Stella & Dot Give Away

Who loves a give away??!!  Well I know I do.  Stella & Dot not only has fabulously stylish jewelry, but they also have totes and bags.  And with those bags comes some pretty awesome accessories!!  Have you ever heard or seen a Pouf?  Well if you’re familiar with Stella & Dot then you sure are and love them as much as I do.

Pouf you ask?


How cute is that.  You can use it for an iPod case with your charger or your iPhone (ok any cell phone!!).  You could use it as a mini little clutch, a makeup  bag.  There are endless ways you could use this little stylish Pouf!!

The multi-tasking pouf organizes you in style. Use it for everything from cosmetics to tech cords. Glam it up, touch it up – you’ve got it in the bag.

  • Saffiano textured material with contrasting wipe-clean lining.
  • Trim: Lizard textured material.
  • 3.625″H X 6″L X 3.5″D.
  • Available in Zebra, Elephant, and Red Ikat (the Ikat and Elephant are sold out until later this summer).

Ok so lets give one of these away.  I have one on it’s way to my house right now!!!  Ready to give to the lucky winner.

Leave a comment that you’ve signed up to follow the blog (there’s an email sign up right at the top of the blog on the right hand side).  Tell me what your favorite Stella & Dot bling is – it could be yours!! (you can leave in the same message that you’ve signed up to follow the blog).

Follow me on my Facebook page and leave a message that you’ve done so!

How easy is that!!!!  On Sunday, June 9th I will use to select the lucky winner.

Good luck!!

Don’t forget to check out my website for June’s specials and sales.

If you’re interested in hosting a Trunk Show of your own, please contact me to let me know at

Happy stella & dot shopping!


Independent Stylist 😉

Cooking Demo w/Nancy Silverton and Giveaway!


On April 2nd, Jodi and I went to the Macy’s Cooking Demonstration with Chef Nancy Silverton.  We got there a bit early because we got the opportunity to interview the Chef before watching her cook for us!  I had my notes all prepared that I wanted to ask her.  I wasn’t sure how much time we had so I just came up with a few.

Let me start there.

We were led back to a room where Chef Nancy was sitting by a table filled with fruits, breads, wine glasses.  She was sitting in a chair and welcomed us as soon as we walked in.  She is a very friendly person and I know I felt comfortable right away (though I was nervous).

Two Girls Cooking:  You started working in a dorm kitchen when you were 18 years old.  Did you expect at that time that you would be a well known chef and cookbook author?

Chef Nancy: NO!! I started working in the kitchen because the guy there was pretty cute!  Then I had this is what I want to do epiphany!!

Two Girls Cooking: Raising kids can be challenging, owning a restaurant can be as well.  How do you manage to balance it all?

Chef Nancy:  You make it work.  You have responsibilities and you know what you need to do.  Back then I had to travel a lot.  They didn’t have technology as they did now.  It made things more difficult.  Being away was hard at times.

Two Girls Cooking:  Who inspired you and why?

Chef Nancy:  Wolf Gang Puck and Alice Waters.  Alice Waters for sure.  She inspired me because of the food she cooked – she was a farmers market enthusiastic.   She was the true pioneer cooker.

Two Girls Cooking:  What is your favorite recipe that you’ve created?

Chef Nancy:  All of my bread recipes.  Breads for La Brea Bakery.  That was my teaching path.

Two Girls Cooking:  What is your advice to women in the food industry?

Chef Nancy:  Take your job seriously and do the best that you can.  You have to do it because you have passion for it.  Do it for the right reasons.

We had some small talk discussions during each question.  It was very interesting to hear how she made her way from the 18 year old dorm kitchen worker to a renowned Chef and Pizzeria owner, and not just one!

After the interview Chef Nancy signed a copy of her latest cook book “The Mozza Cookbook“.  That was a very nice surprise.  Jodi and I thought that we were going to have to pay for the book and then wait in line to have it signed!  It felt very personal (at least for me it did!!).  She took time to meet with a few chosen bloggers and then signed her book for us.  That is something Jodi and I will remember.

We gave our gratitude to Nancy and were led back to the Home Department in Macy’s.  We got signed in, were given our badges and found reserved seats right in the front row!!  We put our jackets down to save our seats and we wandered around looking for something to buy so that we could get another cookbook so that we could share with our readers a signed copy.  We’ll get to that in a bit!


