"The more pasisonate the cook, the better the flavors" -Charles M. Carroll

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Salmon fishing in Alaska

There is nothing better than fresh-from-the river Salmon!
Here I am (above) braving the cold for some delicious fresh fish.

It was absolutely breathtaking scenery!  The place we stayed "Eyak River Hideaway" was right on the Eyak River in Cordova, Alaska.  It rained most days, but I didn't expect it to be Hawaii anyway.

Here I am in the boat - Don and Sally are posing nearby- this was one of the only times it was sunny!

My good friend Lisa, on the left and Don and his son Jason Fileting the fish.

Look how happy I am not to constantly be in waders!

Awww look at the seals!  They float on their backs so they can crack shellfish on their tummies and suck out the deliciousness from the shells.

Pete, me, and Angie sharpening our knives so we could filet the next batch of Salmon


I am passionate about food and I love a great party! I love entertaining and gathering friends around a fantastic meal. I also teach cooking classes in Salem UT and run a catering business.  I named my blog "wild chives" because I love the beauty of chives and their spiky purple flowers that sprout on the ends of the stalks.  Well, ok, I really wanted to name it "wild thymes" because thyme is my favorite herb, but someone already had that one, plus who knows about the people I might attract with that name?  Could be interesting...

So I'm sure you would like to know what recipes I'm working on these days!  I'm working on a chilled cherry soup with almonds on top - or maybe spiced pecans?  I will let you know when I get it perfected.

My posts each week will include pictures and recipes, hints and tips - things that I discovered and want to pass on to you to save yourself time and wasted ingredients in the kitchen.

One other thing that I came across a couple of weeks ago were some Lobster mushrooms.  Have you ever used these babies?  Wow.  Divine!
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 They are so much more flavorful than those pasty-white button mushrooms!  They truly smell like the seaside restaurants in San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf.  They tasted delightful in my cheesy risotto.  Yum.  They have a slight pinkish-red spotted color too so it adds to the presentation value.  I found them at the Harmon's grocery store in Orem, Utah.  Sure, they're a little pricey but welll worth it for the punch of flavor that you get with them.  I will post the recipe and pictures in a few days.