Souvenirs: 21 Design Features From Hotel To Home

Part II of the Souvenirs series takes a look at 21 design features from hotel to home.  The purpose of the well-appointed hotel room and the design features within is to make your stay convenient, comfortable and memorable- a thoughtful and inspiring souvenir.

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Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes ~ Sara Bliss 

Design and decor features of a stylish, chic and well-appointed hotel room is full to capacity with ideas to use in our homes.  I keep the camera handy and a small journal in my purse for exactly that reason.  See it.  Shoot it. Commit to design features from hotel to home memory.

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Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Master Bath

To illustrate the point, I am using some from our Las Vegas trips in this post.  Some of the rooms have been remodeled since our last stay, but we will work with what we have.

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Palazzo Hotel Master Bath

Where a hotel room for some is just a place to sleep, for me it is as much a part of the vacation as a special dinner at a gourmet restaurant or seeing a top-tier headliner show.

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Venetian Hotel Master Bath

In the spirit of Vegas lucky 21 I have selected 21 inspiring design features from hotels to home for your design and decorating implementation consideration.

Master Bathroom Features

1.  His and Hers Sinks

Better yet, his and hers bathrooms.  Since the his and hers bathrooms may not be in the cards, we will keep the focus on a design feature that is more in line with traditional bath design- his and hers sinks.  Two is better than one in the name of convenience and personal space, and storage allocation.

mason-apothecary-single-sink-console-oMason Apothecary Single Sink Console X 2

Medicine cabinets, storage tower(s) or center shelving offer excellent storage options.

traditional bathroom ideasDaniel Contelmo Architects

2.  In-Bathroom Television

Who doesn’t love a television in the dressing area of the bathroom?  I am a big fan of this design features from hotel to home idea.  Getting ready for the day, client meeting or an evening out can find us pressed for time. Having a television in the bathroom makes it easy for us to get our news, weather, traffic updates, sports scores (his) and music choice channels (hers).

flat screen television

3.  Lighted Makeup Mirror  

More the rule than the exception in today’s hotel room bathroom amenities, a lighted makeup mirror magnifies the magnificent you!

wall mounted lighted mirror

4.  Dimmer Switch

Call this a bonus lighting feature that adjusts to the task at hand.  The dimmer control allows me to add to or take away from the ambient lighting.  Up for an extra layer of lighting to optimize the lighted makeup mirror or down for a soft night light effect.

preset dimmerPreset Dimmer

5.  Double Entry Doors 

Design of the wonderfully dramatic kind.

double door bathroom entry 3 North ~ DecorPad

6. Decorative Molding Accents

molding_954Sierra Frieze Molding

7.  Stylish Bathroom Faucets

Virture bath faucet pfisterVirtue Bathroom Faucet

french-bathroom-gold-ornate-mirror-mosaic-tiled-sink-marble-vanityDecorPad

8.  Decorative Mirror(s)

Mirror, mirror on the wall– who is the statement making fairest of them all?

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Pagoda Mirror by Cooper Classics

KlingJ K Kling Associates ~ DecorPad

The design and decorating elements of a ranch style house giveth and taketh away.  Eight foot ceilings fall into the taketh away category, but layers of light, color, accents and accessories gorgeously guide the eye and giveth style to the overall look.

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G P Schafer

9.  Marble

Marble is the material of choice for showers, walls, floors and vanity tops. Why?  Because marble is just so pretty.

carrara marble bathroom vanity topHouzz

Maddux CreativeWorld of Interiors~ Maddux Creative

marble tile shower benchTraditional Home

10. Lighting

Layers and layers of task, accent, ambient and decorative lighting.

wall-sconce-lightingCushman Design Group ~ Houzz ~ Photography by Susan Teare

11. Vanity Stool

Sitting pretty.

vanity chair bathTraditional Home

12. In-Drawer Electrical Outlets

Convenience comes home!

outlet drawer bathroon

13. Stylish Hardware

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Chrissy and Co

When the preliminary remodel/decor strategy session (eloquent words for the thirty minute “this is what I want, and how are you going to make my remodeling suite dreams come true?” conversation with Dave) began, my mental Rolodex flipped to I for inspiring design features from hotel to home.

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Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room

Caesars Flamingo Road View

Caesars Palace Augustus Tower Hotel Room

The implementation of inspiring design features to further enhance the look and design of our master bathroom is presently on hold for two families under one roof reasons.  The upside is time- time that allows me to source, study and gather inspiring design features information.

Palazzo Hotel Room

Venetian Hotel Piazza Suite

Venetian Hotel Piazza Suite

Hotels roll with the what’s on trend flow when it comes to updating the interiors of rooms, and what a difference a contemporary update makes. Which do you prefer?

Venetian differences

14.  Unique Headboard

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Height, color, pattern and texture- all present and stylishly accounted for. I like the look of the diamond tufted upholstered headboard.

JSchoenberger_MasterBedroom2Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I ask myself “is the tall upholstered headboard on its way out?”  I tell myself “if you love the look, it’s in style.”

15.  Floor Mirror

For checking your look from head to toe.

summer house styleDecorPad

bella mirrorBella Mirror

16.  Above the Bed and Bedside Lighting

bedside lighting House Beautiful

Bedtime readers know the value of good lighting.  May I suggest adding Places In The Home and Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes by Sara Bliss to your bedtime reading list. 

sarah richardson design decorpadSarah Richardson Design ~ DecorPad

The beside swing arm sconce lamps are perfect additions in size, function and balance.

swing arm sconces

swing arm wall with sconce shade

Lamps  Plus

17.  Bedside Light Switch

Convenience again makes an appearance on the list.  I love the convenience of being able to turn out the bedroom light(s) from bed.  Does that sound right?  You know what I mean.

18.  Bed Curtains

This design feature falls into the category of maybe, maybe not, but it is well worth considering.

