Blog Posts by Jerilyn Schippers

  • Cardonoajw2953@yahoo.Com

    Actress and philanthropist Olivia Wilde has a reputation for helping people in need and giving back to less fortunate communities, particularly in Haiti. This year, the A-lister wanted to further her contributions to Haiti by co-designing a limited-edition bag for charity with her partner-in-good Barbara Burchfield and our very own Accessories Director, Mollie Culligan.


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    "I thought, what company could create something with us that would really be able to have that same feeling of something loved and worn and beautiful and organic and Alternative was just the perfect and obvious fit," says Olivia. Both Olivia and Barbara wanted to collaborate on a cross-body to backpack convertible bag that resembled Olivia's own "Haiti Bag" which she had carried on many of her countless trips there.

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    The Message Bag is a unisex style crafted from vintage army canvas, pebbled leather and accents of antique brass hardware. Wearers will find an added bonus on the inside of the bag as they open up Read More »from Cardonoajw2953@yahoo.Com
  • Broccoli Cheese Casserole

    Broccoli Cheese Casserole

    Oh la la. This is not your grandma's broccoli cheese casserole. Ever since Christopher Kimball challenged people to Google broccoli casserole, insisting they would be disappointed with what they found, I've been meaning to post a killer broccoli casserole. And dear readers, this is it. The ingredients? Broccoli of course, then bacon, flour, milk, cream, eggs, cheddar cheese, a little Dijon, salt, and lots of freshly cracked black pepper. The tricks are to pre-cook the broccoli florets a bit so they cook up tender in the casserole, use bacon because bacon makes everything taste better, and spice it up with black pepper. Just simple freshly cracked black pepper. Use as much as you can stand; it will make your broccoli casserole sing.

    Many thanks to the new love of my culinary life, Dorie Greenspan, who provided the inspiration and basic structure for this recipe with a fabulous cauliflower gratin in her cookbook Around My French Table (hint, buy this book for yourself and all

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