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Backyard Entertaining: Back in the Groove

by Dani Crichton

Great Salmon & Wine Recipe

Along with the vaccine rollout and CDC’s revised guidelines that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks outdoors, we all need to get our entertaining groove back. Our social skills may be a bit rusty and cooking for more than four might not be your current jam but just like riding a bike, once you put some music on, pour a round of drinks and fire up the grill, it will be as though we never stopped letting the good times roll. Armed with a simple, yet impressive, crowd-pleasing recipe for Cedar-Plank Salmon you will feel like a pro in no time.
 
If you have never used cedar planks before, you’re missing out on an easy, fun way to cook fish on the grill. You can pick up the planks at any local hardware store, most supermarkets or Amazon (who, as we all now know, can deliver absolutely anything overnight). The key is to soak the plank in water for a couple of hours before grilling so that the plank steams the salmon from underneath but doesn’t catch fire. Once the plank is nice and saturated, you top it with the side of salmon and baste with your favorite marinade or dry rub (we happen to really like this recipe for Cedar-Plank Salmon on SlyRooster.com because the fish gets nicely caramelized). When you're ready, throw that bad boy on the grill, close the lid and refill the glasses—we recommend Argyle Rose, a fruity rose from Oregon or an earthy pinot noir like Wither Hills from New Zealand. In about 15 minutes, you’ll be ready to transfer plank to table. Serve with a nice Caesar salad and you’ve got yourself a meal. 
 
For the full blog post and recipe, visit Sly Roosterhttps://slyrooster.com/cedar-plank-salmon/.
 
Check out the tasting notes on these two wines here:
 
Argyle Rose
 
Wither Hills Pinot Noir
 
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