Paul Corrie Interiors bedroomPaul Corrie Interiors ~ DecorPad

bed-drapes-soft-bedroom-paletteAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

19.  End of Bed Seating Options

Isabelle-Tufted-BenchIsabelle Tufted Bench 

Cassini settee

Cassini Grey Mistral Velvet Settee

A pair of upholstered stools, bench or settee placed at the foot of the bed round out my idea for extra seating and stylish function.

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Barnes Vanze Architects, Inc.

french-bench-gray-pinstripe-bench-pinstripe-bolster-pillowAmy Berry Design ~ DecorPad

I gave my friend a bed bench for her birthday, and it was the missing piece of her decor puzzle.  The next time I saw her husband he thanked me for supplying her with a lovely and convenient piece that now served as housing for their folded laundry.  I can lead my friends to stylish home decor, but I can not make them use it appropriately!

20.  Bed crown ~ Bed cornice

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A bed crown cornice can be custom built for more length, and work beautifully in conjunction with an architectural piece headboard- the best of both worlds scenario.

Rococo Bed Corona18th c Ornate Rococo Bed Corona

Hickory-Manor-House-Bed-CrownHickory Manor Bed Crown

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First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s Bedroom, White House

21.  Bed Curtain with Decorative Tiebacks or Holdbacks

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venetian-luxury-suiteVenetian Luxury Suite

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43 Chesapeake Court Antiques

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Emmy Curtain Tieback

Bed curtains, bed crowns and decorative holdbacks and tiebacks carry the look, the space and the eye to a regal level.

Benjamin Dhong BedroomBenjamin Dhong ~ House Beautiful

Don’t shy away from pairing two or more statement making design elements.  You will know if the two cross each other out.  There is a lot of trail and error involved in the process of making things beautiful, and plenty of fun, too.  Stylish, smart and luxurious hotel room features provide a comfortable and unforgettable experience.  Forget the soaps and shampoos- bring inspiring design features from hotel to home with you and make them your design and decorating souvenirs.

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Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel

Updating and refreshing blog posts is a necessary exercise in relevancy just as updating and refreshing our decor is.  A recent discovery of original images of the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort by architectural photographer Ezra Stoller and the video Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort is an exciting development (the video is posted towards the end of the post) and the main reason for updating Souvenirs: The Architecture and Interior Design Of The Broadwater Beach Hotel.  In compliance with licensing and copyright permission, the usage of the Ezra Stoller images was only approved for use in Pinterest board format.  The link to the private Pinterest board is also towards the end of the post.  If the story of the glamour days of a Mississippi Gulf Coast beach hotel, the architecture and interior design features that impressed and inspired, and the who, what, when, where and why that made it the pleasure dome on the Coast captures your imagination, then I’ve got a blog post for you.

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Urban Americana

The decorating wheels of my mind are always turning, especially while on vacation.  Checking in and checking out the architectural, interior design and decorating features of the hotel we are staying at mixes business with pleasure. Inspiring design and decorating features of the lobby, dining room, swimming pool area and grounds of the hotel and of course, the well appointed hotel room, become impressive souvenirs.

640px-Woodward_biloxi_lighthouseBiloxi Beach Lighthouse ~ William Woodward 

Over the summers of the early and mid 1970s, my family attended American General Contractors conventions in Biloxi, Mississippi.  I fell head over heels in love with the aesthetic of the buildings and interiors of our summer home away from home at 2110 Beach Boulevard on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort aka the Broadwater.  Through words, Biloxi memories, Ezra Stoller images and decor accessories and accents in the style of, I invite you along on this tour of the architecture and interior design of the Broadwater Beach Hotel.

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The Broadwater

The Broadwater Beach Hotel began as a modest hotel property in comparison to what the Broadwater would become under the ownership of its second owner, Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown.  Pete Martin Sr., the original builder and owner, was known as a well-known gambler and rum runner along the coast.  He opened the Art Deco style hotel in 1939, but the desire to invest in a Las Vegas hotel brought about the need to raise the funds to pursue this endeavor.  Enter Texas oilman Joe Brown. Mr. Brown purchased the property from Pete Martin, Sr. in 1958, but unfortunately Mr. Brown passed away the next year.

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Mrs. Dorothy Brown

Mrs. Joe W. (Dorothy Dorsett) Brown wholeheartedly embraced the task at hand of transforming the Broadwater into a travel destination contender. Mrs. Brown, with a keen vision and staunch attention to architectural detail, brought to fruition a premier flagship beach hotel and resort property.

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Dorothy Dorsett Brown launched a new Sea·Sun-Food·Fun architectural and mid-century modern interior design renovation complete with architectural enhancements, renovations and additions to the property.

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Stunning on all beach fronts, the newly completed and modernly improved Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort raised the hospitality stakes as the foremost host on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  I have diligently tried to locate fixtures, fabrics and finery original to the Broadwater to little or no avail.  I’ve selected a few accents and accessories to illustrate the juxtaposition between yesteryear and today’s interior decorating tastes and trend.

broadwater color

Standing out among the other properties along Beach Boulevard Highway 90, a half circular exposed aggregate palm tree lined driveway and signature concrete canopy glamorously greeted guests.  As coastal day turned to coastal night, exterior recessed, spotlight and pathway lighting illuminated the Broadwater in shades of yellow tinted white.  As an extra-added “front of the house” visual treat, colored bulbs were added to the landscape spotlights in the front landscape beds.  It’s all in the details!

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 Four Seasons Toronto ~ Yabu Pushelberg

The lobby showcased Terrazzo flooring, framed artwork, Italian chandeliers, mid century modern table lamps and walls dressed in mid century style contemporary walnut paneling.

large round chandelierVintage 1940s Twelve-Light Chandelier made in Milan  

Montreuil Chandelier

Montreuil Chandelier 

Italian chandelierElle Decor

Monroe collection chandelierWorld Imports Monroe Collection Satin Gold Chandelier

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Rye Table Lamp

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Cienega Table Lamp – Green design by Couture Lamps

alabaster table lampFaux Granite Table Lamp

The extensive grounds of the Broadwater included Lanai rooms, brick cottages, a resort triple play of swimming pools complete with waterfalls, diving board (remember when hotel pools had a diving board?) and postcard worthy panoramic views of the Gulf of Mexico, family friendly offerings such as a playground and train, elegant dining options featuring live musical entertainment, tennis courts, riding stables and premier Sun and Sea golf courses.

architectural tilesTerrazzo ~ Exposed Aggregate ~ Quartzite ~ Natural Stone

Regarded as a state of the art jewel of the Coast, the Broadwater Marina made its property debut to the boating public in 1965.   Dorothy Dorsett Brown spent $3,000,000.00 to build the marina.  That’s a lot of clams for 1965!

