Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Belated Birthday Dinner!
So, last night, I decided to treat myself to my birthday dinner. Why did I wait until yesterday? Because, Tuesday is Senior Discount Day at Coastal Seafoods! This may be one of the few reasons I am glad to be my age.
Back to the topic...We love Coastal Seafoods. It is the best place to buy fresh fish and seafood in Minnesota. I wanted to try this recipe from Food and Wine Magazine. Nick slid into home base right before we went to buy the salmon, so he lucked out again with a good meal at the Geier ranch.
Our dinner was Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon with Armenian Rice.
I highly recommend both recipes. The rice recipe calls for fresh mint. My mint plant said goodbye for the season and I didn't splurge on it at the grocery store. However, next time I will. The salmon glaze recipe calls for pomegranate molasses. The grocery manager at Kowalski's, who walked down the aisle while I was searching, told me they stocked it for a short time after it was featured in Oprah's Magazine
and thus caused short term demand. (Now, there's one powerful woman!) However, the product was expensive and didn't sell, so they no longer carry it in stock. He recommended I make my own. So, I slowly simmered the seeds and juice from 1/2 a pomegranate in 1/4 cup of mild molasses for 30 minutes. It turned out beautifully. We decided the edamame makes a nice garnish, but it could have more presence on the plate, so I am going to experiment. I have not cooked much with these beans, so it is fun to stretch one's tastes.
We have some entertaining on our schedule in the next few weeks. If you read this and are on our guest list, you may be able to offer your opinions on this dish. It will be making another appearance in our kitchen soon!!