Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

I’ve finally found a perfect biscuit recipe thanks to Chef Suvir Saran and his book, “Masala Farm: Recipes and Tales from and Uncommon Life in the Country.”  Moist and tender with butter and buttermilk, these bake up so beautifully every time. I’ve been eating them for years at Masala Farm but…

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Memory, Food, and Forgetting (recipe for soy-preserved prawns)

I’m recently back from NYC where I was honored to do a cooking demo at Tasting Table for Alaska Seafood (ASMI) along with the very kind and gentle Chef Anita Lo and Homer, Alaska Chef Mandy Dixon.  Aside from many truly memorable meals (Santina, Prune, & ABC Kitchen among the best), I also had the ...

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Vitaly Paley’s Salt and Spice Roasted Spot Prawns

Vitaly Paley’s Salt and Spice Roasted Spot Prawns

Here’s a super simple and impressive recipe from Portland chef, Vitaly Paley.  The salt crust locks in moisture but doesn’t render the shrimp “salty.”  Try this recipe with fresh, wild-caught spot prawns, side stripes or other wild-caught shrimp.

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Carrot Love

Carrot Love

Roasted Carrots. Burrata. Carrot Tops Carrots, in all their glory, are in season and I love them in so many ways–crunched out of hand, roasted to sweet perfection, or whizzed up into a purée.  Lately, I’ve had such a love affair with carrots that I can’t part with the tops, so I’ve been making carrot-top pesto…

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Life-Changing Bread

Life-Changing Bread

I recently came across a recipe called “the life-changing loaf of bread.”  The title is intriguing, yet I was skeptical of the hyperbolic use of “life-changing.”  But after reading a bit more about the bread on Sarah Britton’s genius blog, I immediately wanted to make a loaf. I even had almost all of the ingredients, ...

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Fresh (Lightly) Creamed Spinach

Fresh (Lightly) Creamed Spinach

I love a good creamed spinach, steak house-style, but after eating a nice (steak-house portion), I don’t always feel that great. At home, I make this lightened-up version with sautéed fresh organic baby spinach.  And for tang and creaminess, I like to stir in a tablespoon or two of crème fraîche.  It’s actually easy to…

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The Joy of Matzo

The Joy of Matzo

I’ve been craving matzo ball soup and made some recently both to enjoy and for an article for alaskadispatch.com.  It got me thinking about how late I am to the matzo party; it wasn’t part of my cultural heritage and there were no real Jewish delis around when I was growing up in…

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Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a winning recipe for Irish soda bread. The basic traditional version calls for flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. I’ve gussied it up a little bit and added citrus zest, raisins and currants. It’s also good with some candied orange peel or bits of dark chocolate, but currants…

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Steamed Cod with Sizzling Sesame Oil

Steamed Cod with Sizzling Sesame Oil

I’ve written before of my admiration for Chef Tylun Pang and his very soulful food.  And when I landed last night in Maui, I turned on my phone to find this text from chef: “I have some beautiful onaga, red snapper, that just came in if u feel like a bite!” What a…

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Spicy Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

Spicy Coconut Black-Eyed Peas

  With a New Year to start in just a few days, I was thinking of some of the foods we eat to bring good fortune, including French crêpes (I think the tradition is to hold a coin in one hand and flip the crêpe with the other to bring good luck/wealth for the new year.)  ...

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Sara Foster’s Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Sara Foster’s Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

This recipe was created by my good friend, Sara Foster of Foster’s Markets in North Carolina and author of many excellent cookbooks.  Sara and I worked together for years when I was food editor at Cottage Living magazine.  This cookie, from one of our holiday stories, was a huge hit in…

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Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Spicy Pumpkin Seed Dressing

Roasted Pumpkin Salad with Spicy Pumpkin Seed Dressing

  I found myself recently with lots of smashed pumpkin, which wasn’t much to sing about in and of itself, but it did inspire this fall recipe starring roasted squash and pumpkin seeds that ran in my column for Alaska Dispatch News.  It’s quick and easy and gets a hit of heat from jalapeño in the ...

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Scottish Caramel Shortbread

Scottish Caramel Shortbread

I don’t usually bake this sort of dessert–I often prefer something savory like a cheese plate after a meal or as a snack.  But this Scottish-inspired confection, also called Millionaire’s Shortbread, is rich with chocolate and caramel layers and surprisingly addictive.  Putting it all together is easier than it looks and ends up being one…

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Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

Roasted Eggplant with Pomegranate and Pine Nuts

I recently cooked for a gathering of about 20 ladies and wanted to make pretty but flavorful food.  On the menu: green pea and mint dip, crudités with anchovy dipping sauce, crabapple cakes with ginger, and soft polenta with mascarpone, among other goodies.  And this eggplant dip. I find that roasting…

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Dark Chocolate Crabapple Cake

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    Crabapple season is here!  My friend, Jennifer McGovern, stalks the wild apple trees in her Anchorage neighborhood and turns the sour fruit into a moist and tangy chocolate cake.  If you’re not a chocolate fan, try this Triple-Ginger Crabapple Cake instead. “Once every year, I get together with a friend and make large batches of crabapple ...

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes; kimsunee.com I’ve been making pancakes for years and have always wished mine to be lighter and fluffier. After lots of tasting, testing, and batter making, this is now my go-to recipe.  These aren’t very sugar sweet at all–I like adding sweetness after they come off the griddle, in the form of syrup or…

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Crispy Oven Bacon

Crispy Oven Bacon

Easy, crispy oven bacon recipe kimsunee.com Every time someone suggests BLTs, I tend to moan and groan, envisioning the fat-splattered stove top and surrounding areas.  As much as I love bacon, I have to be in the mood to get splattered and greased.  I finally decided to try the oven-baking method and, I am happy to…

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