Tackle Turkey Day Like a Pro
A fire crackles and a subtle scent of pumpkin spice slowly fills the house. The doorbell rings and everyone arrives; happy, hungry, and in anticipation of the most glorious meal of the year. A nephew’s chubby cheeks, a best friend’s warm smile and a father’s familiar joke heard one too many times. Nothing brings us together like the tradition of giving thanks.
The feast of all feasts, Thanksgiving is a day to drink, be merry, and enjoy time with dear friends and beloved family alike. But for a host, the magician behind the flour dusted apron, the day is far more than a mere meal.
So, what is the secret to survival? Why turkey day tools, of course…
Whether a master chef or a culinary novice, we have you covered with basics + extra essentials. Dazzle guests with the ultimate in Thanksgiving spreads with easy prepping, handy gadgets, festive fall touches, and really everything one might need to keep this holiday kick-off running smoothly. Because the only thing sweating in your kitchen should be your onions.
It’s turkey time! Prep Tom like a pro using our Stuffing Bag and Turkey Lacer Kit. The cotton mesh bag allows for the bird’s natural juices to flavor your dressing while the lacing pins and butcher’s twine is for keeping the dressing in place. Pop Up Timers assure a perfectly moist turkey and Turkey Lifters help you avoid unnecessary disasters, transferring to a platter with ease.
Let’s roast! Consider our All-Clad Traditional Roaster the day’s MVP with its Metal Rack a Special Team. Durable, generously proportioned, and made of heavy duty stainless steel, the metal rack provides a non-stick surface, elevating food for even cooking. Side handles make for efficient lifting in and out of the oven which can be a God send. And don’t forget the duo’s teammate, the All-Clad Oven Probe Thermometer. It comes with quick-select temperature settings and a large LCD display for easy viewing.
The Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours, from us, at Belle Cose!
Please call 307.733.2640 or email email@example.com for inquiries on any above cooking tools or tabletop decor.
Fireside Cocktails with Foxtail Books
Make Ours a Double: A bar stacked on beautiful books is as aesthetic as it is enticing (curvy glass tumbler, be merry cocktail napkin and leaf cocktail stirrer)
We sat down with local tastemaker Christy Smirl, the founder of Foxtail Books, to get the scoop on how to style our home library and what we should read this winter season. Offering services that include curation, installation, cataloging and limited-edition acquisition Christy is a national authority on custom residential library design. She is also the former Curator of Collections for the Teton County Library.
With autumn already on its way out and shorter days a reality, we were delighted to be invited up to her cozy, retro chic Wilson cabin for fresh gingerbread (make sure to scroll for her favorite recipe) and fireside cocktails. Read about our afternoon…
On the Rocks: Add color to any space by accessorizing with your book collection (curvy glass tumbler)
WHAT ARE THREE SURE-PROOF TIPS ON HOW TO STYLE YOUR HOME LIBRARY?
Consider scale. There is such a thing as too many books in a space. There is also such a thing as not enough. Consider the capacity of your shelves and whether the number of titles feels claustrophobic or sparse. Add or pare down as needed.
Consider how you use your books and how you use the room. What's most important: a mixture of books that feels eclectic and surprising, or that you can find everything? Are your books there for guests to enjoy, or for you to access?
Use your shelves as your creative canvas. This is one of the easier design pieces in your home to move around and be experimental! Try one object d'art atop a stack of books one day, move it up or down and angle the books differently the next. Feel it out with your shelving and the elements in the room.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COLOR CODING AND THE RAINBOW TREND?
I love anything, trendy or not, that allows a book lover to enjoy the look and feel of their library. For some of us, that means having books organized by subject so we can find everything. For others, it's visual techniques like the rainbow trend that bring joy to a room. I have also had clients who are incredibly visual: they identify their books by color more than they do by title or author. In that case, color coding can be better than the Dewey Decimal System!
In the works: One of Christy’s current projects for a client who collects cook books
WHAT ABOUT DISPLAYING BOOKS ON THE FLOOR?
I would put books on the floor if the room calls for an eclectic feel, or if it seems sterile and needs to look more lived in. Stacks of hefty art books beneath a coffee table can change how the furniture works in that space. On the other hand, precious books need to be protected (and shown off). I love the most beautiful showpieces on display at eye level.
WINTER IS HERE, WHICH MEANS LONG AFTERNOONS AND NIGHTS IN FRONT OF A CRACKLING FIRE CURLED UP READING. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND…
For a modern admirer of Jane Austen and other classic authors?
