From silly to the serious, these are the top questions inquiring readers want to know. So let’s put it all on the line and air it out!
Who are you?
Your worst nightmare…Oh, wait that’s taken! I’m just a married, middle-aged, mother of 5 cooking up a storm in Alaska and lookin’ to bust loose as I enter the autumn of my life! Click here to learn more about me, or check out my journey to Alaska.
What exactly is “Fresh Baked Alaska“?
It’s a lifestyle and one that has followed me through the years. Whether backpacking, camping, guiding rivers, or shore diving from a beach, you have to eat to play! And there’s no place I’d rather do it than outside in Alaska.
We’ve carried on all these traditions of cast iron, grillin’, smokin’, campfire, and pit cooking as a family. Many of the ingredients used are either home grown, foraged for or caught by our own hands (Alaska’s kind of a good place for that). For us, it truly is a total experience of creating a life that has revolved around the outdoors..
Why did you create Fresh Baked Alaska?
The answer is threefold really. First, it’s an online journal for my kids with memories and recipes for their favorite foods from their mother. It’s also a medium to remain in contact with our family and friends spread out around the world.
Secondly, it’s to show how delicious and versatile rustic and outdoor cooking can be. And to reinforce that these recipes can be brought indoors as well! It’s also to tackle ingredients like seafood that may seem a bit daunting.
Thirdly, it’s to inspire appreciation for the outdoors (especially Alaska) with hopes that through seeing these images, one may be inspired to get outside, explore and preserve our natural world.
Have you seen a bear?
The number one question I’m asked about Alaska! And the answer is yes: 6 brown bears, lots of black bears, 0 polar bears. Most interesting place I saw a bear? Two LARGE brown bears right off the highway in Eagle River on my commute to Anchorage one day. Welcome to Alaska. And before you ask, yes I’ve seen a moose. I see them all the time!
What is it like with the extreme changes in daylight in Alaska?
Here’s the second most common inquiry. There’s no doubt, the light changes play games with your mind. Where I live in the MatSu valley, there are only about 4 hours of actual darkness in the summer and in the winter, around 6 hours of light. So for one half of the year, I turn into a zombie from lack of sleep and light intoxication and the other half, I’d really just like to hibernate with the bears and eat chocolate.
Do you have an outhouse?
Top question number three. This is surprisingly a very fascinating topic! While many Alaskans have homes with outhouses, my current home is completely on the grid with 3 porcelain thrones. That may change if Jeff has his way when we begin our home building process at some point…stay tuned!
What is that hot pink plant I see around the site?
It’s fireweed and it grows naturally all over the place during the summer in Alaska. It’s nature’s own barometer to judge the seasons: “When fireweed turns to cotton, summer is long forgotten.” Fireweed is also a natural ingredient used to flavor foods like ice cream, honey, syrup and jams. Plus, that color of pink just rocks!
Do you work?
You mean beyond raising 5 kids and writing a food/outdoor lifestyle blog? Yes, I’m a registered dietitian, currently working in the NICU at PAMC in Anchorage to get cheap health insurance and stimulate my math obsessed mind. I have a bachelor’s degree in dietetics, a minor in bio-chemistry, and an associate’s degree in home economics. (Ah, that’s why there are recipes on the site.)
Can I advertise on the website?
I don’t do “ads” per say, but we could definitely chat about some ways to work together. I’m always open to discussing new opportunities! So, if you think your brand is in line with mine and have an idea, get in touch.
What photography equipment do you use?
I am a novice photographer among some big shooters in the food blog world and here in Alaska, but I’m happy to share info, plus, it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I use a Sony a6000 mirrorless camera. I chose it over a DSLR mainly because of the light weight, picture quality, and ease of use. I love it!
How do I become a rustic cooking legend?
Start with the basics in “Dutch Oven Cooking ‘101”, my eBook that will soon be available free. You can also follow along with the tips, tricks and recipes found here on the website. When you are ready, step it up a notch to “Cast Iron Cooking-Alaska Style” (coming soon)! And if this doesn’t work, apply for “Worst Cooks in America” on the Food Network. It’s a safe, non-threatening or humiliating environment to really hone your cooking skills.
Can we talk?
Absolutely! Looking forward to it! You can fill out the form on the contact page, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or shoot me a message on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. I’ll get you an answer as quick as a male moose in mating season.