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…

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…

Roadside caribou, ramen and wild celery: It’s what’s for dinner

Sourcing food, cooking and eating at the end of the Aleutian chain.  Tom Spitner’s dinner plate probably looks like a significantly less elegant dish coming out of the wildly popular Danish restaurant Noma. Fresh fish and foraged flora made the two-michelin star restaurant famous. Spitner has the same idea when he creates meals for his…

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…