RECIPE :: ‘MOLDY’ CHEESE FOR HALLOWEEN!

It’s almost time to don your costumes and gather your trick or treat bags! So, if you’re doing any last-minute entertaining prep, or just want to whip up something fun for the heck of it, we’ve got a great and – most importantly – SUPER easy Halloween recipe for you…

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

You may remember that this year our Halloween theme was a Swamp Soiree. So we thought these ‘moldy’ cheese balls would fit right in with the mossy, bug-infested scene. (Eewwwwwww!)

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

We created two variations – each pretty simple to execute. One with gorgonzola pear, thyme, and a little fried onion for crunch. The second recipe includes capers, feta and dill – we added some chopped smoked salmon to these as well, but you could serve the smoked salmon the side as well if you’ve got picky eaters in the house.

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

I’ll be honest – I’m the kind of cook who forgets to measure, and therefore this recipe isn’t going to be exact, but basically…

Feta + Capers Cheese Balls //

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup feta
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/4 cup chopped smoked salmon (optional)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh dill to mix
  • 1/3 cup chopped dill for ‘moss’

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

Gorgonzola + Pear Cheese Balls //

  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1 cup gorgonzola
  • 1 pear – diced and sautéed in light butter until soft
  • 1/4 cup fried onion bits
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme to mix
  • 1/3 cup chopped thyme for ‘moss’

The prep part is easy – just combine ingredients into the bowl, and gently shape them into balls. Then, place the balls in saran wrap (separately!) and leave in the fridge for at least 10-20 minutes. This will keep them from being a bit too sticky when you’re ready to top them with herbs…

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

When the balls have been chilled for a bit, take them out and roll them in the herbs! The pear got covered in thyme and the salmon covered in dill…

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

We definitely recommend topping your moldy cheese with a few snakes and bugs for effect!

Moldy Cheese Balls // halloween recipe by coco+kelley

I liked the way the fresh dill worked for garnish too! And I can assure you that the second we shot this dish, it was gobbled up by all. I loved both flavors so much, and the salmon especially would be great for a brunch menu! I hope these mossy delights make it to your Halloween table!

photography by meghan klein for coco+kelley // styling by cassandra lavalle

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ROOM OF THE WEEK :: 10.30

In honor of Halloween, I thought it only appropriate to hunt down a dark and moody dwelling for this week’s Room of the Week

charcoal grey living room shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

dark living room mantel vignette shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

The living room of this home being my favorite. Essential to the balance of charcoal walls and an abundance of black and white is the addition of lighter woods, and cozier textures. The classic marble fireplace doesn’t hurt either.

black dining room shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

black dining room shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

What’s more impressive, though, is how this  theme carries throughout the home. Soooooo really the room of the week is all of the rooms…

moody kitchen in black and white shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

moody kitchen in black and white shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

Funny enough, I’m not sure I’d describe this space as feeling cold. Although, it’s not exactly warm either. It is, however, the exact opposite of what I normally gravitate towards – all white spaces with pops of color. The saturated greys are rich, and bring depth to the rooms, but living with it everywhere? I’m not sure I could handle that.

moody kitchen in black and white shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

There is one space, however, where it feels the most appropriate and cozy…

black charcoal bedroom shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

dark walls + light art vignette shot by romain ricard for elle decoration // via coco+kelley

Because a bedroom that encourages staying in bed is always on my favorites list.

images: romain ricard for elle decoration

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SUPPER CLUB // 5

If you’ve been keeping track (which I suspect most of you may not have been) you might have noticed that we skipped our usual Supper Club this month. JJ and I have been so busy with other personal projects that October flew by without a weekend to spare! Which means we’re going to have to make up for it with our next Supper Club in November

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Seattle is not the easiest city to meet new people in. Sure, there are ways, but you have to make the effort! And usually, it’s in larger group situations where the conversation is casual, and meeting a kindred spirit is rare. That’s why we started Supper Club.

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It always amazes me that over the course of an evening people can quickly go from strangers to friends (or at the very least good acquaintances) at this event. But, how could you not? With four unique courses by our Chef JJ Proville, and a studio with a view of the Smith Tower, the setting is pretty much perfect.

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And while we call it a club, it really isn’t a club. Which means anyone – in Seattle or beyond – can sign up to join the experience, and toast with us of a delicious meal…

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Tickets are available here and include every portion of the evening from cocktail hour with appetizers to the four-course meal, wine and dessert! To sign up for our mailing list – where we’ll only email you every time new dates are announced – go here.

photography :: miles fortune for coco+kelley // thanks to tenor wines

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  1. Iclal

    Seattle is on the top of my list for cities that I would like to visit. I grew up in NJ and just recently moved to Istanbul. It will be harder to visit but Seattle is still on my list and when I do come I will have to make sure I won’t miss one of the Supperclub events because it looks like soo much fun! I love all the photos and the table setting is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing!

