It's all about spring cooking

Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2008

It's time to begin thinking about spring cooking. Around this time of year, after I have had my fill of soups and casseroles, I yearn to make something a little less heavy. Do have a favorite for the upcoming season? Are you craving a few new recipes? Let us know about some of your favorite spring recipes. You never know what yummy recipe is just waiting to be tried.


N.V., of Juneau, is looking for a black bean steak chili recipe.

K.B., of Ketchikan, is looking for an ice box dessert recipe from the 1950s.


C.K., of Ketchikan, requested a barbecue recipe with "some" bourbon in it. Thanks to D.B., of Ketchikan, for submitting on of their family favorites.

Barbecue marinade ingredients

¼ cup ketchup

1 teaspoon dry mustard

¼ cup bourbon

2 cloves crushed garlic (use garlic press)

1 cup brown sugar, packed

¼ cup soy sauce

½ cup chili sauce, or to taste

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

Dash pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1. Get ribs cooking before you start the marinade. Wrap each rack of ribs in a double thickness of aluminum foil and bake for 1.5 hours in preheated oven.

2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl, after 1.5 hours, remove the ribs from the oven; unwrap ribs and drain off drippings. Place the ribs in a shallow baking dish, pour marinade over them and let them sit at room temperature for 1 hour.

3, You can either bake the ribs in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes and baste with the marinade, or grill them for 30 minutes on low/medium heat while turning and basting.

B.C., of Valdez, requested a recipe for Blackened Fish. J.B., of Ketchikan, responded and said that one of her favorite ways to eat salmon is to brush with melted butter, sprinkle generously with blackened seasoning and then broil until salmon flakes easily with a fork and is opaque. Thanks, J.B., keep those submissions coming.

Blackened fish seasoning

1 tablespoon sweet paprika

¾ teaspoon white pepper

2½ teaspoon salt

¾ teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves

1 teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all seasonings into a jar and shake well.

Mimi's corn chowder

M.M., of Ketchikan, requested a corn chowder from Mimi's Café. N.B., of Juneau, found the recipe on the Internet. The recipe can be found at Then scroll down to the recipes listed under Mimi's Café. Thanks for the response and information, N.B.

• Ask Auntie Emo, coordinated and created by Emo Bylund, of Ketchikan, is a semimonthly feature in Neighbors that includes sought-out and shared recipes from Southeast Alaska. To send in challenges, recipes or photos, write to Ask Auntie Emo, 186 Marblehead Lane, Ketchikan, AK 99801, or to If you are responding to a requested recipe, include the publication date and author of the original recipe request. Submissions must include name, telephone number and city of residence. Only initials and city of residency will be published.

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