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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipes from Jessica and Catherine: Roast Butternut Squash Soup and Cranberry Sauce

Dobbin wishes you, your friends and families a very Happy Thanksgiving! We wanted to share a couple of our favorite holiday recipes. Enjoy!

Cranberry Sauce

This is a modification of the recipe on the Ocean Spray package of fresh cranberries.

3/4 cup sugar 
1 cup orange juice
1 package of cranberries – picked over

Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil; reduce heat; boil gently for 10 minutes stirring gently. Refrigerate after it has cooled to room temperature, if you are storing/saving it.

Add a splash of Grand Marnier after you turn off the heat after finishing the boil. Stir in the liquor. (Brandy or whisky can be substituted.)

Roast Butternut Squash Soup

2 Butternut Squash (cut in half lengthwise, seeds scooped out)
2 tbsp Butter
1 Apple (peeled, cored and diced)
1 small Onion (diced)
8 Sage leaves
4 cups Chicken Stock / Broth
1 cup Water
1/3 cup Heavy Cream

Heat the oven to 425 degrees.  Melt 1 tbsp of butter, and brush it over the top / inside of the squash halves. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper.  Roast for 1 hour.

Melt the other 1 tbsp of butter in a large pot.  Saute the apple, onion and sage over medium heat, 8 minutes. Remove from heat.

When the squash is done, let cool, then scoop the insides out with a spoon, adding to the apple / onion mix.  Discard the squash skins.

Add the stock and water, and bring to a boil for 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat, add the cream, then salt and pepper to taste.

With an immersion blender, puree until smooth.  (Or use a regular blender, in batches, with the small cap removed from the blender lid.)

Monday, November 25, 2013

Detail Shot: Alexa Stretch Ponte Pant in Black, Holiday at Home vs. Happy Hour

The Alexa Ponte Pant may not be the most exciting looking item in our current collection but it's kind of a hidden gem-the kind of piece you put on and never want to take off. The Alexa is a true Dobbin - you can wear this pant dressed up to work, to cocktails, running errands on weekend, even as very luxe loungewear. 

Our original collection included a ponte pant - but we took that best-selling piece and pattern and updated it to look more modern and elongating, with a slimmer leg and leg opening, so you can wear them with tall boots, ankle booties, ballet flats, pointy pumps, anything. 

The fabric is our ever-popular washable Italian stretch ponte. Whether in black or gray (or both), we assure you you'll be as obsessed with these pants as quickly as any of their fans (who often come back and buy multiple pairs). For holiday, they're a perfect way to look polished and still feel really comfortable.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The List

  • Congratulations to Oprah and all of the female winners of this year's Medals of Honor featured in Forbes Woman
  • Really looking forward to seeing this documentary about three NYC tailors by a Fairchild Publications alum.
  • Caitlin Flemming shares another yummy seasonal recipe, this time for butternut squash soup in Sacramento Street.
  • Mark D. Sikes rounds up some beautiful shots of Jackie Kennedy.
  • A great look inside Peak of Chic's Jennifer Boles' Atlanta apartment in The New York Times.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Detail Shot: Simone Asymmetrical Neck Dress – Office Party vs. Black Tie Event

This season, we decided to test out a new woven stretch Italian suiting on a dress and jacket (the Natasha). We'd known for seasons that we wanted to try an asymmetrical neckline on a dress, and this beautiful fabric gave the opportunity.

The Simone Dress is, like all of our line, carefully designed to fit and flatter as many shapes and sizes as possible. Our pattern maker told us, when she took a look at the sketch, that this dress would be easy to create a pattern for, as she'd designed countless cap sleeves for red carpet gowns at previous companies, and was known as the "Queen of Cap Sleeves". 

She knew exactly how to create a neckline and cap sleeve that were sexy but still comfortable and didn't cut off the wearer's  arm at an unflattering point. We added a seamed waistband to draw attention to the waist. This dress fits somewhere in between a sheath and a slight a-line in the skirt. The aforementioned fabric is gorgeous, and feels amazing on(designers like Prada work with this mill).  It has a lot of stretch so is as comfortable as a knit.

We feel it's a dress that can be worn to the office, to a casual party and even to a black tie event. It looks great with a belt too. We've styled it below for an office holiday party and for a fancier event. 


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