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Recipe File: Height of Summer BLTs with Roasted Poblano Aioli

The best parties always leave the host time to mingle with their guests and RELAX. If you’re the host, all the more reason to try to stick to that rule!

set the table for your Summer Party

For your next summer shindig, come up with a menu that lets your guests build their own dinner. Setting up stations where your friends and family can tailor their meal to their tastes is key. Pretty glasses and lemonade with some sliced strawberries and a few spirits mean the grownups can make a cocktail that’s theirs alone. Kids (let’s be honest, not only the kids) will love scooping their own ice cream for dessert, adding some sprinkles and syrups on top.

But the star of your meal – especially if you have at the ready these summery plates– will be the BLTs. Not just any BLTs, mind you. These have an added oomph that will bring smiles all around. This easy to make Roasted Poblano Aioli might just make the best BLT you’ve ever had.

BLT prep

It all takes just a little prep work, nothing too arduous. It is summer, after all. Roast the poblanos, cook the bacon, slice and toast the bread. Slice up those delicious tomatoes – sort of medium thickness – and wash the lettuce. You’re practically done! The aioli comes together quickly in a food processor.

After the party, if there’s any left, the poblano aioli can be served alongside grilled pork chops, stirred into corn and tortilla soup, dolloped over your morning sunny-side up eggs. IF there’s any left.

Happy summer!

Roasted Poblano BLT

Height of Summer BLTs with Roasted Poblano Aioli

Good crusty bread
Best tomatoes you can find, either heirloom or even better, home-grown
Bibb or romaine lettuce
Thick cut bacon
Salt and pepper

for the aioli:
2 egg yolks
1 clove garlic
¼ bunch parsley
1 TB lime juice
3 poblano peppers, roasted on the grill or under the broiler, then peeled, seeded, and chopped
Salt
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

Combine and purée the egg yolks, garlic, and parsley in a food processor. Add the lime juice, roasted poblanos, and salt to taste. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil, gradually adding more until it’s the consistency of mayonnaise. Check and adjust seasoning.

 

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Home Décor, 2017 Vol. 2

Shooting photos for our catalogs takes many, many hours – weeks, even – but the best days are the ones where the shoot involves a road trip. For the Havana and Waterside collections this season, our “studio” was on the coast near Gearhart, Oregon.

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Setup for the each of the shots actually takes a bit of time. What might look like a scene you’ve just happened upon while strolling on the beach more often than not has been arranged and rearranged, with the art director stepping back to peruse and consider, which then means more rearranging…

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But along the way, amidst all the hard work and long hours, there’s always a little play time.

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We think our catalogs look better than ever! With more than 800 new items in this season’s Home Decor and Flaire catalogs, we hope you enjoy thumbing through them and shopping for new items as much as we did sourcing and shooting our new products.

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Behind the Scenes / Summer 2016

We are thrilled to offer over 750 new home décor additions this season! As always, we traveled far and worked intensely to create quality, trend-forward goods to share with you all. Here are some highlights from our travels in Asia, and our catalog photography in the Portland, OR office.

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Notes From the Road / Paris and London

Bonjour! Welcome! We recently returned from a month long product trip across the pond looking for inspiration and new ideas. From glamorous home décor shows to flea markets to roadside car boot sales, we scoured France and England to find vintage artwork, color inspiration, and antique items that will all add something unique to our next season’s offering. Merci! Enjoy!

Notes from the Road London and Paris

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BEHIND THE SCENES / COME WITH ME

Hello!

Heather here, I’m a Graphic Design intern at Creative Co-op, and I’m happy to be guest posting about our most recent photo shoot at the coast for our new release, Come With Me. We brought some of our beautiful new product, and set up a delectable dinner spread right on the beach!

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Behind the Scenes / Home Decor Vol. 2

We were so in love with the rattan open wing chair when it arrived that we knew it had to grace the cover of our new catalog. That decision was easy. Getting the right photo, on the other hand, was a whole other story. Take a look behind the scenes of our most recent photo shoot in downtown Portland and on the Oregon coast.

behind the scenes of our home decor photo shoot

Our not-so-cooperative model, Tank and adventures in the Pacific ocean.

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Flaire Displays with Flair!

After many requests to make our Flaire candle display available to customers, we listened and created a complete kit included everything needed to merchandise our USA-made, soy candles. We don’t mean to toot our own horn, but truth be told, this display package is an absolute steal!

Flaire Candle display for retailers

As much as we are impressed with ourselves for offering this display, we have been a hundred times as impressed with our amazing customers and their creativity in integrating the Flaire display into their beautiful stores! A few customers have been generous enough to send us photos of Flaire looking fabulous in their spaces. Take a look!

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Notes From the Road / China and Vietnam

Our product design team recently spent almost two months in Asia scouting amazing new products and meeting with favorite partners to bring our newest home décor  collection to life. In Vietnam we found extraordinary hand woven baskets and furniture, as well as a very a unique collection of bamboo products that we can’t wait to show you! Much of our time in China was spent exploring new glazes, painting techniques and finishes that will enhance our rapidly expanding ceramic offerings. Even with a packed schedule, the team always has their eye out for inspiring sights while traveling. Our next collection could be inspired by something found while taking in a vibrant city scene, walking through lush local flora, or exploring bustling local markets. Though, we have to say, one of the most welcome sights we did see was a very familiar one that always means a good cup of coffee is close at hand.

Beautiful stack of clay pots.

Getting ready for the oven! The beautiful traditional pots will all look very different once they are glazed and fired. It is always inspiring to see the craft behind these ceramics.

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Behind the Scenes / Curated Gatherings

Curated Gatherings was full of firsts. It was our first mid-season release and also our first time hosting a full photo shoot in Portland, Oregon where our product design office is located (not to mention our first time eating Blue Star Donuts… SWOON!). We wanted Curated Gatherings to show new and favorite products together in a light. Unlike our previous releases, the majority of the Curated Gatherings catalog is dedicated to beautiful inspiring images of the collection, rather than strictly product photography. We wanted to show our vision of how these items could be used in the home, and for hosting unique gatherings. In the process, we had a great time styling scenes and photographing in a warehouse space in the inner southeast industrial district of Portland. The space and the light were wonderful and these ladies put in a lot of hours and heavy lifting to make  Curated Gatherings (arguably) our most beautiful catalog yet. See the full catalog here!

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Daffodils for spring.

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Trend Inspiration / Ranch Hand

Welcome to Christmas down home on the range! Now, not everyone thinks of horses and campers and terrariums when they think of the holidays, but we think that this collection is a perfectly fresh twist for holiday decor. Our design team drew inspiration for Ranch Hand from rugged and elegant all-American scenes. Mixing dark leathers and metals with rich turquoises and fleshy warm tones, this collection breaks the green and red mold in a warm and lively way. Try to imagine these pieces with fresh cut garland and a ham roast in the oven. Sounds perfect to us!
Ranch Hand Design Inspiration Home Decor Country Christmas Americana KEY POINTS: Rustic elegance, equestrian, all American vibe.

MATERIALS: Textures of leather and aged wood. brass and black painted metals. Natural aged and weathered finishes.

COLOR RANGE: Bold primary colors. Rich turquoise and navy blue. Nude and fleshy color pastels.rand hand design inspiration americana holiday deco

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