Don’t get me wrong – I love having chickens.
But owning any animal comes with responsibilities and potential drawbacks you should be aware of. If you’re thinking about getting backyard chickens for the first time, here are some serious things to consider. Continue reading The Downsides of Backyard Chickens: Things to consider before getting chickens
A few months ago, I learned how to field dress and butcher a caribou. I kept a few choice caribou leg bones and the heart in the freezer, and I’ve finally made broth.
Making a hearty broth is surprisingly simple. Continue reading Caribou Heart & Bone Broth Recipe
Learning about beekeeping – and now experiencing it first-hand – has been like discovering a whole new world.
From a beginner’s perspective, there are so many quirks to beekeeping that aren’t common knowledge. Continue reading Adventures in Honey Bees: 5 Insane Things You Didn’t Know About Beekeeping
I wrote a personal essay for Edible Alaska magazine’s 2016 winter issue, titled “Guardians of the Eggs,” offering a glimpse into winter chicken keeping and the mini-ecosystem of our urban yard. Continue reading Guardians of the Eggs – Edible Alaska Magazine
About two years ago, I noticed a strange change in one of my hen’s comb and waddle, the red-colored skin above and below a chicken’s beak.
Owl, a “backyard blend” (= chicken mutt breed) is an egg laying chicken in my urban backyard flock. I got her as a 3-day-old chick, and she was the first chicken to ever lay an egg for me, so she holds a special little place in my heart. <3 Continue reading What’s Wrong With My Hen’s Comb? The Mystery of the Molting Chicken
During Alaska’s cold winter months, nothing reminds me more of summertime fishing in the Last Frontier than opening a jar of smoked salmon.
If you like tuna melt sandwiches, you’re going to absolutely love my hot, cheesy, flavorful grilled salmon melt recipe. Plus it’s easy and fast to prepare. Continue reading Hot, Zesty Grilled Salmon Melt Recipe
Wintertime chicken keeping might seem intimidating, but it’s actually surprisingly easy once you get the swing of it.
It’s helpful to keep in mind that chickens are birds, and there are plenty of birds that thrive in the snowy, winter woods. After all, they’ve got nice, fluffy full-body down coats to keep themselves warm. Continue reading Taking care of chickens in the winter
With wild Alaska blueberries and raspberries freshly tucked away in the freezer for longer term storage, what better way to celebrate the fall season than with a flavorful, mixed wild fruit pie? Continue reading Alaska Wild Mixed Fruit Pie Recipe
If you decide to add a little backyard chicken coop to your home, chances are that one day you’ll walk outside to find all of your flock acting (and looking) a bit…strange. Continue reading Backyard chickens love taking “baths” in dirt
During our state’s bountiful summer months, Alaskans pack their freezers full of delicious, wild-caught salmon.
While there’s nothing better than the taste (and smell!) of fresh Alaskan salmon filets on the grill, I think it’s fun to create playful recipes that repurpose leftovers, breathing new life into an “old” meal. Continue reading Salmon Cakes Recipe + Fresh Cilantro Lime Aioli