Anchorage Tastee Freez turns 60 on Saturday

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. Tastee Freez turns 60 this year, and the only franchise in Alaska is celebrating by offering ice cream cones at their original 1958 price: 15 cents. Customers are allowed as many vanilla or chocolate cones as they’d like on May 5, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The celebration will … Continue reading Anchorage Tastee Freez turns 60 on Saturday

College Cookbook: Sweet, sweet graduation

Originally published in The Northern Light. Celebrate your favorite graduate by making something sweet. This fun, sprinkle-smothered cake is rich chocolate with a cream cheese frosting. You’ll need two cake pans that are the same size. You can use either a box cake or a homemade cake recipe. For simplicity’s sake I used a box. … Continue reading College Cookbook: Sweet, sweet graduation

College Cookbook: Hot and sour soup

Originally published in The Northern Light.  It’s starting to feel like summer, but it’s still a little chilly outside. Warm yourself up with this quick and easy-to-make soup. It’s the perfect meal if you’re feeling under the weather, orif you’re just in the mood for a soup that isn’t everyday chicken noodle. I’ve made this … Continue reading College Cookbook: Hot and sour soup

College Cookbook: Easter bread

Originally published in The Northern Light. Some people have just recently celebrated Easter, but for many Alaskans who are Russian Orthodox, Easter comes on April 8. Since the 1700s, Russians have been intertwined with Alaskan culture. Since Russian America was established, missionaries made impressions on native people from all over the state. Many Russians immigrated … Continue reading College Cookbook: Easter bread

AK: The sweet traditions of Russian Orthodox Easter

Originally published on Alaska Public Media Scraping the sides of the bowl, Abby Slater is forming a dough of milk, sugar, yeast and flour. It’s Slater’s first time making Easter bread. She’s observed and helped her Aleut family make it many times before though. “My earliest memory of Easter bread was actually later in life … Continue reading AK: The sweet traditions of Russian Orthodox Easter

PROGRESS: Brewing Tourism in Alaska

Originally published in the Anchorage Press. As a lover of craft beer, Bryan Caenepeel decided in 2014 to capitalize on an industry that was just beginning to boom. In 2015, Alaska experienced a large surge in new brewery openings, and was one of the only industries nearly unaffected by the state recession, with 150 percent growth in … Continue reading PROGRESS: Brewing Tourism in Alaska

College Cookbook: Cornish pasties for the busy student

Originally published on The Northern Light. In Alaska, I’ve seen three places that sell pasties: A Pie Stop, Talkeetna Roadhouse and Butcher Block 9. Pasties were a staple food in my house growing up. My great-grandfather brought the recipe for Cornish pasties back to America with him, after his mission in England. We’ve been eating … Continue reading College Cookbook: Cornish pasties for the busy student