Set the Net

Recipes and snapshots of life in Bristol Bay, AK

Community can be defined with infinite variables. The town one lives in, the circle of people one’s philosophies adhere too, the family and friends that make up ones web of contacts. Community can just be a sense of belonging and one can be part of many communities at once. Living in Dillingham, the hub of …

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For several months now I have had an obsession of the cheesecake variety. I wanted a rich, creamy, not overly sweet, decadent cheesecake. I wanted it mini, I wanted it to stand up to a variety of toppings, and I wanted it easy… but real. Now I don’t think this too much to ask of …

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It is late August here in Bristol Bay and like our family most fishermen have hung it up for the commercial season. The major processors have left and only a few die hard direct marketers are still at it, including my sister in law’s family down at Ekuk Beach in the Nushagak District. The Ekuk …

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It is no secret around Set the Net that salmon plays an integral role in our livelihood. We eat Bristol Bay wild Alaskan salmon 8-12 times a week from dinners, to snack-times, breakfasts, and in lunch boxes. Salmon was both of our daughter’s first food. But it’s not just the eating of the salmon that …

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Hands down this is my favorite way to eat a chocolate chip cookie. Period. The fresh mint in the soft buttery cookie with chunks of chocolate imparting a sweet crunch… I can’t ask for more… Except perhaps a glass of milk or mug of coffee while sneaking one for breakfast. That is assuming they make …

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My daughter had never seen a commercial Pop Tart until two weeks ago when we were visiting a friend’s house for a breakfast playdate. Once handed this frosted, sprinkled ridden, store bought pastry of death she happily inhaled it while I cringed internally. Not that I am against pastries for breakfast, because if any girl …

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