Monday, August 23

bourbon-glazed salmon

so even though the quick kale with bacon and onions recipe, from the seven best foods for women series, was a little sketchy, the next one in line looked very promising. not because it's salmon, but because it had a bourbon glaze.

much to scott's delight, this recipe required the purchase of a fifth of bourbon - now gone after a weekend at the ranch. i decided to go for the good stuff and got knob creek, and you should have seen his look when he asked, 'you're not going to use that in the salmon, are you?' like it would be a shame to waste any of it on something so lowly as a glaze.

yes, i did use a mere quarter-cup in the glaze, which also featured brown sugar and orange juice, and it was a hit! scott lit the coals on the grill and i thawed and marinated the salmon, which his mom and sister brought back from their recent trip to oregon.

we put a layer of tin foil on the grill, since the salmon tends to stick, and pulled up the edges so we could pour marinade over the fish and hold it in the foil. it cooked down to a nice syrup consistency, and was oh-so-good.

this one's a keeper. it's even been requested by trav, so if scott's telling others aboug it, i know it's good. :-)

along with the salmon we also enjoyed grill-roasted mushrooms with butter and garlic salt. sure, we may have negated any health benefits of the salmon with the butter, but everyone needs butter in their life. no matter how many we pile in the foil at the outset, i think we both always wish we'd fixed more. they get scooped up pretty fast.

so this was the meal that evening, with some added garlic bread also toasted on the grill. there were some salmon pieces leftover, and they were tasty for lunches throughout the week.

here's what cooking light has to say about the benefits of salmon: While the omega 3 fats in salmon do everyone a lot of good, women net a few unique benefits. Pregnant? Studies find the oils in fatty fish like salmon can help you beat the post-partum blues, particularly if you ratchet up intake during the third trimester. Building blocks for the brain and nervous system, omega 3 fats are also critical for the developing fetus. In your forties and beyond? Keep in mind that heart disease is still the number one killer of women. And once estrogen levels begin to plummet, eating fatty fish can help keep the ticker healthy. Cooking Light recommends two servings (about 4 ounces) of salmon, or other fatty fish, per week.

here's the link to the recipe: grilled orange and bourbon salmon.

and the next recipe includes vodka. they keep getting better. perhaps i better invite heather over to enjoy that one with me. :-)

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