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A Different Kind of Trick or Treat: Bloody Tomato Soup and Focaccia Fingers for Halloween

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Post written exclusively for Inside & Out by Alison Strickland of Two of a Kind using our Periodic Table Cocktail Plates, Beaker Recycled Glass Tumblers, and Mr. Bones Cocktail Napkin Set.  

Take a break from Halloween sweets and dig into a bowl of “bloody”tomato soup with a side of cheesy focaccia “fingers,”(a fun alternative to your classic grilled cheese). Dunking is a must! And did I mention there’s bacon in the soup?

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Bloody Tomato Soup and Cheesy Focaccia Fingers

Makes 6 servings

INGREDIENTS
Cheesy focaccia:
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons fresh (or 2 teaspoons dried) oregano, divided
2 teaspoons sea salt, divided
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup grated Gruyère cheese

Tomato soup:
4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into lardons
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
4 cups chicken broth
2 sprigs fresh (or 1/4 teaspoon dried) thyme
1 bay leaf
1 15 oz. can whole, peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed by hand
1/4 cup heavy cream
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Make the focaccia:

  1. In a large bowl, combine water and yeast, stirring until yeast dissolves. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried) oregano, 1 teaspoon salt and a generous pinch of black pepper.
  2. Add 3 cups flour and stir everything until it comes together to form a shaggy ball. Then knead the dough by hand on a well-floured work surface for about 5 minutes. Flatten dough slightly, sprinkle on 1/2 cup cheese and continue kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic, adding flour as needed, about 5 more minutes. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  3. While dough is rising, combine remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon fresh (or 1 teaspoon dried) oregano in a small bowl.
  4. Oil a rimmed baking sheet. After dough has doubled in size, punch it down. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to the prepared baking sheet; let rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Using your fingers, stretch the dough so it evenly covers the bottom of the baking sheet. Cover the dough loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until puffy, about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  7. With your fingertips, poke dimples at 2-inch intervals over the entire surface of the dough. Brush olive oil/oregano mixture on surface of the dough and sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until golden brown, 18-20 minutes.
  8. Once focaccia cools, cut into 1-inch-wide “fingers”
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Make the soup:

  1. In a large pot, cook bacon on medium heat until fat renders and bacon crisps, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add butter, garlic, onion and carrot and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly, until tomato paste begins to darken, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, thyme, bay leaf and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly reduced, about 30 minutes.
  6. Remove soup from heat and purée. Stir in cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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How to Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party

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Make no bones about it! Our Mad Scientist Halloween Party has everything to help you get experimental this Halloween. Take a look at our creepy collection and our favorite Mad Scientist Party tips, below!

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Need an easy solution for sweet treats? Buy gummies and candies in creepy, crawly shapes (We love these!) to display on trays and in bowls. Deviled eggs get some serious ick factor when topped with cross-cut green olives with pimentos — don’t they look like eyeballs?

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Bar time! Use food coloring to make your cocktails bright slime green, or mix wine cocktails in a deep blood red for a spooky chemistry set bar display.

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We love this quirky alternative to your average olive and cheese plate. Use toothpicks to attach cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olives and basil in a molecular-model like display. (You’ll want to serve them on our Periodic Cocktail Platter, of course)

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Add something sweet to your drink station, too! Snap off strips from a bar of white chocolate and use icing to attach a dried cranberry to the top — voila! A creepy, bloody finger that’s perfect for garnishing cocktails.

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Popcorn is a great casual snack for parties — make your batch seem a little fancier with a side of different spices and cheeses for toppings, and serve with our Alligator Serve Bowl and Condiment Set.

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Make sure every spot in your house look extra spooky — we love to fill up bookshelves with candles, glowing skulls and every sort of Halloween knick knack you can imagine!

See all of our Halloween parties here.

A Delicious Cubano Recipe Served with Cameron Hughes Wine

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A great wine should always be accompanied by great food — but that doesn’t mean you have to cook up a Thanksgiving-style meal every time you want to pop open a bottle of good wine. We love how Alison Strickland of Two of a Kind put together this casual, delicious looking spread with a grilled Cubano sandwich, chips, three homemade dips and served it with a bottle of exceptional Cameron Hughes Wine. Take a look at her recipe, and some of our favorite serveware, below!

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Served with Pottery Barn’s Salerno GlasswareBelgian Linen Everyday Table RunnerGreat White Rectangular Serving Platter and Great White Square Divided Condiment Tray.

