Fall Entertaining With Ballard Designs

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A few months back I was asked by one of my absolute favorite brands, Ballard Designs, to create three distinct holiday looks and I’m thrilled to be sharing the pictures from the first of three with you all today, my harvest dinner.  Inspired by my favorite season fall, and playing off of Mother Nature’s natural beauty I think you’ll find this setting rich, warm, cozy, and the perfect table to gather friends and family around.  Head over to Ballard’s Blog, How To Decorate, to read more about the inspiration plus I’m sharing all of my tips and tricks so you can host a harvest dinner of your very own.  TGIF Loves!  Truly, MKR

*Concept & Styling, Waiting On Martha  ||  Florals, Lindsay Coletta Designs  ||  Place Cards & Menu, Yes Ma’am Paper Goods  ||  Rustic Tarts, Alon’s Bakery  ||  Location, Abattoir

A DIY Mexican Inspired Taco Bar

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Nine times out of ten when casually entertaining you’ll find me preparing a DIY taco bar for guests to enjoy.  You see we eat a lot of tacos and all things Mexican over at the Rye household which makes a DIY taco bar a natural go-to for me (grab my recipes for homemade guacamole, queso, and tortilla chips which are SO worth the time).  Plus you can prep the majority of ingredients the night before, and with a few simple protein and veggie options plus a whole slew of toppings you can rest assured that even the pickiest of eaters will find something to satisfy their cravings.    

So with National Taco Day being this Saturday the 4th might I suggest you grab a sombrero, mix a margarita, and have some of your nearest and dearest over to nosh on a taco bar of your own.  Truly, MKR

P.S.  If you’re not a fan of the whole cooking thing Williams Sonoma is offering a ready to go taco bar version!

*Grab the recipes and shop the story below  ||  Photography, Rustic White

DIY Mexican Inspired Taco Bar
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Ingredients
  1. Taco Shells (hard & soft)
  2. Tortilla Chips (homemade recipe link in story)
  3. Proteins (skirt steak, chicken, shrimp)
  4. Vegetarian Options (roasted potatoes & black beans)
  5. Various Salsa options
  6. Queso (recipe link in story)
  7. Guacamole (recipe link in story)
  8. Refried beans
  9. Chopped lettuce
  10. Chopped tomatoes
  11. Chopped onions
  12. Shredded cheese
  13. Sliced jalepenos
  14. Sliced radishes
  15. Chopped cilantro
  16. Sour cream
  17. Sliced limes
Instructions
  1. ...FOR THE SHRIMP
  2. Coat deveined and tails of shrimp with olive oil, salt, and fresh pepper.
  3. In a small skillet on medium high shrimp cook shrimp 4-6 minutes, browning and slightly crisping each side.
  4. ...FOR THE ROASTED POTATOES
  5. Slice baby red potatoes and generously coat in olive oil, salt, freshly ground pepper, and cayenne pepper if you like heat.
  6. Place on a small lined or non stick coated baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees until potatoes soften and brown 20-25 minutes. Stir potatoes occasionally.
  7. ...FOR THE SKIRT STEAK
  8. Pound out steak about 1" thickness.
  9. Pat down with 1 tablespoon olive oil, chili lime rub, fresh squeezed lime juice, and fresh cilantro. Let marinate for 30-60 minutes. Do not marinate for more than 60 minutes as the meat will begin to sour and break down.
  10. Grill on a low heat till preferred doneness is achieved. I suggest for guests serving at a medium rare/medium temperature.
  11. Let rest 2-5 minutes before cutting and serving.
  12. ...FOR THE TOPPINGS & SIDES
  13. Make homemade tortilla chips (recipe below), chop vegetables, and shred cheese up to 24 hours in advance. Refrigerate until serving.
  14. Make guacamole just before serving, squeeze a tiny bit of lemon over the top to preserve color and prevent browning.
  15. Lay out all ingredients and let the taco building begin!
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 *ADDITIONAL RECIPES…Best Ever Guacamole  ||  Salsa Con Queso  ||  Homemade Tortilla Chips  ||  The Classic Margarita  ||  St. Germain Mint Margarita  ||  The Heater, Jalepeno Margarita  ||  Mint Watermelon Margarita  ||  Pineapple Margarita   ||  Strawberry Margarita

