Food Finds

Delicious Butter and Cheese from Vermont

Prepping Rolled Grape Leaves for Grilling

Growing up, we used margarine and called it butter. We made butter cookies with margarine. We buttered our bread with margarine. When our chins reflected the yellow of buttercups, we pronounced ourselves butter lovers, but really meant margarine, the only butter we’d ever known.

I vividly remember discovering real butter.

One evening ...

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Alaska Flour Company Sells Alaska-Milled Barley Products

Barley Ready to Be Milled

“A flower company in Alaska?” That’s my friends’ reaction when I talk about visiting the Alaska Flour Company (AFC). As I describe the mill, they realize their mistake. More than one has said, “A flour company in Alaska sounds pretty crazy.”  It may sound crazy, but AFC and the man ...

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Too Cold or Too Hot? A Black Bean Soup for Any Weather

Chil Soup with Black Bens and Barley

While other states are sweltering under heat waves, Anchorage is having the fourth coldest summer on record. It’s been cold and rainy or overcast, punctuated by rare bursts of sunshine. Everyone here is complaining and too many are uncharacteristically cranky. It’s not just people; vegetable crops are suffering, production is ...

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Baby Kale? Baby Kale!

Kale and Squash Tart with Blue Cheese

Baby kale! Costco is selling 1 1/2 pound bags of organic baby kale, a new product for Anchorage. In Alaska, fresh baby greens in April and early May are a glorious treat. It’s not just food junkies who feel this way; I went to a party with normal people last ...

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How to Use Cilantro, A Mainstream American Ingredient

Cilantro Parsley & Basil Sauce

Cilantro, once exotic, is now firmly part of the mainstream American diet. How do I know?

Costco in Anchorage, Alaska, at the far reach of America’s supply chain, is selling fresh cilantro, washed and trimmed, in large, 12-ounce bags for $2.99. Cilantro is also sold at every Anchorage grocery store.

Twelve ounces ...

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Lime Green Romanesco Broccoli Has Great Flavor

Braised Romanesco Broccoli with Onions and Olives (Cavolfiore Seduto)

Vibrantly lime-green, with florets shaped like spiky Balinese temples whirling around a central core, Romanesco broccoli is an attention-grabber.

When I picked out a head at Saturday’s South Anchorage Farmer’s Market, the queries started immediately: “What’s that?” “What’ll you do with it?” “Is that any good?” Despite my enthusiastic assurances, some ...

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