We’ll Always Have Paris French Themed Tablescape

The beauty of a French themed tablescape is found in the ooh la la factor, and this We’ll Always Have Paris French themed tablescape focuses attention on the it’s all in the details appeal of understated elegance.

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My soundtrack to French themed tablescape to.

Soft lighting, informal china and crystal, and benign neglect to formality describes the European sentiment.

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Cote-table

El Mueble

French decor elements bring a palette of both deep and soft blue and green, crisp white, rich brown and citrine, soft gray and deep wine red to the table.  Below are tabletop and serveware accessories and thoughtful accoutrementto illustrate the point.

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Aristocrat Brown Embossed Charger Plate

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Jay Import Set Of 4 Dinner Plates

“The service and mood should be informal, and the food, wine, and presentation extraordinary.” 

Tomas Maier

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Le Cadeaux Appetizer Plates




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Juliska Berry & Thread French Panel Stone Gray Crackle Side Plate, 7″

Vintage pieces make a wonderful contribution to tablecsapes, lending an air of distinction that exemplifies the art of classic French themed tablescape savoir faire. vintage-black-and-brown-china-plates-set-of-3

Vintage Black & Brown China Plates- Set of 3

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Restaurant De La Tour

Restaurant.

Bistro.

Home sweet home.

Ambiance is paramount to setting the scene and the table for the dining experience.  I call it an experience because dining should be exactly that- a social, sensory and scrumptious experience.  Sight (we eat first with our eyes) sound, touch, smell and taste anchor ambiance.

soup-tureen-green  French Transferware Soupiere Creil et Montereau

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Lion Head’s Bowl

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Fleur De Lis Square Casserole Platter

Oval+Platter

Oval Platter in Cobalt by Fiesta

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Vintage Blue & White Vegetable Bowl, KINGSTON

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French Countryside Set of 5 Stackable Bowls

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Vintage Shabby Chic Terrine With Raspberry Accents

Burano+Platter

Burano Platter by Arte Italica

Five-Piece Fleur De Lis Flatware Place Setting

Five-Piece Fleur De Lis Flatware Place Setting

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French Linen Damask Napkins

 

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DII Gray Chambray French Stripe Dinner Napkins, set of 6

 

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Zentique Pitcher

 

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Carrington Collection, Asparagus Salt and Pepper Set

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Bloomingville Round Marble Tray

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Vintage French Bread Board Assortment

Brie

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Heather Bullard thoughtfully turns antique ephemera into these free printable French baguettes wraps perfect as take away party favors.

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Click on the link below to see her post and download instructions.  Merci beaucoup, Heather.

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French Baguette Wrap Printable

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Wine Carafe

Wine Carafe

Libbey 719 8.5 oz. glass cocktail decanter

Libbey 8.5 oz. Cocktail Decanter 

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La Rochere Versailles Tumblers, Set of 6

alpaca wine rack

El Mueble

The ooh la la of the French tablescape and copper accents.  Relaxed refinement is not an oxymoron.

C’est magnifique!

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Robust 3 Bottle Tabletop Wine Rack

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Williams Sonoma Vintage Etched Goblets

 

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Metal Stand with Glass Cloche Bell

 

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Gien France Rouen Cake Platter

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Vintage Porcelain "Le Manoir" French Dessert Plates - Set of 8Vintage Porcelain “Le Manoir” French Dessert Plates – Set of 8

 

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Vintage James Kent Ltd. Garland Blue Ironstone Transferware Creamer

jute-tableclothJute Tablecloth

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Fennco Styles Hand Hemstitched and Embroidered Swiss Dot Table Runner

 

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Distressed Ivory Candle Holder

faux-artichoke Resin Bloomed Artichoke Decor

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Pinterest

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Grab a free place card template printable, pop over to your photo editor of choice, add your own favorite French themed embellishments, colors and fonts and voilà!

French themed tablescape

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Frame prints or printables such as this menu écrit en français as conversation pieces.

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These wall shelf-wall sconces plucked from the clearance shelves at Hobby Lobby have served as my go-to tabletop decor accessory at shop and at home.  The decorative duo immediately caught my eye as tabletop gotta have it rather than wall decor.  When you like the details, finish and presence of a decorative piece but not in the context of its original purpose, repurpose.  This Antique Cream Half-Circle Wall Shelf from Hobby Lobby X 2 is on my French themed tablescape gotta have it list.

