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Sierra Starks

Stories by Sierra Starks

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Christmas tree veggie appetizer

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 06, 11:30

    Holiday party season is in full swing, and whether you’re the one entertaining or accepting the invitation, KTVA 11’s Daybreak is adding a dish to our Recipe Box that’s sure to make you the star of the circuit. This week, Anchorage mom and blogger Michelle Baxter whips up a vegetarian appetizer. The dish is a […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage sisters spreading holiday cheer with elf-grams

    by Sierra Starks on Dec 02, 12:47

    Two Anchorage sisters have dubbed themselves Santa’s little helpers this season. Morgan and Mia Grace Stratton have been delivering joy to the masses through elf-grams — song-and-dance routines — the two are serving up as a fundraiser. The idea was the brainchild of their mother, Jennifer Stratton, inspired by the movie “Elf” with Will Ferrell. […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Chicken and Waffles

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 29, 10:11

    Chicken and waffles is a soul food staple known for its combination of contrasting flavors: sweet waffle batter and sticky maple syrup combined with salty breaded chicken, fried (or baked) to perfection. But Derrick Green, co-owner of Waffles and Whatnot food truck, has reimagined the recipe by adding a double dose of savor. The waffle takes the flavor of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Black Friday shoppers brave cold, early morning snowfall for doorbuster deals

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 25, 14:43

    Before the snow fell Friday morning, Alaskans bundled up and braved the cold to be one of the first in line at Cabela’s, one of Anchorage’s Black Friday hotspots. Luke Walker was the first shopper through the doors when they opened at 5 a.m. The 19-year-old flew down from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to defend […]

  • DayBreak

    Ask Alaska: When does the Christmas tree go up in your home?

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 23, 11:13

    It could be called the great holiday debate: When does the tree go up? At many spots around town, including Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall, the holiday decorations have been up for weeks, with trees stretching to the ceiling in some cases. KTVA 11’s Sierra Starks stopped by the mall to ask Alaskans exactly when they plan […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Perfect mashed potatoes and gravy

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 22, 10:00

    Accepting an invitation to someone else’s house for Thanksgiving is a way to keep things stress-free this week. That is, until you have to figure out what dish to bring, since proper etiquette calls for guests to never show up empty-handed. That’s where Daybreak’s Recipe Box comes in! Amanda Cash, mom and owner of The Magpie food truck, […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage mom advocates for car seat safety after spotting unbuckled kids

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 16, 10:29

    What started out as a normal day of running errands for Dr. Jessica Dachowski took a turn when she stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Old Seward Highway and Dimond Boulevard in South Anchorage. In the car next to her were two small children, both appearing to be unbuckled with one holding onto […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Harira Soup

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 15, 11:06

    Alaska chef Kirsten Dixon says when she and her daughter, Mandy, went to Morocco, they came back inspired to make a plethora of dishes. One of them was harira, a savory soup typically eaten to break the Ramadan fast. It’s made using lentils, chickpeas and diced meat, complete with herbs and spices. Dixon says she was […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage gardener’s green thumb works overtime to plant tulip bulbs

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 14, 11:29

    The scrape of a shovel and the labored grunts of Graeme Pincott are a sign of the season. The downtown Anchorage master gardener is hard at work, this time planting tulip bulbs. “We just had an awesome year with the dahlias,” said Pincott, an Anchorage stylist whose hair trimming skills extend to keeping weeds in check as well. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Amid UAA budget woes, diesel tech program looks to industry partnerships to keep costs down

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 11, 19:43

    Tractors, engines and parts galore have all found a space in the garage that houses the diesel power technology program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In the middle of the space sits a driver’s cab, emblazoned with the Seawolf logo, looking like it could morph into something from the Transformers franchise at any moment. […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Morocco-inspired Alaska seafood dish

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 08, 18:00

    This week’s Recipe Box is inspired by flavors found halfway across the world. Chefs Kirsten and Mandy Dixon recently represented Alaska in Morocco during the second annual U.S./Morocco Food Week. “It was incredible,” said Kirsten of the experience. “We went all over the country. We cooked Alaska cuisine for Moroccan chefs and homemakers, and we also learned […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Spaghetti squash with Bolognese sauce

    by Sierra Starks on Nov 01, 10:02

    Spaghetti for dinner translates into leftovers for days, but if you’re looking for a carb-light option, Anchorage mom Lesleigh Frank recommends substituting squash for your pasta. Turning squash into stringy spaghetti garners skepticism, but Frank urges busy parents to take a gamble on the yellow gourd and try it for themselves. “It’s a great way to […]

  • DayBreak

    Victoria’s Secret opens in Alaska, 70 jobs added with more to come

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 28, 11:12

    Starting today, shoppers will have more options when looking to buy lingerie in Anchorage. Victoria’s Secret opened its doors in Alaska at 8 a.m. Friday. There were easily 200 people lined up before staff gathered for the ribbon cutting, said Kari Skinner, director of marketing for the Anchorage 5th Avenue Mall. Staff were on-hand fitting customers for […]

  • Alaska News

    Village of Gulkana looks to Gov. Walker to ‘right a wrong,’ get back burial grounds

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 28, 10:30

    Nestled in the woods just north of Glennallen lie the descendants of the Ewan family. If Roy S. Ewan had to guess how many were buried beneath the surface, his guess would be “about 100.” The deceased are family members of the Gulkana tribe, an Athabascan village that used to call the cemetery and its surrounding acres […]

  • DayBreak

    Blind activist urges self-advocacy for Alaskans with disabilities

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 26, 11:08

    Moving boxes are stacking up in Lynne Koral’s home in Airport Heights — a sign that she and her guide dog Noelle’s Alaska adventure is coming to an end. “It’s hard for her, too, because things are moving out, couches are gone,” Koral said of Noelle. “I think she’s not sure what’s happening.” Koral won’t be […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Apple Doughnuts

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 25, 13:02

    The doughnut — in all its glory of icings, toppings and drizzles — is a breakfast staple. But Anchorage mom and blogger Lesleigh Frank recently took it one step further for her daughter’s third birthday. “I made pumpkin donuts and stacked them up on a big cake plate and then covered it in cream cheese frosting,” […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Family Pizza Night

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 19, 13:23

    Pizza night is sometimes a go-to for busy parents, and for good reason! It’s quick, easy and there’s really no clean-up involved. But if it’s becoming more of a daily routine, it could be argued that quality is being compromised for convenience. In this week’s Recipe Box, Amanda Cash, Anchorage mom and owner of The […]

  • DayBreak

    Anchorage students show us Google Classroom in action

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 17, 15:40

    Brittany Nerland’s second-grade students at Aquarian Charter School are in a class of their own. A recent weekday began like any other, with announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, things got interesting as they pulled out their Google Chromebooks and plugged into Google Classroom, a web-based, virtual learning platform. The assignment of the day was […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Egg-in-the-Hole

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 11, 10:51

    If breakfast really sets the tone for the rest of the day, why stick to the mundane? This week, KTVA 11’s Daybreak is packing protein into a fun meal for the kiddos, with the help of Anchorage mom Lesleigh Frank. Egg-in-the-Hole is one of Frank’s favorite meals from her childhood. But this version has an […]

  • Recipe Box

    Recipe Box: Bacon, potato and kale soup

    by Sierra Starks on Oct 04, 10:40

    Colder weather calls for a cup of soup to warm the soul. In this week’s Recipe Box, Anchorage mom Michelle Baxter shares a recipe the kiddos will be lapping up by the ladle. “One of my favorite go-to fall soups is my bacon, kale, potato soup,” said Baxter. “And we love it because it uses […]