Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska

Cold Soup for Hot Summer Days: Green Gazpacho

Baby Moose Frolicking in Pond. Photograph by Laurie Constantino


When days are long and the sun shining, there’s no better place than Alaska. We left a dinner at 10 tonight and drove to another, surrounded by brilliantly blue skies, balding mountains, and balmy 74° temperatures. Arriving home, a baby moose was happily frolicking in the pond. Hard to believe ...

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Wild Edibles: How to Harvest and Cook Cow Parsnip Greens

Cow Parsnips Ready for Harvest. Photograph by Laurie Constantino


Young cow parsnips shoots and leaves have wonderful flavor. When prepared correctly, they’re a highly desirable wild edible.

I can hear the groans now. “Cow parsnip is a horrible plant.” “I’m allergic to cow parsnip.” “Cow parsnip stinks.” “Cow parsnip is the curse of the trail.” “Avoid it at all costs.” ...

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Laurie Constantino on TV: Salmon with Rosemary Honey

Salmon with Rosemary Honey on Television

Good Morning Alaska (GMAK) is ABC Alaska’s newest production. Eventually GMAK will be a stand-alone show. For now, it’s aired during Good Morning America. (Just before the hour and half-hour, GMAK runs 5 minute segments of local content.)

Today’s show is the first in a series of cooking segments I’ll be ...

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Cooking Lesson 1: Anchorage Ethnic Markets (Part 4 of 4)

Anastasia Natekina at Eastern European Store & Deli

By Laurie Constantino and Nora Morse

For Cooking Lesson #1, I took Nora Morse to some of my favorite Anchorage ethnic stores. Since April 1, Nora and I have been chatting about the stores we visited. Lesson #1 (all 4 parts) is the first of a series of columns Nora and ...

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Fun with Firemen: An Anniversary Feast

Appetizers and Salads for Fireman Dinner

Yesterday, Kim Sunée, Anna Thomas, and I cooked dinner for the firemen at Station 4 in Anchorage. Start to finish, we had a great time; from menu planning to watching firemen enjoy their food.

Our firehouse cooking adventure started with a gym conversation between Neil Gunn, Sunée’s boyfriend, and Neil’s friend, ...

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Beverly Barker, Queen of the Bees

Earthworks Farm, Palmer, Alaska 2012

“Do you get stung?” The question burst out of me, unbidden, with an edge of bee-phobic panic I tried to hide. I nervously approached Beverly Barker’s door. Bees were everywhere.

“All the time!” Beverly laughed. “I have to expect getting stung.” She explained bees sting when they’re stressed: “The more focused ...

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