Egg Salad with Pepper Relish from “The Great Pepper Cookbook”

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Fresh and dried peppers are essential ingredients the world over. Yet while growing up in the Midwest, I could remember only eating sweet bell peppers. This meant that I had a lot to learn about one of the most popular, unique and diverse foods on our planet. As luck would have it, I was invited to a special cookbook event at Melissa’s Produce to launch their latest cookbook “The Great Pepper Cookbook”. This was the perfect opportunity for me to begin exploring all these exciting flavors and have some fun! Continue Reading →

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Canines in Colombia – Romancing the Bone

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I didn’t set out to take photos of dogs in Colombia. It just happened…everywhere. These photos of dogs tell a story that my words cannot. So I will let them show you their tale.

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Ajiaco (Colombia Chicken & Potato Soup)

Ajiaco (Colombian Chicken & Potato Soup) She Paused 4 Thought

I thrive on culture shock – it engages my senses and is intensely stimulating. I love arriving in an unfamiliar country and experiencing the sites, the sounds, even the unusual odors! I long for days, even weeks, where life is in sharp contrast to my own. On the occasion of my trip to Colombia, my parents and eight other daring adventure seeking souls accompanied me. My parents inspired my love for travel -  naturally, they are one of my favorite companions.

Before I left, everyone I told questioned my judgment. I’m used to the reaction – it is the usual response I get for most of the places I have traveled. I don’t try to explain anymore. Instead, I offer this quote.

“Bizarre travel plans are dancing lessons from God” - Kurt Vonnegut  Continue Reading →

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Olympic Inspired Recipes


The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are in full swing and people all over the world like me are glued to our television set watching the festivities. There are 88 nations represented with 2,800 participants to compete in 98 events. People everywhere are eagerly watching the competitions and enjoying the festivities. Me too, one eye on the incredible athletes and the other on the food!


Working at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France

In the past, I had the privilege of doing graphic work for three different Olympics (France, Norway & Spain). The work was interesting and fun, but what I really enjoyed was the food. Imagine, food served to accommodate and appeal to every culinary taste! For instance… I could have eaten sushi for breakfast, green curry for lunch, followed by meat and cabbage pie for dinner. And then there was the pig snout salad that we were served in France that was suspiciously too pink. Normally I live for eating strange things but that morning I had to pass, which was probably my loss.

It’d be an understatement to say that my Olympic experiences sparked an interest in international food and broadened my appeal for the many exotic flavors of the world.

Here are a few recipes which represent some of the countries that are participating in this years’ games. Enjoy these, and a few fun Olympic facts from around the world.

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Flaxseed Cracker a.k.a. PMS cracker

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I discovered this recipe while on a quest to entertain for friends who are gluten-free, sugar-free & dairy-free. I was delighted to see my non-special needs guests gobbling down these crackers too, not knowing they were supposed to be anything other than tasty.

Fabulous Flax

Flaxseeds have been called the new wonder food as well as one of the most powerful plant foods on earth. Why all the fuss over this ancient seed? Continue Reading →

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