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PERFECT PALETTES :: RETRO REVIVAL

Whenever I’m in an inspiration funk for something to write about on the blog – usually first thing on a Monday morning – I dive into my color files to find something that’s speaking to me. Today? It was this…

retro inspired palette // coco kelley

I’ve really been into these retro-inspired color palettes lately. That vintage brown. A little mustard yellow. But add a dash of coral, pink, or burgundy, and they feel different and fun and fresh.

coral and pink entryway // coco kelley

retro palette love // coco kelley

karen walker ss 15 - cool palette // via coco kelley

Oh, and don’t forget the baby blue. That’s a must. And metallic loafers (I mean, I couldn’t not mention those, right?)

images :: a beautiful mess // vt wonen // karen walker ss14 // esther stewart via the design files

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  1. NATALIA H

    I love this palette! it’s almost the one I have set up for my living room so yay. I wrote a post about color palettes last week and I had so much fun looking for the right ones, super inspiring.

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  2. Kathryn

    Perfect timing! Though I gravitate to a palette of white and neutrals with texture and maybe some deep emerald green thrown in, I’m trying to be a little bolder in the new place I’m sharing with my boyfriend. Some new-to-us mid century chairs with bright blue upholstery are the jumping off point for this brave new world of colour and this is the kind of fun clashy-contrast that I want to pair it with.

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DULY NOTED :: 10.24

This was a big huge busy week. And this Sunday is a big day … my birthday. 34. Holy shit. (Sorry. But, seriously… 34!?) To some of you that might seem young. To some, old. To me, it’s somewhere right in the middle. Not quite where I thought I’d be and in some ways so much further than I thought I’d be too. And it’s going to be a fantastic weekend because it’s not really about me. Instead it’s going to be about good friends, brunches, a wedding (congratulations Mr. Beefy!) and spending time with my family… and the people who have become family. And it all starts this afternoon.

But more on that later. For now… some thoughts and links for the weekend, my friends!

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1 // I’ve been on the hunt for perfect side tables for a client and was happy that I reminded myself to pop over to my friend Erin’s shop, Grandiflora, where I discovered this beauty. The shop is small, but well curated. If you’re not familiar, then familiarize.

2 // It seems we’re not the only one with bugs on the brain. Our Swamp Spice Flip cocktail recipe has a new friend in this Swamp Swill Martini. A match made in Halloween heaven.

3 // Funny enough, I blogged about the living room in this home by Pablo Paniagua over two years ago. But then I came across the image of the dining room and was smitten all over again. Why? Because black + navy, that’s why. Also, high shine nickel over brass and gold. And the trim on the wallpaper. Fabulous.

4 // I’ve been working on a little partnership with eBay lately that includes me curating some collections from my favorite finds there. On the top of that list are all the designers in the Martha Stewart American Made collection. We’ve also been posting guides with fun exclusive content, so head over and follow me if you like what you see! In the meantime, that black + metallic twine is on the top of my ‘must purchase’ list.

5 // This week, the world lost a fashion icon. But he wasn’t just a name, or a brand. He was a man who many have paid tribute to, including this brief but heartfelt moment from Anna Wintour describing her last days with Oscar de la Renta. Me? Well, if there was one person I would have liked to dress me going down the red carpet or aisle, it would have been him. This will sound cheesy, but the first time I really noticed how incredible he was at making a woman feel like a woman was when he started dressing Jessica Simpson more. I don’t think she’s ever looked so classy in her life. And as a fellow curvy girl, I appreciated the cut and the style. But it was this dress that I briefly posted about years ago that convinced me he understood what it was to dress a woman – any woman – to make her feel the best possible version of herself. Because while that dress is one I would certainly never wear myself (it would be horrible on me!) it was perfect for her. Plus, its simplicity as a wedding dress is beyond. So, here’s to a legend whose name, I’m sure, will live on for a very long time.

6 // And finally – a little sparkle to end the week with. If you’re familiar with BaubleBar then you know about their guest ‘bartender’ series they do where they partner with some very cool chickadees to create unique jewelry pieces to add to their lineup. Well, they’ve just announced their very first partnership with a BaubleBar customer for a very special cause. Meet Megan Runser, who is battling cancer, and seems to be – by the way – also a super inspiring woman in her own right outside of her fight against this disease. Together, they created a beautiful collection – including these earrings which might be my favorite – where all proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. So if you were looking for a reason to treatyourself to something this weekend… I think you just found it.

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  1. Caleigh

    Well happy birthday! I hope it all goes marvelous! And… I know. Each year at every birthday I have a little WTF!? moment. I can remember my 13th, 15th, 17th, 25th birthday like it was yesterday. I remember the kiddie parties, the dancing in club parties and everything in between. And in April 2015 I’ll be 29 years old with a 1 year old and husband and sometimes I think ‘How the heck did this happen so fast?!’ Lol am I the only one that thinks this way?

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  3. Johanne Lamarche

    Happy Birthday Coco! Oh to be 34 again. Sigh. Live it up. Loved your friend’s shop, Grandiflora. Looking forward to seeing what you curate on ebay. MS’s discovery and promotion of US artisans is one of my favorite contributions she has made. Enjoy your birthday weekend.

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  4. kate zucconi

    Hope you had a great birthday weekend!
    I try not to think of an age any more, just to enjoy it all!!
    I love your friends shop, Grandiflora, their stock is beautiful! I want it all for my new house!
    The blue and black dining room is stunning (as is the rest of the house)!
    Yes Oscar De La Renta was an amazing designer! Such a shame.
    Great picks as usual!

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