Story last updated at 4/2/2014 - 5:52 pm
Traveling in and out of Juneau is different than other cities. We are not on a road system, therefore we either fly or take the ferry. On rare occasions, a traveler may take his or her own boat, but for the most part if we are headed Outside, we fly. Alaska is our primary airline and I'm absolutely OK with that. I enjoy the comfortable seats and spectacular customer service.
As noted in previous columns, I've been a traveling fiend this winter and have flown more than 13,000 miles since January 1. This may not seem like a lot to some people, but to me it's more than I have ever traveled in less than three months. Again, I'm absolutely OK with that.
I was thrilled to learn I made MVP Gold status this year. I'm not really sure what that means, but I got a gold card in the mail, and that in itself was pretty cool. One thing I do know is that I'd like to enjoy the elusive first class section if possible. I make the wait list from time to time, but somehow I never quite make the cut. Oh well, the nice thing is I still have a comfortable seat.
Can I be the only person who yearns for first class? What is beyond that secret veil that one is not allowed to cross without a golden ticket?
It tends to smell good, that I know. And there's the complimentary drinks, always a plus. One day ... one day, I too will enjoy these comforts and be included in this exclusive club of sophisticated travelers. I refer to these fortunate few as the "others."
On a recent flight from Seattle to Chicago I noticed the "others" were enjoying a nice snack of warm nuts. We in the main cabin, or as my people refer to it, coach, were given the option of purchasing a few tasty snacks. I like nuts. They're good for you and taste good. I'm sure my fellow coachies would like nuts. I felt like the poor orphan in the movie "Oliver."
I could see myself going to the first-class flight attendant, timidly holding out my hands and in a soft voice uttering, "Please sir, I want some more," and then Mr. Bumble would give me the strong look of disapproval and usher me back to the peasant seats.
My husband always said I have a flair for the dramatic. I suppose he's right.
I am preparing for another trip tomorrow, so I thought: Well, heck, I'm going to enjoy first-class fare if I have to bring it with me. I started my culinary wheel rolling and realized I could eat like first class no matter where I sit. By combining walnuts, peanuts, almonds, pecans and a few pistachios, I made a very tasty nut mix that would hold up in first class on any airline. It also makes a great party appetizer or afternoon snack. I do love multi-purpose foods.
All kidding aside, travel these days is a lot of fun. Alaska Airlines does a fantastic job at providing great food, whether in first class or the main cabin.
They treat passengers with courtesy and their customer service agents are top notch. We Alaskans are very fortunate. I do hope to do at least one international trip for a vacation this year, so I'm open to options and suggestions. Wherever I go, I'll have a great snack to take with me.
This week I present a recipe that is tasty, fun and makes for a great snack whether in the air or on solid ground: Rosemary Pepper Nut Mix.
I welcome suggestions on places to travel as well as food to eat. If you'd like to follow me on my travels, please visit my Instagram and Twitter pages, @midgimoto. I look forward to more culinary adventures.
Until next time...
Eat and enjoy,
ROSEMARY PEPPER NUT MIX
1/2 cup walnuts
½ cup peanuts
½ cup pecans
½ cup almonds
¼ cup pistachios (shelled)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons coarse black pepper
2 teaspoons coarse sea or kosher salt
Melt butter and oil together in large skillet over medium heat. Add nuts and stir until well coated. Add rosemary and continue stirring until nuts are warmed through.
Place on baking dish and cook for 7-10 minutes at 375¿. Remove from oven and allow to cool, but serve warm.
To take with you, cool thoroughly and store in plastic Ziploc bag or container.