Hailed by People as “TV’s meat-and-potatoes Martha Stewart,” Katie does it all—from cooking to entertaining—like nobody else. She has appeared on Oprah and The Today Show, hosted shows for the Lifetime and Style networks, has written five best selling books, and pens a syndicated newspaper column.
Katie Brown channels her inner "neat freak" to help get the house in order. Katie shares her own organized method for cleaning - creating a specially decorated cleaning bucket for every room in the house. As for correspondence, Katie designs a stationery wrap for storage, and then makes beautiful stationery from real flower petals. Another way to stay organized is to plan and prepare three days' meals. Roast chickens work nicely, ready for making barbecued chicken sandwiches, and then a scrumptious hash.
A Mexican Fiesta
Katie Brown selects Mexico as an inspiration, letting it guide her to the design and cuisine for her next dinner party. She creates a Mexican centerpiece with hay and pomegranates, corn husk votive candles and pepper plant party favors and personalized napkin rings. She then showcases the works of famous artists in her placemats. Fish tacos and delicious tortilla soup round out the menu, creating a colorful homage to our south-of-the-border neighbor.
Turn Trash Into Treasure
Katie Brown takes potential trash and turns it into treasure. She transforms the remnants of old, worn out clothes into a simple and surprising project - a patchwork headboard. And she doesn't stop there. The master re-purposer turns shirt cuffs into vase slipcovers then rearranges a busy flower arrangement into three simple bouquets! Later, leftover pork chops, mashed potatoes and apples are transformed into pork chop potato pancakes topped with applesauce for a delicious ending to a simple and resourceful day.
Katie Brown promises a tranquil space without ever leaving home. It starts with towels wrapped with ribbon tassels, perfect after a long, luxurious bath. Then she creates a home for those frequently used lotions and potions, plus a touch of aromatherapy to relax and revive. A delicious and healthy spa dish - an avocado grapefruit salad, followed by cucumber soup - concludes the day.
Creative juices blocked? Sometimes it even happens to Katie Brown! Inspired by great artists, poets and chefs, Katie creates an inspirational bulletin board, flower-motif vase slipcovers and a four-star feast of seafood risotto and a miniature mocha chocolate cake.
Lone Star Picnic
Katie Brown gets the most out of a summer picnic, beginning with a barbecue grill kit, made from a canvas tote bag that keeps necessary utensils and spices together. Then a summer-inspired table topper is fashioned from wheat stalks and cactus plants, and Katie creates stylish wood-burned placemats. Her menu is great for cookouts on summer nights, crisp fall evenings - or even a winter sledding party, starting with a grilled flank steak, and special corn on the cob grilled with butter-and-thyme.
Dress It Up
Katie demonstrates how to get the "max" for the minimum amount of work by dressing up what you already have. With copper sheeting, she transforms a lamp, cabinet and table. Then she makes a new statement with some rough- around-the-edges houseplants by creating a plant trellis and a tiered garden. Katie brings new life to old favorites with recipes for a quick and easy chicken pot pie, along with a delicious peach tart.
Summer Cocktail Party
Katie Brown sets the perfect, elegant garden party scene with flowers, candles, light and tasty treats. She makes small decorative trays out of plywood, paint, paper and ribbon, so that each guest can sit comfortably with their food and drink. Next, she creates lanterns for votive candles, made from translucent paper, and embellished with flowers and placed around the setting. The finger food includes delicious baked parmesan crackers, topped with fresh herbs, and cool, fresh-tasting - and looking - sangria.
Katie Brown shows how to be a good neighbor, welcoming guests or preparing food or a gift. For those who have just moved in, she starts with a neighborhood directory - a book containing a map with special notes, places for business cards, take-out menus and emergency phone numbers, with a picture of your neighbors' house on the cover. For her own house, Katie creates a welcoming door basket that can be changed to accommodate the seasons. She also shows how to revitalize Sloppy Joes and strawberry shortcake, in the form of casseroles that can easily travel.
A Fall Celebration
Katie Brown celebrates Thanksgiving and nature's harvest by creating elegant yet rustic place settings - woven grass-and-ribbon placemats, napkin rings made from twine-covered wire and place cards fashioned with twigs and feathers. She then moves to the table's "Center Stage" with a holiday nest made from a twig wreath, pine cones, Spanish moss and dried hydrangeas. In the kitchen, she prepares a traditional roast turkey with a fancy, but easy to make, stuffing featuring shallots, sausage, walnuts, fresh herbs and apples.
