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Friday, April 28, 2017

Fashionable Friend Friday

This week's Fashionable Friend Friday is Greenwich native Jackie Mendive of the incredible company Empanadas On The Go.  Jackie, originally from Argentina, is locally famous for her artisanal empanadas.  Once the word got out, friends started texting constantly for her delicious handmade treats.  Jackie's children's friends would come over for playdates if empanadas were being served!!!  Finally, Jackie decided it was time to expand and as of January, she is cooking a few times a week in a commercial kitchen, to meet the demand of orders.  I met up with Jackie in her kitchen and picked up my own "Jackie-on-the Go" order.  I was completely speechless when I saw how beautifully made they were.  They are truly a work of art!!  I followed Jackie's cooking instructions and WOW....they tasted as fabulous as they looked.  But not only is Jackie an amazing cook, she is all about giving back.  Two of every dozen empanadas ordered benefit Conin Pilar, an Argentinian charity that fights malnutrition in infants.  

So far the most popular empanadas are chicken, steak or ground beef and ham & cheese.  There is a kid's empanada, a beef, and onion version made with mild spices,  also very popular and popping up in lunch boxes all around town. Jackie recommends keeping your freezer stocked with empanadas because all you need for the perfect impromptu party are "an empanada and wine".  For more information or to order your own Jackie-On-The-Go (available for pick up and delivery throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties and Manhattan) click HERE.


image Greenwich Free Press







Here's Jackie in Action in her Commercial Kitchen:








Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cheftini's Artichoke Frittata

I recently met the most fabulous local chef Tina DiLeo or Cheftini.  She has the most amazing recipes. You HAVE to check out her site.  She recently posted her recipe for an Artichoke Frittata and it blew me away.  I had to share it with you.  Bon Appetit!!!


image Rachael Ray Magazine

Cheftini's Artichoke Frittata

*5 eggs
* 1 small shallot, diced 

* 1 cup Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
* 1/2cup grated parmesan or Romano
* 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
* Olive oil for drizzling and coating
* 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
* 1-2 tablespoons water for diluting eggs


1. Scramble 5 eggs with a drizzle of oil and a few TBLSPS of water. Add cheeses and parsley. 
2. Sauté chopped artichoke hearts and shallots in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. 
3. Add another drizzle of olive oil and then add the egg mixture. Continue to cook on low until set. Once set put pan under broiler - on low setting- and let continue to cook until bubbly and lightly brown. Carefully remove HOT pan from oven with a mitt and let cool before transferring and cutting.



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Show Score

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Sign up for Show-Score today and we will see you on the Great White Way!












Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mother's Day Gifts

One of my favorite days of the year is quickly 
approaching!!!  Mother's Day.  Even though I think 
everyday should be Mother's Day around here!!!!! 
I have rounded up some of my favorite choices for
mom.  I personally will take one of each!!!.  
Though I need to buy that "Best Mom Ever" tray 
for all my besties. It is the cutest thing yet!!!!



Mother's Day Gifts


Tory Burch kaftan tunic
toryburch.com


Roger Vivier sequin flat
neimanmarcus.com


Puma satin shoes
- bloomingdales.com


Gucci leather man bag
neimanmarcus.com


Trina turk purse
lordandtaylor.com



Floral necklace
1stdibs.com


Rose jewelry
usa.hermes.com


Bracelet
usa.hermes.com




Gucci real leather belt
saksfifthavenue.com


Mac cosmetics kit
macys.com



Tory Burch Tatiana Slide
toryburch.com



Monday, April 24, 2017

Book Club Monday

Today's Book Club Monday choice is The Lonely House: A Biography of Emily Dickinson.  I recently saw the independent biopic A Quiet Passion about the life of this American Poet.  The movie was based upon this book, among others.  Emily Dickinson was fascinating..I love learning more about her, her life and her writings. The book goes like this: 

During her lifetime, Emily Dickinson did not seek out recognition or attempt to change the world around her, even in the smallest way. A private but not antisocial person, she kept her life’s work, and her innermost feelings, almost entirely to herself. Her life was rich in intellectual pursuits, and she had many friends with whom she exchanged witty and brilliant letters, but she rarely left the town of her birth. From the early 1860s onward, she became essentially a recluse. After her death in 1886, it was only the good judgment of her sister Lavinia that preserved the more than 1,700 poems Dickinson had secretly produced. Her poetry was so intensely individual that it immediately captivated a national audience. More than a century later, her special genius continues to surprise readers young and old.

