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…

Sasha’s Super Simple Savory Salmon

Close to the heart, and most importantly the mouth, of all Alaskans is the salmon. A keystone species in our state the salmon can be baked, grilled, smoked and canned in all sorts of ways. For a simple and delicious preparation, my friend, and geology student, Sasha Peterson bakes the salmon with just two other ingredients….

Veronica’s serves up world-famous soups and Alaska history

On the bluff of Old Town Kenai sits Veronica’s. Known for their world famous soups, Veronica’s offers the hungry passerby delicious sandwiches, wraps, quiches, desserts, and a full espresso bar. Open all year, the summertime offers patrons the possibility to sit outside in the shadow of two historic Russian-Orthodox churches. Directly across the street is…