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Seward, AK: Alaska Starts Here

A few weeks back, I made the grand declaration that I wanted to become an expert on Alaska. It's a big goal, considering the size and road system limitations of the state. And trying to pack it all into one summer, the only time of year that long road trips are feasible here, makes it extra ...

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta Salad

If you've spoken to me within the past week, you've probably wondered if I had a terminal illness. Between the jitters, the huge bags under my eyes, and the minor tantrums I throw throughout the day, I'm sure most people think I'm either dying or pregnant. But really, I'm just getting married, and it's ...

Wild Alaska, Conserved

In Alaska, there is rain. And not rain like you all have in the continental US. Not rain that sweeps through with a ferocious thunder and lightning display, crashing down in buckets and then dissipating into soft sunlight. The rain here is passive, dully drizzling for hours, days, and weeks on end, ...

Are We Ever Really Experts?

Are we ever really experts? Short answer: No. So now you can skip the rest of this blog post, since you're an expert on whether or not any of us is an expert. You big smarty-pants, you. I began to wonder on this question after visiting with a friend a while back. She told me about her ...

Strawberry Yogurt Tart

After months and months of mushy, molded strawberries at ridiculous prices, Alaska finally received its rightful fresh produce. This usually starts to happen around April each year. Suddenly, the avocados aren't over-ripe straight out of the bins, and the blueberries actually have flavor to them. It's ...

Simple Spinach Quiche

I'll admit one thing to you: When I was a kid, I thought it was pronounced "kweeech." Now that that confession's out of the way, I'll also admit that I didn't do any of the things I was supposed to this week. I had planned to spend my days off working on different rainy day staple meals, like ...

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 ...