Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Betsey Johnson!

New York designer Betsey Johnson has built her long-standing career in fashion by following her own set of rules. Known for her celebration of the exuberant, the embellished, and the over the top, Betsey has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960’s. Her commitment to remain true to her one-of-a-kind vision has afforded her continued success in an industry known for its fickleness.

Betsey's style isn't really my style, but that doesn't mean I don't love her style! I love her energy...her zest for life...her young at heart attitude. I love the dreadlocks. I love that she does cartwheels down the runway after her fashion shows...and she's in her sixties!

Check out Betsey's website: www.betseyjohnson.com

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Planet Carol Does Dallas!

Goodbye Nashville, Hello Dallas! Planet Carol is embarking on a new adventure. I'll miss all of my great friends in Nashville. It's been fun...love you guys! Talk to you soon...

Food+Clothing+Shelter will continue on from the "Big D." I love to explore...meet people, and discover great new places to see art, hear music, shop, and enjoy local cuisine. Dallas is a BIG city...in a BIG state. There's a lot to see. I'll let you know what I find!

Monday, July 5, 2010


I am obsessed with moles sauces, and determined that one day, before I die, I will find the perfect recipe for mole...and I will make it!

Moles are the great sauces of Mexico, richly spiced and complex. The misinformed refer to mole (pronounced MOH-lay) as "that Mexican chocolate sauce." Although chocolate is indeed an ingredient in some moles - if cooked properly, only a mysterious hint remains when the sauce is served over turkey, chicken, seafood, pork or roasted vegetables such as potatoes.

Mole can be best defined as a thick, homogeneous sauce with complex flavors. This distinguishes it from most Mexican salsas which have a thinner consistency, are often raw, and contain fewer ingredients (usually nothing more than tomato, onion, garlic and chili pepper) in still-identifiable chunks.

The most common way to consume mole is over chicken, but at least one legend indicates that the sauce was traditionally served with turkey. Turkey predates the introduction of chicken to Mexico by the Spanish and so turkey is the meat of choice in restaurants that specialize in pre-Hispanic cooking. Other kinds of meat may also be served with mole sauce. Another preparation, more common in restaurants, is enmoladas (corn tortillas wrapped around chicken, cheese or some other simple filling) baked in mole sauce.

Because of the labor-intensive nature of mole, when prepared at home it is most often made in large batches on special occasions, such as religious holidays, birthdays or weddings.

The most popular kinds come from the Mexican states of Puebla and Oaxaca, and there is an annual national competition in the town of San Pedro Atocpan in the Milpa Alta borough of Mexico's Federal District, on the southern outskirts of Mexico City. Oaxaca has been nicknamed the "Land of the Seven Moles."

In Guatemala, "mole" refers to a dessert composed of fried or boiled chunks of plantain in a chocolate/spice sauce, sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!

Regardless of our political beliefs, today is the day to celebrate the fact that we have the right to have political beliefs, and the freedom to express them. So, to everyone on the left, everyone on the right, and everyone in between...let's come together with the spirit of love, understanding, open-mindedness, and respect. And, let's all party together! Lighten up and just go with it...be an unabashed America lover...have a picnic...eat a hot dog, and apple pie with homemade ice cream...drink lemonade...kiss a baby...go to the lake...run through the grass barefoot with sparklers in both hands...ohh and ahh over the fireworks! And be thankful that we live in such a beautiful, diverse, fascinating, and free country. Happy Birthday America...we love you! And Happy Birthday Susan...have a great day!