We on the Kenai Peninsula are fortunate to still hear the calls and witness the majestic elegance of North America's largest waterfowl, the trumpeter swan. Adult males can weigh close to thirty pounds and reach over five feet in length.
Compared to other basic cooking techniques, grilling is hard: the temperatures are high, timing is crucial and slight differences in the thickness or wetness of the food can dramatically affect how quickly it cooks.
Early run king catches have been slow on the southern Kenai Peninsula's streams. The late spring and high, murky waters are to blame, said Carol Kerkvliet, assistant Homer area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Until last year, I'd never eaten paella, let alone tried to pronounce it. Last year, at a restaurant in Kent, Wash., I finally did both.
As for saying paella, I've found that few people will laugh out loud if you pronounce it "pie-ay-ah.