How Alaska eats: Nog it to me

When made with a ratio of two parts dairy to one part liquor, this boozy eggnog can last for several weeks in the refrigerator, and the flavor and texture only improve with time. (Maya Wilson / Alaska From Scratch)

Newsletter #24: It’s Nog or Never

My 4-year-old spent a morning clipping pictures of robotic tyrannosauruses and gluing them to his Santa letter. So I guess there’s no stopping the holiday season at this point. Maya Wilson is leaning into it with a recipe for some that will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks, perfect for when a friend drops in and you have time to clear off the couch and sit down.

And, of course, party season is rumbling toward us like the Polar Express through a snowstorm. If you’re thinking about making a signature cocktail for your party, you could also try Maya’s blood orange with Champagne. Or, if you’re staying in or Ubering home, you could make my recipe for a stiff, cold, golden with local gin (NOT recommended for professional functions — thank me later).

Blood orange French 75 cocktail (Maya Wilson)

I’ve been going through old newspaper archive recipes and this one came tumbling out. It’s called “The Grinch.” To make it, combine 2 ounces Midori, 1/2 ounce Sweet and Sour, 1 tsp. simple syrup in a martini shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry.

(If you want to serve something warm and festive without the booze, try.)

On the subject of actual food, we all need Maya Wilson’s. (Have you guys tried buying regular salad greens lately? The shelves are pretty bare up here in this post-romaine-scare world.) Kim Sunee, meanwhile, is making a that looks pretty easy to devour.

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Prepare yourselves: We’re about to start announcing our recipe contest finalists and publishing their fine work. You can help test recipes I’m working on as part of . And, if you don’t already, support local cooking and local news and to the paper. Have questions or suggestions for me? !

Here’s hoping your Santa letter makes it to the North Pole.

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