Dinner Tonight: Maple-Glazed Salmon, Zucchini, and a Cherry Fool

Inspiration for tonight's dinner: sweet sweet summer! Honey and maple give all of these dishes a pleasant kiss of sweetness. In amanda's Zucchini with Basil, Mint and Honey and alasully's Maple Cardamom Glazed Salmon, the honey and maple respectively marry with other bright and spicy flavors to bring balance and dimension.

Meanwhile, in slulibby's lovely Cherry Fool, honey lends a pretty dessert-ification to the sliced, toasted almonds that speckle and crunch their way through the airy cream and cherry orbs.

Maple Cardamom Glazed Salmon by alasully

Makes 1 lb of fish

1 pound wild salmon filet, de-boned
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 teaspoons ground cardamom
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
pinch cayenne pepper
salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl combine maple syrup, cardamom, paprika, cayenne and a bit of freshly ground pepper. Whisk until mixture is smooth. Adjust to taste.

2. Arrange salmon filet on a cutting board. Remove the bones (if your fishmonger hasn't already) and cut into pieces, size as preferred. Brush syrup mixture evenly over the salmon filets. Place a large cast iron skillet into the oven and allow it to heat up for about five minutes while the salmon rests.

3. Place the salmon in the preheated skillet (scale-side down) and cook for about 10 minutes. Brush more glaze onto the salmon and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes until the salmon is cooked to your liking.

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Zucchini with Basil, Mint and Honey by amanda

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Cherry Brown Sugar Fool with Honey Almonds by slulibby

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Grocery List (for 4)

1 cup pitted fresh sweet cherries
3/4 cups heavy cream
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1 pound wild salmon filet, de-boned
1/4 cup maple syrup
4 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
10 small basil leaves
10 small mint leaves

We assume you have salt, olive oil, butter, lemon, almond extract, sugar, light brown sugar, vanilla extract, ground cardamom, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper. If not, you'll need those too!

The Plan

1. First of all, this may seem like a sort of elaborate undertaking for a weeknight, but in fact it all should come together quite easily and quickly if you pay a little attention to the order in which you do things. So, begin by chopping your zucchini, salting it, and setting it aside.

2. Next, a little prep for dessert! Toast those honey almonds, and prepare the cherry mixture (just 5 minutes on the stove). Set both aside to cool. Dessert is (basically) done!

3. Preheat the oven and pop that skillet in to warm up. Prepare the maple cardamom mixture and brush it over the salmon.

4. Place the salmon on the skillet to cook, and give your attention to the zucchini, which is to say saute it!

5. Enjoy!

6. After you've digested, and you're feeling like dessert, whip up those fools and tuck into the pillowiest clouds of cherry-studded summer.

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