Keeping warm was a serious undertaking when Laura Lotspeich of Trium Wine in Talent and her bush-pilot husband, Kurt, lived on the Yukon River, Kodiak and in Anchorage.
Long woollies were topped with turtlenecks and flight pants, vests and parkas. Scarves muffled noses, and fur-lined mittens protected fingers at minus 60 F. Or as Laura scientifically describes the temperature: "Just damn cold."
To chase the chill, she'd serve caribou "in every imaginable form" — I can't even think of one — and oven-roasted moose larded with smoky bacon that "warmed the house as well as the stomach," she says.
She'd make something called Russian tea from tea, spices and Tang, adding a shot of brandy for afternoon tea parties, as well as thermos-ready, spiced and mulled wine for snowshoeing parties and cross-country skiing.
For more information: Trium Wines, 7112 Rapp Lane, Talent, Oregon
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