What do you do when you find yourself in possession of a super sweet Alaska cabbage hand-carried from Homer to your fridge by your cousin? You make okonomiyaki, or savory cabbage pancakes, slice 'em up and serve them with some spicy mayo and soy sauce. I even tested this recipe on CHILDREN, and they LOVED IT. I'm still surprised.
Meanwhile, if you, like me, are suffering from the sniffles and fantasizing about a big bowl of soup for dinner, our food reviewer Mara Severin discovered a gorgeous bowl of noodle soup called hu tieu mi nuoc at Gia Dinh, a new Vietnamese spot on International Airport Road.
Oh, and who among you would like to win a KitchenAid mixer? We're launching a holiday recipe contest with a fine mixer as a grand prize. There will be prizes in the categories of wintertime/holiday dessert, side and main dish (Christmas breakfast options totally count!).
I'll be judging along with cookbook authors and ADN recipe columnists Kim Sunée and Maya Wilson. The finalist recipes will be published in the ADN. We're looking for recipes that are not too hard to make and use ingredients that are not too hard to track down. Wild ingredients welcome. Have a look here.
It's that time of year to think about feeding others. Here's what Bean's Cafe needs for the Thanksgiving table: turkey, ham, stuffing cubes, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce (#10 size cans preferred), canned corn (#10 size cans preferred), canned sweet potatoes (#10 size cans preferred), marshmallows, brown sugar, canned green beans (#10 size cans preferred), french fried onion pieces, and cream of mushroom soup. You can also make a cash donation here.
Meanwhile we are still aiming for a super boss, super Alaska baked Alaska recipe for New Year's. (Whatever, Ina Garten.) You can help test all our recipes as part of our online test kitchen. And, if you don't already, support local cooking and local news and subscribe to the paper.
Here's hoping that a big bowl of soup makes you feel better.