It is happy holiday time, and what is in season in my house seems to be leftovers, desserts, and planning for leftovers and desserts. So I thought we would take a look at ways to use up any holiday leftovers you may have (or create leftovers or plan-aheads) and take a walk on the sweet side …

We are heading in to what I consider a challenging time when it comes to eating in season. As I was thinking about what is in season, I decided to focus on an under-utilized family of food – squashes.

After church a few Sundays ago, I was talking with a friend – we will call her Plain Jane, or PJ for short. PJ told me she reads my article and then proceeded to inform me that I use too many spices and I needed to share some simple recipes. I decided she had a good point; if we are eating i…

I have an update on a recipe I ran earlier in the summer. It was for grilled peaches with cinnamon sugar butter. I made it for my family over the Fourth of July holiday, and judging by the requests for seconds and the plates I saw actually being licked, I would say it was a success! If you m…

Our short Alaskan summer has arrived in all its glory, and with it all the wonderful tastes of summer are flooding our markets. I find that I keep meals pretty simple in the summer – things like quick salads with grilled meat or burgers with a side of fruit.

Summer seems to have arrived in its typical Alaskan fashion, snow one day, then boom! The trees are green. What a wonderful time, dreaming about gardening, celebrating warmer days, and eating the fresh foods that come with this time of year. To go along with the greening of our trees, I thou…

I ran into a friend at the grocery store as he was buying a pineapple to grill, and I thought, “You know you can’t do too many articles about grilling. Its versatility and plain old delicious factor really never go out of season.” So I decided to dedicate another week to grilling.

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but my patio is clear of snow and the warmer days are making it easier and easier to use my grill. I pretty much love everything about grilling; ease of cooking and cleanup being two of the top reasons. I thought we could start of the grilling seaso…

Oh, Spring! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Sunshine, warm sunshine, longer days, softer snow, dripping eaves, fresh greens, strawberries, and asparagus! I love asparagus! I look forward to it every year – my family, not so much. Let’s jump right into recipes with this delicious combo.

February has passed, hooray! As I mentioned in my last column, February is not my favorite month. Now on to March with abundant daylight, and towards mid-month we will have delicious spring treats like asparagus starting to arrive.

Before I get to food this month, I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to those who organized the Festival of Lights fireworks and Walk of Lights. What great events to break the monotony of winter, especially February.

We are heading in to what I consider a challenging time when it comes to eating in season. As I was thinking about what is in season, I decided to focus on an under-utilized family of food – squashes.

I have to admit I don’t have an overarching theme for this week; this is just a collection of recipes that I’ve tried recently and thought you might enjoy.

After church a few Sundays ago, I was talking with a friend – we will call her Plain Jane, or PJ for short. PJ told me she reads my article and then proceeded to inform me that I use too many spices and I needed to share some simple recipes. I decided she had a good point; if we are eating i…

This week, the Deltana Fair Grand Champion recipes are what is in season. It looks like we are in for some tasty reading this week.

I have an update on a recipe I ran earlier in the summer. It was for grilled peaches with cinnamon sugar butter. I made it for my family over the Fourth of July holiday, and judging by the requests for seconds and the plates I saw actually being licked, I would say it was a success! If you m…

Lately I have been into a variety of flavors – Asian, Mexican, Italian, with a little bit of USA thrown in. The only unifying theme this month is variety and freshness.

Our short Alaskan summer has arrived in all its glory, and with it all the wonderful tastes of summer are flooding our markets. I find that I keep meals pretty simple in the summer – things like quick salads with grilled meat or burgers with a side of fruit.

Summer seems to have arrived in its typical Alaskan fashion, snow one day, then boom! The trees are green. What a wonderful time, dreaming about gardening, celebrating warmer days, and eating the fresh foods that come with this time of year. To go along with the greening of our trees, I thou…

I ran into a friend at the grocery store as he was buying a pineapple to grill, and I thought, “You know you can’t do too many articles about grilling. Its versatility and plain old delicious factor really never go out of season.” So I decided to dedicate another week to grilling.

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but my patio is clear of snow and the warmer days are making it easier and easier to use my grill. I pretty much love everything about grilling; ease of cooking and cleanup being two of the top reasons. I thought we could start of the grilling seaso…

Oh, Spring! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways! Sunshine, warm sunshine, longer days, softer snow, dripping eaves, fresh greens, strawberries, and asparagus! I love asparagus! I look forward to it every year – my family, not so much. Let’s jump right into recipes with this delicious combo.

February has passed, hooray! As I mentioned in my last column, February is not my favorite month. Now on to March with abundant daylight, and towards mid-month we will have delicious spring treats like asparagus starting to arrive.

Before I get to food this month, I would like to take a moment to give a shout out to those who organized the Festival of Lights fireworks and Walk of Lights. What great events to break the monotony of winter, especially February.

Happy New Year! And alas, ’tis the season of not much new in the fresh department. I have found myself going to our freezers and pulling out the things we put up this fall: cabbage, kale, carrots, green beans – the standard Alaskan garden fare. I have been trying to find different ways to us…

I am currently enamored with squash, specifically red kuri squash. I stumbled upon the kuri in Fred Meyer and liked its looks and that it was on sale, so I grabbed one. So happy I did! The first time I ate it, I mashed it just as I would mash potatoes and served it on top of shepherd’s pie –…

I recently had the following realization – traditional Thanksgiving foods are the ultimate in seasonal eating. Yes, I can be a bit slow on the uptake. That said, let’s dive into to some ideas for Thanksgiving and holiday foods in general.

I don’t know anyone in our current culture or my social circle that isn’t frequently pressed for time and several times a week is faced with the question, “What am I going to make for supper?!” Add to that, if you are like me, the food you put up and stocked up on last summer and fall is run…

It is the time of year where I am getting glimpses of the bounty to come with the arrival of spring just around the corner. Strawberries are starting to make an appearance in the produce section. Pretty soon we will be seeing asparagus. I think of strawberries and asparagus as the harbingers…

My favorite way to spend a few weeks in late January and February is somewhere warm and sunny. I like some actual sunshine and little bits of figurative sunshine on my plate in the middle of winter. We are fortunate to be on vacation in Southern California while I write this article, where i…