Kim Sunée

These last weeks of summer seem to inspire a canning frenzy -- from tomatoes and basil to cucumbers, peaches and berries -- as we try to capture a taste of sunshine for the deep winter days to come. A friend recently shared her wealth of sour cherries from a backyard in Anchorage. After preparing the fruit for jams and compote I had some left over to balance out spicy salsas and to roast for a fresh mozzarella salad...

Kim Sunée

Wild Alaskan salmon and halibut have squatting rights in most of our freezers this time of year, but you might want to consider giving up some prime real estate for ice cream made locally by Elissa Brown and Chris Pike. Their brain-freeze child, Wild Scoops , is only a few months young and already has a cult-like following among ice cream lovers in the know.

Brown and Pike met in North Carolina, where Brown was teaching science and Pike finishing a masters degree in renewable energy technology. After stumbling upon an ice cream cookbook at the library four years ago, Brown bought a basic home ice cream maker and soon started churning...

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Wild Alaskan salmon and halibut have squatting rights in most of our freezers this time of year, but you might want to consider giving up some prime real estate for ice cream made locally by Elissa Brown and Chris Pike....

Kim Sunée

We have access to such amazing wild seafood in Alaska that when it comes to cooking, the “less is more” approach often works best. But there’s more to flavoring fish than salt and pepper, and maybe a squeeze of lemon. Salmon, and reds in particular, can stand up to a bolder seasoning. I love the richness of kings but the delicate flavor beckons for a lighter hand when it comes to the kitchen. Think potato-crusted with a silky beurre blanc ...

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I find that reds and silvers hold up well to sauces with some bite and sass....

Kim Sunée

If you’re a food lover and have spent any time eating in places like Los Angeles, Portland, Oregon, Austin, Chicago or San Francisco, you’ll have undoubtedly indulged in the often surprisingly upscale cuisine from mobile food carts that sometimes take up entire blocks. In the last few years, the food truck craze has made its way to Alaska and Anchorage in particular, which, according to the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, counts 85 permitted mobile trucks...

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If you’re going to have just a few go-to summer salads in your repertoire, you might want to consider including this one for kachoombar, a refreshing chopped Indian salad that usually combines tomato, onion and chilies. I learned to love this simple dish from many hours of cooking and eating with my good friend, chef Suvir Saran . Suvir serves kachoombar as part of a larger feast to help cut the richness of the overall meal. It pairs particularly well with his masala fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits ...

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If you’re going to have just a few go-to summer salads in your repertoire, you might want to consider including this one for kachoombar, a refreshing chopped Indian salad that usually combines tomato, onion and chilies....

Kim Sunée

Halibut and salmon season are in full swing, and during these hotter summer days it’s nice to trade out heavier foods for something light and fresh. I went through my notebook of recipe ideas that I keep when traveling and found Caribbean-spiced ceviche from this past spring when I was in Grand Cayman.

For many, the island is synonymous with questionable offshore banking and a scattering of luxury hotels. Admittedly, I too went with some of these notions. I quickly learned that if you dive a little deeper, there’s so much more; the abundance of natural beauty is breathtaking, and Grand Cayman is also rich in seafood and flavors bursting of the sun...

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I am always fascinated by how others prepare their local bounty. In the Caribbean, where all sorts of species swim, many restaurants make the best of the best, including the invasive lionfish (which tastes better cooked than raw), wahoo, mahi mahi and slippery satin snappers....

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