Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chicken Breasts with Blueberry-Balsamic Reduction and Scalloped Potatoes
4 chicken breasts, baked, roasted, or grilled

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Now is the perfect time for baking a fresh blueberry and cherry tart. Blueberries and cherries are plentiful at the market, prices are good, and chances are you never knew impressing family and friends with a homemade tart could be so easy. When mixed in a food processor, a tart's sweet pastry shell (the French call it "Pte Sucre") is extra flaky, but good results can also be achieved with a mixer if the dough is not over worked. For your tart, select plump, firm cherries with deep red to purplish hues (the darker the cherry, the sweeter the fruit) and indigo-colored blueberries, with a silver-gray "bloom." (The bloom serves as the fruit's protective coating.) And, if you really feel ambitious, pick up some extra blueberries for making a Blueberry-Balsamic Reduction Sauce, delectable on grilled chicken, pork, or fish.

Return of the Salmon celebrated
Many thanks to the community volunteers who made the eighth annual Return of the Salmon Celebration at Heritage Place such a great success.

No such thing as a free ride
I have used public transportation for the last 20 years. It is not monetary that I use it, but I cannot drive due to a physical impairment. I choose to use public transportation rather then put myself and others in jeopardy.

Will kings be managed out of existence?
Of course salt water fishing for kings should be closed. As far as I am concerned this is a no brainer. If you talk to anyone from the southern portion of the Peninsula they will tell you that they are "knocking them dead" in the surf. In fact, the Kenai River should be closed above the Soldotna bridge for 5-7 years to give the kings a chance to recover.

Building, 92, eligible for National Registry of Historic Places
The Oskolkoff Cabin has been nestled between the St. Nicholas Memorial and residential buildings for nearly a century. Today Kenai knows it as Veronica's Cafe. Doug Darien, who lived in the cabin during the '40s, said that structurally it has barely changed.

Carey to fill top aide spots, Bannock will return to Spruce Bark Beetle program
The Kenai Peninsula Borough's administration is set for another shakeup.

Turbines slowly enter Kenai Peninsula landscape
Gene Palm awaits a storm. He's begging for one, really.

Kenai king salmon harvest restrictions lifted today
The 2010 Kenai River early run king salmon sport fishery will reopen to the harvest of king salmon less than 46 inches in length or 55 inches or greater in length on Tuesday, June 15.

Trooper unit focus is traffic safety
As trooper Gordon Young passed Kenai Central High School on Friday evening, dispatch relayed a concerned citizen's call about three unattended children in Nikiski.

Boating safety should go beyond law
The tragic manner in which a Washington man died on the banks of the Kasilof River last week doesn't shock the experts. But it does remind them of the dangers that are often overlooked in the world of fishing -- even at the policy level.

James F. Stevenson,
Sterling resident, James F. Stevenson, 91, died of heart failure Saturday, June 12, 2010 at home with his family at his side.

Nana "Nan" Louise Gambini
Kenai resident Nana "Nan" Louise Gambini, 50, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a short illness.

Congress not exempt from health care law
Is it true that members of Congress are exempt from the provisions of the new health-care act? Such as they're not required to buy insurance?

Around the Peninsula

Public Health schedules immunization clinics

Photo feature: Spoonmates
Buster, left, and Princess Eggplant have lived with Jaquie Graham for seven years. Buster traveled across country in 2003 as a young kitty (6 months old). She got Princess from Anchorage Animal Care Control in June of 2003 to keep Buster company. They are very devoted to each other and to Graham.

Oilers notch nonleague win
The Peninsula Oilers got back on the winning track with a nonleague 4-0 victory over the Heroes of the Diamond on Monday at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai.

Tri the Kenai results released
The first Tri the Kenai was held on Sunday at Tsalteshi Trails. The adults swam 500 yards in the pool, biked 10 miles and ran five kilometers. The kids ages 5 to 9 swam 50 yards, biked 1.8 kilometers and ran 1.2 kilometers. The kids ages 10 to 14 swam 100 yards, biked 1.8 kilometers and ran 1.2 kilometers.

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