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Mary's Stories

Clean Beds
Published September 5, 2007 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

Not everyone that travels to Alaska believes the guide books that warn against traveling in the summer at the peak of the tourism season without reservations. Sam and his entourage choose to not take this advice. He and his brother Harry, and their wives had driven from Tennessee as part of a three month trip and had no problem finding accommodations along the journey. This is until they reached Beaver Creek and Tok. It seems the four had spent the last two nights sleeping in the car. This group of retired baby-boomers was showing the wear and tear of their miscalculation.

Sam and Harry knocked on the front door of the Inn one sunny, summer afternoon in late June and asked if there were two rooms available. The wives waited in the car. Much to their surprise and delight there had been a recent cancellation and there were two vacant rooms. Harry went to the car to invite the girls to come inside as Sam began the registration process.

The Innkeeper explained to Sam that one of the rooms had a queen sized bed while the other room had two single beds. She handed the keys to Sam as he headed out to help Harry bring in the bags. The conversation that perused in the parking lot seemed to be a shouting match between the two men. Both wives ignored the noise but the Innkeeper’s ears were perked in anticipation of a potential problem.

In the meantime, another set of guests arrived and the Innkeeper was busy getting them registered when Harry returned inside with a heavy bag in each hand and a sour expression on his face. Halfway up the stairs he stopped, sat the suitcases down, and yelled at this wife, “did Sam tell you they don’t have a clean bed for us? I think we should go somewhere else but Sam insists we stay!”

The shock on the Innkeeper’s face was mirrored by that of the registering guest. Everyone stood silent for one long moment until Harry’s wife shouted back to him, “he didn’t clean, he said queen.” It seems Harry was extremely hard of hearing. During the remainder of Harry’s stay the staff’s attention turned to anticipating Harry’s every need. For breakfast the next morning something familiar might easy any further misunderstanding so, a southern menu of cheese grits, glazed bacon, and cinnamon toast were served with the eggs.

Cheese Grits

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup grits (quick cook)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • butter (optional)/li>

Bring water and salt to a boil. Reduce heat to low and slowly stir in grits. Add milk and sugar. Cook 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, until grits are tender. Stir cheese into pot and let stand for 5 minutes. Pour grits into individual small bowls. Top with a small piece of butter to garnish.

Inn Tips: If grits are too thick, add a little water or milk. If grits are too thin, cook a little longer. Well cooked grits are soft in texture. If grits taste like sand, continue cooking.

Glazed Bacon

  • 12 strips of bacon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

Lay bacon flat on sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. Mix sugar and mustard in bowl. Sprinkle mixture evenly over bacon and bake at 375 degrees or until bacon is browned and well-cooked, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place strips on a paper towel to drain excess grease. Serve warm.

Inn Tips: Bacon may be cooked and refrigerated for several days. Place in microwave for about 20-30 seconds to reheat. For a zingy flavor add ¼ teaspoon of cayenne pepper to sugar and mustard mixture.

Cinnamon Toast

  • 8 slices of wheat bread
  • Butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Place bread on sheet pan. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon in bowl. Spread bread with butter or margarine and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Broil in oven until butter is melted and sugar begins to brown.

Inn Tips: Place bread four inches from broiler for soft bread or six inches for crunchy bread. Watch closely as the bread cooks quickly.

763 7th Avenue,
Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

(907) 451-6649
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