I want to take this Dinner with Jon and acknowledge the influence my Mother had on my development as a cook and a chef. Her tutelage has lasted throughout my adult life and career in food service.
Now, understand that we had no electricity when I was a kid. We lived up a river canyon in NE Oregon. Mom, understandably, had to be creative and pragmatic in the way she prepared our daily and nightly meals. She became a Master of Cooking Over an Open Fire.
Here is her recipe for what she deemed the “Salmon Packet”. It’s simple and straightforward and delicious! It’s not absolutely necessary to cook this in the coals of a fire, by the way!
If you are lacking a campfire and a shovel to move the coals around, you can put the packet on a cookie sheet in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees. Leave it there for at least 25 minutes or until it feels firm to the touch when you press on it.
Be careful opening the packet as the steam can burn you! Pair the fish with a nice arugula salad mix from Aldrich’s salad bar and some Powers Viognier 2015 from Columbia Valley from our wine section.
I’ll be sharing more from Marie’s table in future recipes. Remind me to tell you the story about how she rose at 2:30 am to start a fire for a full course Thanksgiving Dinner!
Bon Apetit, Jon