Category Archives: Recipe Rants

Sockeye Salmon in the Smoke House

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Here at Forto’s Fort we have a smoke house that we built a few years ago for the purpose of smoking delicious sockeye (red) salmon we catch each year in Kasilof, AK dip netting. For those of you who don’t know what dip netting is, here in Alaska its residents are allowed to “catch” 25 sockeye salmon for the head ... Read More »

Chicken in the Smokehouse


We have had our smoke house for three years. We have smoked our fair share of sockeye salmon every July that we catch dip netting in Kasilof. We have done chicken wings and a beef brisket on a Super Bowl Sunday but we had never tried a full bird. We decided that we would give it a try while we ... Read More »

Garlic dill pickles

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Often called kosher-style dill pickles, these are quick to make. Use either small whole cucumbers or cut large ones into quarters. For an additional interesting flavor, tuck in a small dried red pepper into each jar. We always try to get pickling cucumbers in the short summer months here in Alaska at the local farmers markets. This year we picked ... Read More »

Pickled garlic

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I am glad I am not a vampire. I love garlic on everything! Recently Michele and I tried out a pickled garlic recipe. Here it is: Prep 45 minutes Cook 15 minutes Ready in 21 days Ingredients: 1/2 pound garlic, peeled 1 large red bell pepper, chopped 2 cups distilled white vinegar 2/3 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground dry ... Read More »

Perfect Pan Steak

• First, ask your butcher for a 3.3-pound well-marbled bone-in ribeye in vacuum packaging. The bone is important, because it helps to keeps the meat moist. The vacuum part is important too, because it will avoid oxidation. • Put the meat out of the fridge at room temperature (not in a hot room, just normal temperature) for 24 hours inside ... Read More »

The Rock rocks the Great White North

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I have had pizza in just about every state in the country. Tonight we headed over to The Rock, a new pizza place in Anchorage, Alaska. As soon as we walked up we noticed the the cool brick and iron work and the fire! We walked in the restaurant, once ... Read More »

Alaska Chicks Vodka

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It’s Easter Sunday. What better way to celebrate than whipping up a batch of Alaska Chicks Vodka. Why do we call it Alaska Chicks Vodka? It’s simple really, we use vodka that is distilled right here in Alaska and we use Peep’s marshmallow chicks. How do you make it? 1 large Mason Jar 3/4 bottle of Frostbite Alaska Vodka 8 ... Read More »

Banana bread on a wood stove


It was Christmas Eve and we ran out of propane at Forto’s Fort in Alaska. It has been -20 degrees or worse for more than a month and we frankly forgot to wade through deep snow to check the level on the propane tank. We let it run out. Our fault. A delivery was made on Christmas Eve and the ... Read More »

Recipe Rants: Sugar and Spice Nuts


From the kitchen of Wicked Sweets My daughter, Nicole is 15 and a sophomore at Houston High School. As part of a project for school last year she had to write a business plan. Since she is an aspiring baker and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, she plans to start a business called Wicked Sweets. This is ... Read More »

Recipe Rants: Blueberry Jelly

It has been a busy summer here at the Fort. We filled our freezer the smoked red salmon, we built a greenhouse and picked over a gallon and a half of blueberries to make jelly, BBQ sauce, muffins and more. Today I want to share a recipe that we found online and modified for our use. It took all of ... Read More »