Pioneer Potluck: About the blind leading the half blind

North Nikiski, Alaska April, 2015 I am surrounded by wonderful, fun loving friends and relatives. This is a recent escapade with Dolores, my Alaska friend… Continue reading

Shrimp 'n' Grits and Lowcountry boil - so good

Shrimp ‘n’ Grits and Lowcountry boil – so good

This is not the column I planned for today, but after fulfilling a run of requests asking for my shrimp ‘n’ grits recipe, I thought… Continue reading

Shrimp 'n' Grits and Lowcountry boil - so good
Brought to the table in a matter of minutes.

Brought to the table in a matter of minutes.

Shrimp 'n' Grits 6 slices thick bacon, diced 3 tablespoons butter ½ cup chopped green bell pepper ½ cup chopped red bell pepper diced 1… Continue reading

Brought to the table in a matter of minutes.
LowCountry Boil is alson known as Frogmore Stew

LowCountry Boil is alson known as Frogmore Stew

3 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning2 tablespoons salt1½ gallons water2 pounds small- to medium-size new red potatoes, halved2 pounds hot smoked sausage links, cut into 2-inch… Continue reading

LowCountry Boil is alson known as Frogmore Stew
Shelling and how to devein

Shelling and how to devein

Slip your thumb under the shell to open and gently pull the shell back, lengthwise, starting at the head end. If desired, leave the tail… Continue reading

Shelling and how to devein

Pioneer Potluck: About big bodies of water and whales

Year 1967 North Kenai, now Nikiski, Alaska   Since the Beluga’s are showing up I thought this would be an appropriate story.. I arrived in… Continue reading

Explore the mysterious and the exotic, with curry-flavored Country Captain

A cut-up whole chicken, simmered in an herb and spice-laden tomato-based curry sauce containing onions, green peppers and garlic, topped with currants and toasted almonds,… Continue reading

This March 16, 2015 photo shows spinach salad with roasted oranges and shallots in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Remember the warm spinach salad

Remember the warm spinach salad? That hot bacon dressing, crumbles of blue cheese, crunchy nuts and those canned orange slices, all mounded over a bed… Continue reading

This March 16, 2015 photo shows spinach salad with roasted oranges and shallots in Concord, NH. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Personalize Curry Powder

2 teaspoon ground fenugreek or 1 tablespoon toasted and ground fenugreek seeds* (see note following recipe regarding sources)2 teaspoons ground fennel or 1 tablespoon toasted… Continue reading

Make a happy cake

Make a happy cake

Whether you’ve been reading this column for years, or are relatively new to the food pages, you probably have already gathered that of all the… Continue reading

Make a happy cake

Pioneer Potluck: About growing up on the McClure Farm

NORTHERN COLORADO 1937 TO 1955   Growing up on the farm was most exciting around Spring and Easter. Trees were leafing out, some of Mom’s… Continue reading

Recipes requested

The Peninsula Clarion is seeking recipes that showcase our area’s traditional foods. Do you have a special way of preparing our local fish and game?… Continue reading

This Feb. 23, 2015 photo shows dunderi ricotta dumplings  in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Dumplings from Jenn, delicious

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — When Portland chef Jenn Louis set out to perfect pasta dumplings in Italy, she was occasionally met with such disdain from… Continue reading

This Feb. 23, 2015 photo shows dunderi ricotta dumplings  in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
Pioneer Potluck: About growing up on a farm

Pioneer Potluck: About growing up on a farm

1937 to 1955 Northern Colorado I have a small book that my grandson Michael Jordan gave me, titled, “Grandma, Tell me your Memories.” He gave… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About growing up on a farm
Grilled to perfection, butter-basted artichokes, golden in spring

Grilled to perfection, butter-basted artichokes, golden in spring

For the next several weeks, artichokes will be at their peak. From March to May, you’ll find the best artichokes at the market – and… Continue reading

Grilled to perfection, butter-basted artichokes, golden in spring
This Feb. 23, 2015 photo shows Brussels sprouts in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Getting evenly roasted Brussels sprouts is all about space

With Passover looming, I thought it might be nice to suggest a side dish — roasted Brussels sprouts — to complement the feast’s traditional items.… Continue reading

This Feb. 23, 2015 photo shows Brussels sprouts in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
This March 2, 2015 photo shows celery root and chipotle romoulade slaw in Concord, N.H. Celery root is a good source of filling fiber and vitamins C and K. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Celery root: It’s not pretty, but it’s pretty tasty in slaw

It wasn’t until I lived in France that I fully appreciated how underused celeriac — also called celery root — is here in the US.… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2015
  • By MELISSA D'ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This March 2, 2015 photo shows celery root and chipotle romoulade slaw in Concord, N.H. Celery root is a good source of filling fiber and vitamins C and K. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pioneer Potluck: About the gathering of the McClure’s

May 26, 1916 Juniata County, Pennsylvania   I am fortunate to have on loan, precious pieces of paper, letters and photo’s that my Mother and… Continue reading

Asparagus? Meh! This Easter give me bacon, eggs and potatoes

The classic foods of Easter dinner have never done much for me. Sure, a honey-glazed ham is nice. But the rest of the meal tends… Continue reading

Pans for every purpose… from cinnamon buns to little French cakes

With plans for Easter brunch in the making, a breakfast cake as pretty and tasty as “Cinnamon Pull Aparts” would definitely be a crowd pleaser,… Continue reading