Good Food Monday, Jul 30 2012 

Saturday was my first visit to the St. Matthews farmer’s market since being in Alaska. I got a lot of goodies and they have been making my meals a lot tastier and interesting.

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Sunday I met a good friend from high school. I had not seen her in a long time and it was great to catch up. You know it is a good friendship when you can pick up right where you left off. We met at the halfway point in LaGrange. I live in Louisville, she lives in Carrollton so this was perfect. We met at One Nineteen West for dinner. I had pepperocini peppers stuffed with pimento cheese(!) and deep fried. They came with the best hot pepper jelly. I also got a salad with fixings and bleu cheese dressing that had chunks of cheese in it-very tasty. To finish it off I had a slice of banana toffee pie and a bite of bourbon chocolate brownie. It was so good to see Kristin and I cannot wait for her wedding in October!

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Jeans and Sweatshirts Tuesday, Jul 10 2012 

First of all, I must say that I am loving the fact that it is mid-July and I get to wear sweatshirts and jeans mist days. It has been anywhere from the 50s to low 70s here in Alaska. I feel bad for all those back in KY (and across the country) who have had multiple days of 100+ degree heat. Let’s get to what has been happening here. I have been busy since the mid-week holiday of July 4.
On Thursday my sister and I had breakfast at Sourdough Sam’s. Rumor has it that when the building burned a family member went back in to get the sourdough starter. My sister had the sourdough pancakes which I tasted and were unique in a good way. I ordered the Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream. Since that was not enough sugar for one day I also got a caramel latte shake from the “farthest north” Cold Stone ice cream store later in the day.
For dinner I made this recipe for baked spaghetti.

Friday involved going to Irasha for sushi and for the third time I got the Mount McKinley roll. I cannot help it-it is just so good that I never want to get anything different. While running errands my sister picked up this:

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Saturday involved a trip to the Fairbanks Farmers Market! It was quite large and busy which is always a good thing.
My sister found a beautiful bouquet of peonies:

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We got some veggies and stopped at the honey bakery booth for fresh bread, macaroons, blueberry cake and the most delicious cream rolls which were fresh cream surrounded by homemade waffle cone wrapping.
Later that day my sister made chicken salad

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I made my favorite pimento cheese

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I didn’t measure but used freshly grated sharp cheddar, real mayo, cayenne, and diced pimentos. Sometimes I also add diced jalapeƱos for a spicy kick.
Sunday was my brother-in-law’s 30 birthday. My sister made French toast

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We celebrated with dinner at Shogun Hibachi Grill and followed with homemade ice cream cake.

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My brother-in-law and I went on an adventure yesterday but that deserves it’s own post which will come soon.

Power Through Sunday, Jun 17 2012 

Vacation was a great balance between lounging around and getting an early start. No matter what the agenda I made sure to start the day with a great breakfast to power through.

I rotated the following breakfasts and they did a great job of keeping me full and energy up.

Oatmeal: 1/2 cup oats, 1/2t. cinnamon, 1T dried cranberries, 3/4 c. soymilk, ~1-1.5 T peanut butter, 1/2 banana and blueberries

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Oatmeal: same ingredient breakdown as before only using peaches instead of banana

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3/4 cup pumpkin flax granola, 3/4 cup soymilk, banana, and ~1 T. Peanut butter

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Amy’s breakfast burrito

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What is your favorite breakfast?

A Taste of Charleston Friday, Jun 15 2012 

Continuing with the “day trips from Hilton Head” theme my family and I headed to Charleston for the day yesterday. As with Savannah, my parents and aunt and uncle have been there before. They spent the week there a year ago this past February.

We got ready to leave by 7:30 and then it was a 2 hour drive to our destination. Our first stop once we got there was to head to Barbara Jean’s for breakfast. I’m not sure what was going on with me but on the car ride I felt really sick to my stomach and was worried this would ruin the day in Charleston. However a delicious carb field breakfast helped to settle my stomach although I couldn’t tolerate any coffee šŸ˜¦

I had the veggie omelet with roasted potatoes and sweet jalapeƱo cornbread. Everything was delicious but I credit the potatoes with making me feel back to normal. I also must say our server (I can’t remember her name) was super sweet and friendly as well.

After breakfast we walked through city market, rode the trolley, and then walked all around the historic district. I saw Fort Sumter, the beautiful historic homes and buildings, and cannons from war time. Since we had limited time in the city, I opted to just walk around and take it all in.

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Above is Fort Sumter

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As with Savannah I loved the walkability of this city. I am drawn to any area where walking to places is an option. I’m pretty sure that is why I love the Highlands and the Frankfort Avenue area back home.

Farmer’s Market Breakfast Sunday, Jun 10 2012 

Today’s breakfast was courtesy of the farmer’s market. I picked up breakfast for my parents and I. Most of the items came from Cake Flour, an all-natural and organic bakery in the NuLu District.

We split the following:
Cinnamon roll, blueberry scone, and crepe with raspberries. I also had local blueberries with Greek yogurt.

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Melted nutella= mmmmmm

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My parents and I leave for vacation tomorrow. We are driving to the beach in South Carolina and my aunt and uncle are meeting us there. Since we are leaving at 4am I got us extra breakfast to take with us: apple pecan crumble cake, peach muffin, and a blueberry scone. Oh and more blueberries.

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Next post-food on the road for a long road trip. This is the first year I have planned ahead to ensure I have quality food instead of relying on the restaurant we happen to come across. More info to come.

Question for conversation: if you are going out for breakfast (or grabbing something to go), what would you want to order?