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As many of you know, I am a big fan of Alaska seafood. When we lived in Anchorage, I had the wonderful opportunity to cook and catch numerous species of fish from the region’s icy waters.
Without a doubt, I had some of the best and freshest halibut one day when I purchased it [...]

Easy Open Oysters!

December 31st, 2010

An easy way to serve fresh oysters. Grill, don’t shuck!

The boys in my house love to watch the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. I watch the show, but I shudder at the magnitude of the job and the task at hand.
We lived in Anchorage a few years ago and I vividly remember watching the show one January evening. 
The wind was howling, and the snow was piling up [...]

Alaskan Red King Crab Legs

October 22nd, 2009

The season is short, and the time was ripe.
I was at  Metropolitan Market yesterday and simply couldn’t resist purchasing one of their seafood specials–the Alaskan Red King Crab Legs. 
Shipped fully cooked and fresh, not frozen, these massive crab legs hail from Dutch Harbor, Alaska.
The short and tumultuous Bering Sea king crab season officially kicked off [...]

While perusing a used book sale recently, I found a copy of the The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson.
Published in 1956 by Harper & Row, the book features Carson’s summer adventures with her little nephew Roger. There are fabulous black and white photos throughout the book, and Carson recounts the [...]

Alaska’s Amazing Lunch Lady

September 29th, 2009

Now that school is back in session, lunch is a hot topic.
With that in mind, please be sure to check out my article in The Oregonian. I feature Patty Luckhurst, an amazing lunch lady who hails from a remote corner of Alaska.
In addition to cranking out 1500 handmade yeast rolls each week, Luckhurst [...]

We eat a lot of wild salmon in our house. My husband and sons take great pleasure in fishing for wild salmon here in the Pacific Northwest, and thanks to their hobby I now have a freezer full of flash frozen fillets.
Last weekend, I poached a one pound salmon fillet and stashed it in the [...]

Attention fish lovers. Fresh Wild Alaskan sockeye salmon is now on deck and we are seeing a lot of it being sold here in Seattle.
The 2009 season has been shaping up quite nicely in America’s Last Frontier, and I’m anticipating an official report from Alaska soon.
In the meantime, consider the all natural attributes [...]

On Friday afternoon, I headed up to my Central Market. It’s my favorite grocery store in the neighborhood and I shop there often, practically daily. I noticed that the fish counter looked really good that day.
The fish department is quite large at Central and they offer an enourmous selection–live oysters, clams, Dungeness crabs [...]

Tired of serving hamburgers and hotdogs on July 4th?
If so, then try check out my prior post on how to make a really
great salmon burger. With fresh wild Alaskan salmon now
in season, it’s a great technique to try.
For additional recipes using Wild Alaskan seafood and salmon, check out the official website for Alaska Seafood.

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