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“This Latin-inspired spread is perfect for two to four people, or can be doubled (or quadrupled) for a larger party. Make the dips in the morning and meal prep is a breeze. (Don’t worry about the guasacaca, a Venezuelan version of guacamole — it will retain it’s bright green color for days.) You can even assemble the sandwiches ahead of time and grill them just before serving, leaving plenty of time to kick back with a glass of Cameron Hughes Wine while entertaining.” -Alison

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Grilled Cubanos + 3 Easy Dips
Makes 4 servings

INGREDIENTS

Grilled cubanos:
8 sweet Hawaiian rolls (homemade or store-bought), sliced in half horizontally
4 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard
8 (1 oz.) slices Swiss cheese, cut in half
8 strips bacon, cooked
8 slices dill pickle
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
8 ounces thinly sliced roasted turkey breast
coconut oil, for grilling

3 easy dips:
Guasacaca:
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and quartered
1/2 small yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 serrano pepper, halved, seeded and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons white wine or rice vinegar
juice of 1 lime
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro, stems removed
tablespoons olive oil
salt and freshly ground black pepper

Black bean dip:
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 small garlic clove, minced
1/2 small fresh jalapeño, halved, seeded and roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Salsa fresca:
4 ripe tomatoes, seeded and finely diced
1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
1 small fresh jalapeño, very finely chopped (remove seeds for a milder salsa)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 garlic cloves, minced
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Corn tortilla chips, for serving

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Make the grilled cubanos:

Spread cut sides of rolls with mustard.

Place 1/2 slice cheese, 1 strip bacon (cut in half to fit) and 1 slice pickle (cut in half to fit) on bottom half of each roll. Then top each with cilantro, turkey, 1/2 slice cheese and top half of roll.

Brush coconut oil on outside of rolls.

Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Add 2-3 sandwiches to pan. Place a heavy fry pan on top of sandwiches and press gently to flatten. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, leaving fry pan on sandwiches while they cook, until grill marks appear and bread is toasted. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Let cool slightly and cut each sandwich in half diagonally.

Make the guasacaca: Place avocado, onion, garlic, serrano pepper, vinegar and lime juice in a food processor and purée until smooth. Add cilantro and olive oil and continue to purée until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Make the black bean dip: Combine all ingredients in a food processor and purée until smooth. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as needed.

Make the salsa fresca: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and toss gently. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

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Weekend Luxuries: Lazy Saturday Morning Coffee

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Weekend mornings just move a little slower, don’t they? Saturday mornings should be cherished and filled with as many lazy, cozy, coffee-filled moments as possible. This styled shoot expresses those moments perfectly.

Scroll down for more photos, plus an incredibly delicious rhubarb jam recipe! 

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Post written and styled exclusively for Inside & Out by Ashley Pepitone
Photos by Janet Howard Studio
Pottery Barn products: Rhodes Coffee Mugs, Emma Salad Plates, Glass Sugar Bowl, Coffee Spoons, Pom Pom Hand Crochet Throw

I am a coffee drinker, through and through. There is nothing better to me than a slightly crisp early fall morning, sitting out on the porch with a giant mug of comfort and a cozy blanket. This knit pom-pom throw speaks my love language. It really is like throwing on your favorite chunky sweater — plus, the pom-poms add a touch of unexpected whimsy.

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I’m normally a savory gal when it comes to breakfast, but there is something so satisfying about making your own jam. The process is not difficult, but it does take some time. If I’m going to have something sweet for breakfast, I love any kind of sweet-tart fruit flavor.

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Here is the recipe I use for the delicious Raspberry Rhubarb jam you see pictured:

4 cups 1-inch pieces fresh rhubarb (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2-pint fresh raspberries
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

Instructions: Combine rhubarb, sugar and lemon juice in a heavy large saucepan. Cover and refrigerate until juices form, stirring occasionally, at least 8 hours.

Bring rhubarb mixture to simmer over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high and boil until rhubarb mixture thickens, about 5 minutes. Add raspberries and boil until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes longer. Remove from heat. Add cardamom and stir well. Allow jam to cool completely before serving. Store (refrigerated) up to one week in air-tight container.

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Autumnal Mulled Wine Recipe from Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha

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Have you started to feel that snap in the air yet? Mornings and evenings are a little darker, and leaves are falling from tree branches — fall is just around the corner. We love summer, but we’re pretty excited to welcome cooler weather and the change in season with cozy knits and warm beverages.

