Sunday, December 04, 2011

Sockeye Salmon Coma

When the winter days get shorter and summer days are long gone is when sockeye salmon hits the spot more than ever.

This is just an easy fix fried in butter and smothered with onions.

With the leftovers I make Salmon Salad or whatever strikes my mood. Could be tacos, patties, quiche, lasagna, dip, chowder, mentai, California rolls, wraps or a good ol' sandwich.

High in omega-3 fatty acids salmon sure helps with the winter dundrums!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Friday, November 25, 2011

Whale of a Show

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fish Cups

It's been like an early Christmas for me around here unpacking the "Totes of My Life" one more time. Now I know why I've been hauling them around & and paying storage fees.

My set of five fish cups that I just love! Unbreakable Sterling China Made in the good ol' U.S. of A. East Liverpool, Ohio to be exact. I found them at a garage sale in Fairbanks about 20 years ago.

My teapot I got at Sagaya's back when it was a little store in Spenard about that same time. Its not even broke in yet.

Care for a spot of tea?

Saturday, November 12, 2011


Musher's lingo for giddy-up and go is "Hike!" Not "Mush!" like I always thought. Snapped this picture out my rolled down window driving down KGB. One shot and I got it. All this snow makes for happy sled dogs. Not so happy people. One guy at the bar last night rolled his truck. Got a ride with somebody else and they rolled. He was back at the bar today alive to tell about it. His truck was still in the ditch when I drove by. Maybe he should take up mushing. Or hiking.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Knik Style BBQing

Weather permitted bbqing New York Steaks my first night!

Not only did I learn how to make pizzas I learned how to make the pizza boxes!

So happy I got a fun job cooking. It will make the winter go by fast.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Got Wood?

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Knik Historic District

Landed myself a cooking job at the Knik Bar & Grill in the Knik (pronounced Ka-Nik) Historic District today. Located at Mile 13.5 of the scenic Knik-Goose Bay Road. A popular route to interior Alaska before Anchorage was even on the map. Dog-mushing is the word out there & the first 15 miles of Knik Road are now designated as the Joe Redington Sr. Memorial Trail in memory of the Father of the Iditarod Sled Dog race. Went on quite a few interviews around the valley and was actually picked to be hired for a couple (one was cooking at an old folks home & another was cooking in a bagel shop) but held out for this job. It was a bold move in this economy I know. But, with the money I saved all summer I could afford to be a bit choosy.

This is the back door to the nice commercial kitchen. Friday night is steak night and I will be grilling on that grill outside. (Weather Permitting!)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011


First dusting of snow in the valley this morning.  Not quite an inch at my house. 
Photo by Erin Kirkland

Here's an Alaska kid realizing he won his AK FAM SNOW BET.  First time he didn't pick his birthday.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Halibut Chowder and more...

Time has been going by fast getting ready for winter.  No snow in the valley yet but today it was raining & blowing hard.  When it partly cleared this rainbow showed up on Wasilla Lake.
Made Halibut Chowder which is basically Potato Soup with fresh (frozen) halibut chunks added right before the cream and roux.  Next I am going to make Spicy Salmon Chowder which is like a Manhatten style with Jamaican Jerk spices.  Sounded good to me and its the time of year for soups, chowders & fresh bread.  The picture is of the Halibut Chowder warming up on my sister's woodstove.

The Global Reporter goes Kenai King fishing with Jimmie Jack Fishing!  Watch & enjoy great camera work & reporting from Brazilian TV.  Next week I will be featured halibut fishing with them.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Food of the Rainbow

Pass the Sausage!

Try eating one color at a time.  New diet!

Talk about Blue Cheese

Ice Cream WINNER!!!
 Found here

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Hood Art

Looks like a 1976 Ford Torino hood to me. One of a kind!

This roadside show is off the Old Glenn Highway known as the Butte.

I've got to go back to this place. I could spend hours there taking pics and talking with the old proprieter. This carnival ride works. Just isn't motor driven anymore. It is "People driven." he said.

Friday, October 07, 2011

George's Rock

Wasilla is at Mile 42 of George Parks Highway (Alaska 3). George Alexander Parks was Alaska's territorial governor from 1925 til 1933. Originally known as the Anchorage/Fairbanks Hwy it received its current name in 1975. The highway was completed in 1971. The earthmovers must have ran into this rock and set it on the shores of Wasilla Lake for a monument to George back then.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Off the Kenai

Beautiful drive off the Kenai Friday. All the fall colors with the torquoise Kenai river passing by. I was too much in a hurry to stop and take any pics. Lots of time to reflect on the wonderful summer I had fishing, meeting people from all over and basically loving my life in Alaska.

