Pioneer Potluck: About expensive vine ripened tomatoes

Co-Author Dolores   North Nikiski, Alaska 2012 A couple of years ago, shortly after Christmas, my friend, Dolores, had a long days adventure. Her weekly… Continue reading

Versatility, popularity pair well in pork tenderloin and butternut squash dinner

Versatile pork tenderloin may be grilled, roasted, sautéed or braised for a meal that is just as welcome at the weeknight supper table, as it… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About what did you say?

Bob and I have had a hard time hearing each other for the past ten years and as the years go by it gets more… Continue reading

Spareribs and Sauerkraut

Spareribs and Sauerkraut

When the weather turns chilly, it’s hard to beat the appeal of a one-pot meal simmering on the stove. Be it the sight (and sound)… Continue reading

Spareribs and Sauerkraut
This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows a Brussels sprout pizza in Concord, N.H. Chic menus at restaurants around the country have begun serving Brussels sprouts after kale introduced Americans to the idea that there actually are many ways to prepare most vegetables. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

10 fresh ways to use Brussels sprouts

Not so long ago there really was only one way to eat Brussels sprouts. It involved boiling the sprouts into oblivion. Once they were reduced… Continue reading

This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows a Brussels sprout pizza in Concord, N.H. Chic menus at restaurants around the country have begun serving Brussels sprouts after kale introduced Americans to the idea that there actually are many ways to prepare most vegetables. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pioneer Potluck: About speeding to a birthday party

Keystone Drive, Soldotna, Alaska   Through the years, a few of our friends have met to celebrate our birthdays. With our busy summer schedules, if… Continue reading

Holiday cookie plan: Freeze now, bake later

It’s impossible to miss that the holidays are coming. From Halloween costumes and pumpkins for making pies, to ornaments for Christmas trees, dreidels and candles… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About learning to live off the Alaskan land

Moose, Fish And Spruce Hens. Daniels Lake, North Nikiski, Alaska 1968-69   In the late 1960’s we lived on shores of Daniels Lake. We had… Continue reading

In this Sept. 19, 2014 photo, a recipe for roasted pumpkin soup with black pepper croutons is seen in the cookbook "For the Love of Pumpkins' by author Marilyn Alice Tuckman at her home in Elk Grove Village, Ill. It is one of the 100 gourd recipes in the book. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Joe Lewnard)  MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT

Illinois author, Marilyn Alice Tuckman, loves pumpkins

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. (AP) — The great artificial pumpkin-flavoring assault on our taste buds every fall can’t hold a candle to the natural supremacy… Continue reading

In this Sept. 19, 2014 photo, a recipe for roasted pumpkin soup with black pepper croutons is seen in the cookbook "For the Love of Pumpkins' by author Marilyn Alice Tuckman at her home in Elk Grove Village, Ill. It is one of the 100 gourd recipes in the book. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Joe Lewnard)  MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT
This Sept.  22, 2014 photo shows roasted tomato and rice soup in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

Tomato rice soup: A speedy bowl of creamy comfort

When I was a kid, creamy tomato and rice soup was one of my go-to comfort foods. My mom would make it for me, and… Continue reading

This Sept.  22, 2014 photo shows roasted tomato and rice soup in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/MatthewMead)

Pioneer Potluck: About getting ready for winter

Canning, freezing and drying The summer bounty I do not know if it is because I watched and participated in the preserving of fruits and… Continue reading

Pumpkin and sweet potatoes make good eating in fall

Each year, families visit the local pumpkin patch to choose the ideal candidate for carving into a jack-o’-lantern. For the purposes of cooking and baking,… Continue reading

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo shows grilled zucchini ribbons with Parmesan and toasted almonds in Concord, N.H.  The grilled zucchini ribbons add both flavor and visual appeal to many dishes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Thin is in for this grilled zucchini with Parmesan cheese

Summer may be done, but the proliferation of zucchini continues. And we might as well make the most of it. Because even though zucchini is… Continue reading

This Sept. 8, 2014 photo shows grilled zucchini ribbons with Parmesan and toasted almonds in Concord, N.H.  The grilled zucchini ribbons add both flavor and visual appeal to many dishes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Pioneer Potluck: About mom’s purple hat

About 1995-96 I would like to call your attention to something that is dear to me and my families heart. Our Mom and her sister… Continue reading

Store bought recipe ready ingredients

I love baking cakes, especially ones that are made from scratch. On the days I bake, I admit, I don’t much like getting involved in… Continue reading

This Sept. 15, 2014 photo shows Brussels sprouts and chicken salad with mustard pepper dressing in Concord, N.H. Brussels sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, so it's no surprise that they are incredibly healthy. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Bulking salads with Brussels sprouts

Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Chicken Salad with Black Pepper-Mustard Dressing Start to finish: 30 minutes Servings: 4 For the dressing: 1/4 cup plain low-fat Greek… Continue reading

This Sept. 15, 2014 photo shows Brussels sprouts and chicken salad with mustard pepper dressing in Concord, N.H. Brussels sprouts belong to the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kale, so it's no surprise that they are incredibly healthy. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

For any occasion, for anyone, allergy-free meals to love

Sisters and best-selling authors, Judi and Shari Zucker (also known as the “Double Energy Twins),” have written an uncommon cookbook which addresses a common problem… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About porcupines and eating brookies

1948-49 Red Feather Lakes, Colorado 2014 North Nikiski, Alaska   My Dad owned two ranches besides the home farm that he called “The Shamrock Shorthorn… Continue reading

Deviled eggs: Modern ideas for an old-fashioned favorite

Like you, I’ve made deviled eggs countless times, but never quite like the ones that fill the pages of celebrated chef and cookbook author Kathy… Continue reading

This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. A tiny tablespoon of chia sees crams in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and omega fatty acids. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Leave them feeling full with nutritious chia seeds

Pity the chia seed. For so long this nutritional powerhouse was relegated to late-night television commercials hawking sprouting cat-shaped clay planters. That is, until recently.… Continue reading

This July 21, 2014 photo shows strawberry banana chia breakfast smoothie in Concord, N.H. A tiny tablespoon of chia sees crams in tons of protein, fiber, healthy fats, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and omega fatty acids. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)