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    Hello, foodies…
     
    If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you’ll know I’m in North Carolina visiting my mom! If you’re not on Facebook just yet, here’s picture of mom and me…we were at a restaurant called Sweet Tea’s.
     
    David and Sarah Venable
     
    I may be in North Carolina but New Mexico is on my mind! It’s our next destination for our In the Kitchen with David road trip and once again, I’m lucky enough to have a friend—you might know her—who was born and raised in that amazing state. Here’s Jacque Gonzales on its rich heritage, food, and more.
     
    When I was asked to write a blog for ITKWD, I thought I won the lottery! I‘m so PROUD to be a native New Mexican and I’m thrilled to tell you all a little about the food…and how different it is from what people think all Mexican food tends to be.
     
    FIRST off – I must start by saying that New Mexico is part of the United States of America. (I know some of you are laughing, but I can’t count how many times I’ve been asked “When did you become a U.S. Citizen” or “Do you have a green card?” And, the tourism bureau is always answering questions in its state magazine like, “Do I need a passport to travel to NM?” “Is the water safe to drink?”  New Mexico became the 47th State in 1912 and our state is rich with amazing history. We have over 500 years of Hispanic heritage (and I’m proud to say my ancestors were part of the original founding families of New Mexico!) and so much rich Native American history. The largest hot air balloon gathering in the world happens in New Mexico, as does the International Balloon Fiesta. We’ve also got the famous Route 66, Aliens in Roswell {#emotions_dlg.biggrin},  the beginnings of the Santa Fe Railroad, and the final resting place to Billy The Kid. And, I’m proud to say that many fellow New Mexicans have made it big – Demi Moore, Neil Patrick Harris, and  Jesse Tyler Ferguson – to name a few.
     
    Now let’s get into what makes NEW MEXICAN food different from “MEXICAN” food. New Mexican food is a combination of Native American, Spanish, and Mexican cuisine. Whenever you hear me speak on QVC to someone from NM or who has visited NM, the first thing we talk about is the FOOD. Yes, it’s that good! I plan my trips home around where I’ll be eating so I can stop at all my favorite places, like Padilla’s, El Pinto, Los Cuates, Sadie’s, and Stuffy’s in Albuquerque. And, in Chimayo—my favorite place on earth—I have to go to Rancho de Chimayo Restaurant.
     
    Besides our food being a blend of cultures, we’re also EXTREMELY PROUD of our New Mexico Chile. (FYI…chile is spelled with an “E” at the end when it’s the fruit you’re talking about. Yes, Chile is a FRUIT! If it’s spelled with an “I” at the end, it’s referring to the stew.) Our New Mexico Chile has a unique flavor unlike any other pepper out there and it has to do with the soil in New Mexico. In fact, my home state is in the works of protecting the New Mexico Chile “brand” by making sure stores are not saying the chile is from New Mexico if it’s not. Think of it like Florida oranges and Georgia peaches – they’re special! New Mexicans eat chile on just about EVERYTHING! If you go to any major fast food chain with a drive through, they always offer the option to add green chile to anything you order. In the fall – you’ll find chile roasting and being sold on street corners through the state. The main harvest happens at the end of summer/start of fall – and everyone stocks up and freezes their chile to last until the next chile season.
     
    Another thing that sets New Mexico apart from other “Mexican” food is that our state vegetable is the pinto bean–but more importantly as Frijoles Refritos–Refried Beans! New Mexicans don’t use black beans in our food like in Tex-Mex or traditional Mexican. And, one last thing my  friends wanted me to pass on to you…instead of bread, we eat sopapillas with our meals. In Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican cuisine, these are sometimes served for dessert with powdered sugar on top or with some honey poured inside…so good! (Don’t tell my mom I said that – she says real New Mexicans don’t put honey inside their sopapillas!)
     
    Now for some recipes! Both of these dishes are just like what my mom and grandmother made. But, they always cooked by sight! So I pulled these from VivaNewMexico.com. Many thanks for the use!
     
    Basic New Mexico Red Chile Sauce....this is a staple!
    Makes 2 cups
    Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes
    Temperature: Medium, Low

    Ingredients:

    2 Tbsp shortening
    3/4 tsp salt
    2 Tbsp flour
    1/2 tsp garlic salt
    1/4 - 3/4 cup New Mexico Red Chile Powder
    Oregano (optional)
    2 cups cold water

    Directions:
    1. Heat shortening in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Stir in flour and cook for 1 minute.
    2. Add chile powder and cook for an additional minute.
    3. Gradually add the water and stir, making sure that no lumps form.
    4. Add seasonings to sauce and simmer at low heat for 10-15 minutes.  Varied amounts and variety of chile will determine the degree of hotness.
     
    And here’s my all-time favorite dessert. This is like little clouds of Heaven with Cinnamon!

    Natillas (Sort Custard Pudding)
    6-8 servings
    Cooking Time: 30-45 minutes

    Ingredients:

    4 eggs, separated
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/4 cup flour
    4 cups milk
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    3/4 cup sugar

    Directions:

    1. Place egg yolks, flour, and 1 cup of milk in a small mixing bowl. Stir to make a smooth paste. Set aside.
    2. Place the remaining milk, sugar, and salt in a medium-sized saucepan and scald at medium heat.
    3. Add the egg mixture to the scalded milk and continue to cook at medium heat until a soft custard consistency is reached. Remove custard from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
    4. Beat the egg whites in a medium-sized mixing bowl until they are stiff, but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the custard, chill, and garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon before serving.  Whipped cream is another great option!

