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Cookbook Giveaway: Camille Styles Entertaining


If you’re familiar with our Party in Five series, in which we share clever ideas for themed and everyday-occasion parties that can be pulled off with just five essential “ingredients,” then you know the woman behind the celebrations: Camille Styles. Together with her talented editorial team, Camille produces these fun, funky and functional affairs, and she shares her tips for entertaining with ease. Some of our faves? A football game-day fete, a fabulous fiesta, a DIY dim sum party, a pizza grilling gathering and the OG: a beer-tasting bash.

On her website, Camille further demonstrates her hostessing prowess with recipes, beautiful photos, and tips written by both herself and a network of contributors. And now, five years after launching her site, Camille has written a brand-new book (on sale this week), Camille Styles Entertaining, in which she shares ideas for dining, decorating, cooking and generally dominating life, season by season.

As we approach Thanksgiving or consider hunkering down with bowls of butternut squash soup at cozy fall dinners, I asked Camille to share with us her top tips for setting a fall table, so your environment will look as good as your food tastes.

For fall’s table setting, Camille was inspired by the jewel tones and mix of rustic textures and ornate detailing you might find in wine country. Here she breaks down each element:
• Color Palette: Turning leaves, plaid scarves, and an abundance of squash and eggplant get me in the mood for a rich palette in shades of amethyst and pumpkin.
 Linens: This pale gray linen tablecloth inscribed with trailing vines, flowers and birds has a vintage, family heirloom quality that feels just right for fall.
• Flowers: We filled a low wooden bowl with flowers in every shade of purple, ranging from burgundy to pink. Oak leaf hydrangeas make a beautiful focal flower with their unique conical shape, and clematis, jasmine vines, scabiosa, astrantia and ranunculus completed the design.
 Centerpiece: When creating a low, wide arrangement, always start by balling up chicken wire and attaching it to the inside of the vase using floral tape to create a stable base structure.
• Place Settings: Mismatched ceramics and organic plates are all the rage these days. Here I’ve paired the plates with vintage silverware and delicate etched glassware that was passed down from my great-grandmother.
• The Details: I tied a rich velvet ribbon around each set of vintage flatware for a modern touch and attached a calligraphied place card to each setting. I cut a bolt of amethyst linen to size to create napkins and left them unhemmed. To tie together the wine country theme, I placed an oversize wood-topped decanter on the table for a piece that’s as beautiful as it is functional.

Want even more of Camille’s entertaining advice? We’re giving away three copies of Camille Styles Entertaining (one book to each of three winners). All you have to do to enter is look through our ideas for hosting Thanksgiving — from decor to appetizers — and tell us which element you’d most like to incorporate into your festive feast.

So tell us, how will you ace hosting Thanksgiving this year? You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate back with you if you’re a winner. (But do not post your email address into the actual body of the comment.) We’re giving three very lucky, randomly selected commenters each a copy of Camille Styles Entertaining. No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and D.C., age 21 or older. Void in Alaska, Hawaii and where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 6:00 p.m. ET on November 5, 2014. For full official rules, visit http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/camille-styles-entertaining-cookbook-giveaway-rules/. Sponsored by Cooking Channel, LLC, 75 9th Ave, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10011.

Creepy Cocktails to Pair with Your Favorite Halloween Candy

Black Devil Martini

The best Halloween parties have three things in common: killer costumes, candy galore and plenty of cocktails to keep things interesting.

Before you go mixing up a truly spooky jungle juice, try these bewitching candy and cocktail pairings.

Pair Almond Joy with a Black Devil Martini

A simple mix of spiced rum and vermouth with a garnish of black olives, the Black Devil Martini (pictured above)  is a savory sipper. Since spicy rum and sweet coconut are a time-honored classic, try pairing this drink with an Almond Joy bar. The salty nuts and briny olives make a great match, too.

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London Restaurant Serves Only Canned Fish

Canned fish. Sometimes it’s a necessity. That tuna fish isn’t to become a tuna fish sandwich by itself, in other words. There are, however, some downright gourmet canned fish products that are miles away from the bespectacled Charlie the Tuna. One London restaurant is betting that foodies will pay premium prices for premium canned fish product.

The appropriately named Tincan doesn’t even have a chef and very little by way of staff. Most of the dishes consist of canned fish with a variety of bread, greens and other simple sides. The restaurant only stocks the best of the best in its namesake, importing products from all over the world. Reviews have been positive, proving once again that fresh food is totally overrated (kidding.)

Unfortunately for can lovers, the restaurant is only a pop-up. It’ll be gone in six months. However, if it remains popular the owners say they might consider something long term.

