Friday, August 26, 2011


I haven't had much time to cook this past month for two reasons a kitchen renovation and an amazing trip to Alaska. My friend Imma Trillo took me to the Kenai peninsula of Alaska. During my trip I encountered some very interesting food.

For one thing the food, and the gas for that point, is very expensive. The price of the food rarely reflects the quality, but every once in a while you run into something amazing. While I was in the town of Hope I had a bowl of fresh clam chowder which was phenomenal. It was very rich and hard to eat in one sitting, but amazing.  They added chunks of Alaskan Halibut and Salmon to the mixture.

Hope, Alaska

My favorite dish, by far, was a Raspberry Salmon Bisque I came across in the town of Kenai. The soup was a beautiful pink.  A perfect summer dish.

Another one worth noting was a cedar plank salmon dish served with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. I very much enjoyed this dish, but I have never had it before so I lacked a comparison. This dish seemed popular this summer, especially on This dish was from Seeward, Alaska.

Seeward, Alaska

Tomato, Basil, Gruyere and Goat Cheese Tart

These tarts were amazingly refreshing. Once again I apologize, but I do not remember the recipe for these tarts either. The bottom of these tarts is coated with dijon mustard and then layered with gruyere cheese. On top of the cheese there are alternate layers of goat cheese and fresh tomatoes. Finally sprinkle basil on top before or after baking. 

Rose Apple Tart

I made these a while ago and don't really remember the recipe, but I do remember the basics. Cut the apples into small thin half circle pieces and cooked them over the stove until soft. Then place the soft pieces and their juices into a large bowl and add sugar and lemon juice. Let the mixture sit. Arrange the apples in the tart pans in the shape of a flower. Unfortunately I do not remember how long I baked these for. Look for browning along the edges of the apples.

I loved these tarts because they are so personal. They are a perfect way to dress up a dinner.

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