I must admit I have never purchased anything from their stores or catalogue but every time I shop in a thrift or consignment store I always pull out garments with their labels attached. I have a number of Talbot's well made classic items in my closet.
This season I am really wanting to buy so many things from their on-line catalog that I can only suggest you click on the title to surf the site on your own.
Despite my confidence and independence I can be vulnerable and in need. It is not easy. I was taught not to be. I was taught to be invincible. I was taught not to show fear. And I was never taught how to be vulnerable and to voice my needs in a way which is a request rather than a plea....that is something I had to learn by trial and error. And believe me I made a lot of errors but I learned and am still learning to be heard...
Sunday dinners were sacred in my family. The generations would gather around the table and eat until we popped. There always seemed to be a Mets baseball game on in the living room, some Auntie telling us kids to stop running around and my Nana's famous chocolate cake. Because of the size of my family we had to take turns having these dinners at my great grandparents and even my grandparents home but each unit of my family kept the tradition.
The truth of it was that we never had much but like the story of stone soup(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_soup ) the table was always laden with more than expected but never less than what could feed us. Sunday meals were about sharing and preparation. My Aunts and older cousins would shop on Saturday afternoon for whatever ingredients were needed. Saturday evenings were spent prepping, seasoning, soaking, mixing and baking and Sunday mornings, after church for some, were spent cooking, frying and finishing the meal as a group effort.
The following recipe is one I now make when family is coming and I need a large platter dish that is easy and economical but impressive when served. The basic ingredients are chicken parts, a few sausages, onions, potatoes and rosemary. I have been known to switch out the sausage for bacon, add mushrooms or shallots, use basil instead of rosemary and red peppers instead of onions. Because of this versatility the dish can be as large or small as you need..
All the work is in the preparation but it is so worth it. And if there are any left overs it gets better the next day!
You Will Need
A Large Flat Bottom Skillet
A Large Baking Pan
At least 2 heads of Garlic, 1/2 head chopped, the rest smashed for baking
LOTS of Rosemary
Salt & Pepper
1 Chicken, cleand and cut into pieces, lightly salted and peppered
4 Sausages, cut into pieces (I tend to use chicken or turkey)
1 1/2 lb Small Potatoes, cut into quarters
6 Small Onions, peeled and quartered
Heat Oven to 350F
Cover the bottom of skillet with thin layer of olive oil for browing chicken
Have baking dish ready
Add chopped garlic to heated oil
add a few sprigs of Rosemary
add a bit of salt & pepper
Add chicken pieces, skin down
Allow the skin to crisp before turning
DO NOT COMPLETELY COOK CHICKEN
Pour everying, oil and all, into the waiting baking dish
If all pieces can't fit into the skillet, repeat the steps in batches
Reheat skillet and cover bottom with another thin layer of oil
Add garlic, a few Rosemary sprigs and sausage.
Again, brown all sides, don't cook through
Pour into the baking dish
Pour a bit more oil into the hot "sausage-bits-on-the-bottom" skillet
Add garlic and Rosemary and drop in Potatoes
Allow them to brown and pour into waiting baking dish
You may need to work in batches
Now forget the skillet an pay attention to the baking dish
Mix in cut raw onions and smashed garlic cloves
Salt & Pepper
Add lots of Sprigs of Rosemary
Cover with Foil and bake for about 35-45 minutes
Juices should form, if not I add a little water mid-way though.
Serve with a great French bread and a good white wine!
Prior to the changes that have occurred in the East Village over the last few decades the mostly Latino neighborhood boasted of many family owned and run bakeries and restaurants that catered to the peoples in the area. I thought those days and food opportunities were long gone until I turned the corner of 3rd Street, between Avenues B & C, and happened upon Rossy's Bakery (242 East 3rd).
The modern layout and interior design of this bakery belies the old fashioned foods and baked Spanish-Caribbean goods made and sold here. For those of you not in the know try the toasted soft Caribbean style bread and butter with a cafe con leche, the guava based pastries, the flan or the rice pudding (my favorite!) that is sold in a $2 serving too large to eat at one sitting. They also sell cakes, cookies and cupcakes that rival any other known bakery and fast sandwiches and meat or cheese filled pastries that are perfect for a quick lunch.
Unfortunately it was a pick up only bid and I am no where near where it's located.
