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Autumn at Alfresco

Monday, October 3rd, 2016


We’ve got the goods to outfit your kids and home for Halloween, plus wonderful autumn flavors, scents and décor. Take a look at some of the items we’ve got in store right now!

halloween table

autumn goods


Halloween items at Alfresco Casual Living:

  • Trick or Treat bags
  • Pumpkin hat and booties for infants
  • Pumpkin costume for toddlers
  • Halloween socks
  • Halloween napkins
  • Flying witch table décor
  • Halloween tapestries
  • Halloween table decorations

Autumn items at Alfresco Casual Living:

  • Chili starter mixes
  • Pumpkin serving spoons
  • “Giving Thanks” book
  • On-the-cob popping corn
  • Fall flavor pouches
  • Mulling spices
  • Autumn fairy garden décor
  • Thymes simmered cider candles

And more! Come and see for yourself 🙂



A Decadent Valentine’s Day Treat

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Casual Entertaining Tips

Here’s a recipe for a Flourless Chocolate “Turtle” Cake that uses our popular Stonewall Kitchen Sea Salt Caramel Sauce. This would make a fantastic Valentine’s Day treat for your sweetheart!

Flourless Chocolate "Turtle" Cake

Recipe courtesy of Stonewall Kitchen

Flourless Chocolate “Turtle” Cake

Serves 12-14


  • 1 pound bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 10 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 10 pieces
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 egg whites
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Sea Salt Caramel Sauce
  • Sea salt or toasted pecans for garnish, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease an 8 X 2-inch round pan and line the bottom with parchment paper. Have all ingredients at room temperature.
  2. Combine the chocolate and butter in a double boiler, heat and stir often until the chocolate and butter are warm, melted and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the egg yolks.
  3. With a mixer fitted with the whisk attachment beat the egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add the sugar and beat until the peaks are stiff, but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture a quarter at a time.
  4. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Place the pan into a shallow baking dish. Fill the baking dish with hot water until it reaches halfway up the outside of the cake pan. Be careful to make sure the water does not get into the cake batter.
  5. Bake the cake for exactly 30 minutes; the top will have a thin crust and the interior will still be gooey.
  6. Set the pan on a cooling rack and cool completely. Refrigerate overnight.
  7. To unmold, slide a knife around the cake to detach it from the sides of the pan. Invert the pan and remove the parchment paper. Turnover onto serving dish.
  8. Top with Sea Salt Caramel Sauce and garnish with sea salt or pecans, if desired.

Maple Bacon and Onion Pork Medallions

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Entertaining-Made-EasyA savory twist on a comfort food classic, this easy-to-prepare dish is a good qualifier for your weekly meal rotation! Uses Stonewall Kitchen’s Maple Bacon Onion Jam, available in our store.

Maple Bacon and Onion Pork

Serves 2-4


    • 2 pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat and silver skin
    • 3 Tablespoons light olive oil
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1/4 cup Bourbon
    • 6 Tablespoons Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam
    • 1/2 cup beef or chicken stock
    • 2 Tablespoons butter


        1. Cut pork into 1-inch thick rounds. Pound into 1/2-inch thick medallions.
        2. Heat oil in a deep sided heavy skillet over medium heat. When the oil begins to shimmer, but not smoke, add the pork in small batches making sure to not overcrowd the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes or until pork begins to brown. Turn each medallion over and continue to cook until golden brown on both sides. Remove pork to a serving dish and cover with foil to keep warm until all of the pork is cooked. Drain any excess fat from pan.
        3. Turn flame off (if using a gas stove). Add the Bourbon to deglaze the pan stirring until all brown bits are dissolved from the bottom of the pan. Turn flame back on and add the Maple Bacon Onion Jam and stock. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook until slightly thick. Add butter and stir until melted and incorporated into the sauce.
        4. Return pork to pan and cook 1-2 minutes. Serve immediately spooning sauce over pork medallions.


          Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

          Entertaining-Made-EasyWhether you’re planning a brunch or just a lazy weekend morning breakfast, this recipe will help you greet the day with the aroma of toasted coconut and the sweetness of bananas. Stop in to our store to pick up the Stonewall Kitchen Toasted Coconut Pancake and Waffle Mix.

          Toasted Coconut and Banana Waffles

          Serves 2-4



          1. Beat egg and milk together.
          2. Add Toasted Coconut Pancake & Waffle Mix and blend well.
          3. Stir in melted butter and banana.
          4. Ladle onto greased hot waffle iron and remove when golden brown.
          5. Whip cream to soft peaks and sweeten with sugar. Top waffles with whipped cream, sliced mango, toasted coconut and dust with confectioner’s sugar.

          Maple Bacon Jam & Brie Crostini

          Sunday, 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


          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!


            Monday, March 3rd, 2014


            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


            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


            Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


            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


            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


            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.

            Autumn Entertaining

            Friday, October 4th, 2013

            Casual Entertaining TipsWhat better time is there than a brisk October evening to have company over? It’s before the busy Holiday Season, there’s little worry about the condition of the roads, and the weather is still nice enough that you can enjoy a little bonfire as part of the evening. Plus, the colors of the season here in the Midwest make for a great backdrop to inspire your decor!

            Here at Alfresco Casual Living, we’ve got some great items to make your autumn dinner parties warm and inviting.

            Table Linens from Petal Pushing

            table-linens April Cornell

            Table Linens from Petal Pushing

            We have a great selection of beautiful and festive French table linens from Petal Pushing and Couleur Nature, including place mat, table cloths, and napkins that will compliment your autumn decor. We also feature fall and holiday linens from April Cornell.

            Autumn Tableware

            Autumn Table Accessories

            Autumn Table Accessories

            So much to talk about in this picture! We’ve got serving dishes in warm autumn colors and some great wicker plate chargers that can pull duty in just about any season. We’ve always got a selection of seasonal paper napkins, too. Top off your table with these cute decorative ceramic veggies. And prepare a quickie side dish with our delicious Stonewall Kitchen Butternut Squash Risotto Mix. It’s OK…we won’t tell that it’s not from scratch! Of course, while you’ll always find items like these in our store, our stock is always changing, so you might not find these exact items when you visit.

            Candles and Comfort Food


            Autumn Candles, Recipes and More

            Set the scene for autumn get-togethers with scented candles in warm hues and spicy scents. Candles are a great way to extend the colors of the season into the early-to-become-dark evenings.

            Looking for ideas of what to serve? It’s the time of year again to serve soothing comfort foods like soups, stews and even macoroni and cheese. We’ve got some great recipes in books like Easy One Pot: Frugal Recipes For Busy Cooks (2009) and Mac’N’Cheese (author Laura Washburn, 2013) from Ryland, Peter & Small.