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Make use of your frozen summer berry bounty with some delicious warm baked blueberry pie bars.
If you’ve been asked to help out with Thanksgiving or you’re hosting your own, these recipes will help round out the menu.
Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
50-60 frozen meatballs
One 14 oz can whole cranberry sauce
One 12 oz jar cocktail sauce
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup water
1 cup barbecue sauce
Finely chopped green onions for garnish
1. Use cooking spray to spray the bottom a slow cooker. Pour in all the meatballs.
2. In a bowl, mix the cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water and BBQ sauce. Once the sauce is mixed well, pour over the meatballs.
3. Cook the meatballs on low for 5 hours. and then on high for 2 hours. Serve warm and garnish with green onions.
20-30 ounces of frozen corn
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1. In a slow cooker, add all the ingredients and cook on high for 2 to 4 hours. Stir all the ingredients after the first hour.
Pumpkin Spice White Russian
4 tablespoons coffee flavored liqueur
3 tablespoons pumpkin spice liquid coffee creamer
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla vodka
2 to 3 teaspoons canned pumpkin puree
Sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice
1. In a drink mixer, add all the ingredients and shake until thoroughly combined.
2. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprinkle of pumpkin spice.
The perfect appetizer, Swedish meatballs are an easy to eat and delicious snack.
1 bag of large, frozen meatballs
1 small jar of savory beef gravy
1 container, or 8 ounces of sour cream
1. In the slow cooker, add the entire jar of gravy and the container of sour cream. Mix together until well blended.
2. Add the frozen meatballs to the gravy mixture and fill no more than three-quarters of the slow cooker. Stir the meatballs around until they are all covered in the gravy mixture. Place the cover of the slow cooker back on top, and let the meatballs on their own to cook on low for five hours. Stir about every hour if possible.
This easy to make dessert will become your go-to comfort food.
6 large peaches, peeled and sliced
1 box of white cake mix
1/2 cup of butter
1. Place the peach slices at the bottom of the slow cooker.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix and butter. You’ll want your butter to be around room temperature, so you can cut the butter with the mix with a pastry blender.
3. Once the mix is crumbly, sprinkle over peaches.
4. Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or on low for about 4 hours. Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
This recipe will go well in sandwiches, or maybe on top of a homemade pizza.
3 – 5 pounds of chicken breast
One 12 ounce bottle of hot wing sauce
1 packet of ranch dressing mix
1. Place the chicken in the slow cooker and pour the buffalo sauce all over the top. Sprinkle the ranch mix on top.
2. Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for about 5 hours.
3. Once cooked, remove chicken and shred on a cutting board. The chicken should just fall apart.
Chicken cacciatora, from the region of Umbria, Italy. Inspired by New York Time’s cooking.
Celebrate man’s best friend with this tasty cake, just for your dog. Covered in peanut butter and baked with carrots and apples, your dog will beg for more.
Prepare this cake for your pooch on special occasions so your doggo can be apart of the celebration.
2 cups wheat flour
1 small can of beef broth
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 cup shredded apple
1/2 cup cinnamon apple sauce
1/2 cup peanut butter
1. Turn your oven on to 350 degrees. If they are not already shredded, shred the carrots and apples.
2. Measure the ingredients and place in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients together. and fill a small cake pan with the batter.
3. Once the cake pan is filled, place in the oven for about an hour, or until cooked all the way through.
4. Once the cake is cool, frost the outside with peanut butter and garnish with crumbled dog treat, your pup’s favorite.
Costumes, candy and scary stories: Halloween is the perfect excuse to host a party. Set your party apart with this festive and tasty cocktail. Bright green in color, this drink is a sparkling, citrus concoction that your guests will love.
1 package lime gelatin
2 cups boiling water
3 cups chilled pineapple juice
1 two-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda
2 cups chilled vodka
1. In a large punch bowl, pour each of the ingredients together one by one.
2. Once all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly, add some ice and serve at your spooky Halloween party!
The perfect winter breakfast to enjoy while watching the first snowfall.
A Starbucks staple this time of the year, the pumpkin spice latte has created a name for itself. To die-hard’s, fall does not exist, but instead PSL season. Although there’s usually a Starbucks nearby, it’s easier and cheaper to make your own at home. Try this recipe to achieve everyone’s favorite fall drink.
