On Friday, the buzzer rang. A Fed-Ex man tromped up four flights of stairs and handed me a large package. Inside, I found the following missive:
Alaskan Culinary Challenge January 2011
Welcome to your first Alaskan culinary challenge!
The object of this challenge is to research, prepare and serve…Much like Iron Chef, view this as the “secret ingredient.” Test your culinary skills and have fun!
1. Shipped item must be consumed withing 2-3 days.
2. Prepared meal MUST be served to at least one person besides yourself.
Using the ingredients in a historical fashion (four pounds flour worthy) is encouraged.
Documentation and feedback/report is favorable. Future culinary challenges are more likely if previous challenge was given proper attention.
Recipe sharing is also favorable.
Failure to complete this challenge will result in mockery of the highest caliber.
Your partners in crime in the 49th.
Inside the box, five neatly wrapped portions of meat, all labeled ”Beaver.”