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

Brownie bliss

What is your idea of the perfect brownie? Maybe you’ve already found it, and maybe you’re still looking. Perhaps, one of these will end your… Continue reading

Memorable recipes make memorable meals

A plan to offer you some outstanding brownie recipes went awry after I took another exploration through Renée Behnke’s “Memorable Recipes to Share with Family… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About Alaskan forest fires, part 2

Swanson River Fire 1959 Funny River Fire 2014 I jumped in the Jeep parked in front of my car with my buddy Paul. Betty jumped… Continue reading

Get your soup on

Cold vegetable and fruit soups are refreshing on warm days and make a terrific accompaniment or first course at lunch. Vichyssoise (pronounced vee-shee-swahz), a creamy… Continue reading