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Leftover filet mignon...what to make

These are great ideas! Thanks for kick starting my brain!

May 13, 2013
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Leftover filet mignon...what to make

I've got a grilled rare to medium rare filet mignon steak leftover...ideas for this fabulous leftover?

May 13, 2013
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

I love fennel both cooked and raw - I like licorice but don't think its that intense. Hub thinks its great and is not a licorice fan. But my current fav is salad of thinly sliced fennel bulb and apple dressed with a light meyer lemon vinaigrette and topped with shaved parmesan. MMMMMMMMM

Jan 17, 2013
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

SW Road Trip - Roundtrip Riverside CA -Lake Havasu City, AZ - both 1-10 and 1-40

Help me out - my sweetie said lets go visit your friends in Riverside, CA and then take a drive over to see your cousin in Lake Havasu, AZ. Being from the land of few roads - there little we love more than a road trip - unless its a road trip with great food! So we're roundtripping on 1-10 and 1-40 and I want to reward him (and me too) with some decent food along the way. It doesn't have to be fancy - I'm looking for anything from a food truck to a diner to a 5 star.

And if you have ideas for great places in the Riverside or Havasu areas - chime in! Thanks!

Jan 12, 2012
AlaskaChick in Southwest

Best Salmon Recipe?

What kind, is it fresh or frozen and can you grill or does this have to be an inside cooking thing?

If its fresh, go very natural and grill if possible. I love lobster but I think a sauce might be a bit heavy on the salmon. I like a light lemon caper sauce drizzled over it after grilling or broiling.

Dec 22, 2011
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Are King Crab Legs cooked fresh at Alaska restaurants?

Chiming in a bit late here but....the answer is that it depends.

Commercially caught crab is usually held in live tanks until they make port and then some are processed there, some are shipped live. Most markets will carry processed king crab but good seafood markets will carry them live. If you live in a port close to the grounds, you can buy them live right off the boats (or fish for them yourself). Most restaurants are getting them processed because its more convenient, less waste, and less time.

On a King Crab, the only good meat is in the legs and the tail (mmmmm- pickled crab tails!) so you bust those off and cook them or cook it whole and then remove them. The big shell and gurney (read guts) gets tossed. There are two camps - those who clean and then cook and those who cook and then clean. I'm in the former camp so all the waste goes right back into the ocean while we're fishing.

Nov 16, 2011
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest

Cruise stops - need touristless restaurants [Juneau / Skagway ]

Oh jeepers wish Id seen this sooner but I've been doing a bit of my own traveling. In the event you haven't cruised yet, Juneau I can help you with....

Downtown will be busy with tourists regardless but there are places you can find that will not be too bad.

The Hangar on the Wharf will likely have a lot of tourists tho the downtown workers are in there pretty thick at lunch time. However, you can get some excellent bits from their menu at their outdoor stand the Flight Deck.

There are several food stands right next to the parking garage off the dock - Tracys crab shack is expensive from our perspective but the crab is well worth it. The crepe place there is pretty good too. These are outdoor spots so best enjoyed on a nice day.

There are other places that tourist don't usually frequent but aren't really the kind of "alaskan food" I would think you are looking for but here's a list:

El Sombrero - darn fine mexican from a local family who are all involved in the business
Kenny's Wok and Teriyaki - its the sushi bar that does it
Pizzeria Roma - great pie

Head over to Douglas to the Douglas Cafe for great burgers, sandwiches and different dinner fare than you might find other places or to the Island Pub for wood fired pizzas, sandwiches, salads.

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Island Pub
1102 2nd St, Douglas, AK 99824

Pizzeria Roma
2 Marine Way Ste 104, Juneau, AK 99801

Jun 15, 2011
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest

Painkiller

I was taught to make and love Painkillers, the politically correct name for these drinks, by my dear friend Kate, the daughter of the past owner of the Soggy Dollar Bar who insists that her mom (shout out to you Daphne) was the one who created it.

Apr 07, 2011
AlaskaChick in Recipes

Mince Meat Pie

authentic mince isn't to difficult to make from scratch - its essentially cooked ground meat (and suet but you can leave that out), chopped apples, raisins, sugar, apple juice, lots of cloves, cinnamon, allspice and some black pepper. Then add brandy and rum to make it soupy. You can't taste the alcohol in the finished pie but could sub with more apple juice if you want.

