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Wildflour Bakery Anchorage, Alaska- Guest Blog

My wish is you get to Anchorage Alaska and taste Wildflour Bakery pies. Although I am back in the lower 48 today I have some more Alaska posts.

When visiting friends in Homer Alaska, we met some very nice people in their interesting home that our host had helped build.

The first thing they did was offer us pie and coffee.  Who could resist?

Three types of apple pie.  As we sampled a sliver of each type, we talked about the excellent flavor and crust (one gluten- free) and then I learned about the pie creator, Wildflour Bakery Owner Olivia Allen of Anchorage.  Although I took a few photos of the pie (see below) I wanted to know more.

Meet bakery owner Olivia Allen- photograph by Julia Bevins, I  asked Julia if she would like to be guest blogger! What a great photo.

Then I called Olivia. She returned my call just as we were entering our departing flight but emailed me more photos and information about Wildflour Bakery.  Here is her blog link Look into the World  See Olivia’s watercolor illustrations and follow her on Instagram Wildflour Bakery Handcrafted pies and galettes made with foraged wild berries, organic ingredients and lots of love 🌸

Olivia writes-

Wildflour Bakery uses locally sourced and foraged wild berries, herbs, flowers and backyard honey to craft beautiful and sweet treats with creative flair.

Each pie or galette is handcrafted with the intention of highlighting the Alaskan spirit of our wild spaces, near and far.

imageBeautifully photographed by Julia Bevins.

Gallery of photos below , sent to me by Olivia

Here are my pie photos so you see why I needed Olivia to send me some more.

And here is her artwork. I love the part about “serve generous slices.”  Yes!!


We fairly well decimated the pies! You can see why I needed more photos to create this blog post as you look at my three photos I took at the kitchen table.

A few years ago I featured friend and pie judge Rob Bard.on National Pie Day.   I know he would have enjoyed the pies.

Twisp Highlights- Twisted Knitters Yarn Shop,eqpd Bags, Cinnamon Twisp Bakery

Meet Susan.  Most gracious yarn store hostess.  Every yarn store you visit has “a feel to it” and this is one welcoming shop.  See the label for the botanical dyed local yarn. Just beautiful. I bought some sock yarn weight with silk yarn with a label Three Fates.

Twisted Knitters Yarn Shop


Meet the founder of eqpd (say:equipped) Jonathan Baker, originally from New Hampshire, Rhode Island School of Design grad ( he even used to camp in Ossipee NH where my SIL used to live)

I bought a cool red bag.  If you look at the Twisted Knitters pic above you will see the project bags (red, white and blue) that stand open, have a place for needles, instructions and are just perfectly designed.


Check out this apron made out of two pairs of jeans.  A loaf of dark rye sourdough hit the spot for lunch. Added some sharp cheese.  Cinnamon Twisp Bakery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Morning

Morning has broken

WordPress not looking for the glorious sunrise photos this week. 

Rocco’s – Bleecker Street 


Columbus OHRockford  IL

Rockford IL

Columbus OH

Jean Marc Chatellier – Almond brioche 


One glorious sunrise St.George Island –

July 2016

Matt Carries Freshly Baked Croissants

He was headed to Enrico’s Biscotti Company.  I was headed to Ohio.

Wait, may I take your photo?  I wanted to get out the real camera, not the phone.

I was parked just in front of his truck

He was so nice.  His name’s Matt.  He baked these down on 31st Street and was bringing them to Enrico’s Biscotti. If you saw the movie The Bread My Sweet/ A Wedding for Bella, you’ve been inside bakery.

And this is the part you are never going to believe.

I watched that very movie (renamed A Wedding for Bella) not twelve hours before I ran into Matt taking the croissants to the same bakery in the film. If you click on the title above you can read Roger Ebert’s review.  All filmed in Pittsburgh, right in the Strip District.

Matt and his freshly baked croissants

Matt and his Freshly Baked Croissants. 


EnricoYou can see the sign for Enrico’s on Penn Avenue in this shot as I got into my car.


Bread and Salt Adventure

Maybe you read Mark Bittman’s farewell article A Slice of Heaven in Pittsburgh (in the NYTimes) about the Pittsburgh bakery- Bread and Salt.

My neighbor and I went over to Bloomfield and got in line to order our lunch. We took it to go.

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday you need to plan ahead.

You can order via email. If you ordered bread or pizza online you don’t have to wait in the line.  Just go ahead to the counter, pay and pick up.

Samples of bread are in bowls on the counter. Here are a couple of loaves.  They are sold by the pound so you can get exactly what you need, you don’t have to buy the whole loaf.




Here is Laura on her first day of work. She was gracious to let me photograph her.