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Antique Cream Half-Circle Wall Shelf

Fantastique color and price pairing on the Shadwick Cafe Bistro Stacking Patio Dining Chair by Brayden Studio.

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Cafe Bistro Chair

From place setting to ambiance, destination themed tablescapes travel well.  Part III of Themed Tablescapes Table Escapes features decorative accessories and accents of Chinoiserie chic to set a Far East Fabulous tablescape.

 

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Travel Destination Themed Tablescapes: Turn Your Tablescapes Into Table Escapes

Like the relaxing powers of Calgon, this updated and improved post takes me away on a visual travel adventure through stylish place settings and tabletop accessories of themed tablescapes.  Themed tablescapes set the table for a visual experience of table escape destination presentation.

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Kate Jackson Design

More people answer travel when asked what they would do if they won the lottery.  As my hopes for a lottery windfall and the endless travel funds it would bring eludes me, I rely on themed tablescapes table escapes to destinations of sea, ooh la la land, and fabulous Far East to take me away.

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Sea Waves

Destination decorating creates a passport to dining adventures, where the dining table top becomes an inspired canvas.  Stylish and affordable ideas run the gamut from elegant to casual, translating to themed tablescapes that visually take your fellow “travelers” on a journey to enchanted places.  The first seating of this three part themed tablescapes series is one inspired by the captivating beauty of the sea.

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Scalloped Placemat

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Jay Imports Alabaster Glass Charger Plate With Silver-Tone Rim

Rimmed Dinner Plate

Denby Dinnerware, Halo Wide Rimmed Dinner Plate

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Rosenthal Junto Flat Salad Plate

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Ocean Round Sculpted Dessert Plate

Hampton-flatwareHampton Forge San Remo Silverware Set 20-pc.

Blenko-water-bottle  Blenko Ice Blue Water Bottle

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TarHong Honeycomb Organic Jumbo Glass (Set of 4)

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Martha Stewart

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Vintage Fish Platter Set Bavaria Schumann Germany S/12

Victorian Bone Handle Fish Knives - Set of 8

Victorian Bone Handle Fish Knives – Set of 8

Elrene Home Shell Season Napkins (Set of 4)

Elrene Home Shell Season Napkins (Set of 4)

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L’Objet Cenote Bowls

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Seafood Shell Baking Dish

VIETRI Earth Glass Large Serving Bowl

VIETRI Earth Glass Large Serving Bowl

Threshold Ashwood Round Serving Bowl Set 2-pc.

Threshold Ashwood Round Serving Bowl Set 2-pc.

Pfaltzgraff Expressions Set of 4 Bowls Capri

Pfaltzgraff Expressions Set of 4 Bowls Capri

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Sea Escape

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”  Henry Miller

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Fitz and Floyd Cape Coral Collection Tall Pelican Figurine

The rule of kiss (keep is seaside simple) applies to centerpiece ideas.  Taper candles weaved throughout a piece of decorative coral placed atop a cluster of oyster shells is a guaranteed centerpiece showstopper.

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Isle of Harris Gin

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Mikasa® Maria Decanter

Iittala Kastehelmi Tumbler, Set of 2

Iittala Kastehelmi Tumbler, Set of 2

Coastal themed cocktail accessories make a stylish splash as the perfect mix and marvel bar accessories garnish.

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Mediterranean Shell Pitcher  ||  Devanna Ombre Hobnail Double Old Fashioned Glass  ||  Shells of the Sea Cocktail Picks  ||  Shells of the Sea Paper Cocktail Napkins  || Murex Ramosus Decorative Shells  ||  Sea Shell Toothpicks

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Sea Creatures Bar Tools

Love these Oyster Grillers made by Oysteria exclusively for Mignon Faget.  Made of a red based clay, Oysteria Grillers will withstand the direct flame of a grill.