If you were set on starting with store bought, I'd cook and grind a roast and stir it in with some more spices and possibly add more fresh apples and raisins

Jan 05, 2011
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Whidbey and surrounding for an 80th bday

Dad-in-lawy lives in Coupeville on Whidbey and he's celebrating his 80th birthday. Hubby and I will travel down, meet up with his brother and try to get dad to go somewhere nice for dinner - either on the island or a short ferry/drive so I'm thinking Oak Harbor, Langley, Mulkilteo, Anacortes, Port Townsend. I've driven, visited, lots of times, I just think we need something new. Help!

Jan 01, 2011
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest

Whatcha making for Christmas morning B'fast?

And let me just say how lovely it is that champagne appears so frequently in these holiday posts. Its my favorite, go to drink of choice so I drink it regularly but break out my "stash" during the holidays. Nice to see I'm in good company. Happy Holidays and bring on the bubbly!

Dec 22, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Whatcha making for Christmas morning B'fast?

Every year is coffee and Irish Cream to start, Mimosas to follow. Some years we add some wonderful double smoked bacon from a local meat joint, and a candy cane shaped coffee cake that's really a cheese/almond danish. Some years its eggs benedict with king crab if the weather is good enough to go fishing. But thinking about changing it up to have breakfast pizza this year....but then again...maybe I'll keep with tradition

Dec 22, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

thanks for the ideas...I think the creme fraiche sounds like a good idea.

Dec 22, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

We used to do Eggs B - with crab if the weather gods were happy with us that year - fresh fruit, mimosas, good coffee. But life happened and suddenly it was just the two of us for breakfast before joining the family for a late afternoon dinner. We've done the light coffee cake and mimosas days but this year I'm thinking about pizza I've seen some with eggs atop and it looks like fun. So having never made this before, I'm thinking maybe pizza with proscuitto, eggs, mozzerella including some fresh, and maybe some greens Not sure about tomatoes, sauce or other cheeses. If anyone has ideas/experience in this direction - I'd love to hear it.

Dec 21, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

2010 Thanksgiving Wins and Losses

Wins - most of the meal was great but two things stood out - the gravy and the dressing. I believe gravy was best because the pan drippings were excellent. We basted the turkey with butter and Yukon Jack and it rested on a raft of carrot and celery stalks, garlic, onions and apples. I added a bit of water to the pan at the last 1/2 hour too. The stuffing was made up as we went along and included apples, dried figs, and chopped pecans along with the normal celery/carrot/onion mix.

Maybes - everyone loved the streusel on the pumpkin pie but I think it could have had a bit more crunch. I think I would add it after the filling starts to set a bit instead of before baking.

Nov 30, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

What does your Thanksgiving menu look like?

Hi -

Intro'ed the hub to gnocchi and he's in love - would you care to share your sweet potato gnocchi recipe? thanks much!

Nov 22, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Alaska Gems

If you like Snow City, try Sacks Cafe for a bit more upscale yet still casual meal and if you like both of them, try the Spenard Roadhouse - owned by the folks who own Snow City and Sacks.

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Snow City Cafe
1034 W 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501

Spenard Roadhouse
1049 W Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99503

Oct 28, 2010
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest

Fresh flowers on a wedding cake

If you are making a bouquet of several flowers and greenery, you can set some wet floral foam on a shallow dish (like a plastic lid) and cover it with greenery, then insert the roses into the foam and add greenery and such to fill in. If you want to place single roses, they will last quite some time without water - I usually do them in the morning of the day the cake is due. You can cut the stems short/off and attach them with a bit of fondant or buttercream as glue or can insert them thru the fondant as mentioned below. depending on your arrangement, you may be able to use floral tubes available from florists.

Oct 27, 2010
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Bothell?