That’s a ricotta/almond cake.  They weigh the bread and pizza. It was Laura’s (smiling on right) first day




We sampled all four types offered on Friday.


We had a nice lunch back at my neighbor’s.

Lots of fresh veggie toppings.

The one on the right is the Rosa pizza with oregano.

The classic Margherita was my favorite.  The combination of basil, fresh  mozzarella and tomatoes so fragrant and delicious. Next time I plan to try the bread.


Writer Hal Klein has an article in Pittsburgh Magazine describing the breads, the baker Rick Easton  and the bakery

If you plan to go, be sure to click the Bread and Salt link to check on hours of operation.


The weekly photo challenge is fresh

fresh strawberries

smoothie carrot ginger

Laura sipping a NorthStar Shooting Star- Organic Carrot, Lemon and Ginger

Fresh PastaEataly Fresh Pasta

fresh mango

Fresh Mango NYC


Remember Delores’ Fresh Cinnamon Rolls (and Key Lime Pie?) Apalachicola FL

oatmeal and latte

Fresh Oatmeall and Banana and a Latte at Big Dog Coffee

helen's salad

Helen’s Fresh Salad St. George Island July 2014

fresh ingredients


fresh flowers

Fresh Flowers NYC

produce boxes

Produce Boxes  NYC

Portrait at Panza’s and Friday Night Take Out

Everyone who knows me and  what’s in Millvale PA, was pretty sure I was at Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery when they saw yesterday’s post of the snow topped mailboxes.

Not this trip-  although I wish I’d thought of when I was over there.

Right after school I drove in the snow and met my wonderful printer, Tom, to pick up a print.  Tom was waiting on the side of street on 31st  between Liberty and Penn, right before the 31st Street bridge.

His good idea so I could get to Millvale before closing.

I was dropping off a print to be framed at my favorite framer, Mark Panza Gallery. He and his daughter Jennifer do an excellent job.  I always leave there with a rejuvenation in spirit and lots of creative ideas after we talk.

Mark took this photo me with my new SONY mirrorless camera, testing it out.

I love the vintage mannequins in the background as they are waitng for pick-up to be in a movie being filmed in Millvale and Pittsburgh.

Thanks for taking this photo of me Mark.  


and here is our selfie  usie  taken with the tilt screen option that opens up.

I made it a tad smaller so I don’t feel so bulky when I look at it.

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I cropped myself out and got a nice portrait of Mark


Steve brought in take out tonight. Fish sandwich and slaw.  I reheated the sandwich in the oven.  Mmmmmm.


Shadowed Gallery

A second post of shadowed upon further digging in archives.

Greenwich Village

Greenwich Village

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gone, But Not Forgotten

Brother Michael’s photograph is on the wall at Rocco’s Pasticceria down on Bleecker Street.

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Brother Michael LaMantia served “51 years as a brother in the Scalabrini Order and nearly 40 years at the parish in the heart of Greenwich Village.”

(Our Lady of Pompeii Church is across the street from Rocco’s.  My sister says there is a memorial to Brother Michael in the church.

Before Brother Michael passed in 2013, he gave the Pasticceria this statue of Saint Rocco.  Brother Michael is Gone, But Not Forgotten. 

Thanks to Krista Evans for this challenge

St.  Rocco

Rocco's Pasticceria

Rocco’s on Bleecker Street.


For the story of Saint Rocco you can check out the link in this post from the Saint Rocco Festival in Pittsburgh

Franco (posing for me with a cheesecake below) is the one who showed me Brother Michael’s prayer card on the wall at Rocco’s and told me that Brother Michael had given the Saint Rocco Statue to the store. Franco has been at Rocco’s for more than thirty years!


Here is Franco posing for me with a cheesecake.  Mary and I stopped in Saturday night for a coffee and pastry after a nice day at Galleries and Target First Night at the Brooklyn Museum. 

Unexpected Find at Panza Gallery

Millvale, PA is just across the Allegheny River. Steve and I eat out at Grant Bar Grant Avenue some nights.

If you follow the blog you’ve been to Millvale with me, Jean-Marc Chatellier’s Bakery for Brioche, Esther’s Hobby Shop, Attic Records, the high water mark from the floods.

We popped into the Panza Gallery and saw some friends and acquaintances and checked out the new work show by Brian Lang and Susan Sparks. I’ve posted some photos of Panza’s.

While chatting with Mary Ann, I asked if I could photograph the ceramic holy water font where this package of fuses got placed. Just as it was.

When Mark was finished with his conversation, he concurred that I could photograph this find. Thanks Mark and Mary Ann.

Coming up in February and March, Panza will host programs on the artist Maxo Vanka Murals housed in the St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Parish on the hill.

Holy Water Font