    WHEW! Thanks so much, Jacque. Got some New Mexico questions? Follow Jacque on Facebook. Who’s ready to go to New Mexico? I AM! If only for those Natillas!
     
    Now, don’t forget about Father’s Day this weekend, moms & kids. If you’re looking for a recipe dad’s sure to like, try my Stuffed Burgers with Poblano Pepper Relish! While the burgers are cooking, print out this coloring page for the kids. Dads, granddads, or whoever the grill-master is in your house, will love it.
     
    Stuffed Burgers with Poblano Pepper Relish
     
    Stuffed Burgers with Poblano Pepper Relish
     
    This recipe is prepared with the George Foreman 360 Grill with 2 Removable Grill Plates, Bake Pan, & Cookbook (K36347).
     
    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
     
    Ingredients:
     
    Relish:
    2 poblano peppers
    1/4 cup mild salsa
    1-1/2 Tbsp red onion, diced
    1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
    1 Tbsp scallions, chopped
    1/4 tsp garlic, minced
    1/2 tsp kosher salt
    1/8 tsp ground black pepper
    1 small tomato, chopped
    2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
    1/4 tsp chili powder
    1 Tbsp mayonnaise
     
    Burger:
    2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
    1/3 cup cream cheese, room temperature
    2 lbs ground beef
    2 cups iceberg lettuce, shredded
    2 cups corn chips, slightly crushed
    4 Kaiser rolls, halved horizontally
     
    Directions:
     
    To prepare the relish, preheat the broiler. Spray the poblano peppers with cooking spray and place them on a baking sheet. Place the sheet on the top rack of the broiler and cook the peppers for 6–10 minutes per side, or until the skin begins to bubble and darken. Remove the peppers from the oven, place them in a bowl, and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Set aside for 10 minutes.
     
    In the meantime, combine the salsa, onion, cilantro, scallion, garlic, salt, pepper, tomato, vinegar, chili powder, and mayonnaise in a medium-size bowl.
     
    When 10 minutes have elapsed, put on disposable gloves and remove as much of the poblano pepper skin as you can and also remove the pepper-caps and seeds. Run the peeled peppers under cold water to help remove any leftover skin and seeds. Pat the peppers dry with a paper towel, place them on a cutting board, and coarsely chop. Fold the pieces into the bowl with the remaining relish ingredients. Refrigerate until the burgers are ready to be assembled and cooked.
     
    To assemble the burgers, combine the cheddar cheese and cream cheese in a small bowl. Divide the mixture into four 1/4" disks. Divide the ground beef into eight 4-oz balls. Flatten each ball into a 1/4" disk. Place a cheese disk on top of a beef disk, and then top the cheese with another beef disk. Pinch the burger-seams together, sealing in the cheese. Repeat.
     
    To cook the burgers, preheat a grill to medium-high. Place the burgers on grill and cook, without pressing down, for about 4–6 minutes on each side for medium doneness, or longer if you prefer a more well-done burger. While the burgers are cooking, place a 1/2 cup of iceberg lettuce and a 1/2 cup of crushed corn chips on the bottom of each Kaiser roll. When the burgers are done, place them on top of the fixings and top each burger with a 1/2 cup of relish. Finish each burger with a bun top.
     
    Time for your blog question, foodies…tell me about your favorite burger. What’s on it? What’s in it? What’s it on? Build one for me in a reply and we’ll be drooling over the responses on Sunday. See you at Noon ET.
     
    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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    I wanted to do something different this week.  Usually, I have a blog about the  Friday night meal, because anything that's frozen that is ordered during my show (Mondays at 5pm eastern!) will get there by Friday.  But, this week we've got wines coming up at the end of the show, so I thought it would be fun to do an easy cheese tray.  

    Now, I am not an expert on wine, but I know that it is made from grapes that are stomped on by funny women.  Well, at least that’s what I learned from reruns of I Love Lucy!  I also don’t know what wines are supposed to go with which foods, or if 2007 was a good year in some of the California vineyards.  I go strictly by taste.  If I like a wine, I’ll drink it.  If not, I give it to my husband!  

    I am fortunate to work at QVC where we get to sample many kinds of wine from Vintage Wine Estates.  The good part is I enjoy so many of the wines that I get to sample.  The bad part is my husband doesn’t get any of my wine leftovers! (Insert smiley face here) I know it can be intimidating to put a wine and cheese tray together.  So, I have tried to keep it simple and list cheeses that we all know, to get the party started! The fun part is, there are no "right" answers.  Everyone's opinion is different, and that's okay!  It's so much fun when everyone gets in on the conversation!

     

    Easy Cheese Tray

     

    Variety Pack of Vintage Wine Estates containing:

     

    Moscato

    Sauvignon Blanc

    Pinot Noir

    Cabernet

     

    Cheeses:

    Extra Sharp Cheddar

    Goat cheese

    Gruyere

    Brie

    Danish Blue Cheese

    Gouda

     

    Pair the Moscato with the Danish Blue, and the Sauvignon Blanc with extra sharp cheddar or goat cheese.  Pair the Pinot Noir with Gruyere or Brie, and the Cabernet with the Danish Blue Cheese or the Gouda.  Easy!  The different cheeses bring out different flavors in the wine.  You may want to have grapes or apples on hand to pair as well. Honeycrisp apples are my favorite! Also, don't forget that there are no rules here. You can pair any of the wines with any of the cheeses, and just see what happens.  You may be surprised at what you like!

     

    I'm also really excited to debut an item that I helped to create!  Germack has some of the best fruit and nut mixes on the planet.  We had so many requests for a crunchy, savory mix, without fruits, that we decided to create one!  If you want the sneak peek early, click here.  But just remember that the price expires at the end of the day on Monday, and I have the only presentation that day.  See you on Monday at 5pm, and bring your appetite!


