Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On A Casserole
Casseroles are great family fare because they can be cooked and served from the same dish. They emerge from the oven hot and bubbly and when they come to the table covered, there's always that great moment when the lid comes off, the steam rises, and everybody anxiously looks to see what's for supper. Although many folks glumly report having endured another holiday season with green bean casserole, most of us would gladly enjoy a casserole, albeit not the Campbell Soup Company 1955 mushroom soup classic, on any night of the week and during any time of the year. Even finicky eaters are crazy for casseroles, where vegetables, meat and sometimes a starch come together in one delicious dish that is generally easy to make, economical to serve and won't mind sitting around while family comes to the table. Casseroles are great for making ahead, for bringing to a neighbor or friend who is sick and are the ultimate potluck food. Only one reader complained, in February of 2008, about my printing a recipe for a retro tuna fish casserole. But, it was Lent and over 50 years of oh-so-good perfect tuna casseroles leaves an impression.

School holiday drive a success
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the individuals, families, organizations and businesses that helped make our 2010 Christmas Drive a success.

America is at the shopping mall
Only our military and their families, and our veterans and their families endure the war on terrorism.

Community support much appreciated
The Coury family would like to thank everyone in Alaska for their support, love and prayers in our time of sorrow. We especially want to thank the Sterling Brotherhood for their help with many things during our time in Sterling.

Lights come on at Daubenspeck Park
One new set of lights in Kenai isn't just here for the holiday season.

$871M DOT budget includes roads, airports, more
Gov. Sean Parnell's 2012 draft capital budget, released Dec. 15, contains about $1.5 billion worth of allocations, including more than $835 million in federal funds.

Melting winter wonderland: Warm peninsula temperatures not here to stay
While the current temperatures may seem like a mini-heat wave compared to December's colder-than-average stats they're not expected to last, the National Weather Service says.

Carey: We've got to get moving; Borough mayor emphasizes resource development
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Dave Carey gave his own version of a "state of the borough" address, emphasizing the importance of human and natural resources while discussing upcoming budget challenges, at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce's luncheon at Froso's Tuesday.

Library expansion progressing: Grand opening could come sometime this summer
Since breaking ground on their expansion project on May 3 of last year, the Kenai Community Library has been awash in the sights and sounds of conventional construction: the intermittent buzzing and clanking of power tools, men in hardhats and work boots, that pervasive smell of dust and sweat and freshly cut wood.

Air Supply Alaska plane crashes; pilot uninjured
A cargo plane carrying groceries and other goods from Kenai to New Stuyahok crashed during its failed runway landing at the New Stuyahok Airport on Monday afternoon. The pilot, who was the only person on board, walked away from the wreckage uninjured.

Fatal collision closes Sterling Highway
The Sterling Highway is closed around mile 62 after a fatal collision this afternoon near the access to Kelly and Peterson Lakes.

CINGSA storage project on track again
The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has removed one hurdle from Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska's effort to get approval for a natural gas storage facility on the peninsula.

Around the Peninsula

First exhibit of the season this week

Around the Peninsula

Boys and Girls Club soccer coming

Pet Photo: Amazing Clancy

Pet Photo: Amazing Clancy

Soldotna cagers sweep Skyview
The Soldotna boys basketball team held off a pesky Skyview squad for a 58-44 victory Tuesday at Skyview in the Northern Lights Conference opener for both sides.

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