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Cookies = Baked, Salmon = Grilled

When I was in 8th grade, my brother was a student at Olivet College. One weekend he came home from college and I helped him bake 400 chocolate chip cookies, which he then took back to his frat brothers. Another time we made 250 oatmeal raisin cookies, and later in the year, we made another large batch of chocolate chip. I thought of those days, and him, several times tonight. I didn't count cookie by cookie, but the final tally is somewhere around 15-18 dozen.

The flavors?

Plain ginger snaps
Sugared ginger snaps
Ginger creams with browned butter frosting
Oatmeal raisin'n'cherry
Maple Irish oatmeal
Orange drops with orange butter frosting

I can thank (or blame) Barry and our Mom for my cookie-baking frenzy, but the late-night dinner that followed was inspired by members of my fannish family. Susan Levy Haskell and Joe Siclari, to be specific. While the cookies were baking, an 8-oz fillet of Alaskan sockeye salmon was marinating in ginger-pear salad dressing and lemon juice. As soon as I frosted the last cookie, I fired up the grill and put the salmon in the grill basket. Ghu only knows how I managed to grill it to perfection, but that's how it came out.

The protein was a welcome counter-point to the freshly-baked cookie appetizers. Life is good.


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Aug. 19th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)
Your house must of smelled heavenly!
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
During ArmadilloCon this year, I treated myself to Cedar Plank Salmon (a fad food if there ever was one). It made not one whit of difference over regular salmon, as far as I could tell. The presentation was pretentious, and the plank was warped so that when I squeezed some lemon over the fish, the juice rolled off and slopped onto the table. It tasted fine, but I figure it was a $15 salmon dinner overpriced to $21 because of the durned plank.
Aug. 19th, 2007 11:42 pm (UTC)
Where do you get ginger-pear salad dressing?
Aug. 22nd, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
I bought the salad dressing at one of my regular grocery stores. Most likely Big Y, possibly Stop and Shop. There's a very small chance I bought it at Highland Market.

It's one of the "All Natural Dressings" made by Maple Grove Farms of Vermont. Looks like you can get it directly from them, too.
Aug. 22nd, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
Sep. 3rd, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
Hi. I am very happy here. I think that I will stand here for a long time.
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