A Winter's Holiday
In celebration of the holidays, Katie Brown sets the table and prepares a delicious crown roast of lamb, with a plum pudding dessert. Katie readies place cards made from glitter, family photographs and bud vases, shimmery cedar placemats and greenery arrangements with photo tags - all to be taken home by guests.
In a romantic mood, Katie Brown creates a love-filled indoor picnic, turning a living room into a picnic in the park, with snuggly floor pillows (featuring heart-shaped designs), a stylish picnic basket, a candy-box flower arrangement and a finger-food feast of lentil salad tapenade and wild mushroom yogurt spread.
A Spring Celebration
Put some spring in your step, and your next brunch, with fun and easy projects designed to welcome both the season and good friends. Recipes: herb focaccia bread and turkey bacon egg frittatas. Projects: a nest-inspired place card and two ways to use roses on a table.
Keep 'em Busy
Katie knows how to keep children cooking, creating and busy with sure-fire kid-friendly recipes and projects. Recipes: a healthy taco bar and a kid-friendly cookie bar. Projects: a nature-inspired gingerbread house and child-size "doodle desk."
Toss out the stodgy image of "ladies who lunch" and create a great garden party for female friends. Recipes: a salad pizza and green bean salad. Projects: a moss welcome sign and woven serving trays.
Celebrate one of nature's favorite colors with elegant projects like a moss window planter and copper candelabra, and herb-infused recipes, including an herb-rubbed flank steak and vegetable orzo.
A Weekend Agenda
Katie makes the most of those two treasured days - in the garden, around the house and in the kitchen. Recipes: poached eggs with pesto and coconut cookies. Projects: a personalized weeding bucket and an album to organize photo CDs.
Kids in the Garden
Parents will learn to love creepy crawly critters as much as their children with Katie's great projects for a critter grow chart and a lady bug bag. Recipes: garden cupcakes and oven-fried chicken tenders.
Forget about dime-a-dozen heart-shaped chocolate boxes and create tasty homemade gifts like Katie's truffles and pecan buddies. Projects: special wrapping ideas and a sparkly vase.
Get cooking outside the kitchen and let your next party spill out of the dining room and into the backyard. Recipes: beer-simmered bratwurst, burgers and baked beans. Projects: stylish food baskets and a backyard fountain.
Flowers, Flowers Everywhere
Katie adds color and life to every room with floral hoops and framed flowers then puts a new twist on classic recipes, including lemon thyme pound cake and rosy fudge.
Katie captures the delights of a summer at the beach with elegant recipes for plank-grilled white fish and cilantro rice and projects like sand memory frames and frosted candle globes.
Who Needs A Wedding Planner?
Katie's ideas for invitations and one-flower arrangements and recipes for quiche cups with shrimp, chicken pinwheels and polenta sandwiches will help keep a wedding day simple.
A Perfect Shower
Celebrate life's special moments with simple projects - a flower box invitation and a row of roses - and recipes for turkey sausage skewers, tapenade puff pastries and crab crostini.
Katie demonstrates how to grow, and then cook, garden-fresh delights from the local farm stand. Recipes: watermelon with a mint glaze and cider-braised cabbage. Projects: tin planters.
Throw a bright and festive party for the little ones with colorful projects like a kids' table mat and hanging hoops and tasty treats: ribbon dessert, ice cream sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly on cornbread.
Pay It Forward
Katie makes helping old friends, welcoming new neighbors, or going the extra mile easy with simple-to-pack and carry meals like shrimp and cheese casserole and caramel brownies, or homemade gift baskets and fizzy bath balls.
Inspire kids to become young entrepreneurs with Katie's ideas for a neighborhood lemonade stand. Recipes: lemonades and frozen berry pops. Projects: a money apron and lemonade sign.
Down Home Dining
Katie brings a little Southern charm and hospitality into the home with recipes for skillet cornbread and BBQ pork and projects such as denim napkins, corn sticker place cards and tomatoes in a vase.
Come Home with Katie Brown
In her home, Katie shares creative tips while chatting with experts about everything from flooring to draperies.