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The Foraging Season: Nettles

It probably seems strange to say that the foraging season is just now starting, since everyone down in the continental United States (aka "the lower 48") began picking through the woods for weeks already. But up here, winter has a way of overstaying its welcome, well into April and sometimes May. So instead of nettles ...

The Art of Making Stock 

Over the weekend, the clouds rolled in and I was feeling down. The blues hit me hard when I can't see the sun. At least, that's what I blame it on. It's tons of fun for the people around me, I swear. The culprit of my depression has been a combination of major life changes (planning a move and a wedding, neither of which have ...

Roast Chicken and Veggies For Two

Cooking for a small group is hard. Cooking for one is even harder. Most recipes are designed for families, and large ones, at that. It's assumed that a) you are a woman reading it, and b) you have children who are picky eaters. At least, that's how most recipes go. So when you're only cooking for one or two, how do you ...

Earl Grey Whipped Cream

I didn't fall in love with tea until I was 19. Strictly a coffee girl, I saw a divide between my "sophisticated" latte and the dark leaf water. And since Alaska is coffee-obsessed as well, I never had tea foisted on me in the cultural sense. But then, I went to Ireland. And I made a few friends. And I got invited to a lot ...

Peach Roasted Pork Shoulder

There are some days where you've just earned it. There are days where your joints are sore, and you've run yourself through the day mentally and physically. There are days where you've hiked a mountain, run a marathon, built a house, and kayaked a river all within an hour. Or, at least, it feels like you have. On those ...

Easy Garlic Hummus

I'm not usually an organic nut. I buy it when I can, but I don't fret over whether or not something is organic, or whether there's a few ingredients I can't pronounce. If I'm buying a Reeses or a bag of French fries - which, admittedly, doesn't happen often nowadays - I'm not freaking out about the long list of chemicals ...

Creamy Chicken Stuffed Peppers

I have a confession to make: I'm a chronic pepper-purchaser. Now, in the grand scheme of addiction, on a scale from biting your nails to meth, constantly buying too many peppers probably falls more toward the "biting your nails" side of things. It's not like anyone's getting hurt because of it, although it does habitually ...