Here’s a picture of Jodi and me standing by the cooking area where Chef Nancy will give her demonstration.

We had about 30 minutes to walk around until, finally the moment came that we had been waiting for!


We started off with Nick’s Kumquat Acqua Fresca (this was really refreshing – it has basil leaves and cucumber slices in it!).



Next was the Lemon Vinaigrette that went the Kale Salad.


I don’t think that either Jodi and I were fans of anchovies, but I have to say that I really didn’t mind eating this salad knowing I’d be eating that.  The salad had great flavor!

Next we watched Sweet Gem Lettuce w/Bufala Mozzarella, Cucumber & Yogurt.


The best way to incorporate the dressing is to use your hands.  We wanted to ask what Chef’s favorite kitchen utensils were but forgot!  We were glad that she told us during this demo.  Her first favorite kitchen item is the micro plane.  (I had to ask Jodi because I could not remember the name of this thing!!).  And the 2nd is her hands.  She said that is the best way to make sure that each piece of lettuce is getting coated with the dressing.  Using tongs won’t touch each piece!

This salad was SO good.


Out of all the recipes that we got to watch and taste, this is one I will make.  I haven’t gotten through the cookbook yet to make something new, but this one I know will be good.  I’m not sure if I’ll find the Sweet Gem Lettuce, but it’s worth searching!  She did say if you couldn’t find the Sweet Gem you could substitute it with Romaine lettuce.  Not sure if it would be the same for me since I’ve tasted it!  Just watching her cut the lettuce was fascinating to me!!

And finally we watched her prepare our dessert.  Rosemary-Pine Nut Cookies.

I’m a huge, huge fan of Pine Nuts.  I love them in my pasta sauce.  I love them in salads.  But I have never even thought to put them in a cookie along with Rosemary. I’ve never thought to put any herb or that type of a nut in anything sweet!  Trying to be optimistic about this cookie I watched her make it.  Knowing in my head that it was going to be a nice surprise.


So good.  I think I may try these as well.  I have to say I really didn’t think I’d like the Rosemary on there.  But it gave it a great flavor.  And who am I to doubt a chef?  A chef that has cookbooks and owns more than one restaurant!


Here are some pictures of her cooking:




After we got to taste this awesome food, we got in line to get our cookbook signed for our give away!!

I noticed that no one was asking if they could have their picture taken with her.  But those that know me know I’m not shy.  I wanted my picture taken with her and so I had to ask!!


Those of my Stella & Dot followers will notice that I have the beautiful Gitane necklace paired with the Interlock Cross (yeah I had to go there…sorry)!

It was an honor to interview Chef Nancy, watch her prepare the food and the best was getting to eat what she made for us!  You can really tell that she does have great passion for food.  She truly enjoys what she does!  It shows with every move she makes in the kitchen and the care she puts into each recipe she makes.

Thank you to Macy’s for inviting us to this event.  This is one that we won’t soon forget!

Now..for the giveaway (I purchased a new Pizza Stone in the Home Department to get this cookbook to give away).  There are just a few fun things you have to do.


1.  Like our Facebook page and come back and leave a comment that you did so:

2.  Like us both on Twitter: & (leave a comment that you’ve done so)

3.  Tell us what inspires you to cook.

4.  Like us both on Pinterest – &  Leave a comment that you’ve done so.

We will pick a winner on Friday, April 12th.  We will use to select the winner.  We will announce it on our FB page and send you out an email.  If we do not hear within 24 hours we will select a new winner.

If you want any of the recipes in full detail, please contact us and let us know.

Thanks for taking the time to share the fun that we had that day!!

Two Girls Cooking – Jodi & Patricia 😉

Thanks to Everywhere Society and the Culinary Council

Electrolux Giveaway!!!!!!!

Being a blogger has it’s many advantages.  One of them is that you get to see tons of other people’s sites that share the same passion as you do for cooking/baking. I have found so many new things over the past few years that I’m not sure I would have dared to make let alone have the family try.  I’m grateful for having the time in each day, whether it’s on my lunch break or sitting, as I am, near 11pm writing this post.  Another great opportunity is that companies, such as Electrolux, will come to you and offer you giveaways.  Because we love to have people stop by and visit our site, we always cho0se to give those gifts or offerings away to those that take the time to stop by and see what we have going on for the day or week.

Electrolux has offered to give us $35 to share with you from their website.  How cool is that?  All you have to do are a few simple things in order to qualify for this cool give away.