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Mignon Faget Oysteria Grillers

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Katie Kime Oyster Cocktail Napkins

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Coastal Home Shell Serving Bowl

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Oyster Shell Serving Bowl

aerin-sea-blue-geometric-platter AERIN Sea Blue Geometric Platter

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Starfish Divided Serving Dish

Fish+Dessert+Server

Dessert Server

I could spend an entire afternoon on a dollar store run searching for affordable tabletop accessories that set a place for chic at the table.  

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Bulk shells, accent gems, decorative sand and river rocks make a decorative splash as anchor embellishments.  For a small amount of moolah you can create an impressive tabletop focal point or decorative companion piece to build your centerpiece upon.

clear-hurricane-candle-holderAn easy DIY project, coastal themed fabric paired with pearl trim, a decorative starfish, pendant or pin make great custom tablecloth, napkin and napkin ring options.  A seamstress I am not, but I can work a package of hem tape and a hot iron like nobody’s business.  Ornamental starfish tied with natural or coastal color rich raffia results in a tailored napkin ring.  Decorative pearl trim looped through a natural crystal pendant from Hobby Lobby results in a stylish napkin ring and “souvenir” to take home.

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Inside Fabric

Other table ideas range from various sized glass cylinders and decorative bowls filled with shells, sand, rocks and/or pillar candles.  

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The Seashell Company

I like to use aquarium decor because it is significantly less expensive than full size versions and the smaller sizes work to an individual place setting advantage.  Aquarium coral or dry rock makes a highly decorative and inexpensive place card or individual menu holders-easels.

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Reef Saver Dry  Aquarium Rock

The decorative versatility of the dough bowl is the themed tablescapes gift that keeps on giving.

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Rectangle Dough Decorative Bowl

From place setting to ambiance, destination themed tablescapes travel well.  Part II of Themed Tablescapes Table Escapes focuses on the très chic ooh la la factor of the We’ll Always Have Paris tablescape.

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Culinary contemplation over how I could up my holiday side dish game brought me to a delicious conclusion.  How ’bout pairing the highly holiday requested Southern Sweet Potato Casserole with the OMG as in oh my goodness of puff pastry.   Southern Sweet Potato Puffs it is!

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Impressing the palates of those who gather together is a part of the holiday dinner and entertaining equation.   As someone who puts stock in the you eat with your eyes first approach to dining, the looks so good has to match up to the tastes so good.  Let’s begin with the recipe for Southern Sweet Potato Casserole.

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Southern Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ cup milk

¼ cup Southern Comfort whiskey

1/3 cup butter, melted

For Topping:

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup flour

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350° F.   Lightly spray a 2 quart baking dish with cooking spray.  Boil  sweet potatoes under tender.  Carefully remove from heat, drain, peel and mash sweet potatoes. 

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In mixing bowl, mix together the mashed sweet potatoes, brown sugar, eggs, melted butter, milk, vanilla extract, Southern Comfort, ground cloves and ground nutmeg.  Spread mixture evenly in prepared baking dish. 

stirring-sweet-potatoesIn a separate mixing bowl, mix together brown sugar, chopped pecans, flour, and melted butter.  

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Spoon over sweet potato mixture.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.  

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Southern Sweet Potato Puffs

Ingredients

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1 box puff pastry sheets

1 egg

flour

Directions

Allow the casserole to cool before using as the filling for the puffs.  The reason I elect to fill the puff pastry with cooked sweet potato casserole is to work with a dryer filling.  Baking off the casserole absorbs the liquids into the baked casserole, and makes it easier to work with a firmer filling.  The next step in the making of Southern Sweet Potatoes Puffs brings puff pastry into the mix.  I used the defrost in the refrigerator overnight method of thawing the puff pastry sheets.  Unfold 1 puff pastry sheet and place on  lightly floured countertop or large baking sheet.  Roll puff pastry out using a lightly floured rolling pin.  Lightly dust pastry sheet with flour.  Using a knife, cut the pastry sheet into six (6) squares.

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Spoon 1 tablespoon of the Southern Sweet Potato Casserole mixture in the center of each pastry square.

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Pull corners of each square up over the filling and twist at top to seal.  Repeat with the remaining pastry sheet.  Place the pastry squares onto a large baking sheet that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray.