1/4 cup of hot black coffee
1 tablespoon of pumpkin puree
2 to 3 tablespoons of heavy cream, or half and half
1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 tablespoon sugar
Whipped cream (optional)
1. Pour black coffee into a blender. Add in half and half or cream, then the pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, vanilla and sugar.
2.Blend on high speed until the liquids become somewhat frothy and mixed. Pour into your favorite mug and top with whipped cream and additional pumpkin pie spice for garnish.
Make fresh butter at home in three easy steps.
Enjoy these small, sweet cookies, inspired by Italy’s best pistachio, at any occasion
Sweet Caribou’s executive pastry chef, Sam Wagner, shows me the art of making macarons.
Make use of your summer’s blueberry bounty with these delicious, chewy cookies inspired by the Dixon family at Tutka Bay Lodge.
Bring instant noodles to a whole new level with these four ramen recipes.
I love salmon. Growing up in Alaska, it’s practically considered its own food group with how many ways it can be prepared. One of my favorite ways to cook salmon is by grilling it in a teriyaki sauce.
Having been raised in a Korean household, I was never taught recipes in exact amounts and ratios. Memorizing ingredients, eyeballing measurements and taste testing were the ways we did things. I realize though, that living in America, I’m bound to trade recipes with somebody else every once in a while. So, the last time I made my mom’s grilled teriyaki salmon, I tried to keep detailed notes of how it was made.
1 cup sesame oil
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 tablespoons apple sauce
4 ounces of cola
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
8 ounces sliced ginger
2 tablespoons garlic powder
8 salmon steaks — 6 ounces each
1. Mix all the ingredients (besides the salmon steaks) in a small sauce pan over low heat. Bring to a simmer, and simmer until the brown sugar and apple sauce are evenly combined. Set aside 1/2 cup for basting.
2. Place the salmon steaks in a ziplock bag with the remaining marinade. Make sure to squeeze out any excess air, and marinate in the fridge for 2 hours.
3. Drain and discard the used marinade and preheat the grill to 400 F.
4. Individually wrap the salmon in tin foil with open tops and place over the flame. Apply the reserved marinade generously to the salmon steaks using a basting brush.
5. When the salmon becomes opaque and flakey, remove from the tin foil and place on the grill. Apply one more coat of the reserved marinade and grill for another 6 minutes.
Smoked salmon in Alaska can be equated to Texas barbecue. Everyone has the best recipe, and is willing to prove it. How you make your brine to what you brush you salmon with before it enters the smoker is all a proponent of your family tree and what’s available to you.
Sometimes you’ll see glazes like teriyaki added, or even honey. In more unique households, grape jelly and whiskey are the secret ingredients to their salmon snack.
I’m not claiming my family’s smoked salmon is the best, but many have said so. Find out for yourself.
Six fresh salmon fillets
1 quart of Water
1 cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 cup of iodine Salt
1. Clean your fillets and slice into small pieces, about 5 inches across.
2. In a large bowl place each cut salmon piece, skin to skin, with flesh exposed.
3. Mix your brine together in a smaller bowl and pour into the larger bowl. Let sit overnight in refrigerator.
4. Heat your smoker with alder chips.
5. Place the salmon side by side on the smoker rack, and then place in the smoker.
5. Let the salmon smoke for 4 to 6 hours, replenishing the alder chip pan about three times. This is all dependent on weather and temperature. Salmon is done when the salmon is firm and opaque.
Hearing the word homemade followed by something you’ve only ever thought you would buy can be daunting. I’ve made homemade pasta once in my life as part of a ‘culinary boot camp’ my parents put me in one summer as a kid. In the class, we learned knife skills and basic cooking repertoire. Of all the things we did that week, making pasta seemed to be the most time consuming and tedious task of them all.
