Gorgeous RI Weather
The weather in Rhode Island has been exceptional lately, with each day getting warmer and sunnier. Today's temperature was around 75 with a light wind out of the southeast. The sunny day and bright blue sky made the water look even more intense, making a great backdrop for white billowy sails. There's been a flurry of activity at the marina as all the impatient boaters want their boats in the water and ready yesterday! Kids and dogs and sailors. They all seem to go together!
Cherry Blossom Sling Margaritas
Living on the water as we do, We don't take the weather for granted. When the sun shines and the temps rise, there's only one thing to do. Break out the margaritas and have a dock party! And that's exactly what we did! John dug out our folding dock chairs and set them up on the dock next to "Nirvana". Out came the folding table (everything has to be very compact on a boat) and the margaritas! As I was browsing the Williams-Sonoma store near us one day, I noticed a new Margarita mix called "Agave 15 Margarita Mix". They had a few different flavors, but the one that tempted me the most was Cherry Blossom Sling! It was soooo red and luscious looking. According to Williams-Sonoma, "Cherry Blossom Sling creates a sweet-tart scarlet margarita that pairs Key lime with the juices of Bing, Lapin and Sweetheart cherries." That's good enough for me! I had to have it. ($16.95 for a 32 ounce bottle) On the way home, I stopped for a bottle of Jose Cuervo Tequila ($16.95) to mix with it. The 2 bottles made enough to serve a crowd! We poured it over the rocks and darned if I didn't forget the salt!
Here's John toasting all you poor landlubbers! Unfortunately, there's no way I can prove I was at this party as I was the one taking pictures! You'll just have to trust me on this one!
Look at those gorgeous boats in the background. They're not ours.
To go with our pretty red margaritas, we had Green Mountain Gringo Salsa and tortilla chips from Vermont.
Marinated Salmon & Brown Jasmine Rice
The entree was a huge slab of Atlantic Salmon. I really don't like salmon at all, but since we're trying to eat more fish, I decided to try it once more. This time I marinated it in a garlic, wine and herb packaged mix that you add water, vinegar and oil to. I slid it right into a Ziploc bag (the fishy never touched my hands) and it stewed in the marinade for about 30 minutes. I like to grill the fish outside cause I just don't like stinkin' up the insides of my boat! But grilling fish can be a real bummer if the fish flakes off and slides into the coals! To remedy this problem, we've taken to grilling our fish in a heavy-duty foil packet. I slid the fish onto a big piece of foil (again, the fishy never touched human hands) and topped it with sliced onions, yellow peppers and juicy red tomatoes.
Doesn't it look delicious? I folded the foil at the top and pinched off the sides and it was ready to take to the grill. John cooked it for about 20-25 minutes ~ it doesn't take long. Check it a few times cause there's nothing worse than dry salmon!
I served it along side a wonderfully fragrant brown jasmine rice and Ginger-Lime Sauce. It was awesome! There was virtually no clean-up because the foil packet went right in the garbage!
And the best part? We ate it "Just sittin' on the dock of the bay, Wastin' time"!
(Otis Redding recorded the lyrics to his song "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" just a few days before a plane crash took his life in 1967.)