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Beat 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water together in a small bowl with a fork.  Brush each puff with the egg mixture.

southern-sweet-potato-puffsBake for 20 minutes or until puffs are golden brown.

Note:  Southern Sweet Potato Puffs make an excellent small bite appetizer for the holiday cocktail hour.

enjoy

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 leisure suit.

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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 Super Bowl 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

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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.

rice-dressing

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.

For Filled Peppers:

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.

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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

Creole-Cajun Seasoning

1/3  cup paprika

3 tablespoons dried oregano

3 tablespoons ground black pepper

2 tablespoons dried basil

1 tablespoon dried thyme

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.

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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~Cajun Seasoning

In a medium bowl combine paprika, dried oregano, dried thyme, 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

One week until Super Bowl Sunday.  Can you taste Super Bowl Simmer Set Serve Dishes victory?

enjoy

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? New Year’s Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.  Are you in?

Maybe it’s much too early in the game,

Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?

Ella asks it and revelers answer with a chorus of festive New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining.  As for Dave the Builder and me, hardcore party animals we are not, we throw a respectable ringing in the New Year open house in at home style with a few family members, close friends and beloved neighbors.

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Gold and silver glamour is the party color palette, and these stud balls signal disco round the clock style.

large-copper-stud-ballStud Balls

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These Stud Balls from West Elm hit all the right New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining and decorating notes- color, presence, size, price, studs and reusable.  No West Elm near you?  No problem.  Spray paint meet Styrofoam balls.  The holiday clearance sale is the decorista’s best friend.  Hit up a holiday clearance sale and pick up string lights and/or lanterns. Intermingle the lights and flameless LED battery operated candle filled lanterns- don’t you love the convenience and safety of the flameless candle?  I haven’t used a real candle for luminary purposes in years.  Flameless LED battery operated votive and tea light candles give good style, eliminate safety concerns and unless the battery(s) die they stay on.

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Line the walkway and entrance to light the New Year’s Eve night and to illuminate the glam-o-rama look.

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A sand timer makes the perfect centerpiece and sidekick to a bottle of New Year’s Eve bubbly.

New Year's Eve Celebrating and Entertaining

Zebra salad plates from Pier 1 imports stand in style as zebra appetizer plates for the occasion.

nye-2017-centerpiece-ideasWhite tie formal with the decorative yet casual oomph

New Year’s Eve party favor boxes found on clearance at Target. Fill with white and gold paper shreds, Camellia blackeye peas, and copper jingle bells (a great take on traditional noisemakers).  Slide a glitter noisemaker under the ribbon and you’ve got a festive favor.  Fill the bottom of Dollar store clear candle holders with black decorative sand and add a flameless votive and glitter noisemakers.

scatter-bellsJingle All the Way into 2017!

If decorative sand is not your filler of choice, fill the candle holder about ½ way up with Camellia blackeye peas.

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Add to that gold chocolate coins or fortune cookies.

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Luck, money, tradition and lagniappe.  Here’s the stars of our pork and beans Louisiana Lagniappe New Year’s Eve midnight buffet.  We ring in the New Year and the dinner bell.

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Back to ringing in the New Year with friends, family and neighbors- we are a casual group of revelers.  The closest thing to black tie required at our what are you doing New Year’s Eve gathering will be these Tuxedo and Cheese and Crackers appetizers.  Get the recipe from Kitchen Mason.

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Tuxedo Cheese and Crackers

southern-comfort-drink

Southern Comfort Sparkler

1 ounce Southern Comfort

¼ to ½ ounce peach schnapps

3 dashes black walnut bitters

4 ounces brut (dry) champagne, chilled

1 dash lemon juice (optional)

In champagne glass combine Southern Comfort, peach schnapps and bitters.  Add cold champagne and lemon juice, if desired. Makes 1 cocktail.

~Recipe by Chef Mary Payne Moran via Traditional Home 

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Our New Year’s Eve themed dessert comes to us compliments of this recipe for Chocolate covered no-bake Oreo Cookie Clocks from Pint Sized Baker.

You had me  at chocolate-covered.

And no-bake.

And Oreos.

As 2016 draws to a close, the question on many a New Year’s Eve celebrating and entertaining mind is what are you doing New Year’s Eve?

