best kind to use. Do not use instant milk.
You can use a Bosch or Kitchen Aid mixer. Remember to use the dough hook.
The salt should never come into direct contact with the yeast (except when mixing it) or else it’ll kill the yeast.
If you don’t have a scale to measure the dough balls, it will roughly be no smaller than a golf ball.
Before baking you can sprinkle on sesame seeds, parmesan cheese, or other toppings.

DIY: Asian Pasta Salad

 

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DIY: Mango Salsa

We love Mango Salsa.

It’s good with chips, over fish, on appetizers…we could eat it with anything! As with most of our food, we hand-make our mango salsa. That way, our chef’s make sure that you are getting the best quality for your food. It looks better and tastes better than other salsas from a can.

 

Mango Salsa

Lou Crandall, Savory Catering
makes approx 2 3/4 cup or 24 oz.

Ingredients
2 regular mangoes or 4 Ataulfo (champagne) mangoes, peeled, seeded and medium diced
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced small
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion
2 TBLS lime juice
1 TBLS cider vinegar
2 TBLS fresh cilantro, chopped fine
salt and pepper, to taste
1 1/2 tsp sugar (or to taste)
*optional 2 tsp. Fruit fresh or Everfresh to preserve color

Directions
Combine together all ingredients and let chill in refrigerator for at least 1 hour to blend flavors.

Tips
Salsa looks best when made the same day, resist keeping overnight.

 

The Art of Plating

At Savory we abide by the 3 P’s of culinary arts:

Preparation
Palatte
Presentation

Of course, the preparation and palatte are important but mostly it’s the presentation that entices the taste buds.

Here are some pictures of a recent event we did with 7 courses of food!

As the guests were arriving and miling about we served them an original specialty drink: a Sparkling Blood Orange Pomtini with a glitter sugar rimmer. The perfect fancy drink for a fancy party!

 
The table setting is also very important. We brought out our best china, silverware and water goblets for this elegant dinner.  We reused old Perrier sparkling water bottles as candle holders, and had a color scheme of whites, light browns and varying shades of green.


One of our Amuse Bouche (literally “mouth amuser” in French) was a Watermelon Gazpacho- a Spanish soup traditionally served cold. These were served in 
white ramekins with a cucumber star cutout.
 Our second amuse bouche was a Prickly Pear sorbet garnished with a sugar shard and a wedge of dragon fruit.

 One of our biggest hits of the night was our newest Buttery Pinyon appetizer: Sauteed pine nuts, spinach and golden raisins atop toasted herbed bread rounds and garnished with Asiago cheese.

 Each salad was arranged by one our employees and served in a coconut shell. The salad was tossed with our original coconut dressing with persimmons, blackberries, and pineapple.

We had a choice of four desserts! A salted caramel gelato in a chocolate cup, fresh berries and cream with a florentine shard, mini killer chocolate cake rounds, and a festive mint panna cotta

How To Make a Creative Candleholder

How to make an Artichoke Candleholder decoration
1). Buy Artichokes fresh. They are in season in the Spring and early Summer.

Cut off the stem to make a level base. Use a sharp knife. For recommendations on knives, see Chef Lou’s top Kitchen Gadgets

Next, cut off the top because it looks more clean.

Open it up, hollow out a space for your candle and remove the inner leaves.

Complete! Great for rustic and modern table decorations.

Refined Rustic Details

When a bride asks for rustic, we like to think of it as rustic refined.
We love rustic because it reminds us of home. We don’t particularly like country kitsch. 
Here’s how Savory does Rustic without boring :)



TEXTURES! Rustic to us means bringing in lots of varied textures.
Burlap, fresh maple leaves, moss, florals, coffee beans (plus it makes it smell so delicious), flax seeds, pumpkin seeds in apothecary jars.

 We hollowed out artichokes to use as candle-holders. Stay tuned this week for this super easy DIY!

Whenever possible we love to use fruit as accent to the buffet decor. Recall this wedding, with lemons as decorations?

Bark tree vases with dried florals.

Rustic herb flavored water: just a little bit of flavoring so it is not too overpowering :). Delicious and refreshing.

Chalkboard labels with twine.