Basil Spaghetti with Salmon, Sundried Tomatoes, and Artichokes

The Alaska State Fair marks the start of fall every year.  Farm animals, 100 pound cabbages and pumpkins, zucchinis the size of a football, food carts, games, rides, and–my favorite–booths from local artisans.  We came home with a beautiful painting of Denali by my favorite artist, really full bellies, and some absolutely incredible infused olive … [Follow your taste buds…]

Baked Spring Rolls

There certainly is little debate about spring rolls being one of the best finger foods ever created.  The perfect combination of crunchy and tender, harmonizing perfectly with veggies and spices.  Personally, I also love them because they are always piping hot–a clear indication that they are straight from the kitchen into my belly.  With all … [Follow your taste buds…]

The Breakfast of Winners

For the past six years, I have had a half cup of some sort of cereal mixed with one serving of some sort of yogurt.  I’ve gone through Oatmeal Squares and Vanilla Activia, Rice Chex and Greek yogurt with fruit, Grape Nuts and Yoplait, and pretty much any other combination you can think of.  In … [Follow your taste buds…]

Lemon Bars

A few years ago in the beginning stages of my cooking and baking days, a friend gave me a jar of her homemade lemon curd.  With it, I made some lemon bars with an almond and coconut crumble on top.  In my memories, the bars were some of the greatest things I had ever baked–so … [Follow your taste buds…]

Braided Lemon Bread

The school year is finally upon us and I couldn’t be more excited about it–new students, new projects, new classes, new intensives, and…new baked goods to create for my coworkers!  I was just as excited to see my colleagues on the first day back as I was to make something new for them to try.  … [Follow your taste buds…]

Squash Tacos

Holy moley we’ve created something magical.  The best of the Mexican food and vegetable worlds combined together.  These little gems are incredible!  So much so that I think I like them even better than traditional tacos.  The squash “shell” is both buttery and hearty.  Fill it with a spicy, smoky, and vegetable rich ground turkey … [Follow your taste buds…]

Cornflake Crusted Chicken

The school year has started and it is (sadly) beginning to feel like fall up here in the Last Frontier.  I am more excited about my job this year than I have been in years.  I feel that all of the graduate classes and other responsibilities over the past few years have left my professional … [Follow your taste buds…]