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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 [...]

Hand Held Mixers and KitchenAids

December 29th, 2010

Which do you prefer–the KitchenAid stand mixer or a hand held mixer?

The boys in my house love to watch the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. I watch the show, but I shudder at the magnitude of the job and the task at hand.
We lived in Anchorage a few years ago and I vividly remember watching the show one January evening. 
The wind was howling, and the snow was piling up [...]

Alaskan Red King Crab Legs

October 22nd, 2009

The season is short, and the time was ripe.
I was at  Metropolitan Market yesterday and simply couldn’t resist purchasing one of their seafood specials–the Alaskan Red King Crab Legs. 
Shipped fully cooked and fresh, not frozen, these massive crab legs hail from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
The short and tumultuous Bering Sea king crab season officially kicked off [...]

Alaska’s Amazing Lunch Lady

September 29th, 2009

Now that school is back in session, lunch is a hot topic.
With that in mind, please be sure to check out my article in The Oregonian. I feature Patty Luckhurst, an amazing lunch lady who hails from a remote corner of Alaska.
In addition to cranking out 1500 handmade yeast rolls each week, Luckhurst [...]

Alaska’s record breaking cabbage, 2009!

When we lived in a Alaska three summers ago, we ventured forth every weekend.
If we weren’t camping in our travel trailer, we were planning day trips to towns and attractions in the vicinity of Anchorage. One Saturday in June, we ventured to Girdwood. Girdwood is a short drive along the scenic Cook Inlet from [...]

When my Eagle Scout husband and I decided to buy our 23-foot travel trailer six years ago, we thought it would be a great way to educate our children about traveling, camping, nature, life experiences, and resourcefulness. At the time, I never imagined we’d travel as far and wide as we have.
While hauling our [...]

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