 

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…WAIT THERE’S MORE…Molcajete,  Williams Sonoma (I’m also dying to get the pig)  ||  Cutting Board, Vintage similar HERE  ||  Dipping Dishes, Waiting On Martha  ||  Gold Silverware, One Kings Lane, old similar HERE  ||  Napkins, Vintage similar HERE  ||  Wood Serving Set, Waiting On Martha (email customerservice@waitingonmartha for details)  ||  Salsa Bowl, Sur la Table  ||  Seasoning, Williams Sonoma chili lime rub (my husband swears by it) 

The Moscow Mule

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When the temps begin to move towards sweater weather, my cocktail menu tends to move towards one of my favorite drinks, Mint Moscow Mules.  By combing tart ginger beer, fresh mint and lime juice stirred up in a copper mug…well all I have to say is cheers!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White  ||  Moscow Mule Mugs, Waiting On Martha

Mint Moscow Mule
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Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Prep Time
2 min
Total Time
2 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces Vodka
  2. 4-6 ounces Ginger Beer
  3. 2-3 mint sprigs plus more for garnish (optional)
  4. 1 lime plus more for garnish
Instructions
  1. Muddle mint sprigs and the juice of 1 lime in the bottom of a copper mug (or rocks glass).
  2. Add ice, vodka, and ginger beer.
  3. Stir, garnish with a mint sprig, lime slice and enjoy.
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Roasted Tomato Capellini

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A week or so ago I shared my La Crema Virtual Vintner dinner party with you all, but forgot to share the recipe to one of my absolute favorite dishes; my roasted tomato capellini.  Extremely easy to make, and always a crowd pleaser, this pasta won’t put you to sleep and truly capitalizes on my love for fresh, simple ingredients.  Enjoy!  truly, MKR

*Photography, Rustic White

Roasted Tomato Capellini
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Ingredients
  1. Kosher salt
  2. 1/2 cup olive oil, plus extra for the pot
  3. 10 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 4 pints small cherry and mixed grape tomatoes
  5. 20-25 large basil leaves, torn
  6. 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  8. 1/2 cup pine nuts
  9. 3/4 pound dried capellini or angel hair pasta
  10. 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and extra chopped basil for serving
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water with 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large (12-inch) saute pan. Add the chopped garlic and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, basil, pine nuts, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and desired amount of red pepper flakes. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to soften but don't break up.
  3. While the tomato mixture is sautéing add the capellini to the pot of boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the pasta water.
  5. Place the pasta in a large serving bowl, add the tomato mixture and toss well.
  6. Serve with extra basil sprinkled on top and Parmesan on the side.
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Pottery Barn In The Spotlight

Fall Entertaining with Pottery Barn

When it comes to decorating, entertaining, and gifting Pottery Barn is always one of my top go-tos.  So when they reached out wanting to Spotlight my love for all things Fall I was more than happy chat about my take on seasonal decorating, what I can’t wait to indulge in, and trends I’m excited to embrace this fall.  Plus I’ve rounded up all of my favorite Pottery Barn picks so read the Spotlight and Shop it all right here.  TGIF Loves!  truly, MKR

Mulled Wine

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We all know I love wine.  Like love (I’m actually in Sonoma right now making wine with La Crema).  And when the cooler temps begin to arrive I, like most, switch from a crisp white to a warm red.  And other than drinking a bold Cab by a big fire another way I love enjoying reds is with my classic mulled wine recipe.  Red wine combines with aromatics of cinnamon, star anis, and orange to create the most perfect warm and cozy drink of the season.  Cheers!  truly, MKR  

*Antique Silver Pitcher, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Antique Silver Bowl, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  “Wine Me Up” corkscrew, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Wine Glasses, Pottery Barn c/o

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post was sponsored by Pottery Barn a brand I love.  Recipe and opinions are 100% my own.

