Fun Items for Halloween

October 21st, 2014

New in store!Halloween

We’ve still got some fun ideas for Halloween and fall-themed décor!

Maple Bacon Jam & Brie Crostini

August 24th, 2014

Entertaining-Made-EasyA recipe inspired by the new Lolo restaurant in downtown Stillwater!

Maple Bacon Onion JamIngredients:

  • 6 large plum tomatoes
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 T olive oil (divided)
  • 1 French baguette
  • 3 T Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam
  • 8 oz. round Brie cheese

Directions:

Roast the tomato:

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Oil a shallow baking pan.
  2. Arrange tomatoes, cut sides up, in 1 layer in pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Roast tomatoes until skins are wrinkled and beginning to brown on bottom, about 1 hour. Transfer to a serving dish and keep warm, covered with tented foil (do not let foil touch tomatoes), until ready to serve.

Prepare the crostini:

  1. Cut baguettes thin on the bias
  2. Brush each baguette slice lightly with olive oil
  3. Toast baguettes in broiler, about 2 min per side.
  4. Top with brie, maple bacon jam and a slice of roasted tomato.
  5. Broil crostini in the preheated oven until Brie cheese is melted and browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Delicious!

For more about Stonewall Kitchen’s Maple Bacon Onion Jam and other new Stonewall Kitchen products (available at Alfresco Casual Living), see the video below!

    TOASTED COCONUT AND BANANA WAFFLES

    March 3rd, 2014

    Entertaining-Made-Easy

    Mini Pancake StacksIngredients

    1 large egg
    2/3 cup milk
    1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mix
    3 tablespoons butter, melted
    1/3 cup banana, thinly sliced and quartered
    1/2 cup whipping cream
    Mango, peeled and sliced
    Toasted coconut (optional)
    Confectioner’s sugar

    Directions

    Beat egg and milk together.
    Add dry mix and blend well.
    Stir in melted butter and banana.
    Ladle onto greased hot waffle iron and remove when golden brown.
    Whip cream to soft peaks and sweeten with sugar. Top waffles with whipped cream, sliced mango, toasted coconut and dust with confectioner’s sugar.

    stonewall kitchen toasted coconut pancake mix

    Stonewall Kitchen Toasted Coconut Pancake Mix

    ALFRESCO CASUAL LIVING IN THE SPOTLIGHT!

    February 13th, 2014

    We’re delighted to be featured in March 2014 Buyer’s Guide of MinneapolisMart magazine! See us on page 36 of the flippable online magazine here: http://mplsmart.com/flip/march2014bg/flipviewerxpress.html, or click the image to see it online!

    Alfresco Magazine Retailer Spotlight

    Alfresco Magazine Retailer Spotlight

    MINI PANCAKE STACKS

    February 5th, 2014

    Entertaining-Made-Easy

    Mini Pancake StacksIngredients

    1 large egg
    3/4 cup whole milk or buttermilk
    1 cup Stonewall Kitchen Buttermilk or Farmhouse Pancake & Waffle Mix
    1 tablespoon butter, melted
    Stonewall Kitchen Lemon Curd
    12 Raspberries
    12 Blueberries
    24 Small mint leaves
    24 Toothpicks
    Confectioner’s sugar

    Directions

    Beat egg and milk together in a medium bowl. Add pancake mix and blend well. Stir in melted butter and mix thoroughly.
    Heat griddle to 350 degrees F. Spoon 3/4 teaspoon pancake batter onto hot griddle for each mini cake. Cook until golden brown on each side. Pancakes should be about the size of a quarter.
    Stack cakes four high. Top with a small dollop of Lemon Curd, a raspberry or blueberry and a small mint leaf. Dust with confectioner’s sugar. Stick a toothpick through the stack to serve.

    *Other ideas for mini stacks- Stonewall Kitchen Maple Pancake & Waffle Mix stacked and topped with bacon and maple syrup Stonewall Kitchen Double Chocolate Pancake & Waffle Mix topped with one of our chocolate jams and a raspberry

    VALENTINE’S GIFTS FOR ALL THE SENSES

    February 5th, 2014


    This Valentine’s Day, give a gift that touches the heart by appealing to your sweetheart’s senses! Here a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

    Smell

    Tokyo Milk Bath & Body Products

    Tokyo Milk Bath & Body Products

    The beautifully balanced fragrances of Tokyo Milk parfums and body luxuries exude romance and come in gorgeous, vintage-look packaging. And don’t forget the fresh, clean Thymes fragrances, available in candles and bath & body products!

    Touch

    Buttery soft pajamas by PJ Harlow and Sheepy Fleece robes from Pine Cone Hill feel super soft and snuggly against the skin!

