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…

The Foraging Season: Nettles

It probably seems strange to say that the foraging season is just now starting, since everyone down in the continental United States (aka “the lower 48”) began picking through the woods for weeks already. But up here, winter has a way of overstaying its welcome, well into April and sometimes May. So instead of nettles popping…