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.

Four on the Fourth Wednesday, Jul 4 2012 

I realized that this marks my fourth post on the fourth. My Fourth of July holiday involved using the crockpot for the first time (gasp) to make these

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They were most definitely fall off the bone delicious. Rounding out the meal were baked beans, baked potatoes and salad. I cannot wait to try this recipe again for my dad. This might also have made me a crockpot convert.

Happy Independence Day!

Last Night’s Dinner Wednesday, Jul 4 2012 

I was on dinner duty last night. After going to the grocery store this is what I made.

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Jessica’s Cashew Chicken

I served it with rice and eggrolls.

Thai Peanut Sauce Wednesday, Jul 4 2012 

Here is the recipe my sister used a few days ago. She also adds about 1 T. creamy peanut butter to the mixture.

It was delicious and will be a regular in the future.

Whickersham Dome Wednesday, Jul 4 2012 

On Monday July 2 I went with my brother-in-law and the 2 dogs to Whickersham Dome Trailhead. Despite the threatening clouds we decided we should try and get a small hike in since the next few days looked more threatening. Good thing we did because the next day it poured.

Despite being overcast it was a beautiful site to see. We only saw 2 other small groups the whole time so it was like having the trail to ourselves. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed it as well.

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The road that we took to get there is also the start of the road that is on the t.v. show Ice Road Truckers. On the way back we saw a moose on the road that made it’s way back to the wooded area. We also stopped at the legend Hilltop Truck Stop for a slice of their famous pie. I chose the chocolate pie which was chocolate mousse and covered in whipped cream. I wish I had a picture of this because it was amazing!

What a great day!

Play by Play Sunday, Jul 1 2012 

Here is a play by play of the last couple of days-more in words than pictures.

Wednesday: Dinner was sushi take-out from Irasha. I got the exact same sushi roll as the last time, the Mt. McKinley roll.

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Thursday: I was not feeling well this morning but somehow rebounded pretty quickly and enjoyed the day. I went with my sister to her doctor’s appointment and got to hear my future niece’s heartbeat! We then picked up sandwiches from The Chowder House and went to Creamer’s field to enjoy them. This is where my sister informed me that in Fairbanks there is something called the Goosewatcher’s club. I am not sure of all the details but there is also some contest for who spots the first goose at the field. In the evening my sister made homemade enchiladas and corn and bean salad

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Friday: Bagels for breakfast from Lulu’s! I had the jalapeno cheddar with chive cream cheese. I am getting spoiled with wonderful dinners. My sister and brother-in-law are excellent cooks. My cooking style is usually finding a recipe, getting ingredients, and the following the instructions. The two of them are great with just coming up with dishes on the fly. I sort of wish I was more like that. On the menu tonight was chicken and veggies with homemade peanut sauce and crab rangoons followed by oatmeal scotchies.

Saturday: Happy Birthday Dad!

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2012 Best of Food Part 1 Sunday, Jul 1 2012 

I started this blog a little bit before New Years last year. Since 2012 is halfway over I thought it would be kind of fun to go back over the last 6 months and for me to make a list of the best food so far (I will do another list in December too).

So here it is (these numbers do not signify any particular ranking order)
1) 60 West’s chocolate martini
2) Pita Delites’ hummus
3) Highland Coffee Company’s vegan chocolate bundt cake
4) Queen of Sheba’s vegetarian combination
5) Bristol’s green chili wontons
6) Sweet Surrender’s cake pops
7) Zen Garden’s orange tofu
8) Sweet Surrender’s espresso trifle and French macaroons
9) Clifton’s veggie pizza
10) Hillbilly Tea’s white bean burger
11) Heart and Soy’s yellow curry soup, jicama rolls, and tofu chocolate peanut butter pie
12) Annie May’s Sweet Cafe allergen free supercharge me cookie
13) Meridian Cafe’s gourmet grilled cheese
14) Irasha’s Mt. McKinley roll (in Alaska)
15) Sunergos Coffee’s soy latte

I enjoyed looking at my past posts and recalling all the delicious food I had. Hopefully part 2 will have just as much good food.

Midnight Sun Run and What Has Been Going On Tuesday, Jun 26 2012 

I have been up to quite a lot of here-enjoying Mexican food, Thai food, and my first ever Summer Solstice Festival. On Saturday my sister and I did the Midnight Sun Run here in Fairbanks. This was the first race I have completed that started at 10pm. I ended up walking the 10k with my sister and a fellow doctor she works with. I am so proud of my sister-she not only worked all day but is also almost 8 months pregnant and then worked the following day.

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It was a fun night and Fairbanks definitely wins the award for the most “interesting” race I have done.

Today was fun too I got to see where my brother-in-law works and then he cooked a fantastic wild Alaskan Salmon dinner.

For the Love of Dogs Saturday, Jun 23 2012 

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Alaska, thus far Saturday, Jun 23 2012 

Well it is now Friday and I have a lot to catch up on since I arrived late Tuesday night.

By the time my plane landed it was 11:30 Alaska time. My sister picked me up and it was so wonderful to see her! We arrived at the house where I was greeted by the “welcoming committee”:
Cosmo

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Franny

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Buck

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They are all rescues and are super sweet. This was my first time meeting Buck since he was adopted after my visit last year.

Despite eating dinner before my flight left from Denver I was hungry by the time my flight got in and had leftover kabobs at the house-bacon wrapped chicken with mushrooms and pineapple straight from the bowl because I am classy like that.

On Wednesday my sister was working but my brother-in-law was off and we had fun doing this:

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After being outside all day it was followed by the Fairbanks Goldpanners baseball game and then consumption of a key lime martini at The Pump House.

Thursday I went to lunch with my sister and also had a delicious mocha:

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Friday my sister and I went for a walk first thing but the Mosquitos were absolutely ridiculous so we did not stay too long. They were biting our arms, legs, face, ears…it was horrible.

Our remedy for the day was going out for sushi and fro yo for lunch.
At Irasha we split the Tom and Jerry which was deep fried rice, spicy tuna, avocado and some type of sauce

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I had the Mt. McKinley roll

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Here is mine and my sister’s. She ordered the lighthouse roll (pictured in front) which had a light surrounded by cucumber. Both were delicious!

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Afterwards we went to honeydew’s frozen yogurt. I had cake batter and chocolate with brownie bites, chocolate chips, sprinkles, M & M’s, and snickers with a cherry on top

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After running errands I promptly fell asleep due to my consumption of a dose of Benedryl due to the previously mentioned mosquito incident.

Dinner tonight was homemade personal pizza’s on the grill. This was my first time having pizza on the grill and I will definitely have to do this again.

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Mine had sauce, mozzarella cheese, sage sausage, prosciutto, pineapple, onions, and green peppers.

I also enjoyed a midori margarita on the deck. I am enjoying being able to have access to a real deal deck, especially for eating dinner.

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Buck and I

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Now it is time to relax on the couch. A special event is planned for tomorrow night.

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