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Welcome to Alaska! You know there’s a saying in Texas “everything’s bigger in Texas.”  Well not if you’re in Alaska. It’s twice the size of Texas!

I love that saying, considering, I’m from Texas and I do like to do things in a big way. It’s no surprise that I chose a ginormous task of taking on 365 days in America, covering this great nation’s food and culture. Why Alaska? Just because. I don’t know much about it, except what Sarah Palin says about it. I was really curious about the whole Russia-Alaska connection and I love fish.

So here’s an interesting fact or perhaps humor, you guess:

“According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen had to be female. We should’ve known. Only women would be able to drag a fat man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.”

While I wait for my new cookbook to arrive, I expect lots of great fish in the days ahead. I found this picture to keep the flame of cooking passion alive.

See you in the next post, when I will put up the menu for the week!

” We have a great life here in Alaska, and we’re never going back to America again!”~Homer Simpson

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