Hump Day Snack: Dinner in a Pumpkin

Dinner in a Pumpkin

Pumpkin gets a lot of love in the sweet category. And happy as we are to dive into pumpkin pie, sticky buns or cheesecake, it’s time to give a little love to the savory side. Witness: dinner in a pumpkin. This clever, ultra-homey idea bakes a classic casserole (think: cream of mushroom soup, wild rice, water chestnuts, ground beef or turkey) into an actual (medium-size) pumpkin. Pop it in the oven on Halloween night, draw a face on the finished gourd (preferably better than we did here…) and dish it out with the now-softened pumpkin for maximal heartiness before trick-or-treating time. Or make it the throw-back main course for your adults-only party, since it pairs well with pumpkin ale and a sensible kale salad. (Full disclosure: This is stock art, not the actual dish. We completely failed to take a picture when we made this dish ourselves.)

More Savory Halloween Meals:
Jack-O’-Lantern Cheese Ball
Bocconcini Eyeballs with “Blood” Salsa
Double-Decker Coffin Sandwiches

Healthy Slow-Cooker Meals

Slow-Cooker Turkey Sandwich

Nothing beats a warm, home-cooked meal on a chilly day… except, perhaps, eliminating the hot-stove phase to get there. That’s where the slow cooker comes in. What’s great about slow-cooker meals is: They’re often one-pot dishes (Less cleanup! Complete meal!). So check out these recipes to get some inspiration for your slow cooker this week:

Breakfast
Whole-Grain Breakfast Porridge: Think beyond oats with this multigrain hot cereal.

Dinner
Chicken Jambalaya: Chicken, rice, peppers, peas, ham… need we say more?

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Toronto Gets a Library For Kitchen Appliances

There are a lot of amazing kitchen gadgets out there. If you tried to write them all down, you’d get a hand cramp somewhere around sous vide cooker or silly-shaped pancake mold. This is great for cooking enthusiasts. Variety is the spice of life, after all. This is not so great for people with smaller than average kitchens. Where do you put all of that stuff? That’s where this new library of kitchen appliances comes in.

Opened in Toronto, the Kitchen Library works just like a regular library. You take stuff out and return it by a certain date. Instead of books, however, this library stocks only kitchen gadgets. All told, it features over 100 different appliances, from expensive juicers to more niche items like chocolate fountains. Fifty bucks gets you unlimited access to all of these goodies for a full year, so long as you return them, clean as a whistle, by the specified time.

The idea has proven to be extremely successful, with the creator soon moving the library to a bigger location and beginning to offer monthly memberships.

 

Sifted: Dusty Bone-Shaped Cookies, Pumpkin-Quinoa Pie + More

Dusty Bones Sugar Cookies

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Dinner Rush! Kielbasa with Barley-Pecan Pilaf

Halloween is here at last! When we were growing up, the evening of Oct. 31 was 100 percent dedicated to getting out the door in search of candy. With the impending candy onslaught, dinner was a bit of an afterthought (“Whaddya mean I can’t just have candy bars and peanut butter cups?!”).

Whether you’ve got little ones of your own or you are fending off the horde at your doorstep, set yourself up for success with a no-brainer meal to power you the whole night through.

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America Finally Gets a Full-Time Cat Cafe

The rest of the world has been sipping on their lattes and petting on their felines for a couple of years now. Meanwhile, the closest America has gotten is a pop-up or two. That seems highly unfair, given the country’s unabashed love affair with cats. Well, it looks like that long national nightmare is over. California just opened their very own cat cafe.

Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California will get you filled up with caffeine and with noted parasite toxoplasma gondii. All of the cats roaming around are adoptable if you are looking to work some kind of ‘rent to own’ deal. In addition to feisty kitties, they serve a variety of coffee drinks and snacks. You know, the usual coffee shop fare.

They recommend booking a reservation for their cat zone ahead of time at the price of ten dollars for an hour of unlimited mews and hisses.

Win The Portlandia Cookbook

Portland takes food very seriously. There exists such a degree of food austerity that instead Portlandia Cookbook of being an award-winning comedy so good it’s starting its fifth season in January, the show Portlandia could have been a procedural drama about unfit artisanal seltzer. In Portland, if you’re going to bottle club soda in hand-etched beakers at a farmers’ market, it better be infused with organic, locally-sourced, cage-free, house-made CO2.

To celebrate the food that defines the city and the show, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have made The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local. With more than 50 recipes from Portland restaurants and from the show’s characters (Mr. Mayor, Kath and Dave, Peter and Nance, and more), the book would be a fine companion at an Allergy Pride Parade for any foodie, freegan, gastroethologist, foodtrucker or adult babysitter.

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