Tuesday, January 27

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

This morning was foggy and raining a bit when we walked our pups and it stayed that way all morning. It's not really a heavy rain but more like a heavy fog that gets you super wet when your in it! Its almost like spring weather out there! The temps are in the high 30's. I saw one of the draggers coming in when I was leaving my house. From what I can tell it was pretty heavy in the water - so they must have a good load of pollock in their tanks! They seem to be heading to the cannery to offload!

Nothing much going on this morning in the office. I can hear the usual one or two people walking in down stairs to go shopping. Made some small change for the Post Office, can't do business with only big bills in your till. I'd know, I have been working part-time for the USPS as a Post Master Leave Relief (PMLR) since 2003. Depending on when they need me, I'll go down and help once and a while when they need it. Nice to know that I know how to do all the paperwork by hand and on the computer, I don't think they teach that in the city - it's all computers. But here the computers aren't as reliable due to internet or phone connections or just problems with the computer - sending them out takes at least a month or two before you get it back! So it's really nice to be able to do it all by hand! The only thing I'm still trying to get used to is the rate changes, just when I start to get them all memorized it seems like they change. The best part of the job I think is sorting the mail, it's almost like Christmas with all the priority mail bags full of packages waiting to be delivered! Its amazing sometimes when the cannery is full and we have a couple of the floating processors in the harbor, how much of the mail isn't even for town! People here will get all happy hearing that there is like 1500lbs of mail coming over, and at least 75% of isn't for town and everyone is checking the PO Boxes asking, "Hey, I thought mail came in??" The weather isn't nice enough for the first schedule flight to come over... actually I'm not sure if this fog is going anywhere soon.

The cafe is open again, they closed for a couple days to deal with business in Dutch Harbor, but it's open again starting today! I had a french dip and my hubby had a chicken burger. I'm planning halibut chowder for dinner. I will make sure to post my recipe for it so everyone else can make it! And hopefully post a pic of what a bowl of it looks like ;)

Nothing much happening around in the office this afternoon. My mom paid some bills and I entered some paperwork into the computer. The phones are unusually quiet today. I can't believe how fast this month has already blown by! No planes all day today, the fog and mist just didn't want to go anywhere today! I got some bad news that I almost lost one of my cousins due to something medical, I hope to god that she's ok!! I dont' have much planned tonight. See whats on tv I guess and chill!

April's 40 min Halibut Chowder Recipe:
1-2 lbs halibut cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
1 pk bacon, cut into 1 inch pieces(I like Oscar Meyer Center Cut Bacon)
2.5 handfuls of rice (I like Niko Niko)
2 med potatoes, peeled and diced
1 can carnation evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste

Take cubed halibut and cover with cold water in large pot. Bring to boil for 12-15 Min's or until the halibut is cooked, strain halibut into separate container (keep warm). Using the fish stock in the pot, add your potato and rice, low boil for 25 Min's, adding water if needed. At the same time in a saute pan, cook bacon until half done, then throw in onions. Cook until onions are translucent and bacon is almost crispy. Separate/drain bacon grease from the bacon and onion mixture, then pour it over the halibut, put on the side and keep warm. Once rice and potatoes are done, add halibut, bacon and onions. Add in evaporated milk (almost the whole can, about a cups worth), add in any more water if needed. Bring back to a light boil, salt and pepper to taste. I prefer mine on the salty side, so I never put salt and pepper in the pot, I wait until I have some served in a good sized bowl!! Great served with alotics (fried bread)! I hope you enjoy!

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  1. That halibut chowder sounds great, I like that it is simple, perhaps something I can actually do!! I'm a moron in the kitchen. Traffic is definately going to pick up on your site- I see you signed up for CB's blog. By the way, you mentioned that there are 3 steam baths on the island and was wondering are they free to the public or is there a charge?

  2. no the steam baths are locally owned. but if someone happen to be cooking it (or you ask the person who owns it if you can cook it) all you have to do is ask to go. No one charges for bath around here, not that I have ever heard of!! Feel free to ask!


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