Thursday, November 18, 2010

Business Briefs

Chambers schedule meetings

Fit to be tied: Start with the basics, then take it wherever you want
The details of the first fly Brian Richards tied without a pattern are still vivid more than a decade later.

Explore New Takes on Old Favorites
If you're interested in getting in on baking tips and secrets from the acclaimed Brooklyn, N.Y. bakery, Baked, made famous with praise from Oprah and Martha Stewart, then you'll want to delve into the cookbooks authored by Baked founders Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. The books, filled with recipes and striking photographs for confections like Peanut Butter Crispy Bars and Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake with Rum Frosting, are exciting and appealing, especially to those of us who like to bake. The bars, layered with milk chocolate and peanut butter, are definitely not our mother's Rice Krispy Treats, and the mahogany-hued burnt sugar Bundt, brilliantly crowned with glass-like caramel shards, is not the archetypal Bundt of bake-sale legend. Lewis and Poliafito, who left the field of advertising about five years ago to open Baked in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, revealed their award-winning recipe for The Baked Brownie (professed by Oprah as a "favorite" and "best" by America's test kitchen on the Today Show) in 2008s "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking," the duo's first cookbook. Now, just in time for Thanksgiving, we've been gifted with "Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented, " with offerings such as Aunt Sassy Cake (with crushed pistachios and honey and cream frosting), Maple Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting, Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and Joe Froggers (ginger rum molasses cookies). Buy Baked cookbooks from booksellers or on-line source like and Or, check out the Baked website for purchasing information and a link to the recipe for The Baked Brownie, at

Peanut Butter Crispy Bars
Recipe from "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking," by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito; photographs by Tina Rupp. Stewart, Tabori & Chang publishers, Reprinted with permission of the publisher.

Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake with Caramel Rum Frosting
Recipe from "Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented," by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito; photographs by Tina Rupp. Stewart, Tabori & Chang publishers, Reprinted with permission of the publisher.

Make your home safe for delivery people
It is the season for snow again. Time to look out your window and notice what your oil tanks and propane tanks look like. Can you even see them? Are they buried under snow? When you run out and need to be refilled, can the people who come to your home even get to your tank? Will they have to wade through three feet of snow, pulling a hose and climb over your woodpile just to ensure that you are warm and can cook?

Credit card fee is fair
In reference to Dave McDonald's letter about the 2.5-percent fee charged at the Borough for paying your taxes with a credit card. This is not a new fee. It has been in place as long as the Borough has accepted credit cards. Any card transaction has a fee for processing, charged by the issuing card company. The 2.5 percent is a low rate. Commercial companies (Fred's, Walmart, etc.) just include it in the cost of the goods sold and everyone pays even if they pay cash.

Library steps un-friendly to user
Sorry to have to mention that the architect who designed the front steps to the new library did it all wrong.

LeeShore grateful for grant
The LeeShore Center would like to thank the Rasmuson Foundation for its grant award of $21,604 to our agency, which will be used to replace two boilers and hot water tanks at our transitional housing facility. Funding will also be used to purchase new appliances. We're grateful to the Rasmuson Foundation for all their support and assistance to agencies such as ours throughout the state.

Girls soccer team says thanks for Nev. support
The Riptide Under-14 Girls soccer team from the Kenai Peninsula Soccer Club played in the Las Vegas Mayors Cup Tournament Oct. 23 -- 24, in Las Vegas, Nev. The Riptide is comprised of girls from Kenai, Sterling, Soldotna and Nikiski. The girls played three games while in Las Vegas, beating two teams from Las Vegas and losing to a team from Reno. They played very well, surrendering only one goal during the course of the tournament.

Photo feature: Wind in her face
Tuesday's strong wind tousles Sheila Werth's hair as she takes pictures of the sun setting across Cook Inlet. The National Weather Service reported gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour at the time.

Extra set of eyes: School district mulls security cameras
The school district is hoping to add eyes to its buildings as a way to deter vandals from leaving their mark.

Jack-up rig gets closer to inlet: AIDEA allocates $60 million to finance venture
A state corporation has allocated $60 million of bond volume cap for the purpose of potentially financing a jack-up rig for use in Cook Inlet to drill exploration wells.

Wage rate rules at issue for borough
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is taking the lead to try and change Alaska state statute regarding Little-Davis Bacon wages for public construction projects.

Joe Dean Penny
Joe Dean Penny passed away in his sleep with his wife by his side after a lengthy illness on Wednesday morning Nov, 10, 2010. He was 65.

Deanna April Duck-Johnson
Kenai resident Deanna April Duck-Johnson died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna after a long illness. She was 36.

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Fundraiser planned for Dean Roney

Soldotna wrestlers top Skyview again
The highly anticipated rematch turned into a lopsided match.

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So moved: Artists dance for love, community
To the women in Peninsulas Artists in Motion, the company is more than just about dance -- although that is a big part of it.

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Panthers top Mariners
The Skyview High School wrestling team defeated Homer High School 48-36 in dual competition at home Wednesday.

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