Just spent a couple nites in Bothell and the hotel recommended Russells as a nearby place to eat so off we went. The food was excellent and the service better. Really enjoyed the amuse-bouche that was presented after we ordered our meal and a decent wine list. Then we started talking to the server and found they do a wine tour on Friday afternoons up to the Woodinville warehouse wine district where for $10 they will take you to several winery warehouses who waive their tasting fees, then bring you back for dinner where you may bring your wine and not be charged corkage for it. So we returned for that and had a great time. We met the chef and had an unreleased wine shared by one of the winemakers after dinner.

As to food - you can't go wrong with the steaks or rosemary chicken but must say that the scallops were absolutely the best and when I asked for the risotto rather than potatoes, they didn't blink. On the wine tour, they were the number one recommended item and I would agree with that recommendation. The salads were just enough different to make me feel like I was out of the salad rut.

all in all - an excellent experience!

Feb 24, 2010
AlaskaChick in Greater Seattle

Mince Meat Pie

I have no idea - she's got this thing about a couple family recipes that I just don't get - not all of them, just a couple. I like collecting family recipes - ours and other peoples - so I think its great to share. I love to have friends over for a holiday and ask them to tell me their favorite dish so I can make it.

Dec 24, 2009
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Mince Meat Pie

My great grandmother's mincemeat pie recipe is a closely guarded family secret that my mother would disown me if I posted it - its so old it measures in bowls as in 3 bowls of this, 4 bowls of that and then my favorite part - add rum and brandy to taste.

Traditional english mincemeat - made with meat which is in our case venison or moose, apples. raisins, brown sugar and all the usual spices. Add the alcohol and age in a cool/cold spot for 1-4 weeks.

This is the first year I've made it by myself - its always been a tradition to make it with my mom but I wanted to surprise her after my sweetie got a deer. Can't wait for her to see the tartlets I'm making for christmas

Dec 19, 2009
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Lynnwood-Mountlake Terrace - the annual trek

Absolutely important to get updated advice - I'm in that area of Seattle every year or more so thanks for the new ideas!

Aug 29, 2009
AlaskaChick in Greater Seattle

Pizza in Alaska

Moose's Tooth is my favorite in Anchorage but lets not forget that Alaska is a big state. Juneau has a couple great places.....try the wood fired pizza at the Island Pub - actually in Douglas - crispy/chewy crust with excellent and imaginative toppings. Pizzaria Roma for a lovely garlicky adventure. Wash it all down with an Alaskan beer made here - the White is my current fav. MMMMMM

Aug 19, 2009
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest

Heavy Hors d'oeuvres for a boat ride?

I have noticed that sometimes I have to cover it loosely with foil to allow the bottom time to cook without the top overbrowning. Did you let it set a bit before cutting?

Jul 28, 2009
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

sweetie still requests a similar dish at Thanksgiving - but with veggies in it - shredded carrots, celery, etc. Its a standing joke - will he get the lime jello this year or wont he?

Jun 23, 2009
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Kinda makes me want to whip out a batch right now.....

Jun 23, 2009
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Recipes You've Never Heard of Outside Your Family

Still eat that today tho tendency is to skip the ketchup and boiling is frequently done in wine. And then theres the trimmings from whatever salmon you're filleting, poach in water/wine, drain,flake and mix in butter and salt and pepper. Serve with crackers or just a fork.

Jun 23, 2009
AlaskaChick in Home Cooking

Best of Anchorage, Alaska

Crows Nest is great - try the oysters if you like em raw, and Cafe Diablo is an event not just a drink. Personally, I like Simon and Seaforts but usually eat at a window table in the bar - had some great scallop/salmon lollipops and halibut cheeks last week - and must say you have to work pretty hard to get me to order fish given how much of it I cook at home.

When I can't decide - I get a friend or two and go progressive - apps at one place, dinner at another, etc

May 26, 2009
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest

Frozen wild salmon by mail?

Get it straight from AK -

takusmokeries.com - not just their fresh salmon but have some of their smoked too.
jerrysmeats.com

Mar 26, 2009
AlaskaChick in General Topics

Alaska Trip Report

That is a great trip report - you definately hit some of my favorite places. Just an update - Sam's Sourdough Cafe in Fairbanks burned this week. :-(

And yes, we do have good Thai in Alaska - usually located in some little out of the way place in a strip mall.

Mar 18, 2009
AlaskaChick in Pacific Northwest