5 Best Made in Utah Valley


Our picks for local book, film, product, food and Web site

By utahvalley360.com


Orem mystery

“The Clan Destine: The Ferguson Family Mystery” tells of a family who moves onto an old farm with plans to convert it into a reception center. However, the Destine family seems to be the only ones painfully unaware of the curse the old farm carries and the accompanying mystery.

This captivating chapter book, based on author and BYU graduate Lisa McKendrick’s childhood adventures at the old Ferguson farm in Orem, is written for pre-teens and carries readers through adventure and research to conquer the curse and master the mystery.


Search for truth

On their way to Indonesia on a business trip, three co-workers find themselves stranded and looking for answers. Main-character Megan finds she is looking for more direction than just the way home.

“Rescued,” a film by Orem’s Candlelight Media Group, follows Megan as she realizes through her co-workers Mark and Chris that her current fascination with “worldly” things may compromise the religious values she holds dear.

The film was released on DVD April 29.


Web site in bloom

Flowers, photography and music are few of Audrey O’Brien’s favorite things, and she features all of them at www.studiostems.com. Although much of the site features weddings, the décor gallery section provides an array of aesthetic ideas for dinner parties and summer events. Audrey specializes in unique floral designs, which she does by appointment from her Orem-based floral design boutique. You can also follow her personal blog — www.storybookaudrey.blogspot.com.


Not your mother’s food storage

The ark is no longer reserved for animals paired in twos. It now includes instant soup mixes, pasta with alfredo and cheddar cheese sauces, instant oatmeal, and milk and juice substitutes. The Ark is The Ready Project’s name for a 34-day supply of food at 1,600 calories per day. The company, based in Pleasant Grove, has taken an aggressive and tasty approach toward home preparedness — away from traditional potato pearls. The food can be sampled at home parties and arranged to be automatically delivered monthly as an easy way to build food storage.

Visit www.thereadyproject.com for more information.


East Coast ecstasies

When Carol Coppins moved to Utah County from Massachusetts, she found a desperate lack of East Coast style bakeries and her favorite baked good: artisan bread, which is baked in an open-hearth oven and known for its rich flavor and flaky crust. A determined baker, she went to school to learn how to make it and now owns one of just a few local bakeries that carry artisan bread. She says her best offering is cranberry walnut, but you can find everything from classic sourdough to homemade focaccia at Flour Girls and Dough Boys in downtown American Fork. The bakery also serves sandwiches and sweets.


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