Tressa Dale

This vegan kimchi mandu uses crumbled extra-firm tofu as the protein. (Photo by Tressa Dale / Peninsula Clarion)

Meditating on the new year with kimchi mandu

Artfully folding dumplings evokes the peace and thoughtful calm of the Year of the Rabbit

 

Mashed potatoes are served with chicken breast, green beans and pan sauce. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Mashed potatoes for a chef

They are deceptively hard to get right

 

Ultra-fast, protein-packed miso soup is a mild and comforting broth for sick days. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Soothing soup for January ills

It’s probably a novelty to have experienced my child’s infancy without a single sniffle

 

Adobo Chicken Floutas are topped with queso, sour cream, cilantro, onions and tomatoes. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Deep-fried New Year’s indulgence

Like many people, I used to make New Year’s resolutions every year

Adobo Chicken Floutas are topped with queso, sour cream, cilantro, onions and tomatoes. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Soft and sticky cinnamon rolls incorporate the tastes of cinnamon and whipped cream cheese frosting. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Consolation for a getaway that didn’t happen

Warm, sticky cinnamon rolls take the sting out of holiday disappointment

Soft and sticky cinnamon rolls incorporate the tastes of cinnamon and whipped cream cheese frosting. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
This Double Chocolate Peppermint Fudge combines chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and a few mix-ins for a simple, quick holiday treat. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Christmas magic in candy form

Double chocolate peppermint fudge in a few easy steps

This Double Chocolate Peppermint Fudge combines chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and a few mix-ins for a simple, quick holiday treat. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Onions, carrots and chicken broth are topped off with warm dumplings in this classic recipe. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A meal to warm up sleepy snow days

Chicken and dumplings are a simple, homey classic

Onions, carrots and chicken broth are topped off with warm dumplings in this classic recipe. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Blueberries and lemonade can be combined to create a base for a number of drinks. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Adventures in tasting

A young chef tries out blueberry lemonade

Blueberries and lemonade can be combined to create a base for a number of drinks. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Golden Soup mixes cauliflower, onions and apples and can be made in one pot. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Golden soup offers a healthy reprieve after holiday indulgence

On the off days between the trips and celebrations I find it necessary to eat strategically

Golden Soup mixes cauliflower, onions and apples and can be made in one pot. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Cranberry sauce made from scratch with hand-picked berries makes a special holiday treat. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Foraging with love and gratitude

Gathered and prepared by hand, cranberries brighten a Thanksgiving feast

Cranberry sauce made from scratch with hand-picked berries makes a special holiday treat. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Oxtails are cooked with onions, garlic and daikon. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A bowl full of medicine

Oxtail soup makes a healing winter meal

Oxtails are cooked with onions, garlic and daikon. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Korean red pepper paste adds heat to this Mapo tofu recipe. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A spicy meal to burn away the sadness

This hearty meal can be adjusted to be as mild or spicy as you wish

Korean red pepper paste adds heat to this Mapo tofu recipe. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
A pumpkin spice roll with cream cheese filling is photographed on Oct. 31, 2022, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A little holiday indulgence for the pumpkin obsessed

A pumpkin spice roll kicks off the season

A pumpkin spice roll with cream cheese filling is photographed on Oct. 31, 2022, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Onions are sauteed, doused in broth and then topped off with cheese and bread in this recipe for French Onion Soup. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Soup for sisters

I spent last Saturday with my sister for our birthday, and we squeezed all the fun we could out of it

Onions are sauteed, doused in broth and then topped off with cheese and bread in this recipe for French Onion Soup. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
This chocolate zucchini bread is easy and simply loaded with chocolate. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Sweets for a sweetheart’s lunchbox

This chocolate zucchini bread is easy and simply loaded with chocolate

This chocolate zucchini bread is easy and simply loaded with chocolate. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Mild and comforting wild mushroom risotto is stirred slowly as stock and mushrooms are added. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Risotto to get lost in

This wild mushroom risotto is mild and comforting

Mild and comforting wild mushroom risotto is stirred slowly as stock and mushrooms are added. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
These labor-intensive pierogies can be made in large batches and frozen for future meals. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Pierogies — Europe’s beloved carb

My recipe is for a savory potato, onion and cheese filled version that will make any carb-lover smile.

These labor-intensive pierogies can be made in large batches and frozen for future meals. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Candy pecans make a sweet snack to enjoy on excursions. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Road trip reimagined

Candied pecans accompany more subdued wandering

Candy pecans make a sweet snack to enjoy on excursions. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Sweet and tart cranberry pecan oat bars are photographed. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Cranberries to match the bright colors of fall

Delicious cranberry pecan oat bars are sweet and tart

Sweet and tart cranberry pecan oat bars are photographed. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Bulkogi Stew, a mixture of beef steak, potato starch noodles, green onions and broth, is enjoyed as part of the Korean harvest festival, Chuseok. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A hearty stew to celebrate harvest and loved ones

Bulkogi Stew makes for a perfect drizzly Chuseok in Alaska

Bulkogi Stew, a mixture of beef steak, potato starch noodles, green onions and broth, is enjoyed as part of the Korean harvest festival, Chuseok. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)