To dive further into Austen, I recommend reading an annotated version of her novels. It's such fun to learn about the dances, food, carriages and language as you follow Elizabeth Bennett and Darcy around their plot twists and turns. Harvard University Press has come out with several beautifully illustrated editions in that vein.
For a good Austenish story?
Try Longbourn, in which write Jo Baker takes us back into the world of Pride and Prejudice from the servants' point of view. Unlike dozens of Austen adaptations that come out each year, this story maintains an Austenesque social intelligence and literary-caliber writing.
For the thrill seeker?
The Second Sister by Claire Kendal is about a women who, at the request of her young nephew, dives into the mystery of her sister's death 10 years ago by (perhaps?) a seductive serial killer, or perhaps someone less expected. Just out this fall, it's one of those that just twists and turns, confuses and confounds until it all pulls together as a good mystery should. Delectable.
For the historical fiction buff?
Our Man in Moscow by Amore Towles is the charming tale of a count under house arrest (for writing seditious poetry) in a luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin in 1920s Moscow. Towles paints such a lovely picture of this place and time, and of his incredible cast of characters. His stories stick with you; I also highly recommend his first novel, Rules of Civility, set in 1930s Manhattan.
For little ones?
For the very littles: The Antlered Ship is the prettiest picture book I've seen out this year. Woodland animals (including a fox) who are friends traveling together on a seafaring adventure? That's charming enough, and the illustrations seal the deal.
And for the littles who aren't so small anymore: The Explorer by Katherine Rundell would suit kids in ages 8 through 12. Fred, Lila, Con and Max are stranded in the Amazon after a plane crash. A classic kids' adventure story (navigation, mystery, and adventure), this story is also about the wonders of the natural world, and about what kids are capable of without adults around.
Mistress of the Mix: First editions of The Cocktail Hour In Jackson Hole certainly do inspire off-season libations… Not only does Christy bake a wicked gingerbread but she is also a master at whipping up a Moscow Mule (vintage skies cocktail towel, copper moscow mule mug and king cube ice tray)
TAKE A TOUR OF CHRISTY’S ENCHANTED CABIN FOR A GLIMPSE OF HER FAVORITE BELLE COSE HOLIDAY FINDS:
Enchanted Staircase: Creative on all levels, Christy leads the way up a feathered, felt ladder to her cabin’s library loft
Warm Wishes: Christy’s idea of a perfect Sunday night? Taking advantage of cold weather and the holidays as a lovely excuse to put pen to paper and send snail mail (assorted holiday cards and silk faux flowers available at Town Square & Westbank)
Baby it’s cold outside: After a walk up Paintbrush with Christy and her pup, Bat Man, we were more than ready to enjoy a Hot Toddy… (papa noel mug and cheers my deers cocktail napkin)
FOXTAIL BOOKS HIGH ALTITUDE GINGERBREAD CAKE
Serves at least 8
1 cup water
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks, plus more for pan
Scant 1 1/2 tsp baking soda (scant means "just a bit less than" - take out 10% or so for altitude over 5000 ft like Jackson Hole)
2/3 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup molasses
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
2 large farm fresh eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (to pretend we're being healthy)
2 tsp ground dried ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
Scant 2 tsp baking powder
Whipped cream or powdered sugar for topping gingerbread cake off
Heat oven to 375 degrees (350 if you're at altitude lower than 5000 ft).
Line a 9×13 inch baking pan with parchment paper and/or butter and flour
In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add baking soda (it should foam up). Remove pan immediately from heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
Stir in butter chunks until melted (you might need to warm it just a tiny bit for this to happen).
Whisk in brown sugar, molasses, fresh ginger, and then let mixture cool for about 10 minutes.
Transfer molasses mixture to a large mixing bowl, whisk in eggs until just combined (it's okay to do this in your saucepan if you have enough room).
Sift and mix flour, ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt and baking powder separately.
Put the dry into the wet and stir everything together until just combined (it will be a bit lumpy - do not over mix).
Pour batter into prepped pan and bake for about 30 minutes, using a knife or toothpick to check whether it's done.
Once your gingerbread cake has partially cooled, remove from pan to fully cook on a wire rack.
Cut into squares or use holiday cookie cutters for a more festive approach.
Top with whipped cream or even a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
This gingerbread lasts for a few days and holds. It even gets more flavorful as it sits!