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  • 07/08/13--11:33: Q&A Chat
  • Q&A Blog


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    How about that Banana Split Milk Shake, foodies!? Our culinary gals handed me another shake after the show and I did a happy dance the whole way home. I think this National Ice Cream month thing just might be the tastiest idea we’ve had yet.

    And, I want everyone to be able to enjoy it. So, this Wednesday, we’re making a lactose- and sugar-free recipe for those of you with some dietary restrictions. (And, for those of you without restrictions, you’ll LOVE it!) Ready, set, let's make my Sugar-Free Coconut Raspberry Sorbet!

    Sugar-Free Coconut Raspberry Sorbet

    Sugar-Free Coconut Raspberry Sorbet

    This recipe is prepared with Ninja Storm Designer Series 400 Watt 40-oz Food & Drink Maker (K39392).

    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 cup canned light coconut milk, cold
    • 1/3 cup coconut water, cold
    • 3 Tbsp sugar substitute
    • 8 oz frozen raspberries
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted
    • 3 Tbsp (additional) unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish, toasted
    • Mint sprigs for garnish


    Directions:

    1. Pour the coconut milk and coconut water into a small mixing bowl. Add the sugar substitute into the bowl and mix until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    2. Place the frozen raspberries and the coconut-sugar mixture into a food processing bowl. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of the toasted coconut into the bowl. Pulse 10 times and process for about 45–55 seconds, until smooth.
    3. To serve, scoop from the bowl and sprinkle the additional (3 Tbsp) coconut flakes and top with the mint sprigs.


    Foodies, Wednesday is QVC’s Cooking on Q Day! We’ve got 24 hours of colorful culinary ideas sure to make your kitchen sing this summer. We’ve got a special 4-hour ITKWDstarting at 8pm ET. And, if that’s not exciting enough, QVC’s annual food awards start this Wednesday! Our nominees will be revealed and you’ll have your chance to vote for your favorite food vendors.

    Now for today’s blog question. In honor of my sorbet recipe, tell me what’s your favorite frozen fruity treat? Do you like orange sherbet or peach ice cream? Maybe a strawberry daiquiri is up your alley? See you Wednesday at 8pm ET.

    Keep it flavorful!
    —David


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  • 07/09/13--07:55: It Sure Feels Like Summer!
  • I hope you are all enjoying this super hot summer!  Those of us on the east coast are feeling the heat.

    I've been as busy as ever traveling the globe and trying to squeeze in all the best parts of summer with the family. We just enjoyed some relaxing time on beautiful Cape Cod and then I flew to Europe for a visit with QVC UK.  I'm back across the pond as they say and excited to be seeing you all soon to share some of what I've been working on for you. 

    I can't wait for the debut of 2 of my new items in my MCM one hour show this Wednesday, July 10.

    For the first time ever my MCM patterns are available in an amazing microfiber towel set. The set includes some really unique and useful features like a microfiber towel with a built in scrubber pad and a two sided sponge which has never been seen before.

    Also debuting and just in time for all of your picnics and trips to the beach or the baseball field, are my new MCM Paisley Party convertible insulated tote bags.  They are super sized to hold up to 60 cans and convert down to a smaller size for smaller loads. The Therma-flect lining keeps cold contents cold or hot contents hot. It is ideal for getting food home from the grocery store at the right temperature or for transporting food and beverages to a concert or a tailgate.  It really is a must have!

    I hope to see you on Wednesday. We can catch up on what everyone's been up to this summer.

    I'm really looking forward to it!!

    "Deeg-in",

    MarkCharles


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    Doesn’t matter where you are in this great country of ours – coast to coast, summer is here in all of its blazing red, white and blue glory. It is definitely HOT here on the East Coast ~ scorching is more like it.  When the sun is sizzling and the temperatures are barely cool at dusk, I cannot think of a better way to cool off than with an icy cold drink (or four). And let me tell you, my Ninja Kitchen System has been working on overtime helping me to refresh young and old alike with delicious frozen drinks and cocktails, not to mention ice cream, sorbets and chilled summer soups lickety split. Graduation parties, Fourth of July, summer BBQs … it’s been a whirlwind of fun at the Warden family gatherings. It has truly become my go-to summer appliance.

    With so many of you reminding us of summer vacations and your desire to take our Ninja on the road with you, we are so excited to be bringing you the Ninja Storm, our most compact, portable, and colorful Ninja yet.  It will do everything that you expect from the popular original Ninja - crush ice, make frozen drinks, ice cream, chop, mix, and make your everyday smoothies, too.  And, even better, it is the lowest price Ninja available on QVC! The Ninja Storm will be making its debut as “Today’s Special Value” starting at midnight July 10th.

    Whether you are off to a campground, on the road with your RV, or you may be headed to your summer cabins or to the beach for a few weeks, this new compact Ninja Storm is perfect to pack and go. It tucks right into the box with a few of my other kitchen essentials. It makes preparing all of your summer treats so quick and easy you will be out of the kitchen and poolside with a tray of treats in no time.

    If you already love your original Ninja, this colorful new model would make the perfect gift for a summer wedding, a hostess gift or do as I do – carry a Ninja and all of the ingredients to the next neighborhood BBQ and make your favorite concoctions for everyone. With a price this low, there has never been a better time to pick one up. I know I am sending my youngest grandson off to college with one in his suitcase.  I can guarantee he will be making a lot of new friends with some of grandpa’s cool drink recipes. I even tucked one in for guacamole and another for homemade peanut butter.

