Second thank yous for wedding gifts and love gifts are officially in order. There were so many things we registered for when we were engaged and 'registry gun happy' that continue to sit in my cabinets, unused. I think we've used our waffle maker twice, though I'm sure we will use it more when we have kids. Our immersion blender that I was dying to have...never. Panini press that I only wanted if it was a Cuisinart...never. Yikes.
Other things though have just taken longer to use. My mom is getting ready to move to a new house next weekend and in her clean out mode (not just boxes of stuff here people) Terry and I were the blessed recipients of a grill - which we have already used MANY times. Now that I eat chicken and fish, this is much more useful! Fish is still new, mostly I've only eaten tilapia. I want to like salmon. I feel like all girls should like salmon. As Terry told me tonight, "oh yeah, it's FULL of omega 13s" (i love this boy). We had it a few weekends ago when the Bruce family was in town and I thought it was okay. In effort to master his grill skills, we decided to try it tonight as a healthy break to our fast/detox.
Wonderful Cousin Clissie gave us Cedar Planks for our wedding along with a Cedar Plank Grilling cookbook. Again, haven't used them yet, but tonight we did - and drooled over pictures of many things in the book. 'Mama Joanna' (see earlier post) brought my attention to a recipe in a Jr. League cookbook we had also gotten for our wedding from Pam & Dale, whose family I grew up celebrating holidays with. Again, sorry to say, hadn't used the cookbook yet. Mostly because I always. always. always. cook from Cooking Light, my best and annual Christmas present from mom. I ventured out tonight - strawberry salsa.
PEEPS. Maybe it was because we were breaking our fast, but I think it was just because it was amazing. All natural. All organic. Made in the kitchen over low lights, William Fitzsimmons singing in the background, Salem begging for food at my feet, a great bottle of white wine, and dancing with Terry in the kitchen while we waited for the salmon to cook.
The perfect dinner:
Go ahead and be jealous.
Thank you mom for the grill, it's amazing and we eat better because of it. Thank you Clissie for the cedar planks, they make the salmon DELICIOUS to a new salmon eater. Thank you Pam & Dale for the cookbook, I look forward to trying more recipes. Thank you Terry for loving me and cooking good food with me - especially for dancing in the kitchen with me like the movies.