Broadwater marina

The Broadwater Marina could host up to 150 sail and powerboats.  Hotel shore to ship services such as boat or yacht housekeeping and room service was offered to the marina occupants.

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The staff of the Broadwater Hotel and Marina, with effortless precision, mastered the art of hotel and southern hospitality.

Broadwater Beach Hotel Biloxi

No pedometer was needed to record the number of steps taken or distance walked around the sprawling grounds of the Broadwater.

Miles.

Trust me.

We clocked hours swimming under the waterfalls of the Lanai pool, holding court poolside from the swim up tables bedecked with fringed umbrellas in resort festive colors, and sipping Shirley Temples made to order with extra long stemmed cherries and crushed ice.

pool party in pink

Room service delivered to the patio of Lanai room 127 was a daily treat enjoyed by the members of our future ladies who lunch club.  The room key from Lanai room 127 is a forever souvenir from the Broadwater Beach Hotel.

broadwater beach hotel room key

The objective of a hotel or resort is to treat guests to a memorable vacation and hospitality experience.  One of my most endearing memories of the Broadwater is the The Royal Terrace dining room.  Opulent yet accessible, the interior design and decorating accent mark was fittingly placed over swank and service.

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Vintage Cookbooks & Crafts ~ Restaurant-ing Through History

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I am truly convinced my love of crystal prisms began in The Royal Terrace in the summer of 1973.

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cubist glass sconcesMid Century Modern Cubist Glass Sconces

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Corbett Lighting Chimera 2-light Silver Wall Sconce

Elegant wall sconces dripping in crystal prisms illuminated ornamental panels.  Crisp white linen tablecloths draped tables elegantly set for a summer night on the town dining experience.  A distinctive curved wall to the left of the main dining area anchored the Trophy lounge.

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A curved floor to ceiling wall of windows adorned in Austrian shades overlooking the pools and patio all done against the backdrop of deep pink and white color palette perfection- these will forever be a few of my favorite hotel interior design and decorating things.

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Destruction and devastation is the calling card of a hurricane, and the states in the Gulf Coast region have had their fair share come to call.  Dave the Builder’s sister, her husband who was stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, their toddler daughter, and her in-laws rode out Hurricane Camille at The Broadwater Beach.  Her mother-in-law worked at the Broadwater, and feeling the structure sound she suggested the young military family take refuge at the hotel.  Evacuation confusion ensued along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as hurricane coverage of the category 5 hurricane was thought to be aimed at Florida. Hurricane warnings for the area were issued by 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, August 17, 1969.  The window of opportunity for them to safely evacuate slammed shut sooner than later, forcing them to seek protection in the motel rooms on the back part of the property.

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Hurricane Camille’s landfall presence was unforgiving.  The storm surge was brutal, flooding and fires consumed and destroyed properties, and the death toll startling.

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The Broadwater Hotel suffered storm surge flooding, and the Broadwater marina saw moderate damage.  The Broadwater weathered the storm and survived the damage of Hurricane Camille, coming out on the other side of nature’s wrath repaired and renewed.  This time.

I last visited the Broadwater Beach Hotel in 1998.  Financial neglect, design and decor disrepair, and changing times were now guests with no intention of checking out.  The bones of the main building were as I remembered, but an attempt at updating the once glorious interiors looked to be an epic fail.

Post Katrina Damage to Main Pools & Dining Room

Hurricane Katrina barreled through, and what parts of the Broadwater Hotel she didn’t destroy the wrecking ball did.  On this side of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the economic downturn of 2008 comes hope for a Broadwater revival.

Broadwater Development, LLC hopes to once again create resort magic on the Mississippi Gulf Coast where exceptional hospitality leaves a lasting impression- one that invites you back time and time again.  News of the revival of the Broadwater is exciting as is the discovery of Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel highlighting the heyday of the Broadwater Beach Resort.

Biloxi Memories and the Broadwater Beach Hotel

Please find the link to the Pinterest board below:

The Belle of Biloxi: The Broadwater Beach Hotel and Resort

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The companion post to this feature, Souvenirs: 21 Inspiring Design Features from Hotel to Home, is currently in the process of being updated and will be posted at the end of the week.

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images via Preservation in Mississippi, PIM via John Beers II,Flickr/tombarnes20008,Reocities

In Louisiana March Means Crawfish Boil Season Is Here

The month of March may best be known for the start of spring, but in Louisiana March means crawfish boil season is here.  Louisianians love to boil, peel and eat these freshwater crustaceans in quantity and quality. We do love our seafood here in the boot, and from March to June we set the tables, plan the menus, and prepare the seafood dishes around a crawfish boil.  Crawfish taste almost like lobster, with the differences between the two basically amounting to cost, size and seasoning.

Boiled-Crawfish-on-plate

Crawfish are native to the swamps and marshes of south Louisiana and farmed crawfish ponds of the Gulf Coast region.  Louisiana produces approximately 150 million pounds of crawfish annually, and also ranks as the nations number one provider of shrimp, oysters, crabs and alligator. Boiled to seasoned perfection, the crawfish boil is a weekend backyard gathering, festival or fais do-do in the making.

crawfish app

Those in the best price for crawfish in your area know you need an app for that.  The Crawfish App is a free app available on iTunes.  The app uses your device’s location or an entered address to list crawfish vendors in the area. You have the ability to view by price, reviews, or distance.

crawfish boil supplies

It’s amazing how a crustacean can create culinary excitement throughout the cities and parishes.  We love to host a crawfish boil or two or ten during the season for friends, neighbors, coworkers and family.  Fire up the pot and bring on the onions, garlic, celery, potatoes, lemons, crab boil and culinary imagination.  I’ve been to crawfish boils where the host chef adds smoked or andouille sausage, okra, carrots, cabbage and fresh mushrooms to the seasoned boil.  The flavor and the taste can be summed up in three words. C’est. Si. Bon!  Food is the language of Louisiana, and ours is a flavored speak.

