No Chat Today; Hanging Out With the Eskimos
So I’ve got a really good excuse for missing this week’s What’s Cooking chat. I’m on the road again, but this time, I’m so far away even I can’t believe it.
I’m typing to you from Emmonak, Alaska (say E-MONIC), a
Yup'ik Eskimo fishing village roughly 500 miles northwest of Anchorage. Over the weekend, a rare opportunity to experience the final days of Yukon River salmon season fell into my lap -- a chance of a lifetime, even if it meant dropping everything and hopping on three planes to the Alaskan tundra almost immediately.
Since Sunday, I’ve been holed up with the hardy folks who operate Kwikpak Fisheries. Fall is here in western Alaska, which means that the tundra is rapidly changing colors (from green to marigold yellows mixed in with orange), moose are fair game, wild berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries) are ready for picking and the rain is coming.
I’m here just until Thursday; please pardon the abbreviated dispatch so I can get back to Yukon River life. I hope to have a fuller report on Friday.
Coming up Wednesday: Wedding registry lessons learned from a bunch of savvy brides, as part of “Wedding Week” coverage. Then on Thursday, a fab new zucchini discovery that y’all need to try before the zukes fade into the produce sunset.
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