Why is it that the most romantic dinners always involve salmon?
Back when we were dating, my now-husband decided to impress me by going to Trader Joe's in Los Angeles, picking up frozen salmon and wild rice, splurging on a tablecloth and wine glasses ... and I swear I fell in love with him for good and proper over that broiled salmon, with Wynton Marsalis playing in the background.
Turns out it wasn't a sign of things to come - my guy dislikes cooking and I've ended up being our lucky kitchen witch ... uh, whiz.
What stunned me was when a Trader Joe's finally opened here in our town a year ago. We were there at 8:30 a.m. for the opening ceremonies, ready to stock up on salmon, wild rice, and wine.
Want to guess who was playing on the radio as we drove home?
Romantic Salmon Recipes and Accompaniments:
- Scandinavian Smoked Gravlax
- Barbara Rolek's Grilled Salmon with Eastern European Flair
- Hank Shaw's Broiled Salmon with Cilantro Sauce
Smoked gravlax image & text ©2010 Kari Diehl, licensed to About.com.