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As many of you know, I am a big fan of Alaska seafood. When we lived in Anchorage, I had the wonderful opportunity to cook and catch numerous species of fish from the region’s icy waters.
Without a doubt, I had some of the best and freshest halibut one day when I purchased it [...]

Feeding kids at home can be hard, but feeding kids while traveling can be a nightmare. I know this first hand because I have three kids, ages 15, 13, and 8.
We have traveled far and wide with our children,
and I can now declare with confidence that my Garmin Nuvi 265 WT plays an important [...]

The Bacon and Egg Sandwich…

January 5th, 2011

What’s your idea of the ultimate bacon and egg sandwich? What is the best pan for the job? Should the bacon be thin and crispy? Should the egg be free range, organic, poached, or fried? What’s the best bread to use? Whole wheat, artisan, basic white, or a bagel? Are salt, pepper, and butter critical [...]

Tools For Making Mashed Potatoes

December 30th, 2010

Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.
Rich and creamy, they act as a base and a foil for so many wonderful cold weather dishes. Thankfully, there are lots of ways to mash spuds. Over the years, I’ve tried many methods.
The Potato Masher:
These days, I generally precook peeled and quartered organic Yukon Gold potatoes [...]

Sushi Solution

December 24th, 2010

Do you ever crave something, but avoid the indulgence due to cost?
I sometimes do, but last week I decided to take charge. My teenage son had a cold and was craving some California rolls and wasabi. I was heading to Seattle’s Central Market. Will asked me to buy “two or three of [...]

The New KitchenAid Pasta Press

December 23rd, 2010

I hadn’t made homemade pasta in years, but when I was offered a KitchenAid Pasta Press as a sample, I was anxious to test drive the accessory. Made in Italy, the heavy duty pasta press fits on all KitchenAid stand mixers and allows home cooks to crank out tubular pastas such as rigatoni, bucatini, macaroni, [...]

How Do You Clean Burnt Pots?

December 21st, 2010

Oy.  Who wants to deal with a burnt pot at this time of year?
I readily admit that I’ve burnt many things over the years.  One incident that stands out as one of the worst was when I was making a large pot of split pea soup in my pricey Kuhn Rikon pressure cooker. As I [...]

I am a big fan of Nordic Ware products. I have a large array of bundt pans, baking pans, and specialty items. I recently tested the Nordic Ware tartlet baking pan and was very impressed with the results. I received the pan as a sample from my editor at Amazon.
When I got the pan home, [...]

Do you have an awesome fish taco recipe that you’ve created yourself and wins rave reviews from family, friends, and coworkers?
If so, then seriously consider entering it in the First Ever Wild Alaska Fish Taco Recipe contest, which runs from now until January 31, 2011. The requirements, of course, specify that you must use at [...]

Oh my.
It has been ages since I’ve posted here. It was a busy summer!  I’ve been posting regularly at Amazon’s Al Dente blog, so here’s the link to my contributor’s page. In the last few months, I’ve written nearly sixty posts so there’s lots to read.
Recently, I reviewed the NEW KitchenAid Pasta Press, which is a nice [...]

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