Alaskatarian: Dancing for Our Supper

The Ant and the Grasshopper

First published in The Cordova Times, 9/28/2012


We have a tough job here in the North during summer. It’s like we have to play both sides of Aesop’s fable of the grasshopper and the ant: we must play while the sun shines AND save enough food for winter. With a summer like . . . → Read More: Alaskatarian: Dancing for Our Supper

In the Kitchen with Marge – Creamy Truffled Polenta Recipe

Photo by Diane Jeantet for The Cordova Times

First published in The Cordova Times, 9/14/2012

Nine in the morning came a bit early last Thursday. It was chilly and overcast on my walk down Lake Avenue, but when I arrived at The Little Chapel kitchen I was greeted warmly by our visiting chefs, Marge Perry and David . . . → Read More: In the Kitchen with Marge – Creamy Truffled Polenta Recipe

A Slice of August

First published in The Cordova Times, 8/31/2012

A couple of weeks ago, I took the kids on our our first pilgrimage “down south” since 2010 to my family’s tiny cottage in Northern Wisconsin. People from my dad’s side of the family have been spending the summer in those woods on Lac Courte Oreilles for a century. I . . . → Read More: A Slice of August


If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you might have noticed that for the most part, my recipes are vegetarian, and often vegan. I stopped eating meat in 1996, and I was vegan for several years. I worked as a vegan chef in North Carolina, I was the nutrition editor of a vegan magazine . . . → Read More: Alaskatarian

The Birth of a Cocktail (with recipe, of course!)


Somehow over the course of a couple of days, we got from this:

To this:

Well… I blame Rebecca, who said this:

See… On Sunday, my birthday, the kids presented me with a homemade marshmallow “shooter.” They made some for themselves too. After the kids went to bed, we adults tried them out. I have to admit they are . . . → Read More: The Birth of a Cocktail (with recipe, of course!)

Gifts of Food: A recipe for Candied Pecans

I really wish December was two months long. Right now I’m on a break between semesters (which reminds me… I’ve got to go register for spring!). So I’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit, with Christmas crocheting and knitting and general crafty fun.

Today, I dropped everything to make some treats. I have a couple of gifts . . . → Read More: Gifts of Food: A recipe for Candied Pecans

Cinnamon-Crusted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

On Wednesday night we had our annual pumpkin carving party. We’ve been hosting one each year since we moved away from Seattle where our friends Van and Tracy always had a great party. James has adopted Van’s recipe for Hot-Buttered Rum. This year, the party almost didn’t happen because we’ve had a shortage of pumpkins! Getting . . . → Read More: Cinnamon-Crusted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Berry Sweet Rolls (A recipe)

I’ve now been in Cordova for a little over a year, and I’m enjoying being able to attend some favorite events from last year for the second time. Tonight was the Copper River Watershed Project’s Berry Festival. It’s a pot-luck dinner where everyone brings berry-themed appetizers, drinks, salads, entrées,  and of course, desserts in order to . . . → Read More: Berry Sweet Rolls (A recipe)

Selma’s Tummy Treat Gingerbread Recipe

Selma was home from school today recovering from a stomach bug, and by evening she was feeling better and looking for something yummy to eat that wouldn’t be to hard to digest. She requested gingerbread, and this is what I came up with after reading quite a few recipes (looking for one that used only ingredients . . . → Read More: Selma’s Tummy Treat Gingerbread Recipe

Boston Cream Pie Recipe

As promised, here’s the Boston Cream Pie. This recipe is an adaptation and amalgam of a few different recipes. I was working on a New-England themed meal, and got the idea for Boston Cream Pie–but I don’t really like conventional Boston Cream Pie–it’s heavy and isn’t chocolaty enough for my tastes. So this is a chocolate . . . → Read More: Boston Cream Pie Recipe

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