Category Archives: Recipes

Cheesecake Factory Bakery is Now Open!

The most talked about feature of our new Audi Wichita facility is our exclusive, licensed, Cheesecake Factory Bakery, located on the Club Level.  Here you will find all of your favorite Cheesecake Factory treats from whole cheesecakes, cheesecake by the slice, to cheesecake bites.

Cheesecake BitesStrawberry CheesecakeChoco CheeseTriple Vanilla

If you need something special to “WOW” your guests at your next dinner party, let us assist!  If you need a special treat to reward your office, we can help!  If you want to take your next Holiday gathering to the next level, we are there for you!

And do we have your favorite flavors? Of course we do!  Here is what we currently have in stock:

Original Cheesecake

Italian Creme Torte

Key Lime Pie

White Chocolate Raspberry

Triple Vanilla

Tuxedo Mousse

Wild Strawberries & Cream

Crazy Red Velvet

GODIVA® Double Chocolate

Upon request, we may even be able to special order in a flavor we do not stock.

Stop by Audi Wichita and see for yourself! You might even get a complimentary sample!

Travel Review – Carlsbad, CA

While visiting San Diego and Carlsbad, California for my Nephew’s wedding on the beach, I decided to stay a few days extra and experience a different side of California.


As my previous visits to California have been to Los Angeles / Hollywood, I was pleasantly surprised to find the “laid back” California lifestyle that is portrayed so often in film and television.  From the Farmers Market (more on this later) to the various beaches, we were so enchanted, we wanted to stay there and send for the the rest of the family.  The shear volume of walkers, joggers, and bike riders on an early Saturday morning was astounding.  Nearly every cafe and coffee shop had people sitting and standing and taking in the fresh air and views.

The wedding site was on the South Ponto Beach, 20130413_160631an area with powdery sand and tall cliffs.  My daughters loved climbing the sandy trails to explore the areas carved out by the wind.  The plants and animal life were abundant, and varied.20130412_153253 20130412_155845

The ocean was fairly calm the time we spent there, at both high and low tides, with waves barely breaking the 4 foot high mark.  The water was too cool to venture very far out without a wet suit.  The surfers did not seem to mind and we often saw surf lessons being administered by some of the local surf shops.


And now for my favorite part – the food.  The availability of fresh produce virtually every day helped us to make good use of the full kitchen we had at our condo at the Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Spa20130413_073304We ate all but the wedding reception meal in our room, using fruits and vegetables from the local Farmer’s Market.

One morning, I made a variety of the skillet eggs recipe20130414_090722we blogged about several months ago with fresh asparagus, spinach, mushrooms, potatoes, sausage and eggs.

Another day for lunch, we blackened some fresh tilapia 20130414_145019on wheat toast with spinach and smoked provolone.

The highlight of one of our dinners was the carrots I had purchased earlier that day from the Farmer’s Market in the Carlsbad Village Shopping Center.  My daughter asked if I had put butter on the carrots, and I had the joy of explaining that when carrots are pulled from the ground when they are at their peak of ripeness, they naturally have a buttery flavor and that I had not even seasoned them.

The favorite part for me was the sweet fresh strawberries we picked up from the Carlsbad Strawberry company.  While we could have picked our own berries, we opted for the already picked.  After we devoured all three quarts in an afternoon, we ended up driving back to pick up another sleeve of 3 quarts for the evening and the next day.  Nothing in the world compares to a massive strawberry, picked in the early morning, bursting with sweetness.  I can only imagine hitting the Powerball as being sweeter than that.

Now about our condo…..amazing.  20130414_075622Two showers, one bedroom, and a fold out king were more than ample for my two daughters and me.  Flat screen TV, two sinks, and a lanai made for plenty of entertainment options for me while my daughters were getting ready for the day.

The resort had two pool areas, one exclusively for adults, and another geared towards the kids.  The hot tub was a welcome relief after long days of shopping and playing on the beach.  In fact, it was also good after a 3 mile run to the beach and back.  And after breakfast.  And after lunch.  We liked the hot tub, can you tell?

All in all, from the Outlet Mall to the Forum (think “Bradley Fair” with palm trees), we had a great time at the shopping venues.  In fact, the order taker at the Starbucks at the Outlet Mall knew our order by heart by the third day.  Great service.  I wish he lived in Wichita so I could hire him for a secret project at the new Mercedes-Benz building.  Or an Airport Shuttle Driver.

I am looking forward to going back to Carlsbad soon and taking the rest of the family.  definitely worth the time and money to go back.

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Recipe – Easy Salmon Dip

1 Package – Cream Cheese (fat free or regular)

1 pound Salmon

Liquid Smoke

Spices to taste

In a non-stick skillet, cook the salmon and Liquid Smoke to fully cooked.  Set aside to cool (or place in the freezer to speed up the process). In a large bowl, whip cream cheese (or use a hand mixer) until smooth.  Add spices to taste (a good southwest spice works well) and the cooled salmon.  Mix until completely combined and there are no large chunks of salmon (larger than 1/4 inch) remaining.

Serve with Triscuits or any other firm cracker.  Also good as a spread on a breakfast burritos!

Recipe – Amazing Skillet Eggs

List of Ingredients

2-3 tbs Olive Oil (or Butter or a mixture of both)

Half of a medium sized onion

Half of a green or red pepper

3-4 medium potatoes, peeled or mostly peeled

Crushed garlic to taste

6 oz frozen corn thawed (or fresh!)

