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Kachemak Cuisine: The experts agree: Don’t mess with Thanksgiving traditions

Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the times when you should exercise your kitchen skills.

 

New Pratt book gives personal history of Homer

Using narratives and family photographs, the book covers the 60 years of Homer’s growth.

 

Roasted butternut squash tossed green salad offers a new take on traditional Thanksgiving meal flavors, as seen here ion Nov. 12, 2019, in Teri Robl’s kitchen in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Spice up Thanksgiving with butternut squash salad

From year to year, the guests at our table may have changed, but the food served hasn’t much at all.

 

An oil painting by Jen DePesa hangs on the wall during a First Friday art exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. The exhibit features art by students in a class taught at the college by Asia Freeman. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

KBC students explore color in Freeman painting class

The bright, dynamic colors illustrate a technique that dates back to the Old Masters.

An oil painting by Jen DePesa hangs on the wall during a First Friday art exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. The exhibit features art by students in a class taught at the college by Asia Freeman. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A little bit of pumpkin butter is the perfect complement to Teri Robl’s pumpkin bread, as in here in her kitchen on Oct. 29, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Cooking with pumpkin and squash is perfect for rainy fall days

Fall brings us pumpkins, squash, mushrooms, cranberries, apples and pears. I love them all.

A little bit of pumpkin butter is the perfect complement to Teri Robl’s pumpkin bread, as in here in her kitchen on Oct. 29, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Dried corn also can be seen with pumpkins all over Wisconsin at roadside stands, as seen here in this photo taken on Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Wisconsin visit inspires Dutch baby ham-and-cheese recipe

I wanted to share a gloriously puffed-up Parmesan, Fontina, and country ham-studded Dutch baby.

Dried corn also can be seen with pumpkins all over Wisconsin at roadside stands, as seen here in this photo taken on Oct. 14, 2019. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Poet and writer Diane Ackerman delivers the keynote address on June 14, 2019, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. Ackerman spoke about the historical background for her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Dunleavy budget cuts prompt Kacheamak Bay Writers’ Conference to take 1-year hiatus

The hiatus comes in the midst of budget cuts to the University of Alaska imposed by Gov. Dunleavy.

Poet and writer Diane Ackerman delivers the keynote address on June 14, 2019, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. Ackerman spoke about the historical background for her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Mary Latham stands by her borrowed blue Subaru Outback on Sept. 16, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Latham has been touring the United States collecting stories of human kindness to put in a book for people to read in hospital waiting rooms. Alaska is the 48th state Latham has visited since starting her trip in September 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of loss, New York writer seeks to find ‘more good’

Her journey started with an act of kindness in the midst of horrible tragedy.

Mary Latham stands by her borrowed blue Subaru Outback on Sept. 16, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Latham has been touring the United States collecting stories of human kindness to put in a book for people to read in hospital waiting rooms. Alaska is the 48th state Latham has visited since starting her trip in September 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

A conversation with Doc Fest co-founder Jamie Sutton

The 16th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival begins Thursday.

A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Cuisine: Unusual hot days call for cool treat like Raspberry Swamp Pie

What in the world are we all going to do with all the raspberries we picked and froze?

Ani DiFranco performs as the headliner at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Salmonfest returns with renewed vigor over things to fight for, and against

Festival organizers and volunteers brought activist and advocacy workers to the stage as well.

Ani DiFranco performs as the headliner at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the Kenai Watershed Forum sing an educational tune promoting the Stream Watch program during a break between bands on the Ocean Stage at Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ani DiFranco to headline Salmonfest

Annual festival returns with increased camping space, costume contest and more

Members of the Kenai Watershed Forum sing an educational tune promoting the Stream Watch program during a break between bands on the Ocean Stage at Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Antoinette Walker poses by one of her encaustic paintings, “Diamond #7,” at the First Friday opening of her exhibit on July 5 at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Walker’s paintings seek ‘a sense of the past and the present’

In encaustic painting, artists melt a media of beeswax and damar to about 220 degrees Fahrenheit.

Antoinette Walker poses by one of her encaustic paintings, “Diamond #7,” at the First Friday opening of her exhibit on July 5 at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A detail from Desiree Hagen’s show, “Seven Years,” from an artist residency she did at Bunnell Street Arts Center in January 2016 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fritz Creek artist receives Rasmuson award — again

She is one of 25 Alaska artists to receive a $7,500 Project Award.

A detail from Desiree Hagen’s show, “Seven Years,” from an artist residency she did at Bunnell Street Arts Center in January 2016 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Savanna Bradley, Pratt Museum collections manager, stands in the newly remodeled collections area on May 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Some reorganization is ongoing, but when done, where she’s standing will be a space for community meetings and talks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Pratt reopens with more accessibility

“Accessibility and collections care were the main priorities — and visitor experience”

Savanna Bradley, Pratt Museum collections manager, stands in the newly remodeled collections area on May 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Some reorganization is ongoing, but when done, where she’s standing will be a space for community meetings and talks. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The cast of “An Ideal Husband” pose for a photo during a rehearsal on May 19, 2019, at Pier One Theatre in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Pier One season opens with Wilde play

First performed in 1893, ‘An Ideal Husband’ takes place at a London dinner party.

The cast of “An Ideal Husband” pose for a photo during a rehearsal on May 19, 2019, at Pier One Theatre in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Mike Gordon, left, and Shelli Gordon, right, pose with a copy of Mike Gordon’s memoir, “Learning the Ropes.” (Photo by Joe Columbus)

Gordon writes sprawling book of life in Alaska

In his 76 years of rough-and-tumble living, Halibut Cove writer Mike Gordon has come to be known as “Mountain Mike” for his alpine adventures. Another… Continue reading

Mike Gordon, left, and Shelli Gordon, right, pose with a copy of Mike Gordon’s memoir, “Learning the Ropes.” (Photo by Joe Columbus)
RJ Nelson’s work of art is part of the Choir for Peace show on display before the May 2 and 3, 2019 concerts in the Homer High School Commons in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

‘Choir for Peace’ will be community art, music event

Performs at 7 p.m. May 3 and 4 at the Mariner Theatre in Homer.

RJ Nelson’s work of art is part of the Choir for Peace show on display before the May 2 and 3, 2019 concerts in the Homer High School Commons in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Bill Smith stands by a John Fenske painting, top, that his children bought for him. Fenske’s retrospective show opened on First Friday, April 5, 2019, at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ exhibit honors art and life of John Fenske

“Knocking on Heaven’s Door” opened April 5 in the Pioneer Hall Commons gallery at Kachemak Bay Campus.

Bill Smith stands by a John Fenske painting, top, that his children bought for him. Fenske’s retrospective show opened on First Friday, April 5, 2019, at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The cover of Kate Mitchell’s “The Bag Lady at the End of the Road,” published in 2018 by Wizard Works. (Image provided)

‘Bag Lady’ tells story of Homer entrepreneur Kate Mitchell

‘Whenever I would think of something or mention it to my children I would jot it down’

The cover of Kate Mitchell’s “The Bag Lady at the End of the Road,” published in 2018 by Wizard Works. (Image provided)
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