Peanut Butter Blondies


Sauteed Cider Apples


Turkey Bacon Bagel Melts

As we came to the end of summer, I was running out of creative ideas for what to feed the kids for lunch every day. We are all growing tired of the standard kid fare, which often includes yogurt, a side of fruit, or a cheese stick alongside some chicken nuggets, peanut butter sandwiches, or macaroni and cheese. Truth be told, my children don’t always appreciate the “benefits” of having a food writer for a mom – ahem, leftovers and obligatory taste-testing – and often prefer I keep it simple or make a regular run to the Burger Bus in Old Town Kenai, which is a local and family favorite ....more

Raspberry Mint Limeade


Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Weather: 63 degrees, mostly sunny What I’m listening to:...more

Coffee Cake with Blueberries & Nectarines

It was a warm summer morning. Two of the kids were outside picking wildflowers with one of our California visitors. I was in the kitchen slicing ripe nectarines while the stand mixer worked creaming together butter and sugar, transforming them into what would soon be coffee cake batter ....more

Salmon Taco Salad

Weather: 54 degrees, pouring rain What I’m listening to:...more

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Weather: 70 degrees What I’m listening to: wind chimes Those who know me well are aware that I have a strong affinity for crystallized ginger. I can snack on it all hours of the day. I’ve eaten it while watching movies in lieu of buttered popcorn ....more

Honey Sriracha Shrimp

Weather: 55 degrees, pouring rain What I’m listening to: Sunday Morning, Maroon 5 The life of a food writer is often a funny thing. On this particular day, with a deadline looming, I found myself making a sizzling skillet full of shrimp by 10:45 a.m. while still sporting my “cozies,” otherwise known as pajamas. My three kids, home for the summer, were scattered about the cabin, contentedly playing games and chattering amongst themselves ....more