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. Of course,...
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. It’s illegal to export homegrown rice outside of the country of Japan. This fact alone makes it particularly enticing for me to bring home a bag or two in my suitcase. I like the idea that individual farmers on small family-owned plots of land...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). 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...
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. Our plans this year include a Chinese food festival, lots of movie going and ice skating, a scavenger hunt through the city (we are spending Christmas in Anchorage this year – a kind of reverse getaway from our normal routine in the wilds), and a day of downhill skiing. But, our main holiday meal together this year will be a Christmas...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. 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...
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. The outdoor team, four hearty souls bundled into insulated suits, facemasks, and with ice clinging from their beards, buzz in and out of the kitchen at frequent intervals to warm up and refill their mugs with steaming hot coffee or tea. They eat all day long: large breakfast, snack, snack, moderate lunch, snack, snack, and finally a relaxing and often festive dinner signaling that the workday is nearly done. We are...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. This week, we made our own English muffins, not necessarily a...
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. My daughter brought him to visit for the first time during a blizzard in the middle of the Iditarod...
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. Of all the memories such a big adventure might offer, a persistent one I have is walking the two levels down from our small stateroom to the purser’s...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). This week, after a shopping expedition, Mandy brought back a case of persimmons to the office. There were mixed reactions as people walked by and peered at or poked the bright orange tomato...Kirsten Dixon

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