Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Summer Zucchini - Endless Feast
Because there are so many ways to prepare zucchini, from breakfast loaves, to dinnertime side dishes and appetizers, most of us never get tired of eating it. When moms want to "hide" the zucchini their kids won't eat, they'll often use it in cake, sometimes even one made with chocolate. And, as a hors d'oeuvre, who could possibly resist the temptations of piping hot golden fried zucchini strips? While fast growing zucchini is plentiful all year long, the time is right for seeking out young zucchinis that measure no more than six inches in length and two inches in diameter. Although zucchinis are edible no matter their level of maturity, those of diminutive size possess the sweetest flesh, smallest seeds, and most tender skin. Zucchini's edible skin and seeds, in fact, is what differentiates it as "summer" squash, along with other summer squash varieties such as crookneck, straightneck, and pattypan. "Winter" squash, on the hand, like popular butternut, acorn and Hubbard squash, have hard rinds and seeds that must be removed before the squash can be eaten. Summers are not endless, but the ways in which we can eat summer squash are.

Troopers, park rangers seem overly aggressive
I wonder if anyone else on the lower Kenai Peninsula has notice the over aggressive presence of the state troopers and park rangers. They are seen daily having someone pulled over with their lights on, but there are very few citations written on the trooper dispatch.

Respect nature
As the fisherman and their families extract their nets from the ocean,the bounty is plentiful. She has served man again, sweetly, and generously, asking nothing in return just the absolute respect for her, of her. Now,the sea gulls squack, and will swoop down into the low tide, and they will now dine, no reservations necessary.

One chance to avoid oil bust
We have one more chance to avoid the Oil Bust -- that's what will happen when the TransAlaska oil pipeline goes down and we don't have a gas pipeline ready to replace it.

New organization bowled over by support
Matti's Farm, a new non-profit through Bridges Community Network, was absolutely bowled over by strong community support during our recent raffle fundraiser. Many people did so much to help make the raffle a success, but we would especially like to thank the President of the Kenai Peninsula Bed and Breakfast Association, John Steckel, for his tireless efforts and warm heart. We also extend a deep appreciation to the following Bed and Breakfast Association business owners, who took the time out of their busy summer schedule to sell raffle tickets for Matti's Farm: Forrest and Oscar Nelson at A River's Edge B&B, Richard and Uta Thomas at Alaskan Serenity B&B, George and Tina Showalter at Blonde Bear B&B, Kevin and Valerie Morin at Bridgekeepers Inn, John and Ardee Buckman at Buckmans B&B of Alaska, Gary Katsion and Geoffery Katsion of the Clam Gulch Lodge, Carrol and JoAnne Martin of the Diamond M Ranch B&B, Kathleen and Gary Foster of Foster Landing B&B, Bob and Dot May of Gallery Lodge, Diana Lofstedt of Harborside Cottages, Dick and Stephanie Erkeneff at Kenai River Raven, Chuck and Leora Gibbons of Longmere Lake Lodge B&B, Kathy Carlisle of Ocean Bluff B&B, John and Jacquie Steckel of Red Cabin B&B, Steve and Monika Anderson of Soldotna B&B Lodge, Chris and Delora Garcia of Tanglewood B&B, Heidi and Wayne Wong of The Moose Is Inn, and Bob and Gail Knobf of Tundra Bob's Cabin.

Family Fun shines through rain
Rain or shine, fun was had by all at the annual Nikiski "Family Fun in the Midnight Sun" event. Each year it's truly amazing how much the community steps up to make this a successful celebration.

Kenai community a great one
Today has been another precious Fourth of July. My wife, daughter and I have just arrived home from an interfaith community patriotic program while visiting in Burley, Idaho.

'Hobo' finds new home: Local music icon plays different venue after BJ's closure
On a stage in the corner of the Riverside House in Soldotna, "Hobo" Jim Varsos plays against a backdrop of the Kenai River.

Culvert, water main get attention: Project will improve habitat for salmon
The Kenai Watershed Forum took the first steps toward removing an old culvert on Fourth Avenue this last Thursday.

Fish fix: Department changes sonar counting procedures
The Department of Fish and Game on Friday announced changes in its sonar counting procedures for Kenai River salmon.

Alaska, Canada, Northwest collaborate
It's hardly well-known -- in fact, "obscure" comes to mind for most Alaskans -- but a tightly-run Seattle-based nonprofit plays a big role in helping political leaders in U.S. Pacific Northwest states, Alaska, and Canada's western provinces get to know each other and mesh their priorities.

Trooper seizure of dogs in North Kenai highlights borough animal control issue
Four dogs spent weeks in a cramped chickenwire cage paneled with plywood. One dog's ribs protruded about half an inch through its skin. In order to see out of the tarp-covered cage, the animals needed to stand on their hind legs and poke their noses out of a small opening.

Washington port facilty remains gateway to Alaska
No matter who you ask, the answer is the same: Alaska's transportation link with Washington is just as critical today as it was decades ago, if not more so.

Linda L. Hendren
Sterling area resident Linda L. Hendren, 57, died Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at her home on the Kenai Keys.

Hortense A. Crowder
Longtime Alaskan and Kenai and Soldotna area resident Hortense A. Crowder, 85, died Sunday, July 4, 2010, at Heritage Place in Soldotna.

Janett C. Garrett
Longtime Soldotna resident Janett C. Garrett died Friday, July 2, 2010 at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. She was 73.

Both girls go to horse camp
This is my daughter, Penelope, and our miniature horse, Mukluk, at a trick show that he did. We have trained him to do tricks, and he sometimes does little shows for camps, 4-H, and churches. He's a wonderful pet to have, lovable and silly at the same time. He is three years old, and a full grown horse.

Kenai Golf Report: Men's Short Game Clinic at Kenai Golf Course finds success
Hello golfers and welcome back after a long holiday weekend. I hope that all of you had a safe, happy Fourth of July weekend wherever and however you chose to spend it.

Goldpanners continue red-hot play: Fairbanks squad comes back to defeat Oilers, extend lead in ABL
The home cooking of the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks is fast becoming too hot for the Peninsula Oilers and the rest of the Alaska Baseball League.

Oilers split with Panners
The Oilers split a doubleheader against the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks on Tuesday at Growden Memorial Park in Fairbanks.

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