Earthy & Feminine Found Objects
Hand-Cut and Painted Refashioned Vintage Belt Cuff Bracelets (left) 1940's Rhinestone Brooch (right) 1960's Leaf Brooch
Lone buttons, tarnished coins, vintage brooches, even antique compact mirrors, all inspire the creative spirit of Jackson Hole local Stefani Thompson. The jewelry designer explains her collection of found objects begs for a new life. “There is so much waste in the world. If I can make something old new again, well, that promise, and possibility inspires me.”
1930's Fur Clip with Tobacco Deer Tan Leather
Even as a young girl Stefani was drawn to anything and everything with a history or story. The character of old buildings, antique books, Victorian jewelry, the Art Deco period all intrigued her. Her strong desire to pay homage to antiquities inspired her to further explore her creative side.
Hand cut and painted leather belt cuff with 1950's earring
While staying keen to rising fashion trends, Stefani’s true passion is to repurpose. Modernizing each element with raw, rustic leathers, antlers and horns, the beauty of her collection lies within seamlessly uniting the old with the new.
1950's Collar Necklace with Leaf Detail and Antler Tip Drops
While many of her pieces demand a night on the town Stefani’s most valued rule when designing is that her jewelry be easily worn with a t-shirt and jeans. A genuine boutique artist, she continuously searches for one-of- a-kind treasures to make each piece truly unique.
1920's Fur Clip with Deer Tan Leather Cord
Stefani Thompson Originals is available at Belle Cose Westbank. Please call 307.732.2640 for inquiries on the collection.
Love + Lemons Cookbook:
“One of the loveliest cookbooks we’ve seen in a long time” - Bon Appetite
“As much a recipe book as it is kitchen strategy… sunny and appealing, and the design of the book is great.” - Epicurious
“Happiness itself is tossed into every bowl.” - The New York Times Book Review
Have you visited us at our newly revamped Westbank boutique? One of our absolutely favorite new things is The Love & Lemons Cookbook. Organized by ingredient, it will show you how to make beautiful food with what’s on hand, whether it’s a bunch of rainbow-colored heirloom carrots from the farmers market or a four-pound cauliflower that just showed up in your CSA box. The recipes (over 100 of them!) are vegetarian with many vegan and gluten free options.
What’s in the book?
– More than 100 all new recipes that have never been posted on the blog.
– All vegetarian recipes with many vegan and gluten free options.
– Photography to go along with each recipe – over 300 photos in the book!
– Handy guides for stocking your pantry and tips for putting together easy, delicious meals.
– Mix & match charts for multiple variations on pesto, salsas, hummus & more!
Our favorite recipe for transitioning toward winter? The White Bean Tomato Mushroom Soup…
WHITE BEAN TOMATO AND MUSHROOM SOUP by Jeanine Donofrio
'Tis the season for soup recipes but this one really hits the spot. It’s made with hearty cannellini beans, butternut squash, mushrooms, tomatoes, herbs, and a little kale wilted in at the end.
Think of it as the perfect “cozy up on the sofa and start a new TV show” kind of soup… with the bonus of being great as a leftover reheated for lunch the next day.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cups (¼” diced) butternut squash
2 celery ribs, diced
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 fresh bay leaves
5 fresh sage leaves, chopped
2 teaspoons Herbes de Provence
¼ cup dry white wine
4 cups O Organics Vegetable Broth
1 (14-ounce) can O Organics Diced Tomatoes
1 (14-ounce) can O Organics Cannellini Beans
6 fresh thyme sprigs (bundled and tied with string)
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
4 to 5 kale leaves,
chopped pecorino cheese, optional, for serving
toasted baguette, optional, for serving
1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and generous pinches of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly browned about 5-8 minutes.
2. Add the butternut squash and celery and stir.
3. Add the mushrooms, another pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper, and cook until soft, about 8-10 minutes.
4. Add the garlic, bay leaves, sage and Herbes de Provence. Stir, then add the wine and stir again. Add the vegetable broth, tomatoes, beans and bundled thyme sprigs. Simmer for 30 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove the thyme stems and bay leaves.
5. Add the balsamic vinegar. Stir in the chopped kale and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings.
6. Serve with pecorino cheese and toasted baguette if desired.
To make it vegan: skip the cheese and season with salt, to taste.
To make it gluten free: skip the bread.
Serve Your Guests In Seasonal Style
Add a bit of woodland whimsy with creatures big and small like our pheasant napkin rings or moose salt and pepper holders. A batik boho inspired napkin celebrates the season’s colors against an otherwise classic, neutral palette.
A hearty, home cooked soup should be showcased in an equally special serving dish… our fall favorite? Vietri’s Pumpkin Tureen. We paired it along with this playful faux berry and cotton centerpiece to add just enough ivory to the tabletop mix.
