Every recipe has a story, every flavor carries a memory. Foods we enjoy are inspired by the people we love, places we live, and a lifestyle that moves us. Our philosophy at ‘Baking Wild’? Cherish Family and Friends, Get Outdoors and Eat Good Food!
Hi, and welcome to ‘Baking Wild-Alaska’! I’m Janet…My husband Jeff, plus our five kids, two sons-in-law and three dogs round out our family. As a lover of outdoor/rustic cooking, life-long adventurer, and resident of Alaska, most of our baking has been a little on the ‘Wild Side’.
Get Outdoors and Eat Good Food- It really is that simple…
And that’s what ‘Baking Wild’ is all about! But first things first. This isn’t your typical food blog or BBQ site. This is a LIFESTYLE and one that anyone can achieve if you want to. That is, enjoying the flavors of rustic cooking and spending time outside, while cherishing family and friends. We aren’t pit-masters, professional chefs or retirees. In fact, both Jeff and I work full time! We’re just life-long outdoor enthusiasts who learned how to eat well on the trail, river, lake, campground and in the back yard while cooking for a family. That’s what we want to share with you.
Ever doubted that you could take on the daunting feats of Dutch oven cooking, smoking food, grilling or even intimidating ingredients like seafood and ribs? Never lit an outdoor fire, barbecue, or used a smoker? Is a cast iron pan only a weapon of self defense? That’s ok! We aim to show those folks who tune out when I mention ‘open fire’ and ‘Dutch oven’, that through recipes, tips and tricks, these methods and flavors are sooo easy to achieve yourself…Outdoors and even indoors if you like!
Questions about buying and maintaining cooking gear and equipment? We’ll answer them in a simple to navigate, clean website. Safe foraging? Ya, we go there too. Outdoor adventures/lifestyle-covered. And have you ever wanted to visit Alaska? Then take in a bit of ‘the Alaska life’ and it’s scenery found throughout these pages. Ultimately…we hope you’ll find inspiration to create your own ‘Wild Life’. If it’s wild to you, it’s golden!
I’ve worked as a registered dietitian for over 25 years and am currently working in a NICU at a hospital in Anchorage. I’m also an ex river guide, ski instructor, and scuba enthusiast. Jeff is a dentist and closet gourmet who loves to hunt, fish, ski, and snow-machine. Our home is in Palmer, Alaska; although our 2 oldest daughters and spouses live in Park City, Utah. We’ve cooked and camped our way through the western USA, Hawaii, Canada, the Caribbean and Alaska. You have to eat right? So we learned to bake with equipment, and ingredients common to the region we’re in.
I started blogging as a way to stay in touch with family and friends, as well as a journal for my kids from their Mom. Selfishly, I do include favorite family recipes mainly so I always know where they are and don’t have to go searching for them! And, I may occasionally go on a little mid-life crisis rant (trust me, the struggle is real), plus throw in a little humor. With five kids, sometimes you just have to laugh.
Thanks for stopping by…
I hope you enjoy ‘Baking Wild-Alaska’ and find inspiration to try these recipes and methods in your own “wild” places while pushing your ingredient boundaries just a little bit. In the process, if you learn something about Alaska, or enjoy the images and get outside with family and friends–then my mission is complete.
For more info check out FAQs, or head on over to the Grub. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, rants or raves and to share your recipes and adventures with me. I love hearing from fellow explorers, bakers, and outdoor lovers!
Hope to see you again soon…from Alaska with love,