Local Spotlight: Chugiak Cafe

Blink, and you’ll miss it. Like so many places in this small town, it emerges from behind the trees as you pass by, and then it’s gone. It took a friend to point it out to me before I realized that it was a restaurant, and not simply someone’s house. In a way, that’s the…

Every Grandma’s Alaskan Fry Bread

I have been reading a lot of different traditional food blogs recently, especially since my departure from the dieting world. I’m mainly reading blogs that focus on my heritage (Native American/Alaskan, Norwegian, and Irish), alongside cultures that were a big part of my upbringing (Filipino, Japanese, and Polynesian). On each of these blogs, there’s a lot of…

Bomb-tastic Balsamic Shrimp Salad

Before I start this recipe, I just need to say that I hope my efforts are greatly appreciated. My roommate and my fiance had to spend two weeks walking into random balsamic vinegar clouds and choking as I tested this recipe. Over and over again I heard the same woeful tale of what it was…

Berries: An Alaskan food memoir

I smiled guiltily, red dripping down from my lips like blood, as my step mom asked me if I had gathered enough raspberries to make gateau. A nearly empty bucket I had abandoned sat at the end of the raspberry bushes. I was sent back to fulfill my chore. A power play between bucket and…

Grandma Sylvia’s Alaskan blueberry crumble

Published on both The Northern Light – http://www.thenorthernlight.org/grandmas-alaskan-blueberry-crumble/ Juliaomalley.media – https://juliaomalley.media/2016/04/12/city-kitchen-a-spenardian-grandmas-blueberry-crumble/ My grandmother, Sylvia Butcher, a true Spenardian and Alaskan in her own right, has been living in Alaska since the early 1960s. She met my grandfather, who grew up in Anchorage after his parents homesteaded here in 1943, in California and they started a life together…