1.  Follow Two Girls Cooking on Facebook.   Come back and leave a comment that you’ve liked us. (See the little FB icon on the site to the right over there – hit that or click on the link)

2.  Follow both or one of us on Twitter.   Tweet that you are following you are entering a giveaway for Electrolux and come back and let us know.

3.  If  you could have any appliance from Electrolux, what would it be?

4.  For an extra chance, follow us on Pinterest.  There is an icon over there on the right for that too.  Leave a comment letting us know you did so.

How simple is that.  So, go to their site, find something and let us know what that would be in one of  your comments.

We will use to select the winner.  Please make sure to leave your email address so that we can contact you..

The winner will be selected on Friday morning.

Good luck, have fun, and tell your friends to stop by too!!

*Shipping and handling is not included in the $35 giveaway per Electrolux*

Have an awesome week.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking 😉

Cat Cora Cookbook Winner

Patricia and I want to thank everyone for entering the Cat Cora Cookbook Giveaway.

And the Winner is… Renee!

Renee Says: My favorite cookbook is Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories by Lisa Lillien. I love it because I love to indulge but I still want to be healthy without sacrificing taste. This book has great recipes. Thanks for the amazing giveaway

Congratulations Renee!  🙂

Two Girls Cooking

Cooking Demonstration and Book Signing with Cat Cora

Patricia and I were invited to Macy’s on Saturday for a cooking demonstration and book signing with Cat Cora. There were several other bloggers from the Twin Cities area and it was awesome to meet and talk with Dutch Baker’s Daughter and Cafe Cyan. Not only were we excited to be invited to the event; we felt pretty important with our front row reserved seats!

While waiting for Cat to arrive, we were served non alcoholic watermelon margaritas.  They came in the tiniest little cup and tasted great!!  When Cat arrived, the bloggers were all called over to meet her and get pictures taken with her.  She is so open and friendly; she made us all feel very comfortable!  I was also surprised to find she wasn’t too much taller than me (I’m 5 ft on a good day)!

After we all took our seats, Cat told us about her new cookbook, Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist.  She said she’d be making two recipes from the book. I will try out and post the recipes myself later this week. First she prepared Grilled Chile-Lime Flank Steak Soft Tacos with Pineapple Salsa.  Cat encouraged everyone to not only make her recipes just as printed; but to have fun with them!  For example, try using mango or peaches in place of the pineapple. We each got a little taco of our own to try.  I was concerned the spices would be too hot for me (medium salsa is as hot as I can handle).  However, the pineapple salsa to helped cool it down; it was just right!

The second dish was the Grapefruit and Cherry Ambrosia with Honey Cream. We each got a small sample of this to try as well.  Though I’m not a big fan of grapefruit or cherries, she did included pineapple and toasted coconut. Yum! I really enjoyed the cream, I would love to make this with some of my favorite fruits.

Through the entire demonstrating, Cat answered questions from the audience. We learned about her 4 kids and how they stay connected with her busy schedule; she says how she sends them cards, gifts in the mail and calls them every day.

Cat went on to explain to us what goes into filming an episode of Iron Chef America.  She said they are not told what the main ingredient is ahead of time, but they are given what type of cuisine is would be (such as Greek) and to stick to that. The cooking battle is in real time, but there is about 6 hours of filming that goes into each 45 minute episode!

In addition to this book tour, Cat is now working with the First Lady and her anti-obesity campaign to help inspire kids throughout the country to learn more about the food they eat. She spoke about teaching kids to grow their own vegetables and how many of the kids are less reluctant to try something new when they got to be involved in growing it. Since I’ve been growing some things on my own these last couple years, I have to agree; things just seem to taste better when you’ve had a hand in growing them!

After the demonstration was over we each had the opportunity to have Cat sign our cookbooks. Patricia and I each picked one up for ourselves and can’t wait to start making some of the recipes.  We decided because we had so much fun, we wanted to share this with our readers!  We are giving away one signed copy of Cat Cora’s Classics with a Twist.


To enter the giveaway answer the following question in the Comments section of this post:

What is your favorite cookbook?

One entry per person please.

Deadline is Thursday June 10th, 2010 at 11:59 pm central standard time.

Winners will be selected at random and announced Friday.

Good luck!

Don’t forget to check back later this week for the recipes in today’s post!

– Jodi