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Category Archives: Recipe Rants

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

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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

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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 »

Recipe Rants: Alehouse Beef-and-Potato Skewers

We are always searching for new and unique ways to prepare food. Whether it be purely Alaskan recipes or new takes on old favorites, we share them on RobertForto.com under our Recipe Rants category. Sirloin is an outstanding beef cut for kabobs. Use red-skinned or Yukon Gold potatoes or a combination for a particularly attractive presentation. Mushrooms or parboiled carrot ... Read More »

Best Butt in Town!

On a recent trip to Fairbanks I stopped at Big Daddy’s BBQ. The restuarant dubs itself as the northern most southern barbecue and it is dang good food. Big Daddy’s was profiled on The Food Network’s show Diner’s Drive-in’s and Dives with Guy Fieri. I wonder if he drove his classic red muscle car up here or was forced to ... Read More »

Lucky Wishbone, Kissing Irishmen and Sled Dogs

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Michele and I headed out early for Anchorage to pick up Hugh Neff’s Iditarod team at the airport. He finished 17th this year and we are proud of him and his dogs for running a great race. But that is a story for another day…. On our way down to the city we talked about stopping for breakfast. Denny’s was ... Read More »

Recipe Rants: Sticky Toffee Pudding

I know, I know, you are asking why is this crazy guy putting recipes on his blog AFTER Christmas when traditionally people cook and bake BEFORE the big holiday. Well, all I can say is you will see in the coming days the method to my madness. Today’s treat is from another Denver, CO restaurant that Michele and I absolutely ... Read More »