About birthday presents

Around 1986-87, Nikiski, Alaska and Boulder Point homestead “How in the world are you going to haul a pig?” one of my friends asked me.… Continue reading

Peninsula chefs are the spotlight of the Chef at the Market series

Peninsula chefs are the spotlight of the Chef at the Market series

The Chef at the Market series is like being a part of a live cooking show. “You know how popular cooking videos are on Facebook?”… Continue reading

Peninsula chefs are the spotlight of the Chef at the Market series

About Kiddie Days and how it got started

North Kenai AKA North Road, Nikiski, Alaska, 1968 to 1975 With great helpful suggestions from Linda Laughridge, Nadine Gabbett, Susan Jordan, Dolores Wik, Jeri Wik… Continue reading

About Kiddie Days and how it got started

North Kenai AKA North Road, Nikiski, Alaska, 1968 to 1975 With great helpful suggestions from Linda Laughridge, Nadine Gabbett, Susan Jordan, Dolores Wik, Jeri Wik… Continue reading

About reminiscing about Bob’s bonfires, cabins and friends

1985 TO 2018 North Nikiski, Alaska A visit this Sunday from our friend John Turnbull triggered some memories about the cabins, bonfires and old friends… Continue reading

Chef Maya Wilson inside the Addie Camp train car on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. The 1913 train car is being refurbished as an intimate dining room for Soldotna’ newest restaurant Addie Camp Dining Car eatery and wine bar, which has plans to open this October. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Upcoming Soldotna restaurant chooses ‘Alaska from Scratch’ author as new chef

For Maya Wilson, anything worth doing has been terrifying at first. Her newest endeavor on Whistle Hill is no exception. Wilson, who launched her first… Continue reading

Chef Maya Wilson inside the Addie Camp train car on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. The 1913 train car is being refurbished as an intimate dining room for Soldotna’ newest restaurant Addie Camp Dining Car eatery and wine bar, which has plans to open this October. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

About being afraid of big bodies of water and boats

Year: 1969, North Kenai, Alaska, now Nikiski, Alaska Growing up in Northern Colorado and coming to Alaska in my 29th year, with 3 kids, 3… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About bears and people

Driving from Anchorage to Nikiski I was “bombing” along in my old green L.T.D., radio blaring, arm out the open window so I could feel… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: About getting ready for visitors

Our summer visitors from the “Lower 48” get a peek at our home-style Alaskan living. We are always glad to see and greet them as… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: You know you’re an Alaskan woman …

Co-authored by daughters, Gail and Susan Brainstorming one day, 20 years ago, Gail and Susan came up with a list of things they had learned… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: Bob’s old Ford Escort

1998-99, North Nikiski Bob needed an economical car to go back and forth to work as a carpenter for Unocal. He spotted a two-door Ford… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: Rescuing Frack and calling 911

In my other life a long, long time ago (1970s and ealy 80s), I rescued a little kitty from a couple of jerks setting at… Continue reading

  • Mar 23, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

What can I do?

In a recent conversation our friend John Turnbull had on the phone with a lady makes me stop and think what I would do! He… Continue reading

Pioneer Potluck: Looking back on the 1990s

We have been trying to downsize our many accumulations we have amassed through the 33 years of living here on this property. We moved into… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood

Pioneer Potluck: Mom and Bernie’s hat

Colorado vacation continued, 1996 After a wonderful visit with Jo Anne Wahlstrom in Buckley, Washington, we headed for Colorado - Jo Anne took us to… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
The Soldotna Montessori Charter School food pantry is located on the corner of North Binkley Street and East Park Avenue, right across the street from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Hall building. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Students hope to keep food pantry full

Sixth graders at Soldotna Montessori Charter School have something they want everyone to know. It’s not that they spend their lunch time planning out community… Continue reading

The Soldotna Montessori Charter School food pantry is located on the corner of North Binkley Street and East Park Avenue, right across the street from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Hall building. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Pioneer Potluck: The hidden history of the German Krautburger

On a farm north of Fort Collins, Colorado, 1937-1957 I have an article that brings back memories of my childhood and the sugar beets Dad… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018
  • By ANN ‘GRANNIE ANNIE’ BERG
  • LifeFood
This undated photo shows ripe banana pancakes. The bananas are mashed as if making banana bread and added to the batter right before the pancakes are prepared. The result is almost like banana bread pancakes. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)

Have some over-ripe bananas? Then make better pancakes

I hate to throw over-ripe bananas away. It is such a wasted opportunity for fresh fragrant banana bread. But, there is only so much banana… Continue reading

This undated photo shows ripe banana pancakes. The bananas are mashed as if making banana bread and added to the batter right before the pancakes are prepared. The result is almost like banana bread pancakes. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Karmel)
This Dec. 14, 2017 photo shows Dan Dan Noodles in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Carrie Crow via AP)

Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles are a classic Chinese dish originating in the Sichuan province. Noodles have been part of Chinese cuisine for over 4,000 years, and… Continue reading

This Dec. 14, 2017 photo shows Dan Dan Noodles in New York. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. (Carrie Crow via AP)
This Jan. 1 photo shows a Thai chicken coconut curry in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)

Coconut milk and curry paste take chicken to new heights

Boneless skinless chicken breasts save the day for so many busy folks who want to get a lean, protein-filled, affordable dinner on the table in… Continue reading

  • Jan 9, 2018
  • By MELISSA D’ARABIAN
  • LifeFood
This Jan. 1 photo shows a Thai chicken coconut curry in Bethesda, Md. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d’Arabian. (Melissa d’Arabian via AP)