Zatarains shrimp crab boil

Zatarain’s Shrimp & Crab Boil

Here’s a tip from the Places In The Home test kitchen~ add a drop of Zatarain’s liquid shrimp & crab boil to potato soup.  Delicious.

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Zatarain’s® Crawfish Boil

Ingredients

3 pounds yellow onions

6 heads garlic

6 lemons, halved

1 package (73 ounces) ZATARAIN’S® Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil – Complete

4 pounds small red potatoes

1 sack (35 to 40 pounds) live crawfish, cleaned

1 bunch celery, cut in bite-size pieces

¼ cup ZATARAIN’S® Concentrated Shrimp and Crab Boil

1 box ZATARAIN’S® Crawfish, Shrimp and Crab Boil – In a Bag

12 frozen half ears corn on the cob

Directions

Fill an 80-quart crawfish boiling pot with a basket 1/3 to ½ with water. Place pot on a jet-style propane burner on high heat. Add onions, garlic and lemon halves.  (You can use a small laundry bag for lemons and garlic. Or just leave the onions in the mesh bag they come in from the grocery with tags removed.)

Bring to full rolling boil. Stir in Crab Boil Complete.  Add potatoes (in their mesh bag from the grocery or a laundry bag).  Reduce heat to medium-low. Boil 20 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove potatoes.

Return water to full rolling boil on high heat.  Add crawfish, celery, liquid Crab Boil and Crab Boil bag.  Return water to full rolling boil on high heat. Start checking doneness just before water returns to full rolling boil.  As soon as small gaps start to appear between the head and the tail on the largest crawfish, they are done.  Turn off heat.  Add frozen corn and cooked potatoes.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Remove corn and potatoes. Let crawfish stand for a minimum of 30 minutes, but 45 minutes is better. Serves: 20

To clean crawfish: Pour live crawfish into a washtub or ice chest; cover with water.  Drain.  Repeat 3 to 4 times until crawfish are clean.  Drain. Discard any dead crawfish and debris.

~Zatarain’s

Turn up the heat, the music and the good times with a crawfish boil.

cest-si-bon

Creole Seasoned Brown Sugar Pecan Crusted Baked Tilapia

Creole Seasoned Brown Sugar Pecan Crusted Baked Tilapia.  Now that I have your attention, let me share with you this delicious recipe developed in the Places In The Home test kitchen over this past Mardi Gras celebration weekend.  In this the season of crawfish, Mardi Gras and Lent, fish recipes are in the menu spotlight.  Mama Places In The Home (my mother) picked up a 2lb. bag of Tilapia fillets at our Walmart Neighborhood Market Friday afternoon, and promptly placed her order for fish.

tilapia fillets

Dave the Builder requested potatoes in cream sauce topped with fresh parsley, and my brother placed his order for my family famous creamy coleslaw.  I do like a now we’re cooking weekend.

A bag of pecans and a bag of walnuts left over from holiday baking started the wheels of recipe development turning.  Creole seasoning is always on hand, and everything is better with brown sugar on it. Baking fish, chicken, chops, etc… is healthier not to mention I can’t stand the smell of fried foods in the house.  I contemplated soaking the fish in buttermilk, mustard and Tabasco, but will keep that flavor key exclusive to my catfish recipe.  Traditional bread crumbs, fresh lemon slices and fresh chopped parsley round out the ingredient list.

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Creole Seasoned Brown Sugar Pecan Crusted Baked Tilapia

Ingredients

2 pound bag (approximately 9 fillets)

1½ cups traditional bread crumbs

¼ cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon Creole seasoning (see recipe below)

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, finely chopped

2 sticks butter

2 lemons, sliced

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  In a baking dish, stir together the breadcrumbs, chopped pecans/walnuts, brown sugar and Creole seasoning.

creole seasoning pecans walnutsLine a cookie sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil.  Place defrosted tilapia fillets on foil lined sheet.  Melt one (1) stick of butter.  Pour melted butter over fillets to lightly coat.

tilapia

Working with one fillet at the time, dredge each fillet in dry mixture, coating each side.  Place the fillets on the cookie sheet.  Top each fillet with a lemon slice.  Top each lemon slice with a pat of butter (1½ teaspoons).

coated tilapia baking sheet

Place cookie sheet in preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes.  Turn oven up to 400 degrees F.

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Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and top each fillet with a generous pinch of fresh parsley.

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Return the cookie sheet to the now 400 degree F oven.  Continue baking fillets for an additional 5 minutes.  Serve immediately.

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Recipe for Creole Seasoning

1/3  cup paprika

3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoons cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon granulated onion

4 teaspoons dried thyme

4 teaspoons granulated garlic

In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic.  Stir to combine.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.

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Blush Crush: A Blush Color Crush Trending Around Again

A blush color crush trending around again is present in the decorating world.

 

benjamin moore blush paint colors

Benjamin Moore ~  Rose Blush ||  Warm Blush ||  Misty Blush

Pale. Soft. Feminine.  The color blush came out of the gate a hot trend for 2014.  As it goes with the ebb and flow of trends, decoristas discover a renewed blush color crush on this delightful color.

blush color crush

A pale soft pink with a whisper hint of brown undertone, blush pink is trending around again.  Estee Lauder Fresh Air makeup in Ivory Mist is my beauty foundation must have, and has been for 39 years.

NARS  Blush- Nude Scene Collection

The blush color foundation has a pinkish brown undertone to it, blending beautifully as the top color choice on my wish I could replicate as a paint color list.

