Creamy Lemon Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust

Creamy Lemon Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust and Edible Flowers -

Today is my birthday and I’m serving up cheesecake.  Creamy Lemon Cheesecake with Vanilla Wafer Crust to be exact.  Gluten-free (or regular, as gluten vanilla wafers will work great too). When I was a kid I loved cheesecake.  It was not the type of dessert we’d ever have at home.  In fact I think I didn’t realize ‘real people’ could make cheesecake themselves until I was well into adulthood.  It just seemed to mysteriously get created at fancy restaurants.  I felt it was way too elegant and … CONTINUE READING

Smart Phone Shopping & Motorola Droid Turbo in Ballistic Gray Nylon

Single Lily by Marta Pawlik via Unsplash Stock Photography -

I remember the first mobile phone I ever had.  I was living in San Francisco at the time, commuting an hour each way to the high tech company where I worked down the peninsula.  It was a big, gray kludgey device with an antennae and no headset.  I was working with international teams so used my commute time to send and answer voicemails, and follow up on calls so I did not have to do them at home.  The phone was not ‘smart’ but still felt genius for allowing me to extend my work day en route … CONTINUE READING

Pad Thai Salad with Spiralized Green Papaya and Spicy Peanut Dressing

Pad Thai Salad with Spiralized Green Papaya and Spicy Peanut Dressing -

I have a favorite summer salad from Thailand which is a Spicy Green Papaya salad (Som Tum).  It’s refreshing with strings of green papaya, carrot, cherry tomatoes and a spicy light dressing.  I wrote about it when my blog is very new (along with a tale of chasing around Bangkok looking for a ‘perfect Buddha’ for a friend).  I would happily eat that salad all summer long but as I’ve seen green papaya lately at my favorite Asian grocery store, I decided there must be more I could do with it. I … CONTINUE READING

Grilled Chicken Thigh Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Grilled Chicken Thigh Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce -

We’ve had a break in our soggy spring weather and I’ve been firing up the grill daily.  Even to simply heat some sausages for dinner or fully cook up some vegetables, it just feels like summer when the grill is in heavy use, doesn’t it?  I’m determined to step up my grilling game this summer and share some delicious recipes with you in the process. One Asian dish I love is Satay (pronounced saw-tay).  If you aren’t familiar with satay it’s a thin strip of marinated meat (usually chicken or … CONTINUE READING

Peruvian Pisco Sour and ‘Latin Twist’ cocktail book

Peruvian Pisco Sour {Latin Twist - Hippocrene Books}.

Picture this: a steamy, hot, unhurried summer day, family and friends crowded lazily in your backyard sharing soulful spicy dishes and traditional Latin cocktails you’ve seen them drink for years.  The blistering day reluctantly gives way to dusk and then to the cool of a deep violet night.  Children play tag, their giggles trilling to the heavens.  Adults share stories, laughing together, ice clinking in glasses while wiping their beading foreheads; content to last long into the night, feeling … CONTINUE READING

Get Your Body Summer-Ready!

Get Your Body Summer Ready

It has arrived.  The gateway to summer has been crossed and now it’s time to get outside for fun in the sun and water.  Are YOU ready? In Colorado the seasonal shift is pretty digital.  Its winter then it’s summer without much in between.  That generally leaves me moving from jeans, sheepskin boots and down vests to a bathing suit at a Water Park.  Honestly, it can be a brutal wakeup call when donning the swim suit for the first outing of the summer. I’m a firm believer in not missing any … CONTINUE READING