How do you eat a whale?

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Decorating Wintry Things.

We set up our tree, put up lights outside, and celebrated by making ravioli. Seems like a pretty successful holiday season in our new house. Everything seems to take just a little longer than we thought it would. We are getting it done and loving it.

Moose Nose Stew.

Yes. Moose nose stew. Why would you waste the nose? I am eating many things that I have never imagined before. I am not a fan of anything that comes from water, so I am so excited to be eating more land animals. Friends came by with caribou and moose meat. It is delicious. Caribou sausage in on the menu for dinner tonight. However, this story happened a couple of weeks ago. Someone came to work with moose nose stew. They offered to let me try it. If you eat something different and don’t post it online, did it really happen?

Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 4.14.29 PM.pngSqueeze your earlobe. It was a little softer than that. And chewy. Marinated in moose snot was the description that I was told after I ate it. 5/10 I would eat it again. Would you try it?

Ocean View.

There is a common thing told to people moving to Anchorage. Avoid any neighborhoods with “view” in the name. Mountain View is dangerous, don’t move to Fairview, Oceanview, well you probably can’t afford Oceanview. The same could be said for Goldenview, or that Goldenview is too far south. Oceanview is our new favorite place to hang out. We can walk to a beach that has been covered in snow lately. The sunsets are amazing. There are usually as many moose as there are people we don’t know.

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Lando leading the way to the beach.

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Amanda found the perfect tree to take a picture of.

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The dogs loved sitting on giant pieces of ice that float to shore at high tide.

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Yorkshire Pudding.

Rudolph is delicious.

Reindeer are caribou that have been domesticated. I have been told stories of people separating a few caribou from the wild herd and starting their own reindeer herd. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work as the caribou sometimes come and steal their herd members back. Thus turning the reindeer back into caribou.

Reindeer is often available in grocery stores, restaurants, and meat stores. Indian Valley Meats is our local meat store. Maybe most rural areas have a place that will process your meat for you, but it is not something that I have experienced until moving to Alaska.

There are some laws about selling wild game. From ADF&G, “It is illegal to buy, sell or barter game meat. Unprocessed meat and other game parts may be transferred to others permanently (given as a gift) or may be transferred temporarily for the purpose of transport…  Any meat you plan to give away must be in the same or better condition as meat you would keep for yourself”.

Why get bacon in your breakfast bagel sandwich when you can get reindeer sausage

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Food lately.

We have been spending a decent amount of time cooking. I am inspired after getting The Food Lab. We caught some trout at a nearby lake. I wrapped them in foil, stuffed them with onions, tomatoes, garlic and lemon, and threw them on the grill while I seared my steaks. I have been using the sous vide method of cooking as much as possible lately. It has been incredible.

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I  have also been making pasta from scratch. It is a fun and delicious thing to do. The use of a stand mixer with pasta attachments makes it happen a little faster than if we were to roll everything out by hand and then cut it.

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For a fast appetizer, I made asparagus with poached eggs and walnut vinaigrette. It was probably the fanciest sounding thing I have made.Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.48.58 PM.png

Of course, half the fun of cooking is making something unhealthy. I have also been dabbling in frying things. Frying fish and chicken with a side of potatoes was delicious, but really made the house smell like grease and nothing feels very clean for a couple of days. Leftover fish sandwiches on homemade bread.Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.50.37 PMNone of this would be complete without dessert. Amanda made an insane gingerbread hollow cake lined with melted chocolate. Then we added homemade eggnog and whipped cream that we make minutes before stuffing our face. It has been a good first winter in Alaska. Who needs many hours of daylight when you can stay inside and cook!Screen Shot 2016-01-22 at 10.51.40 PM.png