Month: September 2009


Embrace your inner bad ass by adding a little bit of hardware to your wardrobe.   Snaps, buttons, grommets and spikes are embellishing everything from hats to jeans these days.   Just be careful not to overdo it, one piece will deliver the statement.  Make sure you […]

Sound Off: Clementine Baltimore, MD

As some of you know, Baltimore happens to be my old stomping grounds, namely Northeast Baltimore, and even namelier, Hamilton.  So I was more than pleased to find out that this area, which at one time was total yikesville, is up and coming.  One of […]

Apricot Chicken with Mint and Pistachios


This dish is a feast for the senses!  There are lots of flavors, colors and textures going on here.

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs (Foreman)
  • handful of fresh chopped mint
  • 2 tbs whole grain mustard
  • 3/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 tbs cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • more chopped mint for garnish
  • 2 apricots, halved

Start by marinating your chicken.  In a large bowl, add mustard, chopped mint, apricot preserves,  vinegar, olive oil, turmeric, garlic, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine.  Take half of this mixture and reserve in a separate bowl to use later on.

Add chicken to marinade and toss to coat.  Cover and refrigerate about 3 hours.

We grilled our chicken on the Foreman but you could grill outdoors or on a stove top grill pan.

Add chicken to grill and cook about 4 minutes per side, or until juices run clear and internal temperature reaches 160.   (Obviously, this will differ slightly if using the Foreman as there is no need to flip your chicken)

While your chicken is cooking, halve your apricots, rub them with a little bit of  olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Once chicken is done, add apricots and grill, cut side down, until golden brown, about 2 minutes.

To serve, drizzle chicken and apricots with reserved sauce and garnish with pistachios, chopped mint and scallions.


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Chickpea Pizza

This no fail recipe courtesy of Chef Madhur Jaffrey never dissapoints!  I’ve tried it with many different toppings depending on my mood as well as what we have on hand. Called socca in Nice and farinatain Genoa, this workingman’s morning snack is traditionally baked in brick […]

Rachel Zoe for QVC

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The uber stylist to the stars has just expanded her resume yet again by designing a special line of accessories for QVC.  The line which includes fur vests, cocktail rings and clutches galore screams Zoe and definitely mimics her signature style.   With NYC fashion week well under way, the tents at Bryant Park provided the stage err, runway this past Saturday, for a special sneak peak as well as a chance to nab a few pieces of the highly anticipated line.  Sadly, I didn’t make it to the phone in time but I’m not going bananas just yet because the line, in it’s entirety, will be available on Saturday, October 10th, on

Can’t wait that long?  There are still a few pieces available right now on!

Ever inspired by her love of the 60’s and 70’s, Zoe calls the line a natural progression of her vision to make glamour accessible to all women.

CheeseBoca in Paradise

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to go bonkers for Boca!  James and I eat these all the time.  Packed with lean protein and low in calories and fat, these are a great go-to for busy weeknights. 1 Boca Burger patty 1 flour tortillas, (I use […]

Anna Sui for Target

Often times when designers set out to create a new line, they look to a muse for inspiration.  Well, one muse is great and all but how about four!?  Anna Sui has taken cues from the hit show Gossip Girl to design her new, highly […]

Christian Siriano for Payless

Christian Siriano Payless

In his never ending ode to fierceness, Christian Siriano has teamed up with Payless to bring us the most amazing shoes this side of the runway!

The line will hit stores this September and will range from $25 – $45.

The styles are very avant garde with a sprinkling of dominatrix thrown in for good measure.

Lots of chains, spikes, zippers and crazy tall stiletto heels.

Diggin’ the color palette of aqua and brown and while I’m in love with all of the above here, I’m obsessed with the upper left and bottom right pairs.

MUST have both……