    Sight

    Spartina Handbags and Clutches

    Spartina Handbags and Clutches

    We’ve got visual treats throughout the store! Colorful Company C furniture, rugs, and bedding; gleaming Mariposa silver picture frames, cheerful and trendy Spartina handbags, and more!

    Sound

    Cafe Latino CD

    Cafe Latino CD

    Set the mood while preparing a dinner for two this Valentine’s day with Putomayo’s Cafe Latino CD, which brings together contemporary singer-songwriters from Latin America and Spain. It even comes with a Latin dessert recipe! Or try any of our other Jazz, Bluegrass or Latin CDS.

    Taste

    Stonewall Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

    Stonewall Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce

    Tickling your Valentine’s taste buds is as simple as shopping our Stonewall Kitchen selection of sauces, drink mixers, dessert toppings, aiolis, salsas and more. A favorite of mine is Stonewall Kitchen Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Sauce, which is AMAZING with strawberries or on ice cream! Mmmm…

    And don’t forget… we will ALWAYS wrap your gifts for free!

    RECIPE: BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

    January 7th, 2014

    Entertaining-Made-Easy

    Here’s a delicious recipe for game-day parties that’s easy, yet sure to WOW!

    Buffalo Chicken Dip featuring Stonewall Kitchen Buffalo Chicken Sauce

    Buffalo Chicken Dip featuring Stonewall Kitchen Buffalo Chicken Sauce

    Ingredients

    1 Tbsp. olive oil
    1/2 cup red bell pepper, cored, 1/4-inch dice
    1/4-1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Buffalo Wing Sauce
    4 oz. cream cheese
    1/4 cup sour cream
    1 cup cooked chicken, finely chopped
    2 Tbsp. scallions, finely chopped
    1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
    Tortilla chips

    Directions

    Heat olive oil in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add red bell pepper and saute until tender.
    Add Buffalo Wing Sauce, cream cheese and sour cream. Stir until cream cheese is melted.
    Add chicken, scallions, spinach and cheddar cheese. Stir until cheese is melted. Serve hot with tortilla chips.

    BRAND SPOTLIGHT: JULISKA

    December 15th, 2013

    Featured Brands
    In the last months, we’ve been excited to offer Juliska brand tableware. A relatively new company, Juliska was founded in 2001 by Capucine and David Gooding, who sought to bring inspired, European design with a eye for heritage to today’s homes. Take a peek at this introductory video that talks about their “Country Estate” collection, available in part here at Alfresco Casual Living.

    The Holidays in Stillwater

    November 27th, 2013

    One of my favorite times of the year is when Santa comes roaring down Main Street in a parade of fire trucks on the Friday morning after Thanksgiving (November 29). I just run outside and jump up and down and wave…it’s so fun and exciting! Bring the kids down! It’s usually not very crowded, so you can get right up close.

    Also that day, many Downtown Stillwater businesses have “Sleepyhead Doorbusters”, opening at the not-so-early hour of 9am. It’s kind of a joke, really…the polar opposite from big chain stores that open up earlier and earlier each year. We offer fun, relaxed, old fashioned Black Friday shopping as it should be—without all the frenzy and craziness of the box stores. Our Hometown for the Holidays includes Victorian carolers, a strolling Santa, free carriage rides, Twinkle Parade, and live reindeer & sleigh with Santa for a great family photo opportunity. See the full schedule at www.discoverstillwater.com.

    Oh—and very importantly—we merchants & restaurants downtown are working with Community Thread for their Holiday Hope program: collecting toys, gifts and necessities for those in need in the St.Croix Valley. We will have drop off locations at Darn Knit Anyway and Valley Bookseller and we will be collecting at the Twinkle Parade as well.

    And finally…

    Alfresco is open until 8pm Monday-Saturday, and until 7pm Sunday all through the winter! Now other shops have committed to staying open until at least 7pm Thursdays & Fridays through the holidays!

    Cranberry Horseradish Bacon Dip

    November 27th, 2013

    Entertaining-Made-EasyHere’s a quick, zesty dip you can whip together for last-minute guests this holiday season!

    Cranberry Horseradish Bacon Dip made with Stonewall KitchenIngredients

    8 ounces cream cheese, softened
    1/3 cup Stonewall Kitchen Cranberry Horseradish Sauce
    1/4 cup cooked bacon, crumbled
    3 tablespoon scallions, chopped
    1/4 teaspoon salt

    Directions

    Combine all ingredients and mix until uniform. Serve with crackers, pretzels or baguette slices.

    Serves 4–6