Thursday, April 1, 2010

Italian Vegetable Soup
1 pound ground beef

Fresh Dill Salad
1 cup Greek yogurt

Zucchini Patties with Feta Cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil

Fresh, new and a surprise, or two: Waiting at a Market Near You
Wanting to use nothing but baby Vidala onions in a couple of my "to try" recipes, I've had to wait until spring, when Vidalias are harvested, to make "Zucchini Patties with Feta" and "Fresh Dill Salad," from The Fresh Market's "25th Anniversary The Fresh Market & Friends Cookbook. So, from the moment the onions were first spotted at Hilton Head Island's The Fresh Market, the wheels were set in motion to prepare a meal I'd been thinking about for months. Besides perfect onions, the market also had everything else I required for the recipes -- a spectacular bundle of fresh dill (a memember of the carrot family), brightly-colored orange carrots (with their feathery green tops still intact), zucchini (free of nicks and scrapes), and some very nice cucumbers. At this point, I was ready to leave the produce section and venture over to the dairy case for Greek yogurt for the salad, when something totally unexpected caught my eye. There, just beyond the produce, amongst flowers like tulips, lilies and irises, were bunches of pussy willows, a vision I've not seen in a very, very long time. Onions notwithstanding, in that moment, I knew spring had arrived. Yes, for sure, it was spring, and the wait for zucchini patties, finally over.

Health foundation allows camp to blast off
The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska (CLCA) would like to express our deepest thanks to the Central Peninsula Health Foundation's (CPHF) support of our summer Cosmic Adventure Camps. Last year we earned American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation, and this year the ACA required that all accredited camps have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on site. CLCA is a non-profit organization that does not receive any regular city, borough, state, or federal funding, and we work to keep our costs as low as possible. Through CPHF's generous donation, we were able to secure an AED without having to absorb the costs or pass it onto camper families. In fact, CPHF's generous sponsorship allows us to continue offering our camps to Alaska's youth and families for the least possible out-of-pocket cost to them. Additionally, while the AED is required for our summer camp accreditation, it is available in the facility year round. Thank you very much CPHF for your support!

Walmart wait is over: Retailer opens shop in Kenai

Chamber director steps down
After two-and-a-half years of service as the executive director of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, Tina Baldridge has stepped down.

Fire on Big Eddy
Central Emergency Services is investigating the cause of a chimney fire that burned part of a Big Eddy Road home Tuesday morning.

Bryan Wayne Weber
Former Kenai resident Bryan Wayne Weber, 52, a law enforcement officer, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Billings, Mont., from cancer.

Around the Peninsula
The KPC Phi Theta Kappa and KPC Showcase lecture with Fulbright Scholar Dr. Asma Al-Kitbi was held Monday.

Thanks Where, Who, Why, When, and What For?
He's risen from the tomb, Easter stories say.

What's Happening

First Thursday

Volunteers needed for Kenai triathlon
The Kenai triathlon is currently seeking volunteers for all three events. The race will be held Sunday, June 13. If interested and/or for more information, go to or send an e-mail to

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Jeff's call: Time for another switch?

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