Monthly Archives: August 2013

Recipe: Tuscan Chicken Stew with Spinach Tortellini

Posted on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 2:54 am

Filed under Food

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I am good to wipe up something tasty and re shush it to customize it my way. Here I took two dishes that could stand alone on their own as a dish and made them into one fantastic couple!

Here is the menu… try it one night

1/2 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp oregano leaves (fresh or dried)
1 tsp basil leaves (fresh or dried)
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp dried or 1 large stem fresh rosemary (finely chopped)
1 tsp lawrys (I put it in almost every dish)
2 tsp olive oil
1.5lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 15oz can cannellini beans (or any white bean of preference) drained and
1 14oz can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup red wine
1 bag of baby spinach (washed)
1/2 bag of collard greens (washed and rough chopped)
1 tsp salt
1 pack fresh spinach tortellini

Wash the chicken cutlets ( you can cut them in to chunks if you like but
works well in whole pieces too) and pat dry
Place in large Ziploc bag and add all seasonings
Let marinate overnight or as long as you can to let the seasonings soak in
well (one or two hour minimum is ok)
Heat skillet on medium heat with olive
Sear the chicken on both sides to get a good brown color
Remove chicken from skillet
Stir in beans, tomatoes, red wine and salt; bring to a boil
Return chicken to the skillet and add spinach and collard greens
Let simmer for 20- 30minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and greens are

In separate pot boil well salted water
Add spinach tortellini (my favorite is fresh tortellini from Trader Joe)
Its ready when it floats to the top

Drain tortellini and add to pot
This dish will taste even better day 2 after all the liquid has marinated
into the pasta
Add parmesan cheese to top the dish

Fall 2013 Workplace Trend Report

Posted on Monday, August 5th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Filed under Fashion

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I am most happy to report that Fall 2013 is stocked with trends worth trying out. Aside from the hip high slit skirts, extreme embellishments, radical florals and animal prints gone wild… most of this seasons trends can be workplace friendly in addition to social or evening attire.

Some trends have made it to the next season with an ever-strong presence still on the runways and soon again on the streets. PEPLUMS, FURS/FUR ACCENTS and LEATHER are going to stay in high demand at least for now through fall. They were shown in almost every runway show and are certain to make a mark on all our style for a little bit longer.

Outerwear has taken a more voluminous shape for fall where “the bigger, the better” really applies. Rounder shoulders and overall loose silhouettes are leading the style mark with big designers like Hermes, Thierry Mugler, Proenza Schouler and Alexander Wang who were one of several fashion shows that took it right the runways strong.

Drop those hemlines ladies!  Skirt lengths below your knee to about middle of your calf is called the MIDI LENGTH skirt, get familiar with it now because it’s a super-hot trend this season. I don’t expect this to be a long lasting trend however the great option you can have with the midi-skirts is that they can me altered to accommodate most future lengths needed later down the calendar. Note: this skirt length isn’t complimentary for all so if you are vertically challenged stick to the pencil skirt; it will give you a similar silhouette without shortening your overall appearance.

Velvet Dresses were a huge presence on the runways by the likes of Emporio Armani, Diane Von Furstenberg and Phillip Lim among countless others; from crushed velvet to low pile velvet almost mistaken for suede and in a myriad of deep jewel tones were showcased.

Black & White and Plaids are still making waves in fashion and I believe they ALWAYS and FOREVER will be a staple in fashion past present & future!  Color on color or monochromatic ensembles mixed with varied textures like furs and tweeds or cashmere and silks all the same hue is a savvy way to be subtly stylish yet still strong in trend. The top color this season is emerald green according to Pantone and the fashion world must have gotten the memo! Emerald and Army green were plentiful lending great variety and depth to many of the military inspired pieces being previewed.

One accessory that stood out this season was head wear. The lineup of millinery options was endless and is definitely going to be a big trend this fall. From cutesy skullys with pom-poms to fedoras in a plethora of fabrics, colors and patterns; the options available will be yours for the choosing! Have fun with it.

The key to wearing trends to the office for any season is the balance between finesse & restraint (if you are unsure about whether your look is appropriate for work…know less is more!)