Mulled Wine
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups apple cider
  2. 1 (750-ml) bottle red wine, such as La Crema Pinot Noir
  3. 2 cinnamon sticks
  4. 1 orange, zested and juiced
  5. 4 whole cloves
  6. 3 star anise
  7. 4 oranges, peeled, for garnish
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Pour into mugs, add an orange and orange peel to each and serve.
Notes
  1. *You can make this in a crock pot and keep on warm all day
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La Crema Virtual Vintner

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It’s no secret I love wine.  In fact I’d say its become a true passion of mine.  So when La Crema (a wine I’ve been drinking for years) reached out about their Virtual Vintner program I was all in.  In fact not only was I all in, but so where my girlfriends who I invited over for a little dinner party to test out the Virtual Vintner program and of course toast it with a glass or two (or three) of  La Crema

Virtual Vintner is a digital initiative of which the wine world has never seen.  It allows consumers an intimate, hands-on look into the world of wine making.  A “choose your own adventure” style journey captured through digital touch points and real time voting where consumers are able to learn about varietals, appellation, specific vineyards, barrel treatment, and even wine naming and label design.  A journey that will ultimately determine a finished wine released in late Fall 2015.  Its a way for everyone, regardless of who they are and where they are, to experience the beauty that is wine making.  A beauty that I’m also thrilled (on cloud nine) to say I’m going to be experiencing first hand.

You see La Crema is making one of my dreams come true.  They’ve graciously invited me to work harvest at their vineyards in Sonoma.  That’s right, starting next Monday I’ll be heading back to my favorite place on earth to crush some grapes and make some wine.  And just to be clear I’m not talking tour the vineyards and taste wine all day, I’m talking work.  No matter the weather conditions, however many hours a day, bugs be damn, whatever harvest calls for is what I’ll be doing.  I’m half scared (I mean I’m really not cut out for physical labor) half excited beyond belief.  And I’ll be taking you all along for the ride through a digital diary on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook so make sure you’re following to see what a day in the life of a vintner is really like.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

P.S. I’m also sharing my Crostini 7 Ways recipe from above over on the La Crema’s Blog so while you’re checking out Virtual Vintner make sure you grab that for your next dinner party. 

*La Crema Pinot Noir & Chardonnay  ||  Faux Bois Plates, Waiting On Martha  ||  Olive Oil Plates, Dipping Dishes, & Olive Oil Container, Waiting On Martha  ||  Wine & Water Glasses, One Kings Lane  ||  Gold Silverware, One Kings Lane (sold out, similar HERE)  ||  Vases, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Silver Spreaders, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Coasters, Waiting On Martha  ||  Napkins, Ice Milk Aprons c/o  ||   Candles Sticks, Pottery Barn  ||  Striped Taper Candles, Waiting On Martha  ||  Salt & Pepper Cellars, Waiting On Martha  ||  Antique Silver Condiment Set, Pottery Barn c/o  ||  Pig Cutting Board, Williams Sonoma  ||  Feathers, Pottery Barn  ||  Lighting, Currey & Company

**Photography, Rustic White  ||  This post was sponsored by La Crema a brand I love and adore.  Recipes and opinions are 100% my own.

