Cooking vegetables

Came across this article on the Farmer’s Almanac Facebook page today that explained when to use cold water and when to use hot water when cooking vegetables.  I guess I have always followed this procedure, more of less, because that was how I was taught, but I never knew why.  This is pretty interesting!  Take…

Cincinnati Style Chili in the pressure cooker

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Bountiful Garden Chowder

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The long road home, July 12

Eventually all good things come to an end.  We had to leave Fairbanks and head back home.  The trip home was brutal, traveling over night with two changes of planes and the four hour time difference.  My advice to anyone who is planning to take this sort of a trip is to go north to…

Denali to Fairbanks, July 11

We set out early on a gray and rainy Wednesday morning on a motor coach for a 3 hour ride to Fairbanks.  We stopped in a Nenana, a small settlement where the Nenana River enters the Tanana River, for a mid-morning break.  This little way station had the biggest cinnamon rolls I’ve EVER seen!  I wish…

Denali National Park, July 10

Denali–6 million acres of rugged wilderness.  Very little of this wilderness has been scarred by human development.  Home of the highest mountains in North America, vast untouched forests and all kinds of wildlife–it is about the closest we have to God’s creation untouched. The wildlife here includes moose, grizzly bears, Dall sheep,  wolves, fox, and…

All Aboard to Denali National Park, July 9

Early the next morning, we boarded the McKinley Explorer for an 8-hour ride to Denali National Park.  This train had a glass-domed observation area up top and a dining room on the first floor.  It was another gray and rainy day.  It’s funny how we had mainland weather along the coast and coastal weather on…

Seward to Anchorage, July 8

It was a bittersweet day when we hit Seward and had to leave the Noordam. We really enjoyed our cruise and kind of hated to leave–especially at the crack of what would have been dawn in the lower 48. But we were also looking forward to getting to know mainland Alaska. Leaving the coastal area…

At Sea, July 7

We had an at-sea day after our day touring Glacier Bay.  We were able to do some of the fun stuff on the ship including bingo, listening to the jazz band in the B.B. King Lounge, spending our vouchers at the casino (guess who won at bingo AND a slot machine?) and this was the…

Glacier Bay, July 6

Wow!  My words for Glacier Bay are going to be inadequate.  We cruised into this special place in the morning and a few of the park rangers joined us on board for the day to share with us information about this fascinating place.  Only 2 cruise ships per day are allowed in to tour the…

Skagway, AK, July 5

Skagway was the day of my big failure!  We took a ferry to Haines and then took a jet boat back into the wilderness on a glacier river.  It was a great day and I took a bunch of pictures, including one of the only black bear I got in my viewfinder the whole trip…