Balsamic vinegar adds sweet, tangy flavors

Traditional balsamic vinegars are made from a pure and unfermented reduced grape must and aged for several years in a series of wooden barrels. Balsamic’s… Continue reading

Start summer with a taste of seafood

It’s “sun-officially” summer. The rivers on the lower Kenai Peninsula are open for salmon fishing and we enjoyed a blue sky and sunny Memorial Day… Continue reading

Spring means rhubarb time

Where is the sunshine and warmer weather? The song birds and cranes got the memo to return, but maybe Mother Nature didn’t copy the sunshine… Continue reading

Lemon and Italy

I recently returned from visiting a different part of the world that was beautiful, green, peaceful, interesting, very old and idyllic. Each morning I would… Continue reading

Biscuits are always yummy

One evening this winter I made a yummy moose stew and was thinking how nice it would be to serve it with a good piece… Continue reading

Spring is salmon time

I know spring is here when the Winter King Salmon Tournament is held. My friends Charlie Edwards and Danny Donich were the fortunate skilled fishermen… Continue reading

Looking forward to spring and fresh fish

It’s March — lots more daylight and sunshine! Easter is coming. The promise of crocus, daffodils and tulips poking themselves up from their winter beds… Continue reading

Spicy soup and muffins will cheer you up during flu season

The influenza bug hit the Other fisherman and I hard this last week. I don’t think I have ever spent so many days feeling like… Continue reading

Happy Endings

My first taste of really good Asian food was many years ago in Anchorage at a wonderful restaurant called the Tea Leaf, that unfortunately is… Continue reading

Try special treats for someone sweet

Treat those you love this Valentine’s Day with a special sweet. I don’t believe one needs a specific reason to indulge in a decadent dessert.… Continue reading

Bring out the grill with warm weather

The unseasonably spring-like weather we’ve been experiencing has me on the party deck doing some grilling. If this mild winter continues, I’ll be firing up… Continue reading

Winter is the perfect time for comfort food

I am hunkered into domestic life, as my job is seasonal and I am off during the winter months. I know that may seem a… Continue reading

Time for a little pizazz in New Year

Happy New Year! A clean slate, endless possibilities, each day an opportunity to enjoy a new adventure. What are you thinking about resolutions? I am… Continue reading

Sourdough is the magic ingredient for Alaska cooking

I cannot write about Alaskan cooking and eating without mentioning sourdough, a magical ingredient that contributes leavening power, taste, nutrition and Alaskan tradition in liquid… Continue reading

Wedding gift inspired cooking passion

The Other Fisherman and I will be celebrating 40 years of marriage this week. We moved to California right after we married. Shortly thereafter, Mom… Continue reading

Sweet Treats For the Holidays

The Other Fisherman has expressed his unhappiness over the lack of Christmas cookies in our house. He loves his holiday treats more than anything. I… Continue reading

Grummy’s cookies bring back holiday memories

The Below kids and the Hahn kids were the best of pals growing up. Our families were special friends, as close as family, but with… Continue reading

Try spaghetti for a change from turkey leftovers

Over the last week, I bet you gorged on plenty of turkey dinner leftovers. Myself, I feel like a butterball. All good things must come… Continue reading

Don’t panic with Thanksgiving prep

I hope your Thanksgiving dinner is the best ever. The recent snowfall has made for a scenic drive over the river and through the woods… Continue reading

Cook ahead for Thanksgiving with salads

When I was a little girl growing up in Wisconsin, our family enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with our grandparents. Both my grandmas were excellent cooks. Now… Continue reading