Thursday, April 8, 2010

Alaskan Folk Festival

Huge snowflakes were falling last night, preventing a bike ride to work in the morning, but now the sun is shining promising to dry the roads again.  Also, this weekend is the last opening of eaglecrest for the season, although the summit snow depth is still over 140 inches!

This is the 36th year of the Alaskan Folk festival.  It is a week long festival in Juneau that brings in musicians and visitors from all over, but mostly Alaska.  There are also 'jam sessions' scattered at many local establishments all through town.  Any place with a sign the musicians are free to walk in and start playing!  There is no admission for any event and concerts every night from 7p-1030 and basically all day long this weekend.  The acts change every 15 minutes and include everything from one person singing and playing the guitar, to full groups with fiddles, banjos, pianos, squeeze boxes, harps, you name it!
You can see what it is about here.  Also, you can listen to it online starting at 7p AK at KTOO.

Below are a couple pics from earlier this week.

The biggest crab on our second trip out (8 inches across the carapace)

Soon to be grilled halibut

Heart clogging eggs Benedict

Last night since Hillary was not here I made some pesto Sockeye salmon.  It was my first shot at pesto, kind just throwing in the spices I like most.  It came out delicious!

Pesto Paste:
1 tbs ground basil
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
dashes of salt and pepper
1 tbs veggie oil

Covered flesh side of fillet generously with paste.  Wrapped in plastic in refrigerator for the day.  Unwrapped and broiled for about 5 minutes.


  1. i am coming to visit just so you can cook for me. i love all the recipes!!

  2. Thanks! Too bad you were just here last summer, it was almost perfect timing! That doesn't mean you can't come out again ...