Thursday, December 24, 2009

Individual spinach and mushroom timbales
2 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing custard cups

Broccoli timbale with tomato rose
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen chopped broccoli, cooked and drained

Veggies dress for the occasion
When I brought home a stalk of fresh Brussels sprouts from the market, almost three feet in length, it was an immediate curiosity. Although the cute miniature cabbage look-alikes were easy to identify, seeing around 40 Brussels sprouts attached to their stalk, by what appeared to be something like wooden pegs, was something none of us had seen before. And, when the stalk was placed in a bowlful of water filled with fresh cranberries, we couldn't decide whether to pick the Brussels sprouts for cooking, or to leave the stalk stand as a novel tabletop decoration.

What's cookin'?

Eggnog

Sauteed Brussels sprouts with lemon and pistachios
1-1/2 pounds fresh Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and yellow leaves removed

Kenai council should not sign climate compact
I respectfully disagree with your Sunday editorial calling on the Kenai City Council to support the climate change compact. I agree with you that the earth is warming and the increase in CO2 is a contributing factor, but everything else presented as a justification to sign the compact is disputable. Tesoro's spending of $45 million to upgrade their refinery is highly commendable, and is being paid for by consumers by an increase in diesel price. They could just as easily not upgraded, and Alaska would have had to import ULS diesel at an even higher cost. That is what Europe is doing.

Regarding Pebble, it's the goo
It's the goo! Those opposed to Pebble are not opposed to developement and prosperity, jobs and a secure future for their children. C'mon man, it's the goo! That is the slimey often copper colored residue of cyanide used to leach gold from the quartz rock ore. That is the goo the massive dam is susposed to contain forever! C'mon man, forever is a long time, what's at risk? Only the resouce that has been the key to the culture and prosperity within the region for thousands of years.

Deferred maintenance plan deserves consideration
I want to commend Governor Parnell for his insight and forward thinking pertaining to the deferred maintenance of Alaska's State owned facilities, especially during this critical time of uncertainty regarding Federal participation. We as tax payers have invested too much into these buildings and transportation systems to allow them to deteriorate beyond safe usage while waiting for the Feds to pick up the tab. As the Governor identified it is time for Alaska to invest state monies beyond matching funds to ensure safe passage of public and commerce through our buildings and over our highways and bridges. Not only will Alaska's citizens benefit from the use of these facilities, they will also benefit from the employment opportunities provided during the design and construction of these projects. This initiative deserves serious consideration.

Reader hopes others can experience his happiness
I have a story to tell. I am 86 years old and during that time I have been married to the most fantastic woman that a man would ever want for 62 years.

Study: 10 years of gas in inlet: Economics of getting the product to market not yet addressed
A Department of Natural Resources report released on Monday says the Cook Inlet Basin has enough natural gas reserves to meet Southcentral's energy needs for the next 10 years, but it doesn't address some of the economics of getting the gas to market.

Global climate pact on tap: Kenai mulls resolution changes
If the Kenai City Council chooses to sign the global climate change compact on Jan. 6, members will also be expressing support for an energy policy that promotes developing non-renewable and renewable energy sources. The policy aims to protect the state's economic and environmental futures.

Photo feature: Foiled again
Linda Barnes, who has been a hairstylist for 29 years, performs a foil highlight weave at The Haircutters in Kenai recently.

Photo feature: The Final Hour
Donna Swaby gets some last-minute Christmas shopping done at Radio Shack in Kenai Wednesday afternoon.

2009 in review: State's economy downshifting
Alaska's economy is slowly downshifting. Some of this is being driven by real reductions in dollars coming into Alaska -- fewer tourists, fewer oil wells being drilled, lower payments to fish harvesters this year -- but some of the slowdown is also being driven by psychology -- weak consumer confidence, and more caution by investors and borrowers.

David Lee Richards
Soldotna resident Mr. David Lee Richards, 55, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with his wife by his side.

William Kent Mattson, Jane Louise Mattson
Longtime Kenai residents William Kent Mattson, who went by Kent, and Jane Louise Mattson died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, in an automobile accident in Nebraska. Kent was 66, and Jane was 63.

Bring the outdoors in: Holiday garnishes can be found in your back yard
The roast is in, the pies are cooling and there's finally time to de-clutter, de-grease and de-grime the bathroom, living room and kitchen.

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