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British Sleeves in the South

Trisha Yearwood, of Food Network’s “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” wore the Karen Kane British Blue Sleeve Dress (3L13120) on her Thanksgiving episode this past Saturday. She looks fabulous in it while cooking, but it’s also a great dress for Thanksgiving dinner. This dress is comfortable and slimming; it’s perfect for everyone.

 

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Squash Attack

It’s starting to get a bit cooler in Los Angeles these days and I’ve been in the mood for fall comfort food. As I was at the farmer’s market picking up my annual pumpkin, I noticed Acorn Squash on sale two for $1.00. Who could pass up a deal like that?! I started searching for a recipe but so many of them had a lot of sugar and butter, um heart attack anyone? So I fiddled around in the kitchen and made a festive new recipe. Now I didn’t go to culinary school, so it’s nothing fancy but my White Bean Stuffed Acorn Squash turned out really good in my opinion. Here’s the recipe…

Ingredients:

2 Acorn Squash

1 Cup White Beans

4 Slices of Bacon (I used Turkey Bacon for less fat)

1/3 Cup Walnuts

1/4 Cup Honey

1 TSP Cinnamon

1 TSP Salt

1/4 TSP Olive Oil

Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and set aside. Place squash face down on baking sheet. Fill sheet with 1/4 of an inch of water. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 min.

Allow to cool for 5 minutes and spoon out squash in a separate bowl. Keep the squash skins as these will be used as “bowls” for a unique presentation. After the squash is cooked it smells so good, your kitchen will smell like Autumn!

Add the scooped out squash, white beans, honey, cinnamon, and salt into mixer and puree until combined.

Cut bacon into bits and cook over stove, add puree mixture to bacon. Then fold in walnuts.

Scoop white bean and squash mixture into squash bowls. Top with squash seed topping.

This recipe made two bowls, if you are looking to make enough to feed four you can always double the recipe. The end result is sweet and savory. Not to mention, you get fiber from the beans and lots of vitamin a from squash seeds. Try this recipe instead of the predictable sweet potato casserole this season.

* Replace the bacon for mushrooms and sausage to the recipe it reads more of a main dish instead of a side item.

Squash Seed Topping:

Set oven to 275 degrees. Rinse off squash seeds and add olive oil and salt. Lay flat on baking sheet and cook for 20 minutes.

 

Acorn Squash – The Main Ingredient


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Spotted: Trisha Yearwood in Karen Kane

American country music artist (and wife of Garth Brooks), Trisha Yearwood, was spotted wearing USA made Karen Kane on the set of her new cooking show Trisha’s Southern Kitchen and Access Hollywood.

Trisha loved the looks so much she posted them on Facebook and even Tweeted about them!

Below: Trisha in our our Oyster Drape Neck Jacket (3L34526) and our 3/4 Sleeve Striped Handkerchief Hem Top (3L04539).

 

Trisha in the Drape Neck Jacket.

Trisha in Stripes (far right)


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CIA: Not Just National Security

This past weekend, I headed to Westchester to celebrate my boyfriend and his brother’s birthday with their family outside the city. From their home in Yorktown (think mountain trails, crickets chirping, and the crisp feel of autumn in the air) we took a drive up to the CIA. While lie detector tests, and information on past secret operatives may have been more appealing to the boys, we were not headed to the Central Intelligence Agency. Where we were headed, was the Culinary Institute of America.

Alma Mater to famous epicurean alumni such as David Burke, Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, and even Lonnie and Karen Kane’s own niece, the CIA is known for it’s rigorous training in technique, taste, and creative culinary endeavors. The beautiful campus, idyllic in the New York countryside, boasts several student restaurants where family and foodies alike can go to sample their executions of five-star delicacies.

We ate in the famed french outpost, Escoffier and the menu and wine list did not dissapoint.  Our server, a little green for an impending graduate, made a few mistakes along the way but more than made up for it with his flaming flambe.

My boyfriend, Avi, and I outside the CIA.

Our waiter prepping his flambe pan.


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Tagged ashly juskus, birthday, CIA, Escoffier, family, flambe, karen kane, weekend, Westchester

The Traditions of Football….

The weather is starting to cool and the season is starting to change. Fall is beginning and Football is underway! I have been looking forward to this season all year long (Football that is). I actually have a countdown to football on my phone.

I know you might laugh, but when we hit four weeks until kickoff I send my boyfriend an email with a photo and “football statistic” for every week. (Normally it would be the other way around!!!) Being from the South you look forward to watching college football on Saturday’s. Traditions are big. The first game I pulled out all of my gear, made Alabama cupcakes and “football munchies” and made sure everyone was ready for the BIG game! It’s well under way and Alabama is 3-0 and has taken the lead at No.1! Do you have traditions that you absolutely love?

