Peninsula hungry for locally grown food

The time is ripe for central Kenai Peninsula farmers, according to a market study that found an overwhelming demand for locally grown food in the… Continue reading

This 2017 photo shows Italian stuffed strawberries in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)

This strawberry season, make a dessert inspired by cannoli

I developed this recipe to take advantage of strawberry season. Some of you are naturally scratching your head. “Strawberry season? Name a time of year… Continue reading

This 2017 photo shows Italian stuffed strawberries in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (Sara Moulton via AP)
This March 24, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a Ginnie Meyer cocktail in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

For a summer cocktail, look no further than a Ginnie Meyer

As we ease on down that road toward spring, you might start dipping your toe back into outdoor living. It starts with two minutes of… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2017
  • By The Culinary Institute of America
  • LifeFood
This March 24, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a Ginnie Meyer cocktail in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)
This March 26, 2017 photo shows Dijon and sherry chicken tenders in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)

Mustard and sherry inspire adult-friendly chicken tenders

I mentioned to my husband recently that I had mastered an oven-baked chicken tender recipe, and his response was a little underwhelming; dismissive even. It… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This March 26, 2017 photo shows Dijon and sherry chicken tenders in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)
This February 2017 photo shows a burrata and prosciutto pizza in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

COOKING ON DEADLINE: Burrata and Prosciutto Pizza

If you haven’t had the chance to try burrata, I would be honored if this recipe became the first occasion. Burrata is a semisoft, white… Continue reading

This February 2017 photo shows a burrata and prosciutto pizza in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)
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Pioneer Potluck: My hair, your hair, everybody’s hair

What is the first thing you notice when you talk to your friends, your neighbors or a stranger? I bet it is their hair! What… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2017
  • By Ann ‘Granie Annie’ Berg
  • LifeFood
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This March 17, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows the “Three Pleasures” chocolate-banana panna cotta dessert in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

For an elevated banana split, try this nutty panna cotta

“Dessert” is not French for “butter, sugar, and cream,” but as far as most people are concerned, it could be. For centuries, the word itself… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2017
  • By The Culinary Institute of America
  • LifeFood
This March 17, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows the “Three Pleasures” chocolate-banana panna cotta dessert in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)
This March 6, 2017 photo shows a cauliflower, chickpea and onion side dish in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)

Cauliflower, onion and chickpeas make a tasty side dish

The produce aisle is a healthy budget cook’s best place to start a supermarket shopping trip. By loading up the cart with bulky, nutrient-filled produce,… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2017
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This March 6, 2017 photo shows a cauliflower, chickpea and onion side dish in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)
This February 2017 photo shows braised chicken with green olives and onions in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

Cooking on deadline: Chicken Thighs with Onions, Olives

Passover comes in the spring, but there is often still a chill in the evening air as families and friends gather in their homes for… Continue reading

This February 2017 photo shows braised chicken with green olives and onions in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Sarah Crowder via AP)

About the Northern Lights

North Nikiski March 27 The recent display of the Northern Lights right over the top of our little house in North Nikiski, reminds me of… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: Keeping Bob the Butcher on his feet

Rick’s Ranch North Nikiski, 1986-2017 Bob wears several hats. Bob the Builder. Bob’s Bonfires. Bob the Butcher-man. There is Bob’s Cave. Bob’s Cave-Cat. Bob’s Car.… Continue reading

  • Mar 22, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: St. Patrick’s Day at 35 below

Rick’s Ranch, North Nikiski Late 1980s Bob is known for his bonfires for the past 30 years. We have had a bonfire of some sort… Continue reading

  • Mar 8, 2017
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
This Jan. 16, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a Chocolate Tower Cake in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)

On Valentine’s Day, ditch the box and make your love a cake

Have you been on the receiving end of a heart-shaped box? Maybe it was filled with jewelry, but if you’re lucky, it was filled with… Continue reading

  • Jan 25, 2017
  • By The Culinary Institute of America
  • LifeFood
This Jan. 16, 2017 photo provided by The Culinary Institute of America shows a Chocolate Tower Cake in Hyde Park, N.Y. This dish is from a recipe by the CIA. (Phil Mansfield/The Culinary Institute of America via AP)
A commercial baking mix ensures successful results when making Egg, Sausage and Cheese Biscuits.

Egg, Sausage and Cheese Biscuits

1 (9.6) ounce package Jimmy Dean fully-cooked hearty sausage crumbles* 1¼ cups biscuit mix (like Bisquick) ½ stick butter or margarine, melted 2 tablespoons boiling… Continue reading

A commercial baking mix ensures successful results when making Egg, Sausage and Cheese Biscuits.
This Dec. 8, 2016 photo shows Valentine’s cupcakes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Cherry cupcake is just the thing for Valentine’s Day

This old-fashioned cherry cupcake is just the thing for Valentine’s Day. I’ve updated a cake that my mother used to make for my sisters and… Continue reading

This Dec. 8, 2016 photo shows Valentine’s cupcakes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Elizabeth Karmel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Pioneer Potluck: About filling the memory jar. A sauna story.

Nikiski, Alaska 1986 to 1990 Building Christmas memories Christmas Eve 2016   Memory Number One: We once lived in a small log cabin with one… Continue reading

Preserve the past, safeguard the future with heirloom keeper recipes

For the holidays over the past few years, my friend, Lainey Smith, of Bluffton, has baked me a cheese pie made from a special passed-down… Continue reading

Worry free one-pan meals

Worry free one-pan meals

For enthusiasts of one pot cooking (and who isn’t during the busy holiday season), Cook’s Country “One-Pan Wonders: Fuss Free Meals for Your Sheet Pan,… Continue reading

Worry free one-pan meals

Ricotta Cheese

Equipment8 quart covered stainless steel saucepot with heavy bottomThermometer (one that goes from 0 to 220 degrees)Large strainer or colander for draining curdsCheesecloth, or linen… Continue reading

Sausage Lasanna

Do not use nonfat ricotta or fat-free mozzarella here. You will need a 12-inch ovensafe nonstick skillet for this recipe.” – America’s Test Kitchen. Photo… Continue reading