It is not out of the realm of style and color possibility to make a bold statement with a soft palette.

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Our son and his betrothed, as well as our nephew and his betrothed are making 2017 the year of here comes the brides and grooms at Places In The Home.  Brides-to-be affirm a blush color crush is in bridal vogue.

engagement proposal

Bridal.

blush wedding cakeStyle Me Pretty

Fashion.

stella blush bag

Emperia Stella Faux Leather Bucket Bag in Blush

Design.

A blush city, yes please.

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Decorating.

I love any tufted furniture, bonus that its blush! Link to this sale item in bio 🔝

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The parallels between them are vast, the blush color crush among them undeniable.

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The Visual Attraction Pop of Color Love: Decorating With Red

The color red spins the visual attraction pop of color love decorating with red on the color wheel.  The color red draws the eye, envelopes a space in depth and frames the focal point.

Pierre Frey Fabric

 Beauregard ~ Pierre Frey

Red is delicious, enticing and the color most associated with Valentine’s Day.  It’s a perfect color match and palette connection with the visual attraction to love, food, interior design and decorating, home decor and home furnishings.

red paints better homes and gardens

Better Homes and Gardens

Interior designer Miles Redd lets us in on the secret to decorating with the daring and delightful color combination pink and red.

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Miles Redd ~ Architectural Digest

There is red velvet…

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Mini Red Velvet Bundt Cakes from Overtime Cook

and then there is red velvet.

decorating with redInside Fabric

red black setteePinterest

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Interior Design by  Alessandra Branca for Kip Bays Showhouse 2015 as featured on Stylebeat by Marisa Marcantonio

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San Francisco Showhouse as featured on DecorPad

Immersed in or merely kissed by- decorating with the color red fetchingly emphasizes the elements of elegance, sophistication and eye catching drama.

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Voutsa Lips Wallpaper 

Fornasetti tray

Fornasetti Bacio Tray

Fall in lo♥e with the Pop Art Love Sculpture Table Lamp from Lamps Plus.

love art table lamp

Be still my !  How gorgeous is a traditional and not so traditional space so elegantly well-appointed in regal red?

Edgewater, Barrytown, New York, 1825. Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.

Pinterest

Donald RobertsonDonald Robertson ~ Domino

How do I love thee color, texture and pattern?  Let me count the ways with these chic wallcoverings.

crocodile textured wallpaper

Steve’s Blinds & Wallpaper 

An appropriate color of the day for the day at hand- decorating with red is in the spotlight.

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The Element of Stove and Style: Copper Cookware and Decorative Accents

Copper cookware and decorative accents continue to be a favored choice of kitchen ware.  Exquisite in composition and artistic in execution, culinary preparation is performance art at its delicious best.  Celebrated chefs and accomplished cooks know the advantages of using copper cookware in food preparation.

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The stove to table taste of home ritual most of us engage in on a daily basis far better serves the sizzle, sauté, sauce and simmer when the cookware used results in superior performance and quality taste. Temperature uniformity is essential in the cooking process.  Too much heat scorches and burns while too little heat deters the notes of taste and flavor.  Copper is an excellent heat conductor- the maestro of materials.

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Copper cookware distributes a precise and even heat which is the essential element for proper temperature control.  Gorgeous is as gorgeous works, and copper cookware plates a gorgeous taste.  It’s Super Copper Tastic Excellent à la Decorocious!

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Cooking and decorating share similar attributes.

Balance.

Proportion.

Taste.

Visual appeal.

It is said that we eat with your eyes.

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Decorative accents and embellishments should enhance the design rather than overpower it.  Less proves to be so much more in many design and decorating instances, visually speaking.  Take this white French kitchen hood accented with copper trim as an example.  The copper trim really pops against the white, and draws the eye to the contrast between the exposed brick backsplash/back wall and rustic wood truss with focal point precision.

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Keystone Millworks, Inc.

Timeless style translates to the modern kitchen.

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Copper lends a distinctive presence to accents and home decor accessories for unique, sumptuous, whimsical and eclectic kitchen decorating consideration.

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I have kept this style spotted copper milk can or creamer or whatever it is from the 2011 Kitchen of the Year created by chef Tyler Florence in my thoughts over the years.  It made that big of an impression on me.  In the presence of dark cabinetry, high-tech appliances and farm to modern rustic, yet refined kitchen design and accessories stands this most impressive copper accent piece.  The look created when mixing and mingling traditional and modern design and decorating styles with an antique or vintage piece is thinking outside of the box of standard decor rules focal point perfection.

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2011 Kitchen of the Year created by celebrity chef Tyler Florence

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Argentine Copper Creamer Jug with Chained Lid ~ Eron Johnson Antiques

Lighting fixtures, artwork, architectural pieces, decorative objects- copper has got you covered.

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Harp Gallery 

This fabulous 1900s antique copper fireplace screen would make a fantastic decorative backsplash piece à la fireback.

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Patina and pit marks come with age.  I consider these perfect imperfections.  Patina is the greenish brown film that covers the surface of bronze, copper and similar metals brought on by the natural process of oxidation.

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I purchase vintage copper cookware with an extremely careful eye.  Buying vintage copper cookware pieces for decorating purposes differs from buying copper cookware pieces to actually prepare food in.  Vintage copper cookware pieces tend to be made of unlined copper.  Unlined copper is categorized as a reactive metal, and may interact with foods. Safety in cooking is of the utmost importance.

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Vintage Lidded Copper Milk Jug

Consider opting for copper pots and pans lined in tin or stainless steel which creates a nonreactive lining.  When cleaning copper cookware and decorative accents, avoid using an abrasive cleaner to eliminate the risk of scratching the copper.  Allow your copper cookware to cool down after use. The sudden temperature change from stove burner to dishwater can promote warping.

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De Buyer Copper Sauce Pans

Be it copper, copper over tin or copper over stainless steel- the point is the look, performance and decorative effect.  The availability of copper cookware and interior and exterior decor items with a wide range of price points is in our favor.  Copper cookware and decorative accents remain an elegant element and traditional choice of material to complement taste, space, and of course, to compliment the chef.

Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas

February is on the calendar, a twenty-eight day filled month busy with several notable dates to celebrate.  Special attention however, is laser-focused on the 14th day of the 2nd month of the calendar year.  The celebration of love comes bearing Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas for the one or ones you love .  Friends, family and that special someone- love is all around.

Valentine's Day themed paint colors

1. Sherwin-Williams Red Obsession SW7590  ||  2. Valspar First Kiss c1220 ||  3. Sherwin-Williams Heartthrob SW6866 ||  4. Valspar Lovely Love Song 2009-4  ||  5. Valspar Sweety Pie 1008-4B ||

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The color spotlight beautifully beams on the color palette of red and pink joined hand in hand with complementing shades .

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Let’s look at a few Valentine’s Day Color Your World gift ideas.

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Rosa Regale Sparking Red Wine

Valentine’s Days of wine and roses.

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Candy treats for your sweet.

neuhaus chocolates

Share the love by hosting a home sweet home celebration built for two or four or six- you get the Valentine’s Day at home idea.

trick-dog_be-mine-2Be Mine Cocktail

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Simply put, you can’t go wrong with jewelry.

For Her:

Tap into your inner Carrie Bradshaw for Valentine’s Day with this love is all around necklace from H&M.  This inexpensive fashion piece is pure Valentine’s Day fun…

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and pairs smashingly with these not so inexpensive, but oh so Valentine’s Day fabulous earrings.

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Diamond Halo Stud Earrings (1/3 ct. t.w.) in 14k White Gold

Love, Love, the Perfume & Pearls Charm Bracelet from Candy Shop Vintage.  

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For Him:

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Akribos XXIV Men’s Swiss Quartz Goldtone  Leather Brown Strap Watch

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Bordered Round Wood Cufflinks

I like unique ideas for Valentine’s Day cards.  Waterlogue is an app that masterfully transforms your photos into watercolor works of art. Photograph a subject, upload to Waterlogue, choose a filter and voilà – a to you, from me unique keepsake Valentine’s Day card. 

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The historic Bienville House Hotel got me to thinking. Why celebrate with the one you love for just one day?  I’m thinking Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas getaway!  I find the Travel + Leisure Incredible Romantic Getaways in Every State guide an excellent source of travel inspiration.

Ultimate Sinatra

Music and travel, music and travel (to the tune of Love and Marriage)- Ultimate Sinatra leading the travel playlist along with these gift of travel essentials for him and her guarantees a memorable Valentine’s Day getaway to be celebrated in cool and romantic style.  Audio books travel well, too.

“Are we not like two volumes of one book?”

~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Okay, now for the travel goods good stuff.

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Tawny Brown Weekend Bag

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phone case

Adopted Red Leather Wrap Case For Iphone 6

travel tumbler

Contigo® SnapSeal 20oz Stainless Steel Travel Mug

golf set

Alligator-Embossed Leather Golf Ball Case

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 Burberry Weekend Eau De Toilette Spray for Men

shave cream

BULY 1803 Crème Pogonotomienne Shaving Cream

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“I want to leave as soon as I can.  

I think I was born with a suitcase.”

— Sherman Alexie

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Samantha Brown Classic Collection 25″ Upright

mine Victorias Secret cosmetic bagValentine’s Day Medium Beauty Bag

Wrapped up in Valentine’s Day beauty makes one ready to brave the elements of winter weather drenched in soft, yet striking color.

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Style + Comfort= Chic Travel Footwear

travel shoes for women

Suede Loafers  || Sam & Libby Tayden Loafers  ||  Women’s Betseyville Knot Front Sneakers ||   Puma Match Lo Basic Sports Round Toe Leather Sneakers  ||  V. J Casual Driving Moccasins

hydrangea travel mugTervis Hydrangea Travel Tumbler

Bath and Body:

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Falling In Love

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Roses et Reines Eau de Toilette

Set the night or day to music.  I ordered this exact speaker because of the color. Yes, the color.  It packs a mighty look and a mighty sound.

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UNITEK Aluminium Wireless Stereo Portable Bluetooth Speaker in Rose Gold 

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Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Camera 

Snap a souvenir photo and frame it for a lasting memory.

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You’re on a mini vacation. Utilize this stylish leopard print baseball cap for the drive home and let the hide go with the hair.

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Thoughtful Valentine’s Day Color Your World Gift Ideas tokens of color crush, delicious delight, pattern play and weekend getaway glee fill the heart with Valentine’s Day I it fun.

From Home Decor Partner Project to Arrival to I Love It Ojai Mirror Reveal

As promised, here is the reveal and review sister post to You’ve Got Mail: Let’s Home Decor Partner Project Together.   I’ll take you through the purpose and process of the let’s home decor partner project to arrival to I love it Ojai mirror reveal.  Like a decorista at Christmas, I could not wait for Dave the Builder to come home so we could open the package delivered earlier in the day.

To: Places In The Home

From: Serena & Lily

Serena & Lily FedEx arrival

Great and stylish home decor things come in big brown FedEx packages!

Serena & Lily gets the life lived within a home comes alive through personal style and taste aspect of decorating.

Serena & Lily catalogue

When I work with a brand, it is of paramount importance that the reputation of the brand mirrors my appreciation for quality home decor accents and accessories as it reflects well on both of us.

Ojai mirror

The little voice inside my head has been telling me for quite some time now the hallway needed a decorating update.  Home decor accessories and artwork should promote scale, proportion, style and flow in a space, and the pieces formerly in place did not.  What would remain is the antique wall table in a French polished and updated state.  The table is in correct proportion to the size of the area, and stands the test of time and trend.

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For years this was the spot of last chance to check your look in the mirror and locate the general stuff one finds they need before leaving the house.

Earrings.

Lipstick.

Car keys.

Pocket change.

Usually when placement or function works, it works.  This foyer adjacent area is perfect for the reason stated above.  I prefer to do my last stop primping out of the view of others, and this foyer adjacent spot is perfect for doing so.  However, there is something missing in this decor scenario.

