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Meet Your Fishermen: Captain Dustan and Evie Dickerson, The Couple Behind The Octopus In Your Can

Meet Your Fishermen: Captain Dustan and Evie Dickerson, The Couple Behind The Octopus In Your Can

Without the relationships we have with our fisherman, Wildfish Cannery is nothing but an idea. These relationships, some old and some newer, are based on trust and mutual respect for the bounty of the deep, cold Alaskan waters that provide us with our livelihoods.

In this post, we're shining a little light on one of these fisherman—our friend and cephalopod cognoscenti Dustan Dickerson, captain of the F/V Raven Bay out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska.

Fisherman's Stew (Smoked Cioppino)

Fisherman's Stew (Smoked Cioppino)

This recipe for Fisherman's Stew will net many smiles. Fisherman's Stew (also called cioppino) is a rustic seafood stew with origins in the Liguria region of Italy, and variations of cioppino are sometimes called brodetto or brudet in historically Italian regions of coastal Croatia. It is a traditional fisherman’s stew made from the catch of the day, generally with smaller species of net fish that don’t command as much money at market. Through the magic of canning, it does not rely on having an Italian fisherman in the family. It’s best to prepare this easy, lusty fish stew in a large, wide saucepan.
Charcuterie Boards & The Art of Nibbling

Charcuterie Boards & The Art of Nibbling

As you’ve probably guessed, we loved charcuterie boards before they were cool. We've been onboard the board train since they were called ‘ploughman's lunch’. But, even when there’s no board involved, nibbling as a prolonged meal is a very Alaskan way to eat. Because charcuterie boards have again opened the world’s eyes to the art of nibbling, we feel like we have to get our $0.02 in on the subject. We want in on this board game.
Smoked Octopus Salad with Farro

Smoked Octopus Salad with Farro

Octopus salad is a Mediterranean classic with many variations, but most of them include some variation of the basic ingredients we’ve included. Nothing makes us think of the Adriatic Sea like a good octopus salad, with plenty of lemon juice to stimulate the appetite for further eating. Good olive oil insulates against the effects of wine. 

Smoked Octopus with Maitake Mushroom and Fried Baby Potatoes

Smoked Octopus with Maitake Mushroom and Fried Baby Potatoes

Octopus may not be your first impulse when you stock up on canned seafood, but this smoked octopus recipe will change that.  Bering Sea octopus is the best of what you probably love about octopus: clean, lean, mildly briny sea protein with just the right amount of bounce in the bite. Wildfish Cannery Smoked Octopus not only takes the time and guesswork out of cooking octopus, but also imparts the clean aroma of Alaskan Alder wood smoke to any accompanying ingredients. 
Smoked Octopus-Mayo with Nori Fries

Smoked Octopus-Mayo with Nori Fries

Sometimes the greatest tastes come from pairing the extraordinary with ordinary. This recipe pairs one of our most technical culinary creations with one of America’s most unassuming condiments. Ingenuity and irony intersect and lead us on a one-way journey to a very basic yet delicious destination.

Smoked Octopus Potato Salad

Smoked Octopus Potato Salad

Here's our spin on a classic coastal Italian dish. It's a quick, impressive way to show off these tender, smokey chunks of octopus.