Apple Cardamom Cake

Maybe it’s the Washingtonian in me… but apple desserts are my favorite. To me, there is nothing more classic. Apples and cinnamon may be the most famous combo, but as my taste buds have matured, apples and cardamom are quickly growing on me. It’s a more subdued and aromatic flavor combination. If you ask me, its the perfect balance of flavor for a cake. Yogurt and olive oil keep this cake light, yet flavorful. Vanilla bean, cardamom, and rum give the cake lovely aromatic flavors without overpowering the taste of the apples. And because I leave the peels on the apples in this cake which helps them retain their shape.…

Salmon Buerre Blanc Fettuccine

If I’m missing family, I make seafood. If I’m feeling nostalgic, I make pasta. When I’m feeling everything at once, I make pasta and seafood. I grew up in a seafood industry family where the summer fishing season in Alaska was a normal part of life, X-tra tuff rain boots were a status symbol, and kids learn to fillet a fish shortly after mastering shoe tying. Seafood is practically my lifeblood. I may not ever be able to grill a salmon as well as my Dad, but these days, I have a good number of seafood go-tos under my belt. This super simple lemon and dill baked salmon is one…
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Pecan Sticky Buns

There are pecan sticky buns so good that many-a-weekend we will wake up early to catch the ferry, then drive 30 more minutes to the café before they run out of sticky buns – and they DO run out! Ya’ll, I can’t even explain how good these are. The dough that makes them is fabulous, and each layer of dough between the sticky cinnamonny goodness is thin which really just equates to more layers of cinnamon gooey-goodness. The entire exterior is coated in that gooey carmelly goodness with the right amount of pecans – whatever that means. The name of this restaurant is Farm’s Reach Café in Chimicum, WA. If…
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How To: Alaska in the Winter

Happy Valentine’s day!  Do you have fun plans?  Or do you fall in the anti-Valentines camp  like I do?  Typically, we make the most unromantic meal imaginable (usually baked chicken wings with a myriad of dipping sauces) and then argue about politics or battle over which movie to watch.  But this year, the husband is away on business, and our super elaborate romantic plans won’t be happening.  I’m super not bummed.  Tonight, I plan to eat a poke bowl without listening to anyone complain about raw fish being slimy.  I consider eating whatever weird raw fish or mushroom stuffed pancake concoction my heart desires as my consolation prize for an…

Meditteranean Style Roasted Ling Cod

I come from a fishing family.  My dad, uncles, and grandfather are or were all in the business.  I can tell the difference between sockeye and chinook salmon by taste.  I could probably sauté mussels and clams in white wine and herbs blindfolded although I can’t say I’ve tried.  And, you bet I shuck and slurp raw oysters with the best of them!  If you work behind the counter of a fish market, be prepared for my onslaught of questions.  #sorrynotsorry But ya’ll, my Dad makes quite literally the BEST salmon, black cod, and just about any other fish you can think of known to man.  He has this amazing…
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