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{thirsty thursday} — wild-caught king salmon dressed in basil vinaigrette w/ a rye lager

27 Sep

so, salmon season is pretty much over… i think we’ll get another run or two but that will be it. do you know how you can just kind of guess that the season is about over? well, have you been to the grocer and SEEN the size of salmon filets right now?!  massive!  like, i mean MASSIVE fish!  they’ve been cruising around eating up the other fish, gettin’ all fat and delicious on us… THAT’S how you can usually tell it’s the end of the season.  they’re HUGE!

whenever there is a one-day special or sale of any kind on salmon, i nab it up.  i don’t like freezing my fish, so i’ll just buy enough for a nice meal with the roomie or cook a little extra for salads.  all seafood is so much more expensive out here in the land-locked states, so i don’t eat it nearly as much as i would like. frozen fish just doesn’t taste as good… i prefer only eating wild-caught, in season, as local as possible fish.

the real secret ingredient to this dish and part of the inspiration for even buying the fish was to use some of this absolutely amazing marinade that was gifted to me as a generous sample.  it’s a locally made product which is a basil-based vinaigrette that i was immediately hooked on the first time i tried it when the vendor was demoing the product with some simple bib lettuce. i didn’t find a website for the actual producers, but i do know that this particular bottle in the above foto was made only 3 days prior to me consuming it.  talk about fresh!!  i’m so lucky.

if you can find it, get it.  you can buy it online and it’s actually cheaper than the store that way.  the ingredients are so simple, if you had the right combo of good oil and vinegar you could almost mimic it.  but i tell you, it’s the best dressing i’ve ever tried!!  i’m not sure i’ll ever go back to another dressing again!  and i have tried a TON of vinaigrettes!  italian-style dressing is my absolutely fav, but it simply has to have the right combination of good oil and good vinegar and the right kind of spices.  i mean, when you’re basing your dressing around FRESH basil, i guess you can’t go wrong… Continue reading

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