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This festive mulled wine recipe from one of our favorite bloggers, Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha, is the perfect way to usher in autumn. “It’s my favorite cold weather cocktail,” says Mandy. “It’s sure to warm everyone’s hearts and tummies.”

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Keep reading to see Mandy’s delicious recipe, served with our Antique Silver Pitcher, Wine Me Up Bottle Opener and our Antique Silver Snack Bowl.

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Ingredients:
4 cups apple cider
1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as La Crema Pinot Noir
2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, zested and juiced
4 whole cloves
3 star anise
4 oranges, peeled, for garnish

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Directions: Combine the cider, wine, cinnamon sticks, zest, juice, cloves and star anise in a large saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange and orange peel to each and serve.

See more of Mandy’s favorite fall picks here.

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Root Vegetable Pot Pie and Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Waiting on Martha’s Favorite Things About Fall

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Waiting on Martha’s founder, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by the mantra that “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” We couldn’t agree more.  It’s this reason, among many others, that we’re featuring her In the Spotlight this month.

Read on for a sneak peek of her exclusive online feature at PotteryBarn.com, and stay tuned for the full feature LIVE tomorrow!

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What are three simple ways you like to change your home decor for fall? 

Switch up your pillows and blankets. Incorporate a cozy throw and a few different seasonal pillows and you’ll change the whole mood of your bed and couch.

Invest in a place setting change. I love shifting my place settings for autumn with seasonal dessert plates, napkins and placemats.

Restock the bar. When the leaves begin to change so do my cocktails. Instead of tequila and mint julep cups you’ll find bourbon in my decanter and my bar cart set for colder weather with leather, animal print, and tortoise shell accents.

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What’s your top entertaining tip for the season?

Rather than scrapping what you have and starting anew for the season, make small changes to your existing accents to ensure that the entertaining transition is enjoyable and affordable. Look outside for inspiration and most importantly, embrace the comfort of the season. Think warmth and heartiness.

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This month I can’t wait to: Throw on a pair of boots, a cozy sweater, and drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Design icon: Kelly Wearstler.

Favorite new color combination: It’s by no means new, but blue and white will forever be my favorite color combination.

Signature fall cocktail: Mulled Wine. (See the recipe here.)

Favorite fall dish: Root Vegetable Pot Pie.

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Stay tuned for more of Mandy’s favorite fall things and top Pottery Barn picks tomorrow!

End of Summer Beach Bonfire Recipes from Camp Makery

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Happy Labor Day Weekend! We’re excited about having an extra day to celebrate (or mourn?) the end of summer. This weekend, we’re headed to the beach for a bonfire, Camp Makery style. Check out this entire inspiring shoot (with plenty of Pottery Barn love) here, and get the beach-friendly recipes below!

Recipes written exclusively for Inside & Out by Tiffany Sauter of Camp Makery
Photographer: Christina Richards
Styling & Art Direction: Lauren Weems of Camp Makery

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Baked Veggie Chips
I was inspired to create this recipe because my clients are often asking me what chips are the healthiest and which ones will help them lose weight.  I often have to give out bad news, and now instead of just telling them there are no healthy chips, I can offer them this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups assorted Root Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, carrots, golden or red beets, sliced thinly (I used both a mandolin slicer and just a knife)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • A couple dashes of sea salt

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Preheat oven to 250°.  Toss the root vegetable slices with olive oil and salt.  Spread them out on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour.  Flip the slices and bake for another hour to 90 minutes, until slightly brown and crisp.  Let chips cool on a cooling rack.

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Nectarine, Heirloom Tomato, and Basil Salad
This is a seasonal and fun version of a caprese salad.  I love peaches and nectarines!

Ingredients

  • 3 nectarines or peaches, peeled, seeded and sliced
  • 3 heirloom tomatoes, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 sweet basil leaves
  • 4 ounces mozzarella cheese sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar

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Toss nectarines, tomato, and basil together with the balsamic vinegar.  Add mozzarella slices and serve.

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Ahi Poke Dip
I get hooked on poke every time I visit friends in Hawaii.  I end up craving it when I’m home, so now I make my own.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sashimi-grade ahi tuna
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, minced
  • 1 green onion, sliced thin
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil

Dice tuna into large chunks.  Mix all ingredients together well and chill.

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Corn, Black Bean and Mango Salsa
Simple and yummy!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen corn, thawed and roasted in the oven or 1 corn cob, boiled for 12 minutes and corn removed
  • 1 cup black beans, cooked or drained and rinsed from a can
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, torn
  • 1 lime, juiced

Add all the ingredients to a medium bowl and toss well.