Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Best of the Best from Alaska

Given how I have muttered  about the cuisine of Alaska, it may seem perverse that I've chosen The Best of the Best from Alaska as my next cookbook project. But my mother bought me this volume in a little shop in Fairbanks and I'm going to give it a whirl. Lots of halibut recipes, and my family does love that strange, ugly fish.

Let me be clear about one thing here: Alaskan food stinks. Alaska itself is one of the most killer amazing places on the planet and while I was traveling there I did not think about eating. I just ate. Mostly frozen french fries, as I've mentioned previously. Also, Twix bars, butter pecan fudge, and bacon. I didn't mind at all, because in Alaska, food is beside the point. But this is a food-oriented blog and so I feel I should avoid writing too much about the birch forests, rivers, baby ptarmigans, orcas, columbines, and other non-culinary glories of the 49th state. 

Okay. Moving on. 

In addition to cooking from Best of the Best from Alaska, I'm going to try out different recipes for Baked Alaska. I've got a few hundred floating around. So that's what's coming up at Tipsy Baker, starting tomorrow.

We returned home tonight to some rather deflating developments (and non-developments) in our home renovation project. Mark would describe them as "stupefying."