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Recipes and snapshots of life in Bristol Bay, AK

I love pouring over cookbooks, food magazines, and cooking blogs. Whiling away hours looking at pictures of food, it’s styling, voraciously reading recipes and often the science behind them. It is about being inspired, sparking ideas of my own, trying recipes, often progressing to building new flavor profiles when I create dishes adapted from these ideas or …

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When the weather hits a consistent average of above 50ºF during the day and the snow is mostly or completely melted away, the birch sap begins to flow back up from the roots to the above branches preparing to bud. That sap, when tapped into, can be drank straight from the tree as a cool …

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Hard as it is to believe we are full tilt into spring now and even the herring are showing up in Bristol Bay. That means it is high time to plant your starts and plan your gardens if you haven’t begun doing so already. Saving seeds from wild flowers has long been a love of …

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Today we celebrated Bronwyn’s fifth birthday – I can hardly believe she is already five… and bless her heart she loves everything to do with Julie Andrews and the Sound of Music!  A few raindrops on roses and a movie showing made the day, along with several photos of Maria and the Von Trapp children …

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Spring and summer to me smell like salmon, fresh wind off the waves, and smoke wafting in from the smokehouse fire. With the recent increase in daylight and gloriously warming sun filtering in through the windows I can almost smell what is to come… Monday, March 20th was the spring equinox, also called the March …

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Some weeks call for comfort. For bowls steaming with richness, love and warmth. Cooking is how I find I can communicate best – from times of grief to times of joy; food is the tie, for me, that binds. Even when one’s stomach is not hungry a soul can be fed with a kind gesture, …

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It has taken me a few years to get on the Bacon Jam bandwagon. I just wasn’t seeing the value in the extra glazing and cooking when bacon is in and of itself pretty darn great already, but boy am I sorry. A week ago I was in Anchorage taking my NCLEX, the licensure test …

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