Apricot Yogurt Popsicles

Happy Summer Solstice! My nirvana from the upcoming soaring temperatures will be a brain freeze. The right tool to facilitate the rise into that realm will be Apricot Yogurt Popsicles. They’re refreshingly too cool. Plan to tell family, friends, and co-workers they’re completely healthy to prevent sharing these lovely pops. After all, such people who think fresh food from scratch is a waste of time shouldn’t be appeased. Let them be happy with a two-dollar hamburger. Read more

Spiced Plum Sorbet
Spiced Plum Sorbet

What book makes you to cry? I know of three. The first two are by Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Dave Eggers’ What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng, is the third book. The stories center around unstable governments, conflicting religious beliefs, wars and family grief. All of the books are emotional. Particularly, when reading the first chapters about families who were living in peace with their daily routines and yearly cultural celebrations. Then the next chapters proceed to tell of tragedy, grief and lost. They end with the characters adapting to new lives, while living with vivid memories of their past. I once was reading one of Hosseini’s books in the middle of rush hour on the 4 train with tears welling up in my eyes. These books are page-turners. Eggers story is a true autobiography about one of Sudan’s Lost Boys. The other two have fictional characters, in which the stories are based on true events. All of the books capture a certain awareness about life. They’re reminders of what’s truly important in our so-called busy schedules: family and friends. Read more