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Kirsten Dixon

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Waffles benefit from a gentle hand. Just fold the ingredients together without over-stirring. In our recipe below, the eggs and buttermilk work best together if they are at room temperature. If you have the time, whip the egg whites and fold them in to create a lighter, fluffy version....

Kirsten Dixon

In my job, and in my continuous pursuit of culinary education and inspiration, I travel intensely during certain times of the year (breakup and freeze-up, basically). I like to bring home small packable foodstuffs from my travels and it seems that it is in the depths of winter, when our lives are a little quieter, I finally get around to hauling my treasures out from the pantry.

Besides the Argan oil from Morocco and the maple syrup from Quebec, one souvenir that holds particular allure for me is the sushi rice I brought back this year from Japan...

Kirsten Dixon
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In my job, and in my continuous pursuit of culinary education and inspiration, I travel intensely during certain times of the year (breakup and freeze-up, basically)....

Kirsten Dixon

In a family that works together and lives together, celebratory events can sometimes be a challenge. My family of seven people see each other every day. Most of us work together in our small family-run business, so how can we spark up a (mostly mandatory) holiday feast and keep the table conversation going? We do it through food. New recipes, adventurous dishes, old classics that are only served at holiday time, all bring special meaning to our gatherings...

Kirsten Dixon
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In a family that works together and lives together, celebratory events can sometimes be a challenge. My family of seven people see each other every day....

Kirsten Dixon

In my kitchen, cold dark mornings lend to long, lingering breakfasts.

Winter is my favorite time of year for large fortifying meals that will fuel my crew before they head out of doors. Where I live, winter chores include grooming trails for our sled dogs to run upon, cutting firewood, and shoveling snow from our buildings -- all labor-intensive and weather-exposed activities...

Kirsten Dixon
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Through travel and family, we’ve all become fans of British-style breakfasts that might include grilled mushrooms and fresh tomatoes (a luxury for us in the winter), fried eggs, potatoes, and those molasses-and-tomato-baked beans...

Kirsten Dixon
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My South African son-in-law has been experiencing many new adventures of his own living in Alaska, among them learning to ski, dog mush, and how to drive a snowmachine on the right side of the trail....

Kirsten Dixon

When I was a young girl, my mother and I sailed from San Francisco to Bangkok, Thailand. The Vietnam War was raging, and my father, a Foreign Service officer, was working in Saigon. We went to live closer to him and to be able to see him once a month or so. The reason why we traveled there by boat was because my mother was afraid to fly.

So, we embarked on a long multi-month freight run through Guam, the Philippines, and beyond. It was tedious at times for a young girl, but I read my way through the small paperback library and the ship’s collection of Ellery Queen mystery magazines. I learned how to play cribbage, literally like a sailor...

Kirsten Dixon

My entire team, except for Bernard, the Winterlake Lodge caretaker, is in Anchorage this week. We’re filing and organizing, painting, and putting the final remnants of summer away. We’ll be here until the last week of November, when we’ll return to the lodge and begin our winter season.

Being in Anchorage is always exciting -- to go restaurant-hopping and browse through local bookstores, and to meander leisurely down grocery store aisles. That’s something we don’t normally find time to do in our lifestyle (we typically call or email orders in to our expeditor, Neil, or order directly from wholesalers)...

Kirsten Dixon

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