16 oz turkey sausage (in bite sized cubes)

4-6 oz grated cheese

4-6 large eggs

Salt and Pepper to taste

Over medium high heat (7-8 on most stoves), dice the onion and sauté in the oil/butter mixture. Chop the pepper into 1 inch slivers. Add to the skillet. Cut potatoes into ¾ inch pieces and add to the skillet, tossing often to mix and combine. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste. When the potatoes are nearly soft, add the thawed corn and the sausage. Toss to mix and combine.  Turn the heat to low (2-3 on most stoves).  Using the spatula, softly press down the mixture and even it out. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top.  Crack the eggs on top of the cheese, salt and pepper to taste.  Cover the skillet with a lid (glass preferred).  After the eggs have poached on top of the mixture, the scoop each egg out with the mixture below onto a plate to serve.

My wife likes her eggs firm, but I like mine gooey or like an over easy egg.  Simply slide the skillet to one side so that the effect can be achieved in the same skillet.

Optional ideas…..try adding 8 oz of diced mushrooms.  Or a thin layer of salsa before the cheese is added.  Add asparagus or broccoli to the mixture as well.  Or use peas instead of corn. This recipe is a blank canvas and can be tried many different ways.

Mocha Protein Smoothie

A favorite for me in the morning when I think I deserve a treat without busting the healthy lifestyle I am choosing for myself…

16 OZ – crushed ice

Two Scoops – vanilla protein powder

2 – tablespoons instant coffee

1 – tablespoon instant sugar free Cappuccino powder

1/2 – tablespoon cocoa powder

12 oz – water (or mix it with Almond Silk)

1-2 oz – sugar free caramel syrup

Mix everything in a blender (my Ninja works great!) and blend until smooth….

Enjoy!  Makes about 33 oz total…


Special Events – Coffee, Cars and Omelettes

Our next “Coffee and Cars” event will be on Saturday, March 9th from 9 am to 4 pm.  During the morning time, we will have a professional chef making made-to-order omelettes for you!  Just step right up to the cooking station and tell him what you would like, and he will make it for you.

We will also have pastries and fresh fruit as well as gourmet coffee.

Click here to RSVP and to set up your VIP test drive!

Recipes – Power Smoothie

Vanilla Protein Powder (enough for a 16 to 20 oz drink)

¼ lb frozen strawberries

¼ lb frozen peaches

1 fresh banana

16 oz Monster Zero (original or the orange flavor)

1 teaspoon of instant green tea powder

Blend together in a blender until smooth.  Makes about 30 oz….

Recipe – Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips

  • 2 kiwis, peeled and diced
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples – peeled, cored and diced
  • 8 ounces raspberries
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fruit preserves, any flavor
  • 10 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • butter flavored cooking spray
  • 2 cups cinnamon sugar
  • Directions

    1. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix kiwis, Golden Delicious apples, raspberries, strawberries, white sugar, brown sugar and fruit preserves. Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 15 minutes.
    2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    3. Coat one side of each flour tortilla with butter flavored cooking spray. Cut into wedges and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle wedges with desired amount of cinnamon sugar. Spray again with cooking spray.
    4. Bake in the preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes. Repeat with any remaining tortilla wedges. Allow to cool approximately 15 minutes. Serve with chilled fruit mixture.

    Recipe – Taco Poppers

    1 – Bag of Tostito’s Scoops

    1- Pound of Ground Meat (Turkey works GREAT!)

    1 – Package of Taco Seasoning

    1 – Cup diced onions

    1 – Cup shredded lettuce

    1 – 12 oz pkg frozen corn

    1 – 8 oz package of cheese

    Hot Sauce to taste

    Prepare ground meat and onions according to Taco Seasoning instructions.  While the ground meat is simmering, arrange Scoops in a single layer in a baking dish or tray.  After meat is cooked, layer the Taco Poppers as follows starting with the bottom and working up:

    Corn, Meat/onions, lettuce, cheese, and hot sauce (if wanted).

    We use these as appetizers or make a double batch for use as a main course.  My kids love to make these since we let them help make them!

    Recipe – Easy Smoked Salmon Dip

    1 lb. salmon (4 4 oz filets)

    3 tbsp. Liquid Smoked

    1/2 lb. cream cheese

    2 tbsp. sour cream

    1 tbsp. minced garlic

    juice of 1 lemon

    1 tsp. Tabasco or Hot Sauce

    1/2 tsp. pepper

    1/2 tsp. thyme

    1/4 tsp. dill

    1/2 tsp. paprika

    Put thawed salmon filets into a zip bag with the Liquid Smoke.  Turn several times.  Set on counter.

    In large mixing bowl, combine all remaining ingredients until well blended.

    In non stick skillet, saute filets until done.  No need to worry if they are pretty or not, as you are about to mash them.  In a seperate bowl, mash salmon with a fork until it no longer resembles a salmon filet.  Let cool a few minutes and pour salmon into first mixing bowl.  Combine all ingredients well.  Serve with Triscuits or other sturdy crackers.  Enjoy!

    Variations include more hot sauce or using different herbs.

    Recipe by Dan Watkins, CCC Manager