    I hope you can join me for this great Ninja Storm debut, but in the meantime, I wanted to share some family news with all of you. This is my incredibly lucky year.  I returned last month from attending my youngest son’s graduation from medical school, and just this week I was able to hear him tell me all about his first week of practicing as a real doctor at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City Utah.  What a joy!  I have vicariously enjoyed all of my children’s college experiences, learning a little law, music, computer engineering, and now medicine along the way.  I say I am lucky, because just as all of my own children were graduating with their degrees, another chapter begins as my oldest grandson heads off to college this fall.  Yay!  I will never have to stop learning.  I have twelve grandchildren, including two sets of twins born in the last 12 months. I guess you could say I will be learning for a lifetime. OK by me!

    By the way Rick Domeier, has listed some of his favorite Ninja recipes on his current blog.  I would love to hear about some of your favorite Ninja recipes, either from the Ninja cookbooks or your own concoctions.  If have discovered over the last five years that Ninja owners are very creative.  I am always looking for new recipe ideas to include on air and in future cookbooks.  Let’s hear from you!

    Stay cool.

    Bob


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  • 07/09/13--13:18: Lazy Days of Summer
  • Mood: Lazy :)

    What's in my Contigo travel mug: Green Mountain Nantucket Blend

    We are loving the long, lazy days of summer here at the Epps home!  Our summer has gotten off to a great start so far. We are enjoying each and every moment with family and friends.

    The kiddos have had some late sleeping mornings (like today!)  which is something we can't really enjoy during the school year.  The morning schedule to get all seven of us up and out the door from September through June leaves me feeling like a crazed drill sergeant.  Barking out orders and rushing around to make sure everything is taken care of often leaves me breathless and my head spinning.

    After a family meeting we all decided this summer was the time to sit back and relax. Instead of packing the summer with camps and activities, the children all decided they wanted to take this time to just “be”. So we have departed from our usual chaos of every moment being packed with an activity and a strict schedule to adhere to. The clan created a "Summer Wish List" and we are checking off each activity as we go- so much fun!

    This spring we had an exciting addition to our back yard... we put in a pool!  With five children, and specifically our oldest with special needs, getting out to a pool as a family has always been a struggle. This addition has created such happiness… Most of all because it is something we can all enjoy together as a family.

    Contigo Travel Mug

    This is my view as I type my blog this morning (It's a lot calmer than usual – remember I said everyone was still sleeping).  Just me and my travel mug filled with Nantucket Blend enjoying some quiet time.

    Oh no, I just jinxed myself!  I hear some noise from inside the house; guess it's time to see what the troops want to mark off of our list today! 

    Super excited for Cooking on Q Day!  The day is filled with all my favorites (and yours!); Keurig, Ninja, Soda Stream and of course Temp-tations with my very good friend Tara McConnell. 

    I will see you at 6am for an hour of Keurig with the fabulous Nancy Hornback. We will be sharing some fun recipes so be sure to join us!  Also, make sure to check out her blog and see how she likes to use her Keurig brewer.  Of course, can’t forget about our Keurig family-- please share with me on my Facebook page how you use yours!

    Our brewers featured in the 6am Keurig Hour are great.  We have our personal brewer (K39529) in so many fun colors. We also have our full-sized brewer (K39372), featuring Snapple Lemon Iced Tea K-Cups, yum yum! Be sure that you check out this great offer, this is the last day of our mail-in rebate and our only order of the summer pack-up. I don’t know about you, there’s nothing more refreshing than ice cold tea on a hot, lazy summer day.

    I will be back at 8pm with David Venable for In the Kitchen with David!

    Cheers to YOUR long, lazy days of summer. See you soon!

    Xoxo,

    Melissa 


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    I was recently out and about running some errands and passed a house with kids playing in a sprinkler on their front lawn. My mind drifted back to years ago when I was a child and couldn’t wait for the warm weather so I could play in the sprinkler in my own yard. I don’t know about you, but a change of season or warm breeze in the air conjures up wonderful memories of my past! At the very hint of sunshine, I would beg my parents to get out the sprinkler so I could play in the water with the neighborhood kids!

    One of my earliest memories of summertime was getting to stay with my grandparents. Nan and Tat (as I lovingly called them) always welcomed we with open arms and delicious food...my grandmother was an amazing southern cook, and boy could I eat! We would spend the afternoons swinging on their front porch just talking and laughing…chatting with the neighbors and playing. Does anyone still do that?

    Then it was time for vacation, and my parents loved to go to the beach. Each year we went some place different and to this day, as an adult, I find that those memories come rushing back every time I visit a beach. I love the salt air…the hot sand…the totally relaxing feeling of being near the ocean, and boy did I have fun! My parents would park themselves under a big umbrella with their watchful eyes on me as I would go to the water’s edge with my bucket and shovel and attempt to build sand castles…usually my father would have to come along and help. I was in heaven!

     

    And last but certainly not least...when we couldn’t get to the ocean, my parents always had some type of boat that we would take the family out on the numerous lakes in the area. I was joined by several nieces and nephews for a hot summer boat ride and then a yummy picnic lunch. Sprinklers, vacations, bare feet and climbing trees…a time before home video games and smart phones didn’t exist! Summer for me is a season full of memories...

     

    “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon;

    to me those have always been the two most

    beautiful words in the English language.”

    - Henry James

     

    What is your favorite summer memory? Please let me know – I’d love to hear from you!