Etched pine cone stemless wine glasses add a touch of enchanted forest without being too fussy. And Skyros Designs Cantaria dinnerware, paired with a pumpkin soup bowl, will anchor your autumn table for a harvest feast like no other.
Beth Miller | the modern muse
December 19 & 20 Belle Cose Town Square
December 21 & 22 Four Seasons Resort Teton Village
With a keen eye for style, and a flair for incorporating bold, impactful designs, Beth Miller’s jewelry is for women who live out loud.
Whether a pair of statement starburst diamond earrings, or a fierce diamond baguette pendent, Beth realizes that striking accessories allow women to express their personalities and individualism.
With a smile that speaks loudly to her own warm, inviting spirit, the designer has a knack for recognizing how her designs fit into her clients’ lives.
Her skill in choosing the right pieces to help women feel beautiful wherever life takes them has earned her a loyal following throughout the U. S. and the world.
Join us December 19 & 20 at Belle Cose on the Town Square and December 21 & 22 at Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village.
Lindsey’s Fifteen Favorite Things
Our new contributing blog writer, Lindsey Jones Johnson, photographed by Julie Jay
I’m a designer, writer, baker, and lover of all things that happen in the kitchen. Especially those involving butter, sugar, flour… and frosting. With three rambunctious boys, one cat, ten chickens and a new life in Wyoming every day is an adventure that needs whisking into shape.
It was only a little over a year ago that I was deep in a career as an interior designer, working on beach houses, in sunny coastal southern California. My husband and I were given an opportunity to relocate, changing our lives on a grand (Teton) scale, to Jackson. We’d always envisioned raising our boys in wide open spaces with charming, mountain town living, so this was a long-awaited dream come true.
While I’m still learning to drive in the snow (while crossing fingers winter number two isn’t as big of a doozy), I’m delighted to share my stories of raising a family and favorite recipes as well as tips and picks for both the home and closet. In the meantime, enjoy fifteen of my absolute favorite Belle Cose things.
1. Vagabond House Concho Place Setting
Casually western with poncho inspired carvings, I’m obsessed with Vegabond House’s one-of-a-kind flatware.
2. Temple St. Clair Trio Earrings
A creative expression of Bohemian flair with moonstone and diamonds, these distinctive Temple St. Clair earrings inspire my wanderlust.
3. Etkie Cuff
With its soft, muted pattern this beaded leather cuff is an everyday statement piece. It also serves a cause, helping to preserve the Native American cultural heritage, which I love.
4. Simon Pearce Cake Dome
A classic piece like this will never leave my counter, beautifully showcasing baked goods and treats throughout every season.
5. Vince Raglan Oatmeal Sweater (please call our King Street boutique for inquiries at 307.733.0233)
Cozy and warm with subtle autumn hues, this pullover is my new go-to for fall.
6. Michael Stars Faux Fur Vest (please call our Westbank boutique for inquiries at 307.732.2640)
Both snuggle worthy and statement maker this vest is the ideal finish to any winter wardrobe.
7. Linda Richards Cable Knit Hat with Pom (please call our King Street boutique for inquiries at 307.733.0233)
Proof that you don’t have to sacrifice your playful sense of style to stay warm.
8. Heather B Moore At Last Charm
I added this whimsical charm to the top of my Christmas list for my husband as a sweet reminder to keep the romance alive each and every day.
9. Vintage Canisters
As a baker, these guys are essential to my kitchen running smoothly. Mine are currently filled with an assortment of chocolate chips.
10. Citizen of Humanity Emmanuelle Bootcut Jean (please call our King Street boutique for inquiries at 307.733.0233)
The color… The fit… this is THE perfect jean from day to night.
11. Brown Allen Poncho
Dinner party ready… You may not see me in anything else this holiday season.
12. Star Home Antler Platter
In Jackson, it’s all about the antlers and I adore this versatile serving piece for its handsome aesthetic. Last winter we had quite a few elk make daily visits so this platter is a tribute to our forest friends.
13. Armenta Diamond Stacking Rings
I’m a fan of connecting each uniquely designed ring to a person or memory and this particular band adds an edge to my collection with its oxidized metal.
14. Deborah Rhodes Linen Napkins
A timeless linen napkin with a touch of fringe can be easily dressed up or down depending on what dinnerware you choose to use.
15. Farm House Pottery Dining Collection
Rustic yet sophisticated, this collection is the perfect stage for our farm-to-table recipes.
