All posts by Jennifer Caminiti

68th Street Desert Design Days

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The CAI Designs staff in Scottsdale enjoyed a sunny afternoon meeting and greeting the design community at the design centers annual spring event. With the showroom under construction, the team served popcorn, prosecco, lemonade, and ice tea outside. Owner Joe Caminiti welcomed designers into the construction site for a behind the scenes personal tour. Congratulations to our Fox Restaurants Gift Certificate winners Amy Lundwall of Amy Lundwall Design, Kacie Lilley and Stacy Scharf of K&Q Interiors, and Dusty Brinsmade of Robert Burg Designs.

Be sure to join our Scottsdale Mailing list to receive VIP info on our newest showroom!

Burton James Luncheon

Thanks for all who attended our Lunch & Learn with Burton James. The Arlington Heights warehouse designed a lunch setting combining formal black and white with casual natural textures and modern florals to compliment a fresh garden salad to celebrate Spring!

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BurtonJamesSofaThe casual theme mimicked what Burton James represents – natural beauty, style and comfort. 

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Char Fleischhauer (showroom manager Arlington Heights),  Mark Landres (director of design & marketing for Burton James) and Philip Chavez (buyer and merchandiser for C.A.I. Designs)

 

Recipe of the Season

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INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup butter, cut into about 8 pieces 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 4 cups pan drippings OR 4 cups chicken stock

DIRECTIONS
*If using drippings from a chicken or turkey: Pour drippings into a fine mesh strainer then allow the drippings to cool a bit so that the fat rises to the top and starts to solidify. Use a spoon to remove the fat. If you don’t have enough drippings to equal 4 cups, add enough chicken or turkey stock until you have 4 cups of drippings. *If you’re not using turkey or chicken drippings, use 4 cups chicken or turkey stock. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium-low heat. Sprinkle in 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper Slowly add in 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, constantly whisking to combine. After a few minutes, the flour will be well incorporated into the butter. Slowly begin to pour in drippings and/or chicken broth into the pan, constantly whisking. Allow the gravy to cook for several minutes, so that it can thicken up. Serve immediately, or keep on very low heat until you’re ready to serve.

Thank you Center Cut Cook for an amazing recipe. ENJOY!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Trendlines – News from Thayer Coggin

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Greetings!

At Thayer Coggin, we strive to create classic, modern furniture to stand the test of time and to be cherished as heirlooms by future generations. Handmade from the finest materials by our master craftsmen in North Carolina, our upholstery is built to last. This summer we are proud to introduce several new modern seating options from preeminent mid-century modern furniture designer, Milo Baughman, and our design director Guy Hill.

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Neocon Fiesta

It was a midweek fiesta in the CAI Designs showroom, as Tech Lighting presented products and features of their newest collections, including Element downlights.

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Mini Taco Salad

Many have asked for the “recipe” for the mini taco salad and pico de gallo served at the event. So, here it is! This is great for summer parties and graduations with its easy Grab and Go capability! Add some Sangria and let the fiesta begin!

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Sun Ripe Tomatoes, cubed
Red or Spanish onion, chopped
Jalapeno (de-seed for less spice)
Cilantro
Dash of Salt
Squeeze of Lime

There is no measuring here. It’s all taste. Don’t like onions much? Don’t add as many. Love Cilantro? Add alot. Use Mini Key limes to garnish. Don’t have time to make it? Jewel has it by the container in the deli department. Mini 2oz. Margarita glasses available at Party City.


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Mini Taco Salad

Layer the following in a 10oz plastic cup:
Shredded Lettuce
Taco Meat
Pico de Gallo
Chihuahua Cheese
Dallop of Sour Cream
Garnish with your favorite Tortilla Chip (or 2 chips for no meat version!) (ours was the Kirkland Organic chips)

Taco meat is ground turkey cooked with your favorite taco seasoning (ours is the Chipotle flavor from Costco)
Super easy and you look like you spent hours doing it!

Crazy for Feizy

Feizy Rug-BlogThe Coronado Collection of printed jute rugs features the best-selling whimsical designs of Tracy Porter’s Poetic Wanderlust brand. Bold colors and natural jute combine to create pieces that are casual and on-trend. Backed in canvas, these rugs have more body than a traditional jute rug and are designed for durability as well as beauty.

Come view the collection in our showrooms.

For more information, please visit our website at www.caidesigns.net