Nick Varney

Believe it or not, there’s a bright side

Don’t worry, I’m not going to jump into the COVID-19 kerfuffle.

Nick Varney
Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Puffy pancakes help fill downtime at home

Dutch babies are a golden, eggy, puffy pancake that can be served sweet or savory.

Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
                                Dutch babies, golden, eggy, puffy pancakes most often baked in a cast-iron skillet, can be paired with sweet or savory ingredients. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Minister’s Message: Create in me a clean heart, O God

Youth are highly valued and loved by God.

  • Apr 23, 2020
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Kachemak Cuisine: Sourdough pancakes are an Alaska classic

What makes you forget about this insanity right now?

A Sheepish Tale

In August 1963, my long-time neighbor and my father flew into the Tustumena benchlands.

  • Apr 18, 2020
Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)

Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Lessons of social isolation

We went from learning to wash our hands to eye-measuring 6 feet for social distancing.

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
A flourless chocolate cake surprise on the doorstep, Monday, in Kalifornsky. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Spread love in the era of COVID-19

Do you miss your friends and family? I do.

A flourless chocolate cake surprise on the doorstep, Monday, in Kalifornsky. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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Minister’s Message: Take up your cross

Jesus invites us to die to our naturally selfish nature and be “reborn” as new people.

  • Apr 9, 2020
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Kachemak Cuisine: Pandemic cooking means being creative — or lucky — with ingredients

This week’s recipes: Chicken Marsala and Pisciotta olive oil cake.

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Minister’s Message: The Bible as a guide in our past, present and future

The Bible reminds us of those unfailing truths.

  • Apr 2, 2020
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Salmon, greens and an assortment of spices are combined with noodles to make a creative pasta bowl. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Raiding the freezer, fridge and spice cabinet

Basic salmon patties can be used in an assortment of meals.

Salmon, greens and an assortment of spices are combined with noodles to make a creative pasta bowl. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Asian meatballs made by Teri Robl on March 23, 2020, in her Homer, Alaska, kitchen. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: During uncertain time, slow down and cherish good food

Join me in the kitchen, if only in spirit, and make a pot of soup from scratch.

Asian meatballs made by Teri Robl on March 23, 2020, in her Homer, Alaska, kitchen. (Photo by Teri Robl)
The secret ingredients in Teri Robl’s Oxtail Soup with Root Vegetables and Barley are beef oxtails, as seen here in a soup she made in her kitchen on March 10, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Oxtails are the secret to rich beef stock

One of the best batches of beef barley soup I’ve made.

The secret ingredients in Teri Robl’s Oxtail Soup with Root Vegetables and Barley are beef oxtails, as seen here in a soup she made in her kitchen on March 10, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Photo by Victoria Petersen
                                This “perfectly herby salad,” inspired by a recipe from New York Times food columnist Alison Roman, is the perfect antidote to a cold, snowy winter weather.

Kalifornsky Kitchen: A perfectly herby salad

A new column by reporter Victoria Petersen.

Photo by Victoria Petersen
                                This “perfectly herby salad,” inspired by a recipe from New York Times food columnist Alison Roman, is the perfect antidote to a cold, snowy winter weather.
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Minister’s Message: Practicing the right steps of presence

Instead of taking time to listen for God’s plan, I spun my mental wheels.

  • Mar 12, 2020
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Cora Trowbridge stands by her art, “Behind the Mask,” on March 6, 2020, at the Disability Art Show at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Artists look at disability in Homer Council on the Arts show

Each artist includes a statement about their experience with disability.

Cora Trowbridge stands by her art, “Behind the Mask,” on March 6, 2020, at the Disability Art Show at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Nick Varney

What’s next, ya ornery cuss?

Old Man Winter’s various personalities easily qualify as a layered howling mob of sociopaths.

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Minister’s Message: Persevering through tough times with God’s love

What does the Bible say about how we are to react to troubles, hardship and bad news?

  • Mar 5, 2020
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A collection of Deborah Poore’s paintings at Grace Ridge Brewery on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. “It’s an interesting hanging space there,” she said of the display area at the brewery. “You’re really presenting those pieces as a collage. You have to squish them together.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

In retirement, Deborah Poore returns to her art

“When I do my art, it’s a celebration of the things close to me that I love.”

A collection of Deborah Poore’s paintings at Grace Ridge Brewery on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. “It’s an interesting hanging space there,” she said of the display area at the brewery. “You’re really presenting those pieces as a collage. You have to squish them together.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Ann Berg

Pioneer Potluck: Old black stoves and wringer washing machines

The old farmhouse was cozy and warm in the kitchen with the big black cookstove in the corner.

  • Mar 3, 2020
Ann Berg