Set the Net

Recipes and snapshots of life in Bristol Bay, AK

I love pouring over cookbooks, food magazines, and cooking blogs. Whiling away hours looking at pictures of food, it’s styling, voraciously reading recipes and often the science behind them. It is about being inspired, sparking ideas of my own, trying recipes, often progressing to building new flavor profiles when I create dishes adapted from these ideas or …

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When the weather hits a consistent average of above 50ºF during the day and the snow is mostly or completely melted away, the birch sap begins to flow back up from the roots to the above branches preparing to bud. That sap, when tapped into, can be drank straight from the tree as a cool …

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Hard as it is to believe we are full tilt into spring now and even the herring are showing up in Bristol Bay. That means it is high time to plant your starts and plan your gardens if you haven’t begun doing so already. Saving seeds from wild flowers has long been a love of …

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It has taken me a few years to get on the Bacon Jam bandwagon. I just wasn’t seeing the value in the extra glazing and cooking when bacon is in and of itself pretty darn great already, but boy am I sorry. A week ago I was in Anchorage taking my NCLEX, the licensure test …

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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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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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