Katie Brown's Outdoor Entertaining: Taking the Party Outside

Katie Brown's Outdoor Entertaining: Taking the Party Outside


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Katie once again exhibits her relaxed approach to entertaining in style. From the backyard barbeque to the perfect beach afternoon, from a colorful children's party to a herb garden retreat, readers will find more than 110 creative and easy recipes, craft projects, and garden ideas. This book is a sensational companion to Katie Brown's Workshop, a new lifestyle series on PBS. Each chapter is organized to follow the signature approach of the Workshop segments: Cook, Nest, and Grow. The show's episodes will be directly tied into material from the book.

Entertaining and enjoying the outdoors are a daunting combination. Katie believes in keeping it simple, and will
show you how.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316113069
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/10/2007
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

For almost two decades, KATIE BROWN has transformed the art of homemade into a worldwide brand, delivering how-to information for people passionate about cooking, gardening, crafting, decorating, entertaining and family. Her enthusiasm, humor and down-home, all-American personality brings delight to her audiences and instills trust in her brand. People Magazine has hailed Katie as "TV's meat-and-potatoes Martha Stewart," and USA Today calls her "the doyenne of domesticity for a new generation. In a Guideposts cover story, she was described as a "laid-back lifestyle expert." She and her husband live in Ridgefield, CT.

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Katie Brown's Outdoor Entertaining

Taking the Party Outside
By Katie Brown

Little, Brown and Company

Copyright © 2007 Katie Brown
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-11306-9


My one favorite place in the whole entire world is my family cottage on lake Michigan, Camp Anomanong. No matter where I travel-from India to Africa, from Colorado to New York City-it still keeps coming up number one. And you know how when you grow up and your return to placed you knew as a child, they usually seems to be smaller and less grand than you remember? Not true for this camp. I will grant you, the beds are a bit hard, the kitchen could use some updating, and the bathrooms are barely civilized. But the outdoor space-the grounds, if you will-continue to delight and overwhelm me.

At age three, I remember, I was so proud of learning how to jump off the wall in our front yard. At five, I would practice my counting as I placed a foot in the center of each large stone that led to our front door. Our outdoor fireplace is where I mastered the skill of roasting marshallows. Every summer ended with the gathering of twigs, cedar, and berries to be placed on the groups of large stones so the fairies would not go hungry.

We did and do everything outdoors at our family's gathering place-from dinners to long conversations to various plays staged in the big front lawn to great games of waffle ball and volleyball. I would watch my aunts garden and my mother collect a bounty for the center of the table. Thereseemed to be no end to what we could produce in our great outdoor space. So it should come as no surprise to you that this is my inspiration, my motivation for the creations of this book.

Sure, the "outdoors in" look is here to stay, and outdoor barbecues are looking more and more like high-tech kitchens. I am interested in promoting this trend, but with a little something extra. What, you ask, could I possibly add to what Mother Nature has already delivered and appliance manufacturers have taken to new heights? Fellowship is my answer. Inspirations and ideas that will create memories for all you love and touch.

Use these pages full of projects and recipes to deliver to your family and friends your own backdrop for them to play and live with. So whether you have a whole camp, a short walkway, or an arrangement of potted plants as your outdoor space, nurture it, love it, and fill it up with the spirit of this book, and I promise young and old will remember and love it for years to come. Your outdoors, like my lakeside camp, will not shrink and age with time if your continue to take the party outside.


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Table of Contents

Introduction     8
Backyard Reunion     11
Down by the Sea     39
Garden Party     71
Herbal Delight     99
Here Comes the Sun     115
Rustic Woods     157
Picture Index     185
Acknowledgments     192

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