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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Pioneer Potluck

Punishment by Dad

Author's diverse background makes for exciting cuisine
Readers of this column already know that I love any cookbook written by Tessa Kiros. With a Greek-Cypriot father, a Finnish mother and a Russian great-great grandmother, London-born Tessa Kiros was born into a family with diverse culinary backgrounds. When Kiros was four years old, she moved with her family to South Africa and when she was 18, began traveling to learn about the cuisines and cultures of other places such as Australia, Greece and Mexico. Kiros' experiences come to life through her cookbooks' recipes and through the numerous reminiscences about the people and places she cares for. All of Kiros' cookbooks, "Twelve," "Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes," "Apples for Jam," "Piri Piri Starfish," Venezia: Food and Dreams" and the soon to be released "Food from Many Greek Kitchens" contains the brilliant photography of Manos Chatzikonstantis. The photographs are as inspiring as they are beautiful and it's easy to get lost in them again, and again and again. If you embark on any of Kiros' recipes, do purchase the freshest ingredients possible, especially as it relates to the produce. With many foods coming into season, check your neighborhood farm stand first. It's fun giving local food a foreign flare and Kiros' recipes can get you started, fast.

Birds, birders flock to Kenai
Visitors have started flocking to the central Peninsula for the annual Kenai Birding Festival this weekend.

Kenai to consider $13.3 mil budget
Kenai's City Council will consider a $13.3 million budget Wednesday night that reflects only a few changes from city administration's original proposed budget.

Announcement renews AGIA gas pipeline debate
JUNEAU -- Tuesday's announcement that a company is scrapping plans to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska has renewed the debate over whether a line is viable or the state is chasing a mere pipe dream.

Fire still not allowed
Permitted open burning and burning in barrels remains suspended on the Kenai Peninsula until further notice, according to a Alaska Division of Forestry announcement Monday.

Denali ditches pipeline; BP-ConocoPhillips venture doesn't secure support
JUNEAU -- One of two companies planning to build major natural gas pipelines in Alaska has dropped its bid, saying Tuesday that it didn't secure the support necessary to justify going forward with its project.

Area projects make budget
Called into special session last month by Gov. Sean Parnell, the 27th Alaska State Legislature finally came to a close late Saturday night. Legislators, including Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Rep. Paul Stevens, R-Homer, returned to their homes over the weekend after passing a $3.2 billion capital budget.

Reading Runes: Kenai man shares the magic
Up Kenai's windy Strawberry Road an ancient rune master lives in a cozy, cedar cabin.

Company abandoning pipeline project in Alaska
JUNEAU -- A company is dropping its bid to build a major natural gas pipeline in Alaska, saying it didn't get the agreements necessary to justify continuing. Denali-The Alaska Gas Pipeline made the announcement Tuesday.

3 dead, 2 missing in Cook Inlet
ANCHORAGE -- Coast Guard rescue crews responding to a report of four missing clam diggers southwest of Kalgin Island discovered the bodies of two men more than 1,700 yards from the beach at Polly Creek on the west side of Cook Inlet Tuesday.

Danielle Lynn Cunningham (Montgomery)
Danielle Lynn Cunningham (Montgomery) on May 1, 2011, met her untimely death at the age of 36.

John 'Jack' Griffel
John "Jack" Griffel, age 73, of Albert City, Iowa died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at his home.

Patrick M. Maltby
Patrick M. Maltby died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at the Atlantic Healthcare Center, in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 71.

Around the Peninsula

River Fest still needs volunteers

Around the Peninsula

Order of the Purple Heart plans banquet

Pet Photo: Who goes there?

Sports Brief: SoHi baseball tops Homer
The Soldotna baseball team defeated host Homer 26-7 in five innings in Northern Lights Conference action Monday. The Stars improve to 2-3 in the league and 3-8 overall.

Sports Brief: SoHi softball tops Skyview
The Soldotna softball team defeated Skyview 12-0 in 3 1-2 innings Monday in Northern Lights Conference action at Guy and Judy Hayes Field in Soldotna. SoHi is now 7-6 overall and 5-1 in the league.

Sports Brief: Kenai Central baseball earns 1st victory
A 12-run fifth inning sparked the Kenai Central baseball team to its first win in program history on Tuesday, 18-8 at Homer in Northern Lights Conference action.

Sports Brief: Mariners softball upends Kardinals, 13-4
Brooke DeVaney went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs, Lauren Cashman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs and the host Homer softball team defeated Kenai Central 13-4 in Northern Lights Conference action Tuesday.

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