Pioneer Potluck: About another bear

Another bear story! 1979-1980   In my “other life” ( BB - Before Bob) I had an old Green LTD that ran me up and… Continue reading

National Welsh Rarebit Day

If you love eating any dish that includes melted cheese, today would be an especially good day to indulge yourself; September 3 is National Welsh… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About Gail’s bear

Nikiski, Alaska Boulderpoint 1985   I was helping my friend Lonna with a Democratic or Republican rally at the Lamplight Bar. I have never been… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About more bears in the neighborhood

North Nikiski, Turnbull Residence   AUGUST 2014 John and Nikki live on the top of a hill that over looks a beautiful lake. They live… Continue reading

Celebrate a remarkable life, with a Robin Williams favorite: Classic Pot Roast with Caramelized Onion Gravy

If you read the front inside flap of 2004’s “Star Palate: Celebrity Cookbook for a Cure,” you will discover that cookbook author, Tami Agassi, “was… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About the big brown bear in the blueberry patch

The Ricks Ranch 1999, North Nikiski, Alaska   “I’m going up to see if the blueberries are ripe. Be right back,” I told Bob. I… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About birthday parties and starting traditions

We had a wonderful time this weekend celebrating two birthdays. Great granddaughter Cecile lives in Washington and is visiting here, and her cousin Natalie, who… Continue reading

Homemade and made from scratch all butter crust fresh blueberry pie

Homemade and made from scratch all butter crust fresh blueberry pie

Even folks who say that can’t make pie, especially a two-crust pie, can achieve success with “All Butter Crust Fresh Blueberry Pie.” Well-chilled butter makes… Continue reading

Homemade and made from scratch all butter crust fresh blueberry pie

Fresh herbs rock on corn, in chicken and more

If you’re into gardening, your yard is probably burgeoning with fresh herbs. And, if you don’t garden, supermarkets make fresh herbs available pre-cut and packaged,… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About leaving valuable things behind

1970’s August. Cooper Landing, Alaska   My husband at the time, Richard and I were going on a leisurely trip to Anchorage to do some… Continue reading

Sweet cherries star in cast iron skillet cobblers

Sweet cherries star in cast iron skillet cobblers

I’ve used the same basic batter recipe for making cobblers for years. It has never failed me and adapts well to a wide variety of… Continue reading

Sweet cherries star in cast iron skillet cobblers

Pioneer Potluck: About wastefulness, a big word with a lot of meaning

Kenai and North Kenai, Alaska, now known as Nikiski. 1967 to 2014 I am sure you have read enough about Kenai River Dip Netting and… Continue reading

Discover Caribbean flavor and Jamaican spice in lively jerk cooking, at home

Discover Caribbean flavor and Jamaican spice in lively jerk cooking, at home

Native to Jamaica, “jerk” is a way of cooking in which meat, typically chicken or pork, is dry-rubbed or marinated in a wet mixture comprised… Continue reading

Discover Caribbean flavor and Jamaican spice in lively jerk cooking, at home

Pioneer Potluck: About fishing

Salmon in Alaska 2014 Catfish in Northern Colorado 1950’S. I see people lined up at the mouth of the Kenai River and the frenzied fisherman… Continue reading

Capture summer’s sweetness in fresh peach and nectarine dishes

If you’ve bitten into a peach or nectarine lately, you already know this year’s crop is exceptionally delicious and flavorful. With supplies good and prices… Continue reading

Colorful, flavorful, exciting Brazilian cooking is hot, hot, hot

If you’ve been caught up in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil since it began earlier last month, you are not alone. However, in… Continue reading

Reader's tomato dishes make good sides

Reader’s tomato dishes make good sides

In my neck of the woods, it’s no secret who the good cooks are. Luckily, they are generous, too, frequently sharing the best of their… Continue reading

Reader's tomato dishes make good sides

Pioneer Potluck: The olden days in England

This article was sent to me several years ago by my cousin Jim Nelson in Kansas. If you have the slightest interest in history or… Continue reading

Italian sweet red peppers for stuffing, English peas for braising

If you’ve ever been to the either the Dekalb Farmers Market or the Buford Highway Farmers Market, in the Atlanta area, you already know that… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About Ben’s boat wreck

Year 1972 Big Lake, Alaska   Ben and wife, Nadene and son, Robbie, moved to Alaska from Lubbock, Texas in the late 1960’s to cash… Continue reading