Polka Dots

A classic trend!

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In Legally Blonde, Elle Woods’ college counselor famously said, “Harvard won’t be impressed that you aced History of Polka Dots”. Love this quote, I found an interesting article on the history of polka dots.

History of Polka Dots

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Celebrating 2nd Blogiversary

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The fashionista cook just turned two! It has been a very exciting year with many new followers.

It’s also been a year of many changes:

  • A new theme was applied to change the look of the blog.
  • New features such as; a language translator and new categories to break down recipes (meat, chicken, etc)
  • Two new pages have been added Recipe Book Collection and Fashion Finds.
  • A slide show has been added to the side bar.

And stay tuned for more exciting changes!  You can follow the fashionista cook on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin, and Twitter.

 

 

Weekend in Martha’s Vineyard

Weekend in Martha's Vineyard

 

Off the shoulder dress
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Long dress
vineyardvines.com

Vineyard Vines sweater
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Vineyard Vines clothing
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Straw hat
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The Awesome Blogger Award

A couple of weeks ago I was nominated for the awesome blogger award. I am very honored.

Thank you Megala’s Kitchen for nominating me for The Awesome Blogger Award! Check out her awesome blog Megala’s Kitchen.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the person that nominated you.
  2. Include the reason behind the award.
  3. Include the banner on your post.
  4. Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in your reader.
  5. Answer the questions your nominator gave you.
  6. Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers.
  7. Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.
  8. Let your nominees know they have been nominated!

 

My answers to Megala”s questions:

  1. The most memorable comment on my posts. It was one that made me laugh, the commentator stated the recipe had too much wine, it made me wonder if he was drinking it instead of cooking with it.
  2. What is your advise to new bloggers.  It takes patience and work for the blog to take off.
  3. Who is your role model?  That’s a tough one, looking back I have been inspired by many different people at different times.
  4. Person behind your success? That would be my husband. I wouldn’t be able to do this without his support.
  5. Name the celebrity you would like to dine with. Celebrity chef  Ina Garten.
  6. My favorite pastime?  Read a good book.
  7. Your favorite quote? Any thing from Coco Chanel, my favorite “I don’t do fashion, I am fashion.”
  8. Most memorable gift I received. An embroidered handkerchief that I got as a child, pinned it inside my wedding dress for something old.
  9. According to you happiness is…….   Traveling with my husband.
  10. If you get a chance to change one thing in your life, what would it be?  I try not to dwell on regrets, so I would not change a thing. I believe I am where I am supposed to be.

 

Nominees:

  1. Lizzie Rose
  2. Join Us, Pull up a Chair
  3. Ann-Marie Carey Make-up
  4. Rose Sunshine
  5. Midnight Munchies & More

 

My Questions to nominees:

  1. Why did you start a blog?
  2. What are your goals for your blog?
  3. What is your favorite city?
  4. What skill would you like to learn?
  5. Who is your favorite author?
  6. What makes you happy?
  7. Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
  8. What are you thankful for?
  9. Your favorite three songs are….
  10. What is your ideal weekend?

Looking forward to reading your answers.

 

The Kentucky Derby Hat Fashion

The 143th Kentucky Derby is next Saturday May 6, which hat will you be wearing? Haven’t had the pleasure to attend this event but always wanted to. Not just because of my love for horses, but to wear one of these hats! Did you know there’s some history behind these hats?

Here’s a brief history of the derby’s hat fashion by Time magazine

Saute` de Veau aux Carottes (Saute` Veal with Carrots)

I love the simplicity of this dish, it’s made with three basic ingredients; veal, wine and carrots. Recipe is courtesy  of Patricia Wells, Bistro Cooking, taken from bistro La Boutarde.

Saute` de Veau aux Carrotes

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: about 3 hours
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds of boneless veal rump or stewing veal, cut into cubes
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 onions cut into thin rounds
  • 1 bottle of white wine such as Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons of Herbes de Provence
  • 2 small tomatoes, cored, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 2 pounds of carrots, peeled and cut into thin rounds

Directions

  1.  In a large pot heat up the olive oil over medium-high heat. Brown the veal on all sides in batches, about 5 minutes for each batch. Remove onto a platter.
  2. Season the veal with sat and pepper. Once done browning all the veal add back to the pot and add the onions and cook to translucent, about 3 minutes. Reduce the heat and add 1 cup of wine. Scrape any bits from the bottom of pan. Stir in the bay leaves, herbs and tomatoes. Cover and bring just to simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour 1 more cup of wine. Cover and simmer gently  over low to medium heat for 1 hour. Stir in the remaining  wine. Cover and simmer for 1 more hour.
  3. Remove the veal from the pan; set aside. Add the carrots. Cover and simmer for another 40 to 45 minutes, till soft. Return the veal to the pan and reheat through and serve.