It’s Time To Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

We’ve had several people reach out to us recently to ask if there is still time to make a batch of homemade vanilla extract before the holidays arrive. The answer to that is, YES! Homemade vanilla extract is extremely easy to make and is the perfect hostess gift or stocking stuffer. It also makes the…
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Peppers, onions and chicken-flavored rice are some of the ingredients of Barnhardt black beans and rice summer salad.
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Summer Salad Favorite: Barnhardt Black Bean & Rice

This week we’re sharing one of my favorite summer salad recipes which we call the “Barnhardt Black Bean and Rice Summer Salad,” named for my aunt, Carol Barnhardt, from Fairbanks, Alaska, who has made this salad at nearly every family gathering I’ve attended in the past fifteen years. The recipe was originally featured as “Black…
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A Cold Blast From The Past, In Honor Of #WorldPenguinDay

In honor of #WorldPenguinDay, here is one of my all-time favorites from our cruise ship days…Antarctic Peninsula, 1999. That’s the M/V Clipper Adventurer, anchored in the background. In this photo, we are surrounded by Gentoo penguins, who had zero fear of humans. Once upon a time, this was our daily life and I will be…
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Lemon Poppy Seed Breakfast Bread

When Life Hands You Lemons…My Baking Disaster

Our food column in The Forum this week features a lovely Lemon Poppy Seed Breakfast Bread, but that wasn’t the originally intended recipe. No, instead I had high hopes of showcasing a lovely lemon pound cake, based on a new recipe I discovered in a cookbook all about the secrets of baking. Faced with a…
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Take Comfort In This Meat-Lover’s Meatloaf

Beloved throughout America, meatloaf is held up as one of the ultimate comfort foods, and everyone I’ve ever talked to about this wholesome specialty claims that their version is the best. We are strongly attracted to foods that create such universal appeal as to generate a sense of pride and territory – what is the…
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