     

     

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    Once upon a time I had a great lock n lock. It was sturdy, and held all of my favorite leftovers. Once day my BF Aaron took it to work and I never saw it again. It was a sad day. Now I admire all of the Lock & Locks in the QVC Studio Store. But I’m doing an hour with Lock & Lock on July 10th…and I feel like I may need to get myself a brand new set then. Anyone have a favorite one? Our new kitchen is filled with miss matched plastic storage. It’ll look so much more grown up with Lock & Lock!

     


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    Coming Thursday, July 11th

    It's back!!! And better than ever before!

    Tiers here, there, and everywhere! You kept asking for more and we listened! As many of you already know, this comfortable and chic top is a must-have for every closet. Done in my signature Liquid Knit, it floats and sways with you while creating a stunning silhouette on any body type. Each angled tier cork screws around your body and helps to camouflage and elongate any frame and of course adds just enough pizazz for you to feel appropriate yet chic!

    Wear it to the office, dress it up with a pair of black pants and jewelry for a night on the town, the options are endless. And the most special feature... Stunning NEW prints!!

    Color Options:

    • Abstract Print (Dark Blue & Orange Shades)
    • Paisley Print (Black & Grey Shades)
    • Ikat Print (Pink & Black Shades)
    • Geo Print (Tan & Orange Shades)
    • Floral Print (Green & Light Blue Shades)
    • Animal Print (Black & Brown Shades)

    Soft enough not to overwhelm, yet striking enough to be the talk of the party, each hand-picked print will have you dreaming for more. And if that's not enough, I am ecstatic to announce that each was designed to wear literally ALL year long! Wear them now with a cute pair of capris and transition them into fall with jeans or your favorite Ponte Knit pants. I could go on and on about this top, but you know the deal! It's like seeing a best friend after a make over... better than ever, but still the good friend you've always loved!

    Catch it's debut at MIDNIGHT ET this Thursday, July 11th. Can't wait to see you then!!!

    xoxo,

    Susan


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  • 07/10/13--12:35: Bliss Lights TSV Q&A
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  • 07/10/13--13:33: GO2BRAS is back!
  • Greeting to all of our QVC customers!  In the event that you have not seen our new GO2BRAS® styles that are already on QVC.com, I want to formally share with you the excitement around the re-launch of GO2BRAS®.

    Many of you know me as the founder of LIPO IN A BOX® Shapewear and some of you are aware that after many customer requests, we added bras to our line on QVC, in recent years.  Following our successful introduction of 2 styles on QVC, I decided to let you, the QVC customer tell me what you wanted to see in the next styles we introduced.

    Once the list was compiled and working closely in collaboration with our design and technical team here at Dana-Co, a collection of GO2BRAS that will begin satisfying your needs and wishes came to life.  The design team did a fantastic job of turning these concepts into finished quality product with fabulous features, for all of us to wear and enjoy.

    Some of you have asked, ‘What is a GO2BRA?’  Our GO2BRAS® brand is solution-focused with a desire to provide reliable options for the modern, classic woman, like you. We are a lingerie brand focused on enhancing and flattering the unique shapes and sizes of all of our customers.  We take pride in providing innovative solutions in the areas of fit, function and fashion.  We are transforming your request into solutions for which you have been longing for.

    There are a few features you ladies consistently scream for…comfortable straps, wires that won’t poke through, consistent fit, lift and support, as well as quality fabrics!These items were on the top of our list when developing the styles we are launching here at QVC. 

    I’m excited to introduce you to one of my personal favorites on AM Style with Leah Williams.  You can find it on QVC.com (A233374).  We callthis style “Lacy not Racy”.  While there are lots of beautiful, sexy, cami bras on the market today, like you, I wanted a practical cami bra…one I could wear to church, on a date with my husband, to work or just about anywhere.  Being able to wear it anywhere makes it a good value to me. 

    The geometric lace is lined and not see through.  I also find the geometric lace not quite as frilly, therefore I find it more versatile. We added some awesome plush foam comfort straps that are, not at all, matronly looking, yet are oh, so comfy.  The double layer of luscious microfiber hugs and supports while the strap placement prevents slipping off the shoulders. 

    I know, I know…you want to know about the underwire.  We are using a patented design underwire system in all our GO2BRAS from Fortitube® by Stretchline®.  It is a no poke through underwire technology for added comfort, support and durability.    

    I hope you can tune in to AM Style for more fabulous details about this new cami bra.  Don’t forget to check out all the styles on QVC.com.  More solutions are on the way from GO2BRAS…thanks to you and all your suggestions and comments!  We listen, we care!

     

    All my best to you,

    Connie Elder

     

     


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    You don’t need to put away your warm-weather favorites to be fashionable in the cooler temperatures.  Here are some of our ways to enjoy looks from summer to fall.

    What are some of your styling tips + tricks for carrying your favorite pieces over to the next season?

     

     

     

    Get the look: Isaac Mizrahi Live! 3/4 Sleeve Knit Henley Tunic

    {Wear it now}

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Bridgehampton Floral Canvas Tote w/Turnlock

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Leather Thong Sandals

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Classic Aviator Sunglasses


    {Wear it later}

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Floral Embroidered Trench Coat

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Bridgehampton Pebble Leather Flap Crossbody

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Python Embossed Leather Moccasins


     

     

     

     Get the look: Denim & Co. Scoop Neck 3/4 Sleeve Knit Tunic w/ Cutout Detail

    {Wear it now}

    Orthaheel Fiji Thong Orthotic with Earthtone Jewel Sandals

    Denim & Co. Classic Waist Side Lace-Up Bermuda Shorts with Pockets

     Jacqueline Kennedy Set of 4 Goldtone Bangle Bracelets

    {Wear it later}

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Multi-Textured Eternity Scarf

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Flats with Bow Detail

    Dooney & Bourke Leather Medium Pocket Satchel with Accessories


     

     

    Get the Look: Graver Printed Chiffon Vest w/ 3/4 sleeve top

     

    {Wear it now}

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Grace 24/7 Stretch Bermuda Short

    Clarks Artisan Kyna Wit Leather Espadrille Wedge Sandals

    Susan Graver Long Strand Necklace & Earring Set

     

    {Wear it later}

    Isaac Mizrahi Live! Ponte Knit Straight Skirt

    Amiee Lynn 1/2" Skinny Adjustable Hook Belt

    Isaac Mizrahi Live!  Leather Booties with Seaming

     

     


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    Hello, Ladies!!! 