Best Ever Red Sangria

Best Ever Red Sangria Recipe

Whenever I entertain, aside from the standard beer and wine, I love to create a signature cocktail. And my go-to summer time cocktail for any gathering (like THIS one) is Red Sangria.  Brimming with fresh fruit Sangria is a gorgeous addition to any table, can easily be prepared the night before, and is always a hit with guests.  TGIF!  truly, MKR

 *Rocks Glasses, Dwell Studio  ||  Dress, Persifor  ||  Nail Polish, Nars  

**Photography, Rustic White  

Best Ever Red Sangria
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr 5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
10 hr 5 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 Bottles of Spanish Red Wine
  2. 2 Cups Brandy
  3. 1/2 cup simple syrup (or more to taste)
  4. 2 Cups Orange Juice
  5. 4 Cups Sparkling Lemonade
  6. Lime, Lemon, Orange, and Apple Slices
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients (except the sparkling Lemonade) together and chill in a tightly sealed container or pitcher for at least 10 hours before serving.
  2. Add sparkling lemonade right before serving.
  3. Pour over ice and enjoy.
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The Top 15 Essentials Every Bar Cart Must Have

Top 15 Bar Cart Essentials

We’ve had a lot of love lately for our Bar Cart both HERE on the Blog and HERE on Instagram.  We’ve also had a lot of questions, about building a proper bar cart.  So I thought I’d share with you all my top 15 essentials that every bar cart must have.  Cheers!  truly, MKR

One.  Display worthy glasses.  I’m loving these from One Kings Lane…what a great price!  ||  Two.  A shaker.  I collect shakers, but every bar cart needs at least one shaker and I’m loving this one complete with anchor picks for a fun gift or this tried and true shaker.  ||  Three.  Cocktail Napkins, the “cheekier” the better.  ||  Four.  Some flair.  ||  Five.  A proper tool set.  ||  Six.  A Muddler.  ||  Seven.  Fresh flowers.  ||  Eight.  An ice bucket.  ||  Nine.  A candle, because candles really can (and should) go everywhere.  And splurge on one that once done burning can be used to hold something, like swizzle sticks or straws.  ||  Ten.  Cocktail Napkins (yes again) or coasters to mix it up.  ||  Eleven.  A bartender’s dictionary.  ||  Twelve.  Beautiful wine.  While my bar cart doesn’t house the majority of my wine (4 wine fridges do, don’t judge) some of the most beautiful and decorative bottles are out on the cart.  ||  Thirteen.  A Decanter, I’m loving this skull from Pottery Barn.  ||  Fourteen.  Matches.  ||  Fifteen.  A decorative bowl for all the corks because every cart should have a personal collection of some sort, like corks you’ve collected from great bottles opened or vintage swizzle sticks.  Just something that’s personal, and interesting.

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Spicy Watermelon Salad

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When choosing a menu to withstand the summer time temperatures I always like to begin with a refreshing, and preferably cool, first course.  My spicy watermelon salad is the perfect blend of sweet and spice, plus it highlights one of summer’s biggest stars. Just make sure you let your guests decide how much heat they can handle by placing the sliced jalepeños on the side.  Make sure to check out our entire Al Fresco Dining post HERE  and enjoy!  truly, MKR

*Blue Place Settings, One Kings Lane (sold out)  ||  White Place Settings, kate spade new york c/o  ||  Blue & White Bowls, Waiting On Martha (email for availability)  ||  Hand Towels used as Napkins, Waiting On Martha  ||  

**Photography, Rustic White 

Spicy Watermelon Salad
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 cups watermelon balled or cut into cubes
  2. 3 English Cucumbers sliced
  3. 1 Jalepeno deveined and chopped
  4. 1 Jalepeno deveined and sliced for garnish (optional)
  5. 1/2 cup red onions finely diced
  6. 1 cup fresh lime juice
  7. 1 garlic clove, minced
  8. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  10. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves chopped, plus additional for garnish
  11. 1/2 cup crumbled cotija, feta, or goat cheese
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl add red onion, brown sugar, lime juice, diced jalapeno, garlic, and salt stirring to combine.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the cucumber, watermelon, and red onion.
  3. Pour the dressing on top of the salad, garnish with cilantro, cheese and additional jalapenos if you like it HOT.
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