Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eat Your Heart Out Rachel Ray!

"She did not so much cook as assassinate food."
Storm Jameson (1891-1986)
Remember the comment about how we would be feasting on grizzly and caribou this week? The outcome was delicious! Even got the stamp of approval from Tim (the bear's hunter) who has called Quinhagak home for 20 years. Yeah, no kidding, I was shocked too! I just cooked it up tonight hoping for something that, best case scenario was somewhat edible with the assistance of a hefty glass of powered country time lemonade to wash it down! What I ended up with even Tim proclaimed was "the best brown bear he's ever eaten". Mike and I agreed pay no mind to the fact that it was also the 'only' brown bear we've ever eaten:)The Caribou was pretty good too, a little tougher, in light of the bear, not as savory! So for those of you familiar with my domestic challenges in the kitchen, you'll appreciate with me that miracles do happen;) I did have the help of teriyaki seasoning from Costco which we had been using all summer on salmon (my lil bros shipped it up here with a few other miscellaneous things they thought I might need) such as but not limited to: several old caramel candies, a pre-owned chapstick, a dried up tube of super glue, and one used toothbrush. Needless to say the teriyake was the high point. So with their generous contribution and my memory serving me right about an old friend having used it to season bear, added some soy sauce, threw it in the pan and bah dah bom bah dah bing- viola... it was almost as if I knew what I was doing, eerie (note things are not always as they appear). Disclaimer!!! just so expectations don't get blown out of proportion, I would like to plead the 5th at this point, you see I believe there is a culinary gene. That's right, the ability to cook is at least partially genetic. This releases me from taking complete responsibility for my 2 left feet in the kitchen. Yep, I blame my sherpa Mum, who unashamedly raised us on Dinty Moore Stew, Campbell's Soup (the original Campbell's kids were us) and mac n cheese! We are none the worse for it. In all actuality I believe it has helped us survive in the world:) I confess that I do have 2 grandmothers that can whirl their way around a kitchen blindfolded and create a 5 course 5 star meal out of virtually nothing. I however, am at a loss. But like I said tonight there was a miracle and here's Mike's first time trying bear meat from my first time cooking it!
"Taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him."Psalm 34:8


  1. Mike looks right at home! So, has he decided to move to Alaska, yet? He really should come to Homer to visit!

  2. He's already had job offers of course, he'd love homer. Maybe on his next trip up! Thanks:)

  3. P.S. When are you making the trip up this way????

  4. When is your spring break? I'd like to come over my spring break, if it's not the same as yours, cuz I wanna come when your school is in session.

  5. Eric's Mom Jackie, told me - I am a librarian in Eric's home town - Ladysmith - to look up your blog. I am enjoying it and inspired. I love all things Alaska.

  6. Hi Lynn, Thanks for the comment. Glad you like the blog! I'm have a fun time posting, there's just so much to tell. Please greet Jackie for me and tell her she did a great job raising Eric what a super leader to work under:) Hope you are all enjoying Wisconsin fall colors! Blessings, Rachel