 

Like they say… There’s nothing like football in the South!

 

 


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Hubby Happy Hour

It’s very easy to take “date night” for granted before the arrival of kids into the family dynamic. Because let’s face it, every night really is date night, it just depends if you are spending time with your significant other “in” or “out”.

The hubs and I try to do date night or even date afternoon once a week, or at the very least twice a month. On Friday, we snuck in a quick Happy Hour date  and split some nachos and one (okay two) margaritas at one of our favorite spots in Boca, Rocco’s Tacos. The 1/2 nachos are only 5 bucks, and soooooo delicious. It’s the perfect appetizer for two: satisfies the craving, but doesn’t fill you up for dinner.

Conversation between me and the hubs every time we go to Rocco’s:

Hubs: “What’s this?” (points to menu) … I am of Colombian descent so he figures I can translate
Me: “Cojita. It’s a mild white cheese. You ask me this EVERY time we eat here.” note: we’ve dined at Rocco’s at least 6 times now

For our “date night” I wore my new Karen Kane striped tie front top (3K77155 on-line if you dig it and want to check it out). I paired it with a black Karen Kane jean (like these) and gold jewelry. I felt comfy and well dressed for our rainy Friday date!

There are a few Rocco’s locations in South Florida, so if you’re ever in the area and looking for some great inexpensive Mexican food, look them up! You won’t be disappointed.

Sipping my Happy Hour Margarita

Me & the “Hubs” at Rocco’s


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Collections and Cocktails

So Spring 2013 market is finally over at the Karen Kane showroom. No more back-to-back appointments, sample rack scavenging, or belated blog posts. All-in-all we believe the market show was a huge success!

Buyer’s from all over the country came in to see the Spring 2013 line and many raved about Karen’s congruence with trend.  Our colored lace bodies, which flowed from month-to-month received much applause, as did our multitude of spring dresses (including a new LBD package that every girl must have in her closet). Our dabble in peplum gained popularity as did our printed pants, various motorcycle jackets, and new wrinkle-resistant travel fabrication.

Some best sellers to be on the lookout for next Spring:

February’s Indigo Bay:

1. Small Stripe Motorcycle Jacket, $222

2. Rolled Sleeve Pocket Shirt, $98

3. Kaleidoscope Print 3/4 Sleeve Dress, $119

4. Tie Front Pocket Shirt, $98

5. Ikat Border Printed Pull On Pant, $99

Indigo Bay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March’s Coral Reef:

1. Whimsical Print Tie Shirt, $88

2. Mirror Print Exposed Zipper Dress, $128

3. Ombre Cowl Neck Top, $79

4. Snake Print Cascade Wrap Dress, $158

5. Coral Crochet Tank Dress, $119

Coral Reef

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April’s Electric Tide:

1. Linen Motorcycle Jacket, $188

2. Aztec Burst Maxi Dress, $158

3. Exposed Zipper Lace Tank, $108

4. Reflection Print Sleeveless Dress, $128

5. Paisley Keyhole Scarf Top, $88

Electric Tide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We finished off market “week” (I use parenthesis because it really spans the course of three), with a cocktail party for one of Karen Kane’s nationwide accounts, Macy’s. The party, planned by our very own Assistant Account Executive, Sydney, was huge success! Our own retail merchandising Director, Shawn, came up with the fabulous idea; and her delightful husband, Michael, offered up his professional bartending skills for the event. He even developed two specialty cocktails, the Macy’s Margarita and the Cucumber Gimlet, for which we’ve provided recipes below:

Macy’s Margarita:

- 1 shot Patron Silver tequila

- 1 shot St. Germain

- 1/4 grapefruit, juice squeezed fresh

- Ice (fill to top of glass)

- Sour Mix

- Drop Agave syrup

- Salt (for rim)

Mix all drink ingredients in shaker w/ice. Pour over fresh ice in salted margarita glass. Garnish w/fresh slice of grapefruit.

Cucumber Gimlet:

- 2 shots Bombay Sapphire gin

- 1/4 cup muddled cucumber

- 1 lime, fresh squeezed

- 1/4 cup simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)

- Ice (fill to top of glass)

Mix all drink ingredients in shaker w/ice. Pour over fresh ice in tall Collins glass. Garnish w/fresh slice of cucumber.

The hors devours spread at the cocktail party. Yum!

The Karen Kane New York Showroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that the fun has ended, it’s back to our regular weekly schedules here at Karen Kane. They are nothing short of exciting though, I must assure you. Don’t worry though, we are now back to our regular blog posting schedule of Monday – Friday.

Hope you stay tuned!

The Karen Kane team during market.


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