    I am SO excited to be back at QVC Studio Park and to be on set with you on Saturday, July 13th at 6 PM ET with Angel and Jacque!!! We have a got a GREAT show lined up for you! QVC is celebrating YOU this weekend – and it’s all about YOUR favorite items!!

    What are your absolute favorite Quacker Factory pieces???

    I was speaking to Angel this week about our favorites – and I thought it would be fun to share those with you.

    Angel’s all-time, hands-down, favorite Quacker Factory item is our original DreamJeannes silhouette, the 5 Pocket Knit Denim Boot Cut Pants. She loves them because they are SO stylish and comfortable and also because they come in so many beautiful colors! How many colors do you have in your wardrobe? (Shhhh, don’t tell ANYONE, but Angel will be introducing you NEW colors of the Boot Cut pants at midnight on Monday, July 15th and then again during our show on Monday at 3pm EST – but you didn’t hear it from me!) 

    And it just so happens that my favorite style of DreamJeannes is the Knit Denim Leggings. Your Quacker Sisters in the UK love these as well, and they have told me they are PERFECT with all of the tunic-length tops we design. These were also Jeanne Bice’s favorite silhouette of DreamJeannes as well. Here’s a picture of Jeanne on the set in them!

    Angel also told me that one of her favorite items was one we shared with you this year in March – the gorgeous Rhinestone Grommet Gold Trim Jacket with Tank. If you missed out on this in March, don’t worry, we have more in stock – AND at a Featured Price!!! Doesn’t Angel look Quack-Tastic with all of these color choices?!

    Speaking of jackets, one of my all-time favorites is the Print-to-Solid Reversible Woven Jacket. This sold out when we showed it earlier this year, but you’re in luck, we have it back in stock as well! I loved it so much that I gave it to my mother as a gift. Here she is with Dad at one of our live-audience shows this year – isn’t she (and the jacket!) just too cute for words?!

    One of Angel’s other favorites just happens to be in Saturday’s show – the Spiral Hearts ¾ Sleeve T-Shirt. This one is so unique and reminds me so much of Jeanne Bice because she LOVED to design with hearts. Plus, the color choices are beautiful! Do you have an all-time favorite Quacker Factory item with hearts in it?

    Click here to shop all of the Customer Favorite Quacker Factory items! 

    Are you a Quack-A-Holic?? Do you have so many favorites that it would be hard to pinpoint what your one favorite piece is??? Well, don’t feel too bad because you are NOT alone – check out this picture that one of my Quacker friends sent me a couple of months ago – and this is almost ALL Quacker in those packages!!

    What are your all-time favorite Quacker Factory items??? Do you have a favorite piece that you’ve had for years and years and years – and wear all of the time?!

    Join me online right here on our Quacker Factory blog on Saturday, July 13th during our 6 – 7 PM ET show and tell me how many of these have you have welcomed into your wardrobe! I’ll be chatting with you live throughout the show, and I’ll make sure to read some of your responses out!

    After all, this weekend is all about YOU!!!

    Can’t wait to chat with you!!!

    -Patrick

     

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    Hello, Ladies!

    It’s Quack-tabulous to be back with Angel and Sandra at the QVC Studios on Monday, July 15th!

    You’re in for a VERY special treat! Angel and I have picked out TEN of our favorite upcoming designs – two each for August, September, October, November and December!! We’re so excited about all of our upcoming NEW items, but we just HAD to share with you these ten that we think are Quack-tacular!

    We know how much you love the jackets our Design Team has brought you in the past, so we think you are going to LOVE this new jacket design coming up in August!

    Also in August, (Can you believe that August is only a few weeks away?!), Jeanne Bice really loved owls - not only because they are so darn cute, but also because they symbolize intelligence and wisdom – and Jeanne felt that women are some of the smartest and brightest beings on earth! How many of you love owls too??

    And what do you think about this new cardigan for the fall that we’ll be sharing with you in September??? Wait until you see what else we have that goes with this one!

    And look at what else our Design Team has cooked up for you for September – a Quack-tabulous zip-up cardigan sweater with a unique sequin swirl design that will help you stand out in the crowd! Wait until you see the color options we’re bringing for you on this one!! 

    And then in October, we are going to be helping you get ready with a little bling for the holidays. How adorable is this snowman?! And what a GREAT top to get not only for yourself, but as a gift as well!

    And you know that every year in October we start bringing you our famous Christmas and holiday items – Jeanne’s favorite time of the year to design for. As you all know, Jeanne LOVED decorating all of the Christmas trees in her house – so in honor of Jeanne’s love of Christmas and evergreen trees, we’ll be bringing you this next top – wait until you see the detail of the design! (I know that Jeanne would love this one!) 

    And we know how much you love velour, so just wait until you wrap your arms around our new snowflake top in November – your children, grandchildren and even your husband will be wrapping their arms around you in this one!!

    Calling all animal lovers! If you love cats and dogs, you are going to love, love, love our zip cardigan design in November!! Once you’ve decided if you want the doggie one or the kitty one, the only other decision will be where you’re going to wear this one first!!!! Are you a cat lover or a dog lover???

