Masala Farm Tomato Pie

Masala Farm Tomato Pie

Photo courtesy Suvir Saran by Ben Fink.

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Warm Beet Salad with Thunderstorm Celery Leaf and Fried Capers

Warm Beet Salad with Thunderstorm Celery Leaf and Fried Capers

Here in the Northwest, the last days of summer have already folded into the first crisp fall days, but I refuse to give up barefoot porch cocktails and al fresco suppers.  I bundle up a little more but still head out to the morning markets to pick up the last of the summer

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GIVEAWAY: Whole Grains by Bob’s Red Mill

GIVEAWAY: Whole Grains by Bob’s Red Mill

Every time I return from spending time with Bob Moore and the amazing people who make Bob’s Red Mill a truly unique company, I am always inspired to include more whole grains into my daily diet–as the energetic and hands-on (soon to be) 85 year-old founder of Bob’s Red Mill has done for decades–and to ...

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Grilled Oysters

Grilled Oysters recipe from kimsunee.com

I love oysters raw and served on the half shell with just a squeeze of lemon juice and maybe a dash of hot sauce.  In Louisiana, I grew up eating plump and milky Gulf oysters and then in France learned to love the flat briny versions from Cancale. In the Pacific NW, I’ve been eating ...

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Dark Chocolate Brownies

darkchocolatebrownies

With pop-in guests, especially during the summer, it’s nice to have a quick go-to chocolate something to bake up at a moment’s notice.  This is a thicker, chewier, cake-like brownie recipe that I’ve come up with over many years of experimenting. As with all recipes the better the ingredients the better the final dish; since…

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Peach Cardamon Frozen Yogurt

Peach Cardamon Frozen Yogurt

Recipe and Photos by Jennifer McGovern. Photo and Recipe by Jennifer McGovern When most people think of Alaska, they often think cold and not hot.  This is usually the case, even summers can be chilly, but this summer has been an exception, with record breaking temperatures.  The continuous stretch of 70…

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Spaghetti with Cheese and Pepper (Cacio e Pepe)

Spaghetti with Cheese and Pepper (Cacio e Pepe)

What to make for dinner?  Neil usually has his requests in for the following day’s meals before we have even finished our dinner from the night before; I like that he’s an enthusiastic eater. Because he spent three years in Italy as a child and still vividly recalls polenta and funghi festivals and field trips…

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Summer Berry Galettes: Free Form Tarts

Summer Berry Galettes: Free Form Tarts

Galette.  Crostata.  Any way you call it, this open-faced free-from tart is easy to make and so delicious.  This recipe is adapted from my good friend, Sara Foster, when we worked together on many food stories for Cottage Living magazine.  The dough for the pastry crust is super easy to work with and…

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Peaches Poached in Lillet Blanc

Peaches Poached in Lillet Blanc

When I lived in Provence, we used to pick pêches de vignes, a rare fuzzy heirloom variety of peach, direct from our trees; they are delicate in flavor with lovely blush colored streaks throughout the flesh.  If you don’t have access to wild peaches, use ripe yet slightly firm and blemish-free fragrant white peaches.  Substitute…

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Chilled Oatmeal Muesli

Chilled Oatmeal Muesli

Fall and winter seem to be better suited to a bowl of piping hot whole grains.  But I’ve been missing my oats and decided to make a big batch of chilled fresh muesli to have on hand.  Muesli is often made with uncooked oats, dried and fresh fruit, nuts and very little, if…

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Lemon Verbena Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

Lemon Verbena Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

Lemon Verbena Crème Fraîche Ice Cream A beautiful coupling of two of my favorite flavors–bright lemon verbena and tangy crème fraîche–in an easy no-cook ice cream recipe.  There are so many possibilities to vary this as well, including adding some fresh blueberries or peaches into the mix.  Crème fraîche, a cultured French-style cream, is now more…

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Fresh Spring Rolls with Crab Recipe

Fresh Spring Rolls with Crab Recipe

My friend, Danny, who worked on the Saga, the boat that would later be featured on the popular and dramatic show, Deadliest Catch, is also generous when it comes to sharing his reserve of sweet and delicious opilio crab.  I grew up eating blue crabs from the Gulf of Mexico and have a special place ...

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Limeade with Mint and Basil

Limeade with Mint and Basil

This limeade, inspired from a Nimbu Pani (Indian spiced lemonade) recipe I posted for Sukhi’s, is refreshing on a hot summer day.  Rim the glass with flake salt (and, if you’re feeling adventurous, a few toasted and ground cumin seeds).  Garnish with fresh mint, basil, or lemon verbena leaves. To make Hard Limeade,…

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Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Memories of My Gesha: Tasting Panama’s Coffee Country + Sleep and Eat in Boquete

Guest Article By: Mario Stojanac     Regardless of its veracity, the story of the discovery of coffee is charming enough to lend itself a little believability. As the story goes, an Ethiopian goatherder named Kaldi noticed his goats were very energetic once they fed on a unique looking red bean. He tasted the beans, marveled at the flavour ...

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Easy Fresh “Quick Fix” Kimchi

Easy Fresh “Quick Fix” Kimchi

“We reject certain food because it is rotten. Certain food we can see is fresh. But there is this creative space between fresh food and rotten food where most of human culture’s most prized delicacies and culinary achievements exist.” –Sandor Katz, The Art of Fermentation.

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A Salad Sundae

A Salad Sundae

Last night, I started to make a quick pasta dish from what I had on hand.  When I realized I didn’t have enough of the same shape pasta, I started cooking some brown rice.  Luckily, my neighbor brought over pasta and I left the rice to cook and cool while we had dinner.  Then I…

(Includes a recipe for Brown Rice and Chick Pea Sundae Salad Recipe)

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Breakthrough Buttermilk Biscuits

Breakthrough Buttermilk Biscuits

My first story as a food columnist for the Alaska Dispatch ran just in time for Mother’s Day.  The biscuit recipe included is perfect for brunches, an afternoon snack, or high tea.  You can also vary the flavors by making them savory (pear and Parmigiano-Reggiano) or sweet (with whipped cream and…

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Raw Shaved Asparagus Salad

Raw Shaved Asparagus Salad

I was testing recipes the other day for individual crustless asparagus quiche. Muffin tins don’t allow for long, slender pieces of asparagus, so we trimmed the tips and wondered what to do with the rest.  In an earlier recipe post by Maya Evoy for this site, she uses raw asparagus, so I wanted…

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Raw Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Raw Asparagus Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Editor’s Note: This is a guest recipe post by prolific food blogger, Maya Evoy, who recently left sunny California with her husband and three children for an adventure on Alaska’s gorgeous Kenai Peninsula. “So far,” Maya says, “it’s been the adventure of a lifetime as we’ve started our life over from scratch.” Read more about ...

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Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Cancun – Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival is a Fiesta Worth Devouring

Guest article by: Mary Luz Mejia While the wet snow pelted winter weary Canadians mid-March, Cancun and the Mayan Riviera got caliente for their second annual Wine and Food Festival. With over 25 events spanning four days on the shores of turquoise blue Caribbean waters, the stellar line up of star chefs from around the globe ...

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