This past Saturday evening my cousin Kate came up to visit and spend the night. We had a blast eating, drinking, talking and playing a few rounds of Guitar Hero (with singing).
There were a couple of firsts that happened on Saturday. Kate got to see our house for the first time and hang out in our basement.
Kate also brought homemade absinthe that her friend made which Brian and I tried for the first time. It's definitely not something you could drink a lot of, but it was very tasty and hopefully when her friend finishes up another batch we will be getting some. And no, we did not see a green Kylie Minogue fairy flying around.
The third first was grilling salmon on cedar planks. We went to Home Depot and bought a piece of cedar which Brian cut into several smaller 12" sections (who wants to pay $15 for a couple of small, pre-cut boards when you can make your own?). We soaked the planks for about 2 hours (you don't want the boards to burn up on the grill) and pre-heated them on the grill to get them smoking to start letting out the cedar "flavor".
I had bought a 2 pound, skinless salmon cut into two pieces which had been marinating for about 15 hours in a 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup honey, 1 T freshly grated ginger, a couple of chopped green onions, a couple of dashes siratcha (hot sauce), and 1/2 T ground mustard.
The combination of the marinade and cedar planks made for some of the best tasting salmon I have ever had. Every time we would go to check on the salmon the smell coming from the grill just absolutely made our mouths water! We cooked the salmon for about 20 minutes (until they reached 130 degrees internally), adding more marinade after 10 minutes. What is nice about the cedar planks is that you don't even have to flip the salmon- they just cook up perfectly.
I honestly cannot wait to make more salmon on the grill with the cedar planks. I also cannot wait to eat my dinner tonight- it's a salad made with the leftover salmon. Yummy!