    And if you loved the animal designs for November, you are going to love, love, love the new Cat’s Meow Keyhole top our Design Team is bringing you in December. Not only does this top have an adorable kitty on it but also one of Jeanne Bice’s favorite design elements – butterflies!!!

    And take a look at what else we’re bringing you in December – this beautiful and feminine top featuring one of my favorite flowers – The Lily of the Valley. Did you know that the Lily of the Valley signifies the return of happiness?? I think one of the reasons I love this particular flower so much is because it was featured in Kate Middleton’s bridal bouquet when she married Prince William last year. I’m wondering if our Design Team took inspiration for this top from that wedding!

    So what do you think ladies??? Aren’t these GREAT upcoming new items?! Which one is your favorite? Let me know online during the show – and I’ll read out some of your replies!

    I also want to know which of your DreamJeannes you’ll be wearing with these tops! Click here to see our DreamJeannes collection!

    And if you haven’t done so in the past, please go to www.quackerfactory.com and sign up to be notified when the above designs are available to add to your Quacker collection and when they will be on air!

    Okay, everyone,join me online right here on our Quacker Factory blog on Monday, July 15th during our 3 – 4 PM ET show and let me know which designs above are your favorite! I’ll be chatting with you live throughout the show, and I’ll make sure to read some of your responses out!

    Keep On Quacking!!!

    -Patrick

     

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  • 07/12/13--12:56: Fashion Now & Later Event!
  • Click here to shop the looks above!

    As much as I love the summer sunshine, I have to admit I have been yearning for fall! But who says you can't have the best of both worlds!

    Many of my pieces are designed to have year round wearability. With the help of a few accessories and matching tips, summer pieces can easily be transitioned from those hot summer days to chilly fall evenings with just a few minor adjustments.

    For summer, I tend to style my tops with light and bright colors on the bottom, such as whites, lighter neutral tones and saturated breezy colors. When fall approaches, I opt for darker bottoms with warm colors mixed with jewel tones. It's amazing how much color can really set the mood for an outfit. While shrugs and cardigan sets work seamlessly through the seasons, it's always fun to layer those flowy summer pieces and swap sandals for boots to create a fun fall look!

    QVC's Fashion Now & Later event on Monday, July 15th will be full of pieces that transition beautifully to the upcoming cooler weather. I hope you enjoy!

    Click here to shop the Fashion Now & Later event preview!

    Do you have any SG pieces that you wear all year long? I love hearing from you!

    I hope you can join me Sunday, July 14th at 3pm and 10pm ET and Monday, July 15th at 1pm ET for more transitional pieces you will love!

    xoxo,

    Susan


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    Hi Kids! Did everyone have a fabulous 4th of July? Summer is seriously in full swing, but you know me, I'm already begging for cooler weather! The good news about Fall not being too far off is that you don't have to put away those gorgeous IML! pieces you've been ordering all summer! Monday is such a fun day at the Q – it's our Fashion Now & Later event which means I'll be sharing all my favorite ways to transition your summer clothes into the next season. It's GENIUS. You know I'm obsessed with layering and showing you how to wear my clothes a million ways. I design classic pieces for you, but that doesn't mean you always have to wear them in the classic, traditional, or expected way (or even the right season!). That's what keeps fashion fun, darlings. Some of the best pieces I have for you to transition into fall are my scarves, tunics, and and denim – our new 24/7 line is gorgeous and you need at least five pairs, seriously – ESPECIALLY going into fall! 

    Items shown above left:

    • A216057 - Henley Tunic
    • A233502 - Leather Thong Sandal
    • A234069 - Floral Scarf
    • A223819 - Stretch Cropped Pull-on Pants
    • J277668 - Leather Strap Watch
    • A233602 - Sunglasses
    • A233085 - Floral Canvas Tote

    Items shown above right:

    • A216057 - Henley Tunic
    • A230539 - Trench Coat
    • A233604 - Sunglasses
    • A233221 - Pebble Leather Flap Crossbody
    • A233217 - Marilyn Slim Boot Cut Denim Jeans
    • A229568 - Python Embossed Leather Moccasins

    In the summer, maybe you're using one my new floral scarves as a little wrap on a chilly evening or carrying it to the movie theater, but heading into fall, wrap it up under your favorite trench  (maybe even my floral embroidered trench – just sayin') and you look like perfection. 

    A look I'm just mad for in the summer is a tunic over a pair of cropped leggings, with a little sandal. What about swapping out the leggings for jeans and throwing on an easy (but GORGEOUS) cardigan? Just like that, you're in fall. Especially if you add a little driving moc – heaven.

    Of course all of my accessories – especially my Bridgehampton bags – transition seamlessly into Fall. I'm just saying that there's a very SPECIAL bag I have coming up at the end of the month is INSANE. But I'll save that for another day!

    Alright cuties, that's all for now. See you on the air on Monday – lots of fun with Shawnie Sue and some AMAZING must-haves to share with you!

    -Isaac


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  • 07/12/13--13:06: TQIF with Snapple K-Cups!
  • Ice cold drinks from your Keurig this summer?  That's right, and now you can have your favorite Snapple drink, too!  I just drank a Snapple ice tea on my way to work this morning, so I snapped some photos of it brewing in my kitchen. It tastes just like the Snapple you buy in bottles!!  I kid you not!  Just brew it over a glass of ice, and it tastes rich and refreshing, and I love it! 

    With TQIF all summer, 'thank Q it's Friday', all of our drink makers are on easy pay Friday-Sunday each weekend. So get a Keurig and some Snapple K-cups, and sip the summer away. I'm doing the same! Enjoy!