Having a couple coolers full of fish on board felt good, too.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Kenai Edge

The mouth of the Kenai River

The picnic table only has bench seats on the safe side.

Erosion, earthquake or shakey legs...I wasn't getting close to the edge. Nice view from a little out of the way park I found in Old Town Kenai.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

8 More

Sunsets at the lodge that is. Time is getting short for me. The season is winding down to a halt soon. Luckily I have a lot to do so the time should go by fast & then slow down while I get ready for winter. HaHa I Wish!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Grab a fork...and a Leg

Monday, September 19, 2011

Snapping Ray Troll T-shirts

Stopped by Snug Harbor Seafoods today to pick up my smoked silver salmon and got carried away snapping pictures of the Ray Troll T-shirts. Every one of them is fantastic! Very good point.

Kind of out there.

The ugly truth.

Good book.

Fast fish!



My favorite.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Home 4 Life

Here is the new business card of the company who are the brawns & brains behind my new abode. 
Thank-you Home 4 Life for giving me the inspiration and know-how to have my own place again.  I might not own the spot its on but with your design features it is movable.   

My own space!  I can't wait!  Groundbreaking was today.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Vote for Salmon

Salmon for Assembly

Salmon for Governor

Salmon for President

Sounds good to me!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Little Red Cooler

Had a great time on my roadtrip week vacation. The weather was sunny most of the time with the fall colors changing fast. Lots of campfires, roasted hotdogs and s'mores.

Came back with exciting news and solid plans for the winter. I changed my mind about the Hawaiian Islands and opted for joining my sister's Home For Life program and building a model gertee. Hired a carpenter, rented an awesome space in an RV park with water, sewer & electric hookups so this will be a modern gertee ( a cross between a yurt & a teepee).

So back to work tomorrow to finish out the season and look forward to winter near family in my own warm & cosy humble abode.

And my little red cooler came back empty. Ready to be filled up again!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

One Last Breakfast

After 88 days in a row cooking breakfast & making lunches and all the other things a lodge momma does I HAVE A WEEK OFF!!!

A week to go to the valley to visit family & friends!

The job isn't over til the end of the month tho. The last guests left this morning and a group is coming in the 18th so I need to get a jump on that. Plus we are already improving for next year. And I want to wrap the lodge up since I will be the one unwrapping.

I am looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. Then taking a leisurely road trip off the Kenai with frozen halibut, sockeye and cohos on board.

Come along for the ride!

Friday, September 02, 2011

Dave's killer Bread

Just say NO to bread on drugs!
All summer long I've been making the fisherman's sack lunch sandwiches with Dave's killer Bread. It costs a little more than 6 bucks a loaf but well worth the price when everyone raved about my killer sandwiches. You can't go wrong with killer sandwich bread to begin with.

His story makes for good table talk, too. Above is a picture I took right off the back of the loaf. There is website you can learn more about Dave's killer Bread and order it on-line if you are not lucky enough to have it for sale in a store near you.

Also, Dave's killer bread makes KILLER toast with marionberry jelly!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

My Boss on TV


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Come On Down To My Boat Baby!

In 1967 Every Mother's Son song Come On Down To My Boat Baby made it to #6 on the Top Forty chart.

This boat reminds me of that song. I tried to link to the song but blogger won't let me. Check it out if you can!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Caribou, Eagle & Ducks

Hung out with a few Common Mergansers, G-U-11s and the American Bald Eagle on the Kenai River this afternoon fishing for silvers. Two days in row I caught fish!

This is the last week of semi-busy at the lodge. Its been a great summer, and now there is time for me to go fishing, too.

The leaves are starting to turn and the caribou are on the move. Great time to be silver fishing and stock up for the winter. I believe September 1st, the limit goes up to 3 a day, on the Kenai.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Fly-In

7am check-in at the float plane dock as it was just getting light. This was a trip our guests enjoyed all summer. So today we all went on the trip with Alaska West Air.

Jimmy Jack, his wife Rosie, Jacob behind me, Catdaddy and Big Jim. The plane is a 1958 Otter.

The pilot got to where we could see this BIG bull moose out the plane window.

Bears like to fish, too. We gave this guy lots of space!

On the way back from being dropped off for the day to fish for silvers our pilot flew us over the glacier.

I certainly enjoyed this trip and now I know why our guests came back so wide-eyed and humbled by our great state of Alaska.

And yes I tipped!