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The Art of Making Stock 

Over the weekend, the clouds rolled in and I was feeling down. The blues hit me hard when I can't see the sun. At least, that's what I blame it on. It's tons of fun for the people around me, I swear. The culprit of my depression has been a combination of major life changes (planning a move and a ...

Day Hikes From Anchorage

When people come to Alaska, it's usually for the natural beauty of the state. Although most fly into Anchorage for a day or two, they quickly want to get out into the real Alaska to explore. Nobody comes here so that they can stare at the chain restaurants and under-funded government buildings. My ...

Roast Chicken and Veggies For Two

Cooking for a small group is hard. Cooking for one is even harder. Most recipes are designed for families, and large ones, at that. It's assumed that a) you are a woman reading it, and b) you have children who are picky eaters. At least, that's how most recipes go. So when you're only cooking for one ...

Earl Grey Whipped Cream

I didn't fall in love with tea until I was 19. Strictly a coffee girl, I saw a divide between my "sophisticated" latte and the dark leaf water. And since Alaska is coffee-obsessed as well, I never had tea foisted on me in the cultural sense. But then, I went to Ireland. And I made a few friends. And ...

The Ugliness of Change

It's called break up around here. I used to think it was because us Alaskans were "breaking up" with winter. Now I know that it refers to the breaking up of the ice on the ocean and the lakes. With break up comes grass, and sun, and blooming flowers. But it also comes with slush, and dog poop smell, ...

Peach Roasted Pork Shoulder

There are some days where you've just earned it. There are days where your joints are sore, and you've run yourself through the day mentally and physically. There are days where you've hiked a mountain, run a marathon, built a house, and kayaked a river all within an hour. Or, at least, it feels like ...

Easy Garlic Hummus

I'm not usually an organic nut. I buy it when I can, but I don't fret over whether or not something is organic, or whether there's a few ingredients I can't pronounce. If I'm buying a Reeses or a bag of French fries - which, admittedly, doesn't happen often nowadays - I'm not freaking out about the long ...