Out of the office: Summery salmon memories

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Wednesday evening, everything on my dinner plate was either caught in Alaska or grown in Alaska. The last of the kohlrabi and turnips, a single carrot, some beets and a handful of brussel sprouts were roasted to perfection with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. The … Continue reading Out of the office: Summery salmon memories

New chef brings fresh menu to Cooper Landing

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Chef Katherine O’Leary-Cole has only been in Alaska for two months, and her ambitious menu offers something fresh for diners at Cooper Landing’s Kingfisher Roadhouse. Nearly half of the food is vegetarian, with one whole side of the menu offering plant-based options, most of which could also … Continue reading New chef brings fresh menu to Cooper Landing

Soldotnan’s booze-infused cookies go big

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Molly Blakeley had no idea adding booze to her cookie dough would be such a hit. What started as a sweet addition to her taco truck has quite literally gone international. Blakeley’s cookies are gourmet. Her “London Fog” cookie is infused with earl grey and lavender teas, … Continue reading Soldotnan’s booze-infused cookies go big

Ninilchik man competes on Food Network’s ‘Worst Cooks in America’

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Ninilchik’s Charles Oakley is one of the Worst Cooks in America. Oakley is the first Alaskan to compete on the Food Network reality TV show, which takes a number of contestants with little skill in the kitchen through a culinary boot camp where they compete to win a cash … Continue reading Ninilchik man competes on Food Network’s ‘Worst Cooks in America’

Addie Camp Train Car Eatery and Wine Bar has grand opening

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Soldotna’s newest restaurant, Addie Camp Train Car Eatery and Wine Bar, is having its grand opening today. Local cookbook author Maya Wilson is the restaurant’s chef. Elements from her popular cookbook, Alaska from Scratch, can be seen throughout the menu, whether it’s the black cod, udon noodle soup or the butterscotch … Continue reading Addie Camp Train Car Eatery and Wine Bar has grand opening

Local Jewish congregation celebrated Hanukkah with the tradition of latkes

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. Hanukkah, which began Sunday, is an eight-day event celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. when the Maccabees claimed victory over the Syrian army. Jewish congregations across the world light candles, exchange gifts and played dreidel, which is a four-sided … Continue reading Local Jewish congregation celebrated Hanukkah with the tradition of latkes

First Harvest Moon Festival ‘celebrates progress’

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The peninsula’s biggest food celebration commences this Saturday with live music, activities, guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, farm vendors and food trucks that will be featuring healthy dishes with Alaska-grown products. Harvest Moon Local Food Week is in its sixth year, and for the first time, the week … Continue reading First Harvest Moon Festival ‘celebrates progress’

Farm to food bank: Equipment rental leads to community benefit

This story published in the Peninsula Clarion and picked up by the Associated Press. Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District are expanding their catalog of affordable agricultural rental equipment through a charitable project that benefits both farmers and the community. Three pieces of equipment, which includes a potato digger, a potato washer and a potato … Continue reading Farm to food bank: Equipment rental leads to community benefit

O’Brien Garden’s annual tasting event features the tastes of fall harvest

This story published in the Peninsula Clarion. There are more than 7,500 varieties of apples, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Trying a new type of apple a day would take more than 20 years. But, Michael O’Brien has a head start. On his Nikiski farm, O’Brien Garden and Trees, he’s experimented with … Continue reading O’Brien Garden’s annual tasting event features the tastes of fall harvest

Food on the go: Trucks help local chefs make restaurants a reality

This story originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. The peninsula food scene Joe Spady grew up with is much different than the food scene in the area now. The 30-year-old, who opened Joe’s Meatball Shoppe in Soldotna earlier this summer, said he’s seeing more local food, different kinds of food and an increase in the … Continue reading Food on the go: Trucks help local chefs make restaurants a reality

Upcoming Soldotna restaurant chooses ‘Alaska from Scratch’ author as new chef

This story was originally published in the Peninsula Clarion. For Maya Wilson, anything worth doing has been terrifying at first. Her newest endeavor on Whistle Hill is no exception. Wilson, who launched her first cookbook “Alaska from Scratch” earlier this year, announced this week that she will be the head chef at the upcoming Soldotna … Continue reading Upcoming Soldotna restaurant chooses ‘Alaska from Scratch’ author as new chef

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: 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