Dinner with Dawn

Everyone should have a friend like Dawn. We have known each other for over 10 years now, wow, and have liked, loved and disliked each other through those years. I’m not proud of those dislike years but we both had to grow a little/maybe alot and the good thing is, WE DID. We are both better people and can even laugh about alot of it!

So tonight I shared a meal with my dear friend Dawn. No kids, no men…just us and some laughs and wine! ( oh yah and a bitch session and a martini!)

We enjoyed…


“my own creation, google Jamie Oliver and his risotto, I added portabella mushrooms and dried morels from my mom!”



Cedar Plank Salmon with Margarita Marinade
Prep Time: 10 minutes, plus soaking and marinating time    Cooking Time: 15 to 18 minutes   Makes: 4 servings


  • 1 cedar plank
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 (5 oz.) salmon fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Lime slices for garnish
Soak the cedar plank in cold water at least 2 hours. Combine the tequila, citrus zest and juice and sugar in a side dish. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Cover, marinate and refrigerate the salmon 1 hour, turning occasionally.Preheat your barbecue to medium-high. Remove the plank from the water and pat dry one side. Set the fish on the dry side of the plank. Pour the marinade into a small skillet. Bring the marinade to a simmer and reduce until thick and syrupy. Brush this mixture on the salmon and season

the fish with salt and pepper.Set the plank on one side of the barbecue. Turn the heat underneath the plank to low and leave the other side of the barbecue set at medium-high. Close the lid and cook the salmon for 15 to 18 minutes, or until just cooked through. Keep a spray bottle of water handy in case the board ignites. Set the plank on a serving tray, garnish with lime slices and serve.


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