Into my Maybe-One-Day folder this image went.
There are no less than 5 desk images in that folder.
On day one of those desks will materialize.
Everyone should have a Maybe-One-Day folder. It allows us to dream and more importantly direct our intent so that we come to know ourselves.
Every 3 months or so I sit with my folder and review the things that have manifested and those things I no longer desire. I love to edit. I find a sense of satisfation in letting go of things that no longer seem to be must-haves in my life. It allows me to direct my attention and gratitude towards the things I do have. It makes me feel that I have progressed in some way. And more importantly it helps me see the themes in my life so that I can avoid acquiring things that don't support those themes. This doesn't mean I don't experiment or go in directions that seem to be a journey, but by holding onto ideas and images of what I desire those journeys just seem to bring me home.
In the end we are who we are and though who we are is always evolving it is at our core we are always the same. Knowing your self takes effort and honesty and dreaming and sometimes it takes a Maybe-One-Day folder.
I, like most women I know, love Chanel's quilted bag. And I, like most women I know, can never afford to purchase a Chanel's quilted bag because other things seem to become priority whenever we find the intent and purpose to even consider buying one. So when I saw Melanie Auld's Lambskin purse it's no wonder I went all atingle. At $360.00 it's a bargain when compared to the aforementioned brand but is still something I, and most of the women I know would need to budget for.
click on title to get a closer look
P.S. I love the large quilting, I believe it makes the bag feel modern.
Yesterday was Columbus Day. I was at my desk working. I could have taken off. I didn't and unless the company is officially closed you will always find me at my desk.
I don't and will never celebrate Columbus. America was never undiscovered and if I wanted to celebrate the European domination of America I could reach further past good old Christopher and find many others who hit these shores prior to Columbus being supported by Spain to go out and find things worth bringing home, including those indigenous to the lands he came upon. Or I can just look to family and friends whose ancestors came to America, by choice or force, and invested in a land that became home.
I just wish that the holiday would be turned into the "Italian Heritage Parade". See many of us have forgotten that many "white" Americans were concerned about the wave of mostly Southern Catholic darker complexioned Italians that hit America's shores in the late 1800s-early 1900s. The turning of the "Founder's Day Parade" and/or smaller "Columbus Day"parades into a national holiday was part of a campaign to ease the tension of that immigration.
It served its purpose. Most Americans don't question the presence of Italians as part of the American Diaspora but it's now 2010 and aren't we passed hiding the truth? Though we should never forget our history can't we stop washing over the truths and instead of investing in actions that caused pain that is still having national and individual repercussions here in America just celebrate the gifts that those hard working immigrants brought with them and shared with us?
Organizing and sewing a wardrobe rather than making individual garments is like creating a line. All the clothing and accessories should to be a cohesive presentation of your taste and style. Doing that involves culling, revising, more culling and really addressing the whole of the wardrobe while giving each garment the individual attention it needs to become something really wonderful to wear.
Some of you may recognize more than a few of these images and patterns from an earlier post that shared my inspiration boards. These photos show the next steps which involve editing the photos and coordinating them with patterns and fabrics so that the picture of and process become clearer. You may also see that you have repeated the same shapes and styles, which is good because those repetitions are an echo of your desired style.
I rarely drape or make a pattern from scratch. Everything has been done before and it is much easier to adjust an existing pattern to meet my needs. Of course knowing how to size is important but the good thing about using existing patterns, photos and a simple sketch showing the changes you want is that you can seek outside help from seamstresses and tailors that know their art.
Once you have the outline of the all the garments you want made you can address each by truly considering fabrics, lining and notions needed for construction. The back of the pattern is useful in determining this.
The key to maintaining the concept of a wardrobe rather than the making of an individual garment is to regroup all the sketches, pictues, fabric swatches. I ususally place each "garment" into a large plastic freezer bag. Doing so allows me to see images and fabrics and often the fabrics will cross polinate to other items, for example the quilted bags below introduce themselves to a hat. I then re -pin each bag to the inspiration board in an order that feels right to me - accessories (hats, bags), blouses, suits, pants, skirts, dresses, coats - so that I can see the individual projects as a whole.
Making a wardrobe is an investment of time and resource. Forgive yourself for not getting it all done at once because unless you're designing a line for the season you have as much time as you need to determine your own style.