Food and Drink

This meat lasagna includes layers of sausage, ricotta, bechamel and spinach. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Lasagna you can eat all week

Crockpot meals always miss the mark, and there’s only so many times I’m willing to feed my family macaroni and cheese

This meat lasagna includes layers of sausage, ricotta, bechamel and spinach. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
North African Shakshuka is a rich and vibrant dish and great way to use up eggs. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Bringing some chaos to the kitchen

North African Shakshuka is a rich and vibrant way to use up some eggs

North African Shakshuka is a rich and vibrant dish and great way to use up eggs. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Hollandaise sauce is served on poached eggs. (Tressa Dale / Peninsula Clarion)

Hollandaise, 2nd time makes perfect

Notoriously finicky sauce can stump even practiced cooks

Hollandaise sauce is served on poached eggs. (Tressa Dale / Peninsula Clarion)
Suwannasa Piwon, right, stands at the counter and greets guests during a soft opening held Friday, April 7, 2023, at Siam Noodles and Food in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Authenticity a catalyst for growth at local Thai restaurant

Siam Noodles and Food opens in new location, credits community support and dedication to authentic Thai food

Suwannasa Piwon, right, stands at the counter and greets guests during a soft opening held Friday, April 7, 2023, at Siam Noodles and Food in Soldotna, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Thai coconut red curry soup can be made as spicy or mild as you choose. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A punch of color to brighten gray spring days

When the gray starts to seep into my soul, I try to burn it out with spice

Thai coconut red curry soup can be made as spicy or mild as you choose. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
White chocolate cranberry cake is served with fresh cranberries. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Hard-to-ruin cranberry cake

This white chocolate cranberry cake is easy to make and hard to ruin — perfect for my students aged 3, 6, 7 and 7.

White chocolate cranberry cake is served with fresh cranberries. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Chocolate cake is topped with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A cake topped with love (and white chocolate cream cheese)

He loved the frosting so much he said he never wants anything else on his cake

Chocolate cake is topped with white chocolate cream cheese frosting. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska-style spanakopita includes salmon with the traditional spinach and feta. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the Strawberry Patch: Spanakopita — Alaska style

I have been deep cleaning, organizing, rearranging and generally revitalizing our home these last couple weeks

Alaska-style spanakopita includes salmon with the traditional spinach and feta. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Tofu, spinach, fried egg, carrots, mushrooms and sprouts are served on rice in this Korean Bibimbap recipe. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

A Korean dish with a little bit of everything

Bibimbap is a delicious, nutrition-packed meal with all the quintessential elements

Tofu, spinach, fried egg, carrots, mushrooms and sprouts are served on rice in this Korean Bibimbap recipe. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Baklava. (Photo by Tressa Dale)

Accidental baklava

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Baklava. (Photo by Tressa Dale)
Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion 
Ground Beef Bulkogi with sticky rice and noodles make a hearty Korean meal.

On the strawberry patch: Comfort food with grandma

Ground Beef Bulkogi makes for an approachable introduction to Korean cuisine

Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion 
Ground Beef Bulkogi with sticky rice and noodles make a hearty Korean meal.
Shells and cheese are served. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Shells and cheese are served. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Puff pastry desserts are sprinkled with sugar. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Puff pastry made simple

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Puff pastry desserts are sprinkled with sugar. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
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

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

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

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