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Pizza on the Grill

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy The sun must trigger a photocell in our bodies that summons the urge to grill outdoors. Last week it was pizza on the grill. The bits of charred edges and smoky flavor reminded me of pizza that’s baked in a blazing hot brick oven. It’s a dish my family […]

The strange tale of a brownie thief

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy I had a strange experience with brownies. On my first job, I was on the north side of the Brooks Range on a gravel Herc strip cooking for four petroleum geologists, a helicopter pilot and his mechanic. They were a kind and forgiving crew, considering I was 20 years […]

Have a seat at the Red Chair Cafe

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Every now and then on my drive home on 4th Avenue, I pass a spot of bright light beneath a red awning tucked amid the drab surroundings of the McKinley Tower, or what old-timers call the McKay Building. I could see that it was a restaurant, a deli, perhaps […]

Super Bowl Food Frenzy

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Super Bowl Sunday is a day where you forget about cholesterol and start thinking about investing in Spandex and renewing your gym membership. I will not judge because I’m right there with you. Hate football? Anti-football people can eat this food while watching the Puppy Bowl or après Alaska […]

Chicken and dumplings — Good food for the soul

Chicken and dumplings — Good food for the soul

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy What I love most about chicken and dumplings is that moment after the first bite, leaning over the bowl, inhaling the healing aroma of chicken broth, vegetables and tender shreds of chicken. I view this meal as part act of defiance against winter and part love of the wonderful […]

New Year’s resolutions

By Scott Banks Daily Planet Food Guy Before Christmas, everyone compiles Top 10 lists for 2013. After Christmas the list comes in as New Year’s resolutions. A few years ago, I took a moment to reflect and then I wrote a list of resolutions that looked like this: New Year’s Resolutions 1. 2. 3. 4. […]

Christmas breakfast: The gift of time

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Christmas is the time of excess, but one commodity we don’t have is an excess of time. The precious hours seem to melt away as we hustle for last-minute shopping, parties and shipping off the last Christmas cards. So, what to serve for breakfast on Christmas morning might not […]

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