You know those families that you always see every year on the Hallmark channel or at the movies during the holiday cinema time...the families that are all dressed up in their beautiful Ralph Lauren ensembles, carrying a carafe of hot cocoa and they are out getting their tree. When they return home, the fireplace is going with their perfectly behaved golden retriever waiting for them and they decorate the most amazing Macy's store tree. You know these families that I speak of? As much as every Pinterest wife and mother would like to have that...yeah, that just never seems to happen for us.
This year was no different. Now mind you we have tried every tree option out there - tree lots, home improvement store, the fake/pre-lit, grocery store supplied fresh stock and the ever memorable going into the actual forest to the allotted area and cutting down your own tree in the wind storm.
|Our front entrance greeters.|
We got out, gave it a once over and for $39.95 for an 8 foot fresh cut tree, I was willing to take a leap of faith that once we untied the tree, it would be perfect. My tree searching instinct was right - the perfect Macy's tree (well in our minds it is anyway). Now, if I could just get my dogs to behave, like the Hallmark channel movies.
|This year's finished product.|
|A Taste of Alaska Bacon Jam|
Easy Glazed Salmon Fillets
Adapted from Traeger Grills
1 side of salmon or 4 center-cut salmon fillets with skin on, each 6 to 8-ounces
Traeger Salmon Shake, or salt and freshly ground black pepper (or your favorite fish seasoning
1/2 cup mayonnaise, preferably Hellmann’s
2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
Lemon wedges and fresh chopped dill for garnish (optional)
|Round 1 - over mustard glazed salmon.|
Spread the flesh-side of the fillets with the glaze. (Keep the glazed side facing up).
**Grill or bake your fillets (skin side down) at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.
Transfer to your plates and garnish with sliced lemons, chopped dill and bacon jam.
* Served over a rice pilaf.
|Round 2 over burgers.|