While I generally avoid the kitchen as the week wanes, it was not so long ago that Friday nights were set aside as regular at-home dinner dates. When the boys were young, my husband and I would retreat to the kitchen after their bedtime. At-home dinner dates were a way for us to catch up, without interruption, and to enjoy meals designed for adult palates at the end of a busy work week.
Last Friday was a good time to revive the habit. The boys were away and I was yearning for a decent meal vs. the quickies thrown together all week. Long hours at work meant my husband and I had shared maybe one meal in the past week. It was a good time to catch up over an at-home dinner date.
We kept it simple: Sockeye salmon fillets with a Tom Douglas Rub With Love spice rub. Israeli couscous made with a recipe on the Trader Joe’s box. A green salad with a balsamic vinaigrette offered by a friend and reader of this blog (see her version below). Simple. Tasty. Plenty of time to reconnect with the Main Man.
Friday Night Date Dinner:
Grilled Sockeye Salmon “rubbed with love”
Israeli Couscous with pine nuts & parsley
Green salad with Lisa’s Vinaigrette
Lisa’s Vinaigrette. “We use it on cold raw or cooked vegetables of every sort, as well as salad.”
1/2 cup olive oil (best you can find)
1/3 cup Elsa (brand) balsamic vinegar (this is the “secret” ingredient. Seattle Olive Oil “18 yr. traditional balsamic” also works, but cut the added sugar)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence, crushed
2 teaspoons granulated sugar (+/- according to taste)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dry ground mustard
2 to 3 cloves garlic, smashed
fresh ground pepper