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A Most Fetching Friday: Grilled to Perfection Delicious Inspiration

Today’s Fetching Friday features grilled to perfection delicious inspiration for your outdoor living entertaining ideas pleasure.

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adjective

adjective: fetching

attractive.

synonyms: attractive, appealing, sweet, pretty, good-looking, lovely, delightful, charming, prepossessing, captivating, enchanting, irresistible

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Grilled Salmon with Dijon and Dill Creamed Pea Sauce

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Grilled Flatbreads with Mushrooms, Ricotta and Herbs

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Grilled Portofino Vegetable Antipasto

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Grilled Tandoori Chicken

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 Grilled Shrimp with Fresh Cranberry Salsa

grilled-stone-fruit-almond-mascarpone-dip Grilled Stone Fruit with Almond Mascarpone Dip

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Lovely, Delicious and Holiday Spring Things

Busy holiday times rightfully take precedence over the keyboard this week. These lovely, delicious and holiday spring things on a Good Friday offer a glimpse into the Places In The Home Easter holiday celebration.

garlic roasted carrots

Garlic Roasted Carrots.  Our Easter dinner table staple.

malted coconut cake

Malted Coconut Cake from Country Living Magazine.

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Malted Coconut Cake for Easter from the Places In The Home test kitchen.

decorative cabbage

Artificial cabbage head decorations will become place card holders.

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Seersucker napkins from Food52 make a seasonal debut into the spring tablescape rotation.

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A Shepherdess Watering Her Flock by Luigi Chialiva (1842-1914)  {{PD-US}}  is a favorite painting and a favorite subject.

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Gold-rimmed china, crystal and blooming wisteria for optimum serving, color and fragrance wow factor.  The entire dining room is filled with the sweet aroma of wisteria. The fragrance notes should settle to a light floral scent for Sunday’s Easter dinner setting.

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Dave the Builder and I hope you and yours enjoy this lovely, delicious and holiday spring things Easter weekend.

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A Delicious Mocktail For New Year’s Eve 2015

The Places In The Home New Year’s Eve celebration pales in comparison to the rowdy and lively parties in Times Square or on the Vegas Strip, and that’s just the way we like it.  Give me a few appetizers,

cheese-strawsEmeril’s Easy Cheese Straws

everything-twistsEverything Twists

creamed-spinach-dipCreamed Spinach Dip

Brown-Sugar-Poppyseed-Hot-Ham-Cheese-Party-Rolls-Buns-Roll-Ups-01Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls

chocolate-dipped-mandarinsSalted, Chocolate-Dipped Mandarin Slices

a fabulous New Year’s Eve celebration themed tunes playlist,

and a delicious mocktail such as the Peach Sunrise Fizz.  Throw in the bangs, pops and sparkles of the neighborhood fireworks show and I’m good.  Party animals we are not, but we do give New Year’s Eve a run for its money 50+ style.

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Jumex peach nectar is a staple in the Places In The Home pantry.  I use this stuff in everything from cakes to marinades to my New Year’s Eve 2015 mocktail.  A quick survey of ingredients on hand brings forth this delicious mocktail with a zippy zing for proper party measure.

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Sugar in the Raw is another must have on hand holiday helper.  Did you happen to see my Facebook post featuring my Christmas Fresh Apple Nut cake iced to perfection and topped with Louisiana pecans and a generous sprinkling of Sugar in the Raw?  Take a look here.  Open a couple of packets of these chunky brown sugar crystals and pour into a saucer.

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To zing the taste and the pretty factor up a notch or two, add the zest of one lemon to the sugar.  Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a small bowl.

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Dip the rim of the glass into the lemon juice.

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Fill the glass with ice.  Pour the glass ¾ full with the peach nectar.  Add a generous splash of lemon-lime soda and a generous pour of grenadine (pomegranate juice, sugar and water) or cherry juice.

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Give the Peach Sunrise Fizz mocktail a quick stir and garnish with fresh lemon twist.

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Dave the Builder and I will be raising a glass to you as we toast the arrival of 2016. Here’s to New Year 2016- a fabulous year for us all abounding with peace, joy, love, health and great style!  Thank you for your support and loyal readership. Cheers!

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