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Mary's Stories

Garbage too
Published November 5, 2008 in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner.

Sometimes I wonder what really makes Alaskans feel like we live in such a special place. After all, whether we live in Alaska or elsewhere we all go to work and school, attend meetings, belong to clubs, spend time with our families and friends, and shop at Wal-Mart. There are those special things that bring visitors to our state that even we stop and appreciate from time to time, like the long sunny days, a moose on the street, or the northern lights. But what about things and events that are not extra ordinary to those of us that live here? Sometimes my guests’ amazement at our lifestyle amazes me.

This past summer, a guest returned from a morning flight seeing trip to Coldfoot with Northern Alaska Tours. I was sitting in my usual spot in the office when he raced into the building. Without speaking he ran upstairs to his room, grabbed his camera, and ran downstairs and back outside. I followed him to the door to see what he was photographing (was there a moose nearby?). I always like to alert other guests when a photo opportunity is at hand and I was feeling excited myself.

Instead of a moose, I found the man standing on the deck taking pictures of the garbage truck. OK I think, maybe the garbage trucks in his community look different than ours. Maybe he has a garbage truck photo collection. It did not seem like a Kodak moment to me so I went back inside. In a few minutes the garbage truck drove away with its haul and my guest came back inside. He comments were very excited… “great shots”… “I just love Alaska”… “where else would you see that.”

Curiosity getting the better of me, I asked what was so special about the garbage truck? Nothing he replied, it looked just like the trucks we have at home. Surprised, I asked, then why were you taking pictures of the truck? I wasn’t taking pictures of the garbage truck; I was taking pictures of the garbage women! We only have garbage men he replied with great delight. I’ve never seen a woman collecting garbage. You must have very strong women in Alaska.

So in honor of our uniquely Alaskan garbage gals, here is a recipe that will cut down on their work by using up those leftovers.

Pot Luck Scrams

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 cup cheese, diced (any flavor)
  • 1 cup meat, chopped (sausage, ham, bacon, Canadian bacon, kielbasa, chicken, or steak)
  • 1 cup vegetables, chopped (mushroom, onion, bell pepper, zucchini)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray four individual oven proof dishes with Pam and place them on a cooking tray. Crack eggs into a large bowl and whip until golden yellow. Pour eggs into a large sprayed, non-stick pan. Add cheese, meat, vegetables, basil, salt and pepper. Scramble mixture until loose but not set. Spoon egg mixture into individual dishes and sprinkle with a little cheese. Place tray in oven for 3-5 minutes until eggs are set and cheese is melted. Serve hot.

Inntips: Eggs are a great catalyst to making a wonderful breakfast or dinner. Use your leftovers. That piece of steak from last night’s dinner combined with the vegetables from lunch make a great combination. Instead of building individual pizzas with your kids, try building individual Scrams.

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