    Blessings, MB :)

    The new k-cups from Snapple come in a new pack from Keurig. Click here.


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    Hello, foodies…
     
    Are you still screaming for ice cream? GOOD! We’re only halfway through our In the Kitchen with David National Ice Cream month celebration and we’ve got some terrific frozen treats headed your way.
     
    I’m so glad you all enjoyed Wednesday’s sugar- and dairy-free sorbet. I know you’ve heard me say this before, but we really do listen to your comments and feedback and try to incorporate all of your wishes into our recipes. So along the lines of gluten-, dairy-, and sugar-free requests, I know lots of you have put a vote in for some healthy recipes, which brings me to Sunday’s treat: Summer Melon Granita with Fresh Mint!
     
    Summer Melon Granita
     
    Summer Melon Granita with Fresh Mint
     
    This recipe is prepared with Vitamix Creations Elite 48-oz 12-in-1 Variable Speed Blender (K37187).
     
    Go to David's Recipe Item Page for the full list of items that David has used in his recipes.
     
    Ingredients:
     
    •    1/2 cup sugar
    •    1-1/2 cups water
    •    24 mint leaves
    •    8 oz honeydew, chopped
    •    8 oz cantaloupe, chopped
    •    1 tsp lemon juice
    •    1/8 tsp salt
    •    Mint sprigs for garnish
     
    Directions:
     
    1.    Combine the sugar, water, and mint leaves into a medium pot. Boil the mixture for 4 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool. Remove the mint leaves and discard them.
     
    2.    Using a large blender, combine the honeydew, cantaloupe, lemon juice, salt, and cooled sugar-water mixture; blend until completely smooth. Pour the mixture into an airtight container and chill for 3 hours.
     
    3.    After the 3 hours have passed, stir the honeydew mixture well and pour it into a 9" x 13" baking pan. Freeze the mixture for 5–6 hours. Use a fork to scrap through the mixture every 30 minutes for the first 3 hours (to separate the crystals.) Serve in a chilled glass and decorate with mint sprigs.
     
    How’s that for healthy…and delicious! Think of all the vitamin C and potassium you’re getting from the melons. And did you know mint leaves contain fiber, carotenes, and vitamin C? You can always use honey or another sweetener for the sugar, but be aware your freezing times may change, depending on what you use. If you prefer to omit the sugar entirely, feel free. If you pick melons that are fragrant and give just a bit when squeezed, you probably got the sweetest in the bunch and you won’t miss any added sweetener.
     
    Ready for today’s blog question? Let’s do a poll today, foodies, and let’s see how many responses we can get to this question: What’s your favorite summer melon: cantaloupe, honeydew, or watermelon. I think watermelon might be my personal favorite…but cantaloupe reminds me so much of my grandmother. She used to put salt on her melon to bring out the flavor! Don’t miss the show this Sunday at Noon ET…we’re announcing the winner of our Foodie Road Trip!
     
    Keep it flavorful!
    —David
     
    P.S. It’s Customer Favorites Weekend on QVC! And speaking of favorites, so many of you own and love--or are thinking of buying--a Masterbuilt Smoker. In fact, every time we have it on air, it dominates our chat! And, questions about how to clean the smoker always seem to come up. Well Jacki our Studio Coordinator (who also helps out with the chat) compiled your questions and sent them to John McLemore for his advice. Here’s what he said:
     
    Foodie Chatter Gloria M.: What is the best way to clean your smoker?
    JM:  After each use, we recommend wiping down the inner walls with a damp, soft sponge (not soaking wet). Remove any large food particles from the bottom of the smoker. The racks and pans are dishwasher safe. Don't use chemical cleaners in your smoker. A good natural cleaner is a 50/50 mixture of hot water and apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle.
     
    Foodie Chatter Anita H.: I watch the presentation, think I’d like a smoker, but I wonder how difficult it is to clean. Can anyone tell me?
    JM: If you wrap the water bowl and drip pan in heavy-duty aluminum foil before each use, cleanup can be fast and easy. If your model has a drip pan, make sure you poke a hole through the foil in the area of the drain hole.  
     
    Additional thoughts from John: Always remember, your smoker is an electric appliance, so it should not be left out in the elements. Protect it with a cover and store under a covered area. To prolong the life of your smoker, clean it after every use

    Thanks, Jacki, and thank you, John!


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  • 07/12/13--14:25: So Long, Anil!
  • Mine is the face you see on AM Style on Saturday mornings, but “it takes a village” to make our show! I am fortunate to work with a dedicated and talented group of people who help make my job easier and infinitely, more fun.

    If you watch AM Style on a regular basis, you’ve likely heard me refer to, and mention the name, Anil. She’s been the Fashion Stylist for the show for ... well ... many years and I ADORE her!!!

    When you see the models put together head-to-toe in perfectly coordinated looks, that doesn’t just happen by accident. It’s the job of the stylist -- it’s Anil. There’s not a week that goes by that I don’t hear from viewers who want the exact outfits Anil has created for our models.

    Anil has helped me tremendously, by encouraging me to try colors and styles that I would never have considered on my own. And in turn, that allowed me to have more varied fashion information to share with you. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

    Thinking about that is bittersweet, because Anil is leaving our “village”. She and her husband have a fantastic opportunity and are moving to Texas. I know she’ll be happy, and fashion will continue on AM Style. But it won’t be quite the same.

    So thank you Anil, for sharing your talents and your friendship with me and so many others. I wish you all the best! We wish you all the best!

    "See" you Saturday!

    Leah


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