For more information or to purchase this book, click HERE.




Saturday, April 22, 2017

Weekend Real Estate Stalking

I love this week's house on Weekend Real Estate Stalking.  It is a real charmer in Bronxville.  It reminds me something out of Mad Men.  I can totally see Don and Betty roaming the halls.  Lucky for us there is a open house tomorrow.  For more information, contact Leslie Corcoran.








Friday, April 21, 2017

Fashionable Friend Friday

Today's Fashionable Friend Friday is new SPONSOR Jennifer Howard of JWH Design and Cabinetry.  Jen has been on my radar for a while since she designed a friend's kitchen years ago.  I was so impressed with her work and how incredible the outcome was.  Since then I have been following her and so admire her talent in every project.  Most recently Jen has been chosen to design House Beautiful's Kitchen of the Year in San Francisco!!!!!!!  And, just last week, the JWH team won a Design award from Westchester Magazine, for the Best Use of a Small Space.  Please check out more of Jen's work and if you are in need of a remodel, visit the JWH website HERE.



















Thursday, April 20, 2017

Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy

Now that Spring is in full force and after school activities are at an all time high, I thought I would share with you a quick, easy crock pot chicken recipe.  I just made this last week and it was a hit.  I served it with rice and veggies and everyone asked for seconds.  I really love my crock pot.  It is a super easy way to get dinner on the table!  Bon Appetit!!!!


Crock Pot Chicken and Gravy
adapted from The Country Cook

image The Country Cook

Ingredients

  • 2 packets dry chicken gravy mix
  • 1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • garlic powder, salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • rice, mashed potatoes or noodles for serving

  1. Season chicken breasts (both sides) with garlic powder, black pepper and a pinch of salt.
  2. In your crock pot, whisk together the gravy packets, cream of chicken soup, and water until smooth.
  3. Add the seasoned chicken breasts. Be sure to cover them in gravy.
  4. Cover and cook on low for about 6-8 hours.
  5. Once cooked, break chicken up into chunks using a fork.
  6. Stir in sour cream.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

All About Highlighters

I have been reading so much about adding Highlighters to your makeup routine.  They add so much, a youthful glow, a sunkissed look, and overall make you look younger.  Basically, they are a makeup that attracts light to create an "illusion of brightness".  Here are some of the best highlighters on the market for your review.  I also included a video to make sure you will be able to apply it just right!!!!


The RMS Beauty Living Luminizer has a cult following and is a favorite of beauty editors around the world.  It is suppose to work well on all skin tones and leaves a natural youthful glow.  It is a BESTELLER!!!!   For more info or to purchase click HERE.


The cream to powder Benefit Watt's Up is another winner.  This highlighter is smooth and long lasting and has been called magical!!!!  To purchase click HERE.



The Kevin Aucoin Celestial Liquid Lighting gel cream is suppose to make your skin look as if you were bathed in candlelight.  To purchase click HERE.




Here is the best way to apply a highlighter according to Birchbox:


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld the KING of Chanel has recently 
started designing a lower priced line available in US 
department stores and online shops such as 
Net A Porter and Yoox.  I have become enamored 
of this line.  It totally has the classic Coco Chanel 
feel at really great prices.  I actually met the cutest 
PR girl at an event and she was wearing a Karl 
Lagerfeld chic black blouse..when she told me she 
only paid $60, I knew I had to share this awesome 
secret with you!!!!  Happy Shopping.


Karl Lagerfeld



Karl Lagerfeld zip back dress
lordandtaylor.com



Karl Lagerfeld beaded top
lordandtaylor.com


Ruffle front top
dillards.com


Karl Lagerfeld frill top
lordandtaylor.com




Karl lagerfeld coat
 net-a-porter.com


Karl Lagerfeld pocket jacket
- net-a-porter.com


Karl lagerfeld jacket
lordandtaylor.com


Karl Lagerfeld pocket jacket
lordandtaylor.com



Karl lagerfeld jacket
vestiairecollective.com




Karl Lagerfeld sparkly sandals
lordandtaylor.com