Friday, August 19, 2011

Plank Grilled Salmon

Based on this, but with ingredients I had in my fridge. I used prepared honey mustard instead of the Dijon/brown sugar combo recommended. It was really good.

1 cedar plank (6 by 14 inches)
2 salmon fillets (1 1/2 pounds total)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons Dijon mustard
6 tablespoons brown sugar
Soak cedar plank in salted water for 2 hours, then drain. Remove skin from salmon fillet. Remove any remaining bones. Rinse the salmon under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Generously season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. Lay the salmon (on what was skin-side down) on the cedar plank and carefully spread the mustard over the top and sides. Place the brown sugar in a bowl and crumble between your fingers, then sprinkle over the mustard.

Set grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-high. Place the cedar plank in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat. Cover the grill and cook until cooked through, around 20 to 30 minutes. The internal temperature should read 135 degrees F. Transfer the salmon and plank to a platter and serve right off the plank.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Aldi Wins

  • Fig Newtons (99c for a 14oz package) - better texture than usual, and packaged in two smaller trays, so it should keep fresh longer.
  • Mineral water ($2.29 for a 12 pack) - Only one flavor (lime), but good

Monday, August 1, 2011

Aldi Kidney Beans

There are more beans in a can compared to Cub's brand (15.25 ounces vs. 15). They were the same quality and cheaper.

Aldi Mentos

Exactly like real Mentos, but four packages were only $0.99. We weren't able to see if they work for this because (1) we didn't have any diet Coke and (2) we ate all the candies before we could get some. Very good quality and a great value.

Rustic Peach Pie

From some magazine in the dentist's office.
Maybe Real Simple.

Good and Easy.
Like a pie but smaller.
And no effort was needed to make it look cute.

Cucumber Chicken

1 1/2 cucumbers
6 chicken breasts
3 scallions (or green onions)
3 tbls oil
2 lemons
salt, pepper, paprika to taste

Peel cucumbers, cut into quarters lengthwise and remove seeds. Then cube. Blanch them in boiling salted water for 3 minutes and rinse in cold water. Cut onions and cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and saute in the oil until cooked. Add lemon juice and 1/4 cup water. Bring to boil and add spices to taste. Put in cucumbers and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Serve with rice.

I changes the proportions to be more cucumber and less chicken heavy. I used a regular onion instead of green and I only had one lemon, so I added some lemon pepper in addition. In general, this recipe could use more color, but maybe if I hadn't messed with it so much it would be better. (Hello green onion and paprika!)

It tastes good and is a great way to use up garden cucumbers.