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Douglas, Alaska, United States
I have lived in Alaska since 1978, having come to Juneau as a Jesuit Volunteer. I fell in love with Alaska and now live on Douglas Island with my husband and two dogs.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Just The Two Of Us (And Greta Garbo)

Charles and I had a really nice weekend.  Phoebe was winter camping with friends at a Forest Service Cabin about 40 miles out the road.  It had a kerosene stove and she and her friends are young, strong and hardy Alaskans.  The temperature has been in the single digits here with strong Taku winds - so camping wouldn't be MY first choice - let's face it, camping is NEVER my first choice, even in warm(ish) weather!

Charles and I spent yesterday running errands.  We did some shopping (I got a new blouse at the local consignment shop: turquoise linen!!), went to our storage unit to put away the Christmas decorations, we both got haircuts, and went to a matinee.  We saw Joyful Noise - the acting is not great, but the music is wonderful.  Dolly Parton looks like she has a plastic surgeon on retainer, but she still is sassy and busty and funny.  Queen Latifah's character is cranky, but when she sings...!  Anyway, it was a nice way to spend an afternoon after all the running around.

Today, we went to Mass, visited with friends at the coffee hour, then came home and straightened up the house,  put away loads (and loads) of laundry, I cleaned our room, and then my friend Irene came over and we watched a chick flick while Charles served at the evening Mass with the Bishop.

Then for dinner, I made one of our favorite dishes: Fettuccine Greta Garbo.   I used salmon that our friends Jim and Martha smoked and canned themselves, and I threw in some prawns just for a little change.  It was delicious and easy and quick.  You melt the butter and saute the garlic until it smells wonderful and garlicky, then add the cooked pasta, and the fish, add the cream (I used half and half) and let it heat up and gets a little thick, then add the cheese and green onions, stir it to mix, and serve.  With a green salad (with Fiddlehead Vinaigrette, of course), and a nice glass of white wine, it is a perfect meal.

 It is from The Fiddlehead Cookbook.  The Fiddlehead was a great restaurant here in Juneau.  We were so sad when they closed.  Fortunately, Nancy and John DeCherney wrote this great cookbook along with Deborah Marshall and Susan Brook!  There is a fun blog, Fiddling Through Fiddlehead that documents the adventure of cooking from the cookbook (a la Julie and Julia, but without the whining).

The illustrations are great!  There are so many wonderful recipes in this book.  I highly recommend it - it is still in print after 20+ years.  My poor copy is dog eared and splattered and falls open at the North Douglas Chocolate Cake recipe (our favorite birthday cake).

Our new dishwasher was installed on Thursday - which made clean up a snap (especially since Charles did the dishes)!

Have a wonderful, delicious, and warm week!


  1. Your weekend sounds lovely - and Fetticune Greta Garbo sounds yummy! Thanks!

  2. Paula
    It sounds like a fun day out. I wish I was there to have supper with you and watch a chick flick. Wouldn't that be fun?
    I'm glad to hear Phoebe's no wimp. When you raise your children in the 'cold country' they either sit in the house most of the time or embrace it and make there fun by enjoying it.
    Have a great week-Kimberly

  3. I just found your blog through Kimberly's (Camp and Cottage Living). I must have lived in Alaska in another life---I'm totally drawn to cold and snow and evergreens and sustainable living and and and LOL I loved visiting with you and Charles---I'll definitely be back. And it must be time for me to make some Fetticune Alfredo because I keep running across recipes for it today. :) I'm going to see if I can enlarge your photo enough to use it. :D (need to check out Amazon and see if they have that cookbook too :D )

  4. Dang, I didn't get it all said---I adore your Beans and Frida !!! I love dogs, big, little, in-between, with a special affinity for little black/tan wienie dogs. Two beloved b/t(s) have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and we now have a long-haired, Copper-colored, spoiled rotten wienie (Bayley) and a b/t rescued wienie mix (Marlee). You gotta love 'em; they won't let you do anything else! :D

  5. Sounds like a wonderful weekend, Paula. I am drooling at that fettuccine! Sounds like a cookbook that Tommy would like...

  6. Sounds like a wonderful supper. I love favorite cookbooks like that with smudges that are well loved and all falling apart.

  7. It sounds like a very nice day and I love that cookbook. Thanks for the comment about the air. When ever we get a cold front from Alaska, I love being outside in it. The air smells so good and clean.
    I am glad you told me. I have always wondered that. Your cold though, well lets say, a bit cold for me. :) I love the name of that recipe.

  8. Just catching up - for some reason your posts only come up on my reading list every so often.
    The fettuccine looks delicious.

    1. Hi - I don't know why your reading list is sporadic! Or is it my sporadic blogging?!? Nice to see you nonetheless!

  9. Ha ha! No it's not your sporadic blogging.
    It's happened with the one's I've most recently started following. I've tried unfollowing and trying again but it's just the same.

  10. Paula, I tried to leave a comment on today's post but I'm olnly getting a white page..First, I see all pretty blue on your blog..Second, I and others are having problems leaving comments so if you don't have a lot of answers on your post today, that's why..also, I looked for your email to let you know about this but couldn't find it so I had to leave this on this post. Hope this all get's worked out soon...there have been suggestions of going over to Chrome..I use Internet Exporer so I may do just that..xxoo


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