My friend Marion Owen in Kodiak is a great photographer. And cook. And gardener. And seafaring adventuress. Yes–she’s all of these things. In her spare time she’s gathered up some great photos and developed a calendar. That’s where the photo of the puffin came from (above). Pretty cool, huh?
“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,” she said.
In addition to moon phases, gardening tips and inspirational quotes, Owen sprinkled the customized, calendar grids with special–and sometimes quirky–holidays. Some are little-known holidays; others are her own inventions. January 17 is Cut Your Energy Costs Day and September 21 is Take Your Camera for a Walk Day. “Whether you use a 35mm camera or iPhone, it’s my way of providing people with an excuse to get outside and enjoy nature’s beauty,” says Owen, a well-published and award-winning photographer.
As for recipes, Owen included Pineapple Smoked Salmon Dip and her granola recipe that she shares with her guests at their Cliff House B&B. “I make dozens of batches every year and people always ask for the recipe.”
Cost for the “Flavors of Kodiak” calendar is $15, plus shipping. It’s available online.
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