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Kirsten Dixon

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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-like globes lying on the kitchen counter....

Kirsten Dixon

When my children were little, we lived along the Yentna River in Southcentral Alaska and neighbors were few and far between. Sometimes, in the summer, a group of kids would wiggle into their lifejackets and an older one would drive a skiff upriver for a group visit. Or, in the winter, they would pile onto snowmachines and navigate the warren of trails winding from the river back into the woods and on to various homesteads. But, basically, it was more of a solitary lifestyle for my daughters growing up. That was never more evident than during holiday celebrations. Ever try to trick-or-treat at a wilderness lodge?...

Kirsten Dixon
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When my children were little, we lived along the Yentna River in Southcentral Alaska and neighbors were few and far between. Sometimes, in the summer, a group of kids would wriggle into their lifejackets and an older one would drive a skiff upriver for a group visit....

Kirsten Dixon

All last winter and into the spring and summer, my daughter Mandy, my son-in-law Tyrone, and I worked together on a new cookbook project. When the weather was too harsh for Ty to work outside, and Mandy and I were caught up on our kitchen chores, we would sit at the small table in our wellness room near the woodstove at the lodge and spread out our notebooks and ideas...

Kirsten Dixon

Between blowing winds and transitional weather, geese gathering overhead and leaves crunching underfoot, there is no denying that autumn is in the air. It's a time for collecting our thoughts about the blur of summer and just all we actually did -- and, perhaps what we plan to do next summer. It's a time to think about locating the snow shovel and pulling out those warm winter boots. And, it is a time to finally bring in the last of the garden...

Kirsten Dixon
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Between blowing winds and transitional weather, geese gathering overhead and leaves crunching underfoot, there is no denying that autumn is in the air. It's a time for collecting our thoughts about the blur of summer and just all we actually did -- and, perhaps what we plan to do next summer....

Kirsten Dixon
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Black Currant Gastrique

If you like the flavor of balsamic vinegar, substitute apple cider vinegar for balsamic. You can also add in other fruits, like fig and apple, to change the characteristics of this versatile sauce...

Kirsten Dixon

I know for many people, September has been all about berry picking. Seemingly, conversations throughout Alaska – in grocery lines, at banks, and around lunch tables – inevitably include discussion on where to find the best local blueberry or salmonberry patch. It’s another kind of berry harvest, however, to gather from your own garden. From my perspective, it is just as rewarding to harvest at home as it is to forage in the wild...

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Homemade ramen noodles

1 tablespoon baked baking soda ( recipe available here )

1/2 cup warm water

3 cups bread flour

1/2 cup cold water

Salt...

Kirsten Dixon

Geese fly overhead as I slide the wooden bar that secures double-doors at the entrance to the cooking school. Signs of late summer are everywhere here in Tutka Bay, even in the sky, but particularly in the fat, ripe berries blanketing the ground all around. Cooking school students make their way along the boardwalk behind me, stopping to snap a few photos at the ridge where the school first comes into view. Our little school is housed in an old quirky crabbing boat, and it is always a surprise when visitors first see it...

Kirsten Dixon

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