cre8tive kitchen – Pear and Sausage Asian Salad


Pear and Sausage Asian Salad
Pear and Sausage Asian Salad


12 OZ Pre-cooked Chicken Apple Sausage, cut diagonally

6 OZ Baby Spinach

2 Large Pears (Asian, preferably), cored and sliced thin

1/2 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice

2 TBSP Sesame Seeds

1 TSP Soy Sauce

1 TSP Dijon Mustard

1/2 TSP Sesame Oil


Toast the sesame seeds in a 12″ skillet over high heat for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.

Place 1 TBSP of the oil in the skillet with the sausages and cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Turn off heat to cool when done.

While the sausage is cooking, whisk the lemon juice, mustard, soy sauce, and sesame oil until mixed. Then slowly mix in the remaining olive oil. Whisk together until thickened.

In a large bowl, toss the spinach, pears, and sausage. Add dressing slowly to taste while mixing. Plate the salad, sprinkle sesame seeds and serve.

Bon Appetit!



future cre8tors – “Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline”


This week (Sep7-13, 2014) is Arts in Education week in California. In celebration of that, I’m sharing this article, written earlier this year for The New York Times by Laura Pappano.

In it, she covers students presenting projects for “Introduction To Creative Studies” taught by professor Cyndi Burnett.

While critical thinking has long been treasured by employers as a desirable trait, creativity has come into its own as well. An IBM study, conducted in 2010, of global CEO’s ranked creativity as the factor most crucial for success. Now, classes are beginning to pop up in the nations universities to inspire, nurture, and teach creativity.

Of course, everyone has different but similar definitions for “creative” and some of the things mentioned in the article may not fit, depending upon your worldview of what is (and is not) creative; but it’s a great read on how our educators are grappling with a changing landscape.

To learn more about Arts in Education Week, visit the California Arts Council.

The Art and Science of Color

Hues, Tints, Tones, and Shades
Hues, Tints, Tones, and Shades

Quick share of a great article written by artist/designer Hash Ketchum on Snaggdit. While the specifics apply to working with pigment or inks, I find that many of the ideas translate into other areas of design. For example, when mentioning “simplicity”, he says to “carefully evaluate your color scheme if you go beyond three colors. Since we know that color conveys meaning, multiple colors could end up sending a confusing message to your audience”.

I find that to be true. Whenever my work starts feeling too busy, as if it’s losing focus, I begin whittling away. My medium is light, so that usually means pulling down (or out) specific fixtures or simplifying the color story. Once I do that, the image often quickly gains greater clarity.

You can read more of Hash’s thoughts on color in the full article.