Hopefully, you will be starting with some good, fatty, wild fish because the more I do this, the more I've come to think that is -- by far -- the single biggest factor in the quality of the finished product.
Any suggestions on where you get your fish?
Locally, I've had reasonable success year-round at Burhops in Wilmette (definitely not Glenview) and at Foodstuffs, specifically during Copper River season. As for Foodstuffs, I used the Evanston store but I suspect that their Glencoe location would be equally accomodating.
Last time out (in mid-December '08), I was making it for a large party and sourced it via the internet from Pure Food Fish Market
at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA. The wild Alaskan King salmon I got from them produced excellent results -- possibly my best ever. If you're making it for an occasion and you have some leadtime, I highly recommend them.
Burhop's - Wilmette
1515 Sheridan Rd
Wilmette, IL 60091
Foodstuffs - Evanston
2106 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201
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