Ojai mirror reveal

The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily filled in the missing piece of the redecorating transformation puzzle.  The placement of the mirror offers depth and natural flow of light as a carry through from the foyer. Utilitarian in purpose and stunning in presence, the Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily has the versatility to complement virtually any space, any decor, any design style.  A modern style, classic form and rich black finish reflect quality construction in elegant fashion.

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Pairing antiques with modern styles and home decor accessories makes a dramatic statement.  Some may consider mixing non-traditional, modern, contemporary, coastal or bohemian (boho) style with antiques a designing misstep- a decorating faux pas.  Au contraire mon ami.  Granted, a few of these design styles exist on opposite ends of the style spectrum, but it’s exactly the opposites attract contrast that makes a striking statement.

flooring options

After stepping back and taking a decorating inventory, the consensus is carpet no longer cuts the flooring mustard in the hallway.  See how one project leads to another.  Dave measured the area, and at the time of this posting we are only 380 sq. ft. of hardwood flooring away from our next all things house that make a home project.

DSCN0823 (2)2Styling the tabletop is the cherry on the cake.  Apply an abbreviated version of the principle of coffee table styling and it’s off to the races.

Objects of personal significance that capture the soul of the life lived within your home.

Focus on focal point priority.  In the case of the Ojai mirror, it is the focal point. I like to designate and identify the focal point and style around it with home decor pieces, colors, patterns and texture that complement, not clash or compete with.

Choose the primary sight line.  X marks the center spot- the prime location for a medium or low height object placement.  The “outer” areas balance the method with graduated heights to continue the flow, theme and visual engagement.

Unconventional art placement throws the eye a curve ball.  Stepping out of your decorating comfort zone and trying new looks is a way to dare your personal style.

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The bundled up baby boy in the picture is my dad.  The antique frame that holds his picture also benefited from an application of French polish.  I wasn’t too sure this look would work, but for me it’s a keeper.  A pair of Staffordshire dogs bought on vacation brings back excellent travel memories every time I look at them.  My love of vintage hotel and restaurant china is well represented, as is the sign of hospitality- the pineapple.

dime quarter

My key fob and favorite earrings have found a home sweet home, and the 1973 quarter and 1972 dime hold a special significance.  Throughout my preteen and teen years of the 1970s, the pay phone was the norm.  There was always a dime or a quarter left in a small dish on this table.  Until the day I got married, whenever I would be on my way out the door my dad would remind me about the dime or quarter.  He insisted I call him if a situation presented itself where my safety or comfort was in question, and he would immediately come and get me- no questions asked.  I’ve kept a dime and quarter dated from the 1970s in a small dish on a foyer table in every house Dave and I have ever lived in.

Memories, like the corners of mind.

Your home, the spaces within, and the home decor accessories that decorate it should always reflect your personal style.  The Ojai mirror from Serena & Lily frames a space in mine that does exactly that.

Love your style!

 

 

What’s Cooking For Super Bowl Sunday? Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes

Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes serve up delicious game day eats. Regardless of regular season team allegiance, the football loyal gather together to get the Super Bowl party started.  Football is the reason for the season, but what’ll have them talking is the food, the commercials and the half time entertainment.  The Super Bowl is all about the more, more, more.

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The following video is disco divine! Flashback to the 70s at your own risk.

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When the New Orleans Saints won Super Bowl XLIV,  I could not talk for three days.  We indulged in Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes filled with Louisiana heat and flavor.  We screamed.  We cheered.  We made the Who Dat Nation proud!  It was a wild ride- a Super Bowl memory for the books.

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Easy simmer, set, serve dishes top the menu roster on game day.  Delicious and crowd pleasing, it’s the one pot or slow cooker recipes that please both chef and guests.  Soup’s on soups.  C’est si bon gumbos.  Chili with or without beans bowls.  Speaking of beans- how about a pot of red beans and rice?   Stuffed (or not) bell pepper dressing.  Easy works well in the game day kitchen.  Allow me to share with you these Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve dishes recipes for your Super Bowl party menu consideration.

Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo 

Ingredients

8  cups water

3  chicken bouillon cubes

4  boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 lb. package smoked sausage

1  12 ounce bag frozen chopped onions

1  12 ounce bag frozen chopped bell peppers

3 bay leaves

2  Tablespoons minced garlic

1  teaspoon celery salt

1  teaspoon fine black pepper, or to taste*

OR in place of salt and pepper season with 1 teaspoon Créole seasoning, or to taste*

1  cup white wine

cooked rice

Directions

Slice sausage into ½ inch pieces. Using a seasoned skillet for optimum taste results, cook the sliced sausage over medium-high heat until browned.  Transfer cooked sausage to plate lined with paper towels, allowing excess grease to drain.  Set aside.

Place chicken breasts in Dutch oven or stock pot, add water, and bring to a boil.  Season for broth with ½ teaspoon celery salt ½ black pepper.  Stir and reduce heat to medium low, cooking chicken breasts until done, about 1 hour. Transfer chicken breasts from pot to large mixing bowl.  Slice chicken breasts into strips and add back to broth.

Turn heat back to high and bring to boil.  Add prepared roux to broth and chicken mixture, whisking until roux dissolves.  Reduce heat to medium and add minced garlic, chopped onions, chopped bell pepper, bay leaves, chicken bouillon cubes, remaining celery salt and pepper (or Créole seasoning).   Carefully pour in white wine.  Stir to blend and incorporate.

Reduce heat to simmer. Simmer uncovered for approximately 2 hours, allowing all flavors to marry.  Remove bay leaves and skim any fat off the top of gumbo.  Add chopped green onions and continue to simmer for additional 5 minutes.  Serve gumbo over rice.  Top with a sprinkle of filé, more green onions, and hot sauce to taste, if desired.

RedBeansRice

Red beans and rice is a Louisiana tradition.  The Places In The Home gang considers gumbos and beans and rice combinations hearty soups of sorts, and this slow cooker red beans and rice recipe has Super Bowl party menu star stirred and served all over it.

Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Ingredients

1  pound dry red kidney beans
12  cups water
1  tablespoon vegetable oil
1  pound andouille sausage, sliced in ¼-inch rounds
5  cups chicken broth, divided
3  cups diced yellow onion
2  cups diced celery
1  cup diced green bell pepper
1  cup diced red bell pepper
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 pound tasso ham, sliced into 1 x ¼-inch strips
1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
3 bay leaves
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (see French Onion soup recipe below)
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ cup chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup chopped green onion
Hot cooked jasmine rice
Garnish: chopped parsley

Directions

In a 4-quart container, soak red beans in 12 cups water; leave uncovered overnight.  After soaking, discard soaking water, and rinse beans with fresh water.  Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.  Add sausage, and cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes.  Remove sausage from pan, and set aside. Deglaze skillet with 2 tablespoons chicken broth, add onion, and cook until softened and beginning to brown, 7 to 9 minutes.  Add celery and bell peppers to skillet, and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a 4-quart slow cooker.  Add garlic, remaining broth, tasso, brown sugar, bay leaves, salt, hot sauce, black pepper, Cajun seasoning, sage, chipotle pepper, cayenne pepper, reserved beans, and cooked sausage, stirring to combine.

Cover, and cook on high until beans are softened and cooked through, 3 to 4 hours.

Add chopped parsley and green onion to red bean mixture.  Serve over rice. Garnish with additional parsley, if desired.  Serves 6.

~Louisiana Cookin’

red chili no beans

Bowl ‘O Red

Ingredients

1 ¼ pounds ground beef chuck
1 cup chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground pasilla or ancho chile pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon salt
1  14 ½ ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
1  14 ½ ounce can beef broth
1  12 ounce bottle lager beer or 1 ½ cup beef broth
1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Directions

In a Dutch oven cook ground beef, onion, and garlic over medium-high heat until meat is brown, breaking up meat.  Drain off fat.  Stir in pasilla pepper, cumin, paprika, oregano, cayenne pepper, cloves, and salt. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes or until fragrant.

Stir in tomatoes, broth, beer, and mustard. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 40 minutes.

Slow Cooker: Prepare as directed in Step 1. Transfer to a 4-qt. slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, broth, ½ cup of the beer, and the mustard.  Cover.  Cook on low 8 to 10 hours or on high 4 to 5 hours.

~Better Homes and Gardens

Queso Soup

Creamy Queso Soup

Ingredients

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup)

1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Mexican Four Cheese Salsa con Queso

2 cups Swanson® Chicken Broth (Regular, Natural Goodness® or Certified Organic)

¼ cup milk

crushed tortilla chips

chopped green onions

Directions

Heat the oil in a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook for 10 minutes or until the onion is tender.Reduce the heat to low. Stir the queso, broth and milk in the saucepan and cook for 3 minutes or until the queso mixture is hot.  Serve topped with the tortilla chips and green onions.

~ Campbell’s Kitchen

rice scoopStuffed (or not) Pepper Dressing

1 lb. ground beef

1 bag frozen chopped onions

1 bag frozen chopped green peppers

1  teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon minced garlic

½ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon basil

½ teaspoon thyme

1 24 ounce can spaghetti sauce

1 cup cooked rice

6 bell peppers

8 ounce package shredded cheese of choice

bellpeppers

Cut the tops and stem off of each pepper.  Remove the core and seeds from inside each pepper.  Cook the bell peppers in boiling water for 5 minutes or until desired softness is reached.  Remove peppers from water and set aside.

Place ground beef, onions and peppers in a large skillet.  Cook together over high heat until ground beef is browned.  Pour or spoon off excess fat. Reduce heat to medium. Season mixture with salt and pepper, stirring to incorporate.  Stir in spaghetti sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  Add basil and garlic, stirring to incorporate.

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Reduce heat to low, cover with lid and simmer dressing for 10 minutes. Remove lid and spoon in cooked rice.  Sprinkle with thyme.  Stir rice into beef mixture to incorporate.  That’s it!  Serves 6.

If stuffing:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Generously stuff (fill) each pepper with the dressing.  Place stuffed peppers open side up in a baking dish.  Top each pepper with shredded cheese of your choice.  Bake covered for 25 to 30 minutes until heated through and cheese is melted.

onion soup

French Onion Soup

Ingredients

2  Tablespoon butter

2  teaspoons olive oil

6  medium onions thinly sliced

1  teaspoon Creole seasoning

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

2 bay leaves

½ cup white white or sherry

2 quarts (8 cups) low sodium beef broth

French bread baguette

8 slices Gruyère cheese

For Creole Seasoning

Ingredients

1/3  cup paprika

3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons kosher salt

1 tablespoons cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon granulated onion

4 teaspoons dried thyme

4 teaspoons granulated garlic

Directions

Heat butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven over a medium- high heat.  Add sliced onions and bay leaves to the pan, saute for 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle sugar and Creole seasoning over onions, stir to incorporate.

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Cook onions and company for 30 minutes or until softened and reaching a caramelized stage.  Add sherry and bay leaves to onions.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.   Turn heat back up to medium-high and add beef broth.  Allowing broth to heat through, reduce to simmer, and continue to simmer for 15-20 minutes in order for ingredients to marry and live happily ever after.  Remove bay leaves.

rosemary bread

french bread loaves

Slice French bread baguette and place on a baking sheet.  Place under broiler until slices reach a light golden brown.

soup-crockOnion Soup Crock

Place crocks, ramekins, or oven proof bowls on a large cookie sheet.  Fill each with 1 cup soup.  Place one slice French bread in each bowl and top with 1 cheese slice.  Broil on high until cheese is melted and browned. Serves 8.

Directions for Creole Seasoning

In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, ground black pepper, dried basil, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, dried thyme and granulated garlic.  Stir to combine.  Can be stored in an airtight container for up to three months.

Creole-seasoning

 T-9 until Super Bowl Sunday.  Can you taste the victory?

enjoy