I’m pleased to announce my new calendar for 2014, “Flavors of Kodiak Island: A kaleidoscope of photos, recipes and other inspirations from Alaska’s Emerald Isle.”
Does the world need another calendar? Maybe, maybe not. Kodiak Island is such an iconic place, I wanted to share the best-of-the-best, from brown bears to rhubarb. And so I bowed under pressure–happily–after many requests to publish a cookbook, a gardening manual or a coffee table book. I had file folders stuffed with ideas, but I needed a sort of mixing bowl for combining all the ingredients…
You know how things happen when you least expect ’em? This summer, while photographing puffins, the calendar answer popped into my head. Now I can share so much in one handy serving that refreshes every year.
My 28-page calendar is totally customized from January to December and has a little something for everyone. For example, January features a photo-collage of individual snowflakes; February: Northern lights (and a tip that guarantees you won’t miss a show). July: My recipe for Rhubarb-Carrot-Berry Crisp. October has a recipe for green-thumbs: Fall gardening tips.
You’ll also find moon phases, inspirational quotes and sprinklings of quirky holidays. Some are little-known holidays; others are my own inventions, like:
- January 17: Cut Your Energy Costs Day
- September 21: Take Your Camera for a Walk Day (to encourage folks to get outside and enjoy nature’s beauty, no matter what kind of camera you use)
Then in May, I came up with a special day for birders. Everybody loves puffins, so I turned to our local [Kodiak] bird expert, Rich Macintosh. “April is when the puffins really start to show up in Kodiak after wintering at sea,” says Macintosh, “but I’d have to say that May 1 is a sure-fire date.”
As for more recipes, you’ll find:
- Pineapple Smoked Salmon Dip: Great on sandwiches
- Rhubarb Mustard Sauce for Halibut and Chicken: Your life will change
- Kodiak Island Granola: Our B&B guests love it
And I hope you love the calendar. Thanks for visiting!