French Fridays with Dorie – Roasted Salmon with Lentils

I can honestly say that I never would have made this recipe if I wasn’t in this group. It’s not that I don’t like salmon. Of course I like salmon. But for some reason, I am very nervous about cooking fish at home. My dad makes beautiful fish. Beautiful! I love when he cooks fish and seafood, yet I am weirdly afraid to do it. But my dad gave me some salmon for Christmas and I happened to have everything on hand for this except the lentils so I thought I should probably give it a try. I mean my dad caught this salmon while he was in my favorite place in the world, so I couldn’t fail, right? Oh, my favorite place is Washington Island, WI. Just so we’re clear.

If you’ve never been, Washington Island is great. I love it. It’s my dream to own a little place there someday. My dad was born and raised there and I always say that I’m related to about half the people who live there. This might be a stretch, but not a big one. I went there every summer growing up and when I was old enough to have a job, I stayed there the whole summer and worked at my Aunt Lois and Uncle Tim’s bar. That’s actually where I met my husband. So you can probably see why I love it. In case you’re still not convinced of it’s awesomeness (but seriously, my dad being born there and me meeting my husband there aren’t enough? Come on!) here is a picture of one of my most favorite places there. Tell me it’s not gorgeous. I dare you.

I’m pretty disappointed in myself that I had to borrow this picture from a pro-WI travel website. I have taken some great photos of this place, but I think it was pre-digital camera days. Oh well, if you’ve never been, you should go. It’s the best. If you go, make sure to eat at Karly’s on Thursday nights because it’s family-style fried chicken and it’s the best. That is all.

Back to the recipe: I have never made lentils before. The lady at the health food store next to my job kind of scared me a little because she said I would have to soak them for hours or something, but I trusted in Dorie and guess what, she didn’t steer me wrong. I followed her directions exactly and my lentils were even done a little early. Take that health food store! The only thing I didn’t take her advice on 100% was celery. I didn’t have any and I don’t particularly like it and they don’t sell it at the health food store, so I left it out. I don’t think it really matters. Can anyone say they love celery? I mean, I have never once heard someone say they love it. I know it has a place in soup bases and all but really, I’m fine with a celery free existence. Here are the lentils a’cookin away:

The salmon really didn’t need any prep so it seems almost a waste to mention it – just some olive oil and salt and pepper and getting shoved into a hot oven for 12 minutes – but I think we should all appreciate these beautiful salmon fillets:

Actually raw meat is never really all that appealing, unless we’re talking sushi, but that’s a whole other post. I just feel pretty lucky that these were languishing in my freezer and I didn’t have to buy them. Thanks again Daddio!

So all in all, I’d say it was a very delicious (nutritious?) meal that I’m very glad I cooked. Thanks fellow Doristas for voting for it! I on the other hand, voted for all the desserts. Shocking. Oh and I think I was a little hard on these beige placemats in my last post. I’ve decided that I was just mad at the onions. Sorry beiges, I promise you’ll get your fair share of blog-time.