Easy Winter Grilling

March 9, 2010

Today the next of our regular guest bloggers debuts…here’s Michelle!

My new favorite kitchen tool is a Calphalon Nonstick 12-Inch Round Grill Pan.  It’s great for winter grilling or if you don’t have a grill.  You can start your grilling process on the stove then finish cooking in the oven.  This pan is oven safe up to 450 degrees.  My latest yummy recipe is grilled salmon.

(Serves 2 hungry people)

1 lb of salmon with the skin on

1 tablespoon of less-sodium Teriyaki sauce

2 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger

2 minced garlic cloves

A little olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Skin side down, spread Teriyaki sauce on fish.  Spread grated ginger and minced garlic on the fish.  Drizzle a little olive oil on fish.  Heat pan to medium high on the stove top.  Place fish skin side down into the hot pan for about 1 minute or until you see nice grill marks.  Flip fish over and finish cooking in the oven for 15 minutes (pan and all).  Serve with brown rice or mashed potatoes and broccoli.  Enjoy!

Weekend Ski Getaway

We loved Woodstock, Vermont.  It’s a great place to bring families with young children.  My twin sons are six years old and my daughter turned eight while we were there — they had a ball. We skied Suicide 6, a small mountain but perfect for little skiers; some easy trails, some more challenging ones, and even a little terrain area where skiers and boarders can do little jumps and tricks.  It’s relatively inexpensive and there were no crowds.

The clientele and staff are very friendly.  When my six year old son Henry was stuck on a double black diamond, the ski patrol offered him a toboggan ride down.  How fun is that?   And it gives him something to write about at school!

Plus, when the kids get too tired to ski (detectable by frequent spills and perhaps a bit of tired whining), there’s a farm up the street called Billings Farms.  It’s a working farm and museum with cows, calves, sheep, a beautiful renovated Victorian farm house — lots to do and see, and a helpful staff, which adds up to a very educational and entertaining experience.

We stayed at The Shire Riverview Motel in Woodstock.  It was perfect – very simple and modest.  I’d like to try out the Woodstock Inn next time (I’ve heard that the brunches are amazing).  Also, they have bargain deals with Suicide 6, as well as a shuttle bus that takes skiers to and from the mountain with good frequency.  During certain periods, if you stay at the Woodstock Inn you’ll receive free lift tickets.

From the Shire Motel we were able to walk across the street for groceries at a great little market, handy for picking up fruit and snacks for the kids, and into town for dinner.  We ate at Bentley’s both nights; it’s a quirky pub-style restaurant that’s great for kids.  The food is fine but not amazing.  After a full day of skiing (and landing nice little jumps in the terrain area of the mountain), my daughter Kathleen ate shrimp cocktail, a full rack of ribs, mashed potatoes, carrots and half of a brownie sundae.  She definitely worked up an appetite!

We like to be off the beaten track a bit, without being in “the boonies.”  Even during a President’s week when so many schools were out of session, prices were bumped up and many mountains were packed with long lift lines, Woodstock proved to be a good destination for our family.

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