Flash forward a decade later in the Widgeon II, a remote cooking school in Kachemak Bay, I’m assembled with a small team consisting of a fellow writer and a gifted cook. Tasked to work with the ingredients at hand, we are inspired to make pesto and the idea of pasta soon follows. Investigating to see if fettuccine was available, we were greeted without pasta, but with a clunky metal machine that I spent numerous afternoons avoiding as a kid. The ominous crank wasn’t enough to deter my hunger. I turned the crank and helped to feed the pasta through. Shocked at how little time it took to make such a small amount of flour go so far, I was having a revelation. Maybe making pasta isn’t as annoying as I thought? Maybe everything seems to take hours as an 11-year-old? When the water was boiled and the pasta was done I tasted for doneness and it clicked: The kneading, feeding, and cranking was worth it for the delicate, melt-in-your-mouth, almost buttery consistency of the pasta. It creates a taste you can’t buy from a store.
Time: 1 hour
Yield: 6 – 8 servings
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
½ tablespoon of kosher salt
6 egg yolks
1 tablespoon olive oil
1. In a large mixing bowl, incorporate 2 cups of flour and salt. Create a well in the center of the flour.
2. Place the olive oil, egg yolks and the egg into the well and with two fingers whisk the eggs into the flour until a tacky dough is formed.
3. Knead the dough for about 7 to 10 minutes. Set aside and cover with plastic. Allow to rest for a minimum of 20 minutes.
4. While dough is resting, set up pasta roller and cutter per manufacturer’s instructions.
5. After the dough has rested, cut into even thirds. Set two pieces of dough aside, keeping them covered, and work with the first third by flattening the leading edge until it is about ½ inch in thickness.
6. Feed the flattened dough through the pasta roller on the widest setting. Once the dough has been fed through, take the stretched dough and fold into thirds. Dust the pasta dough with flour if tacky.
7. Repeat step 6 ten times, folding the pasta into thirds each time, creating layers.
8. Once the layers are created, proceed to thinning and stretching the pasta dough. Reducing the width of the rollers each pass through until you have reduced the width 8 times. Dust the dough with flour as needed.
9. Add the pasta cutter attachment to the pasta making machine per manufacturer’s instructions. With the widest pasta cutter setting or the fettuccine setting, feed the pasta sheet through the cutter. Once pasta has been cut, dust liberally with flour and form the pasta into a small nest, set aside and cover with plastic.
10. Follow steps 5 – 9 with the other two pasta dough thirds.
Directions to cook pasta:
1. Fill a large deep pot with 2 quarts of water and bring to a boil.
2. Once the water has been brought to a boil, toss in 3 to 4 tablespoons of salt.
3. Shake the remaining flour off the pasta before placing the pasta into the boiling water. Sir the pasta until the water has returned to a boil, and allow to cook until desired doneness, approximately 2 to 4 minutes.
4. Once pasta has reached desired doneness, reserve a cup of the cooking water for creating a sauce. Drain the remaining water and serve.
A basic mixture of tomato juice and vodka, bloody marys are known for being a fantastic hangover cure. The vegetable base calms the stomach, while the salt replenishes electrolytes and the residual alcohol numbs the pains of last nights mistakes.
Popular additions to the bloody mary include Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, horseradish, celery, olives, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and lemon juice.
Create this cocktail using Alaska Distillery’s smoked salmon flavored vodka. This will give your bloody mary Alaskan heartiness and a unique flavor.
2 ounces tomato juice
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
4 drops of Tabasco sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 celery stalk for garnish
1. In a large glass, combine all of the ingredients.
2. With a spoon or with a shaker, mix the ingredients together thoroughly and garnish with a celery stalk.
Are you looking for a new way to enjoy your salmon? This recipe offers a nice “South of the border” spice that tastes great with your fresh caught Alaska wild salmon. Enjoy it with steamed summer vegetables, rice and black beans.
1 pound of your preferred salmon
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoon honey
1 clove of minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
2 tablespoons cold butter
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp or more chipotle powder (to taste).
Chipotle powder is 2 parts ground chipotle pepper and brown sugar to 1 part paprika, salt, cumin, and dry mustard.
Optional: Cilantro for garnish
1) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
2) In a saucepan over medium heat, combine lime juice, lime zest, honey, salt, garlic and red pepper flakes. Once honey is melted and combined, add the butter and stir until it melts. Turn off heat.
3) Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil big enough to wrap the fish in and brush the combined lime juice mixture on the salmon.
4) Sprinkle chipotle powder and cumin on top.
5) Wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
6) After 15 minutes, open the foil so the top of the salmon is exposed and turn on the broiler for 2-3 minutes to give the outside of the fish a slightly crispy crust. Watch the fish carefully so the broiler does not burn it.
Make this delicious citrus summer treat at home the easy way.
A tart and refreshing cake perfect for summer days.
Take advantage of the wild roses in abundance around Anchorage
With names ranging from yam, kumara, and camote, the sweet potato is a staple food and resource across the globe. Sweet potatoes, originally found in the Americas, made their way to Polynesia and eventually to the Philippines. The migration of sweet potatoes from South America to the South Pacific helps support the theory of pre-Colombian…
Congratulate your graduate with a homemade candy lei
Kale chips are a popular alternative to less healthy potato chips and crackers. Essentially you’re eating your greens with that oh-so-familiar crunch and that can’t-have-just-one flavor brought on by the salt.
Kale was the most popular green vegetable in Europe, up until the Middle Ages. Kale production then increased during World War II because of its nutrient rich nature and the ease to which it is grown and cultivated. Growing well in the winter, kale is known to freeze well and has a sweeter taste after being exposed to cooler temperatures.
Kale is nutrient rich, providing 20 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B6, folate, and magnese. These nutrients are lost when kale is boiled. Making kale chips a great way to enjoy kale and its nutrients.
Follow this recipe to get this fresh and nutritious version of a popular snack.
1 large bushel of kale
1/2 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of sea salt
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. De-stem the kale and rip each leaf into a bite sized piece. Wash the kale under water and let dry. Once dry, toss the kale around with olive oil in a large bowl.
3. Place the kale on to the baking sheet, one next to the other. Sprinkle sea salt on top of the kale pieces and bake for 8 – 10 minutes.
Spring rolls, also known as fresh rolls, originated in Asia. Spring rolls themselves encompass a larger family of cuisine, ranging from far East Asia to South East Asia. This particular recipe highlights the popular dish found in Vietnam, goi cuon, which translates to “summer rolls.” Served at room temperature, they are typically made with rice paper filled with vegetables and sometimes meat.
These fresh rolls are best served the same day and with a peanut dipping sauce or spicy sweet chili sauce.
10 round rice paper wrappers
6 ounces of thin vermicelli rice noodles
1 carrot, shredded
1/2 of a cucumber, sliced
A small handful of bean sprouts
1 head of lettuce
1/3 bushel of cilantro
20 small shrimp
1. Boil the dried rice noodles until cooked. Drain the noodles and cool with cold water.
2. Fill a large bowl — large enough for the piece of rice paper — with water. Submerge the rice paper so that it is covered by the water. The paper will still be stiff, but will soften as you lay it on the cutting board and begin to fill it.
3. Lay a piece or two of lettuce down on one end of the rice paper. On top of the lettuce, lay down a couple pieces each of the vegetables — bean sprouts, carrots and cucumbers. Next, lay down two shrimp, a small handful of noodles, and a small sprinkle of cilantro.
4. Starting with the side of the rice paper the lettuce sits against, roll tightly, overlapping over the lettuce and enclose all the insides. Fold the sides in once you have rolled halfway, and then continue rolling until you have a complete spring roll.
Dip these pretzels in some cheese and enjoy with a cold beer.
Enjoy the traditional green tea flavor in a sweet and chewy cookie
Savannah Smiles bear the name of the city founding the Girl Scouts of America, Savannah, Georgia. Savannah Smiles are light lemon flavored cookies with a subtle crunch. These cookies are perfectly accompanied with tea. Iced sweet tea, more specifically, to stay in quintessential Southern style. Follow this recipe, inspired by Delish contributor Maria Siriano’s take on the Girl Scout cookie, to have these zesty treats anytime of the year.
Copycat Savannah Smiles
1 cup of butter
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 cups of flour
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, beat butter until creamy while gradually adding the powdered sugar, until you have added 1/2 cup. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in the lemon juice, zest and salt while beating on low. Slowly add the flour, until mixed thoroughly.
- With a spoon, scoop the dough out and place on the cookie sheet. Form each ball of dough into the shape of a half moon.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned near the edges. After the cookies have cooled completely, sprinkle on the remaining 1/2 cup of powdered sugar.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year with this traditional dish.