If you ever come to the Pacific Northwest, you must go to a potlatch (a native celebration) and eat salmon cooked this way. (And no, even though many restaurants claim to cook salmon over wood, few really capture the essence of Native cookery.) Tillicum Village is a nice boatride from Seattle on Blake Island, and a wonderful place to eat salmon prepared in the native fashion, while learning some of the traditions of the Coast Salish peoples.
A few years ago hubby and I visited Neah Bay, home of the Makah tribe, and had a lovely meal of alder smoked salmon that was cooked right on the beach. Salmon aside, the Makahs have the one of the finest tribal museums in the United States, full of artifacts from an ancient village that had been covered by a mudslide, perfectly preserved by the mud-a kind of a Western Pompeii. And if you go there, don't hesitate to get a permit to hike out to Shi-Shi beach. It's a long trek through the rainforest to one of the most glorious West Coast beaches ever! Travel Channel included it in their 10 most beautiful US beaches a few years back.
But I digress... Salmon. Here's the problem. I never learned to cook it from my Grandpa. And even if I could, I don't want to go outside. I'm gonna need some good recipes to make salmon dinner interesting once a week for the next several months. So I did what you'd do...checked out the web. Tonight we had Well-Dressed Salmon by Rachael Ray, courtesy of the foodnetwork.com. It was easy, healthful, and very tasty. Here's the link: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/well-dressed-salmon-recipe/index.html
|Salmon being cooked at Tillicum Village on Blake Island.|