Lake Michigan salmon

A homemade, spicy marinade seals the deal

A homemade, spicy marinade seals the deal

Labor Day Weekend kicked off with several days of fishing on Lake Michigan for my husband, my brother-in-law Scot and a buddy, Sean. They boated salmon, steelhead and even a lake trout, and returned home with many pounds of salmon. Salmon is one of my favorite fish, and fresh-caught salmon can’t be beat. We ate it oven-roasted with homemade horseradish-Parmesan sauce, froze a good portion and brined and smoked a few fillets. I incorporated about a third of the smoked fish into a tasty smoked salmon spread, which was my contribution to Scot and his wife Teresa’s salmon extravaganza this evening.

They baked a few pieces of fish in the oven and grilled several more, after treating them to a fabulous, cuminy marinade. The grilled fish was truly memorable, accompanied by burstingly juicy Michigan corn on the cob.

I’m a little troubled by the potential for consuming high quantities of heavy metals and other toxins in Great Lakes fish, but I try to keep a few things in mind: I only get to experience it fresh (and caught by loved ones) once a year, it’s incredibly succulent and delicious, you only live once, and life kills you eventually, one way or the other.

So here’s to Lake Michigan salmon and steelhead, enjoyed with friends and family on Labor Day Weekend. Living surrounded by the Great Lakes, we are so spoiled!

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  1. Hello Brenda – this looks like the beginnings of a great site. I love the idea of people buying and eating local produce, according to the season, then saving the goodness for out of season. Are you willing to post your recipes for the peach chutney and bbq sauce? Peach season is nearly upon us here in Queensland – they do grow low-chill varieties in some of the cooler areas near Brisbane. Unfortunately, I think there is only one native Australian plant grown for food – that’s the macadamia (or Queensland nut) – we have the trees up and down our street. I miss Michigan in the summer – especially the berries and cherries.

    • Thanks, Irene! I posted my peach recipes; I’d love to hear your feedback/comments/suggestions if you make any of them. Enjoy your peach season!

  2. What a fantastic idea for a site… I’m so excited to see what you have in store! I’m so glad you and Steve were able to make it to the Salmon Extravaganza, as you called it. 🙂

    I can’t agree with you more about taking the opportunity to eat salmon fresh while you can. I know we’ve talked before about having to freeze it, then being really disappointed when thawing it… it’s really not the same- gross even.

    At any rate, cheers to your new blog!

  3. We are also excited about your blog and hope it grows from a seedling into a beautiful rose.
    Pat and Bud

  4. Nice looking site. Sounds like you had a terrific time fishing. This should help you keep busy while Steve’s playinf football fantasy. Also sure enjoyed your open house afternoon. Alice

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