Paul Morelli | the theatrical genius
December 23 & 24 Belle Cose Town Square
December 25 & 26 Four Seasons Resort Teton Village
Inspired by the century-old, artistic family tradition of theater, Paul Morelli followed his own passion for art, intricate detail, and metallurgy and transformed the family operation into a ne jewelry business.
Each step of the creative process takes place under Paul’s discerning eye in the manufacturing atelier in Philadelphia where the family has operated for over a century.
Join us December 23 & 24 at Belle Cose on the Town Square and December 25 & 26 at Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village.
Mimi So | the contemporary artist
December 27 & 28 Four Seasons Resort Teton Village
Infused with her playful spirit and instinctive, modern style, Mimi So’s jewelry reflects a reverence for wear-able art. Inspired by contemporary art, fashion, and her travels, Mimi incorporates a refreshing balance of sophistication and whimsy into her collection of modern heirlooms.
Personal storytelling meets old-world craftsmanship throughout the designer’s core Piece, Bow, Jackson, and Wonderland collections. Each group is a genuine expression of Mimi's experiences and the messages she wishes to convey. “My happiness is creating beauty for others to admire and enjoy. My life philosophy is to be positive, happy, to empower others and to believe in yourself."
Join us December 27 & 28 at the Four Seasons Resort in Teton Village and take home one of Mimi's playful and adventurous pieces!
But Hurry, Only Four Days Remain!
Whether setting things aside for next summer, shopping early for holiday entertaining, adding to your gift closet or buying for yours truly, our Basement Sale offers so much savings you can't afford to miss the further reductions! We perused each aisle and shelf picking our next set of must-haves…
Show us the light
Our 14” classic wood lanterns can be lit with traditional or battery candles and will light the way for guests along your walkway, driveway or hallway. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner we suggest adding garlands to effortlessly transition them from warmer weather to holiday festivities in a flash.
Pattern play on point
Freshen up your tabletop with the easy introduction of new linens. With endless options including solids, animal prints, ikats and more you can’t possibly go wrong!
Baby, it’s cold outside
Winter is no longer coming, it’s here. Instead of fussing with the season’s early arrival treat yourself to a decadent pair of cashmere and fur slippers. Already have a favorite? Well then, why not scoop them up for the friend who has everything?
Classic blue and white never looked so good
A fun spin on an ever-so-classic blue and white theme these dinner plates and gold trimmed chargers are in abundance… Which means you can pick up six, eight, ten or twelve for a whole new entertaining color scheme without shoppers’ remorse.
And speaking of timelessness, this bamboo sugar and creamer set won’t ever go out of style. But, it will go with everything you already have while giving your coffee station the face lift you didn’t even know it needed.
Florals and rattan make everything prettier. It’s a proven decor fact. Pop these cocktail napkins, cake server and coasters in your bar drawer for an accessory surprise come spring. You’ll be so happy you did.
Cheers to the holidays
Beyond toast worthy these gold rimmed goblets are exactly what you need for extra festive holiday entertaining this season.
Sugar and spice and everything nice
Why wait until someone gifts you your next candle? These geode and gold candles are too gorgeous to pass up and every bath, and bedside table needs one. P.S. We also know you're well worth it!
Chic and comfortable
It may be snowing but we’ll all be heading south at some point during the off season… wouldn’t these be fun on a vacation date night?
Located in the basement of Belle Cose on Town Square the Autumn Basement Sale Ends Monday, October 9 at 6pm - please call 307.733.2640 for any inquiries.
Save Big With These Stylish Picks
Cooler temperatures, falling leaves, even snow... It's time for our much anticipated annual Autumn Basement Sale! We sorted through hundreds of items and found a few that made our Top Basement Sale Picks list. Doors open at 10am sharp. Shop early for the best selection!
These boots were made for walking and there are more fabulous styles were these came from... Flats, sandals, heels and boots are all marked down 60%
Serve your guests in style with this tureen or any of the other servingware on sale
Entertaining should be fun! Bright, colorful drink accessories like these Caspari napkins and coasters can add a fresh twist to your dinnerware and china pattern.
The perfect carryall... Shop this stylish calfskin bag along with many others
Halloween is around the corner and we have the spookiest decor and party accessories in town!
Traveling for the off season? Take this chic carpet bag and fur collar along for the trip!
Treat Thanksgiving guests to a new tabletop with these handsome pheasant placemats and gold flatware
Winter is coming and rumor has it it's going to be just as cold as last year. Bundle up in one of these cashmere wraps and stay warm and stylish!
Chase away the winter blues with fun everyday dinnerware
Make guests feel at home with these Moroccan hand towels