Ah Michigan. I love everything about it – the quaint lake towns, Traverse City, Trattoria Stella, amazing wineries, B&B’s, even its ad campaign. There are exactly two ad campaigns that can capture my attention and transport my mind and Michigan is at the top of that list. Any season, any medium – radio, billboard, television – and I’m mentally planning my next trip. (The other is Corona. I relax just seeing those commercials!) But back to Michigan. It’s been one of our favorite weekend getaway destinations whether for a romantic getaway or a family trip to a beach house; and then there’s the winery hopping, apple picking, fall drives and pumpkin farms.
I could really go on and on, but let’s get to the food. This week we obviously picked Michigan for our state night dinner which meant that cherries had to be the star of the meal. Afterall, Michigan is home to the National Cherry Festival. We also wanted to make something healthy since we’re still recovering from our soul food dinner, and we wanted to use ingredients we had on hand. The result – a Salmon Spinach Salad with Cherry Sauce.
We then added both to a large sauce pan with…wait for it…
We brought the combination to a boil, reduced the heat and simmered the sauce until it thickened, about 30 minutes. In the meantime, dad grilled some salmon fillets and I tossed some baby spinach onto the plates. We topped the spinach with the salmon, the cherry sauce, chopped walnuts and goat cheese.
I don’t blame them. It’s really not a kid’s meal so-to-speak, but we’re winning them over with the salmon. A few months ago, they wouldn’t have touched it. It is, however, a great grown-up meal. It’s fresh, healthy and bursting with flavor. We’re putting